Increasingly, the world is calling to limit the use of chemical pesticides and to utilize sustainable solutions. Chemical pesticides, while effective in crop protection, have harmful consequences. Naturally occurring, biologic-based pesticides are a solution, but exposure to the elements limits their effectiveness. EcoPesticides has a technology that protects biopesticides from harmful solar UV radiation, preserving potency and substantially increasing lethality.*

Introducing eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology for Biopesticides.
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* Joint research conducted with the USDA suggests that biopesticides encapsulated with eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology have  sustained protection to lethal doses of UV radiation compared to biopesticides without eShield.


In 1948, the scientist who discovered the insecticide qualities of the chemical DDT was awarded the Nobel Prize. Twenty-four years later, DDT was banned due to its devastating effects on the environment.

 Our vision is to support rapid global adoption of biologic-based crop protection through the development of technologies to extend the potency, effectiveness, and commercial viability of environmentally friendly biopesticides. 

Today the world is at a similar crossroads. Chemical pesticides have significant economic value, but their use poses serious threats to people and the environment.

The vision of EcoPesticides is to support rapid global adoption of biologic-based crop protection through the development of technologies to extend the potency, effectiveness, and commercial viability of sustainable biopesticides. Biopesticides typically contain naturally occurring microorganisms known to be lethal to targeted pests and are non-harmful to the environment and people. However, despite growing demand for biopesticides—the global biopesticide market is expected double by 2017 to $4 billion and reach $5 billion by 2020—commercial implementation has been hampered because these living pesticides rapidly degrade when exposed to typical environmental conditions, especially solar UV radiation.

EcoPesticides’ eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology minimizes the effect of these factors on biopesticides by shielding them from the elements. The microencapsulation process relies on a natural polymer that includes a proprietary formulation of carbon black to protect against the effects of solar UV radiation and extend the window of effectiveness so that the ability of biopesticides to control harmful insects is greatly amplified, while other living things are not harmed in the process.

Because we think big—and because we believe in our technology—our vision includes extending our microencapsulation technology platforms to protect against pests in a broad array of settings, including crops, waterways and other sensitive environments. We’re looking for strategic partners to accelerate the process.

Protect without harm. It’s a vision with tremendous merit. We invite you to learn more.

The global biopesticide market is expected double by 2017 to $4 billion and reach $5 billion by 2020. Leading that growth is North America, which represents 40% of the worldwide biopesticides market. Annual market growth is currently at 15%. High value crops, such as fruits and vegetables, represent 80% of biopesticide usage.

Chemical pesticides are used worldwide to protect crops. Global resistance to chemical pesticides is growing due to toxic effects on people and the environment. Residual pesticides on food crops and in the environment threaten humans and whole species like honeybees. Some retailers are banning foods with high levels of pesticide residues. Government regulations are limiting harmful chemicals. Some retailers, notably Home Depot and Lowes in the United States, have announced plans to stop selling certain types of pesticides suspected of causing a decline in honeybee’s populations needed to pollinate key crops.

Global interest in biopesticides, which use naturally occurring microorganisms to control destructive insects, is growing. One caveat: biopesticides degrade rapidly in sunlight, high temperatures and humidity. This limits widespread market acceptance.

eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology’s proprietary formulation and process demonstrates superior UV protection and sustained lethal activity.

EcoPesticides has created eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology to protect microorganisms used in biopesticides from rapid degradation due to environmental factors. Joint research with the USDA shows that biopesticides encapsulated with eShield’s sustainable coating have sustained protection to lethal doses of UV radiation compared to biopesticides without eShield coating.

eShield Microencapsulation Technology extends the life and the killing power of biopesticides, making them more attractive to agribusiness. EcoPesticides is focused on developing specific biopesticide applications for crop protection. Patent applicationss have been filed in the US and other countries with receptivity to biopesticides; EcoPesticides has exclusive rights to this intellectual property.

eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology Demonstrates Superior UV Protection + Sustained Lethal Activity. Joint research conducted by EcoPesticides with the USDA shows that biopesticides encapsulated with eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology have sustained protection to lethal doses of solar UV radiation compared to the same biopesticide without eShield.

The current crop protection market is $50 billion worldwide. Currently, the biopesticide market is $2 billion and is estimated to double by 2017. By 2020, the market could reach $5 billion. There is considerable room for biopesticides to gain traction in the market and assume greater market share.


 There is no product like eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology for biopesticides currently on the market today. The opportunity represented by EcoPesticides and our “green” microencapsulation technology platform for biopesticides is globally significant.

There are many cases where the world wasn’t ready for the next big idea. This isn’t one of them. Government, corporations, farmers, investors, and private citizens are more than willing to embrace non-toxic, natural, high-performing pest-control. Who can argue with alternative technology that stops destructive pests, but is harmless to everything else such as beneficial insects like bees, people, animals, water, soil, and air.

EcoPesticides’ eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology can help accelerate global use of biopesticides by amplifying effectiveness and affordability. The opportunity represented by our “green” microencapsulation technology platform is globally significant; the world needs sustainable crop protection products and this market is seeing annual growth of 15 percent. North America represents 40 percent of the worldwide biopesticides market.

Our eShield Microencapsulation Technology is targeted for use with both well-established biopesticides and new isolates in development addressing large markets, including high value crops such as fruits and vegetables representing 80 percent of biopesticide usage. Our focus is fungal-based biopesticides employing Metarhizium or Beauveria spores and bacteria-based biopesticides such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Both classes of biopesticides degrade rapidly in UV radiation, which eShield Microencapsulation Technology addresses.

Learn more on our eShield Microencapsulation Technology

Key Milestones to Date:

  • Secured funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Raised $400,000 in seed capital
  • Executed CRADA research program with USDA
  • Established R&D lab at the Santa Fe Incubator

“Rarely is the world market clamoring for a solution as it is for alternatives to chemical pesticides. It is in the world’s best interest to develop and adopt sustainable, naturally occurring biopesticides and performance-boosting products like eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology that can effectively protect croplands, forests and the environment with no residual harm. EcoPesticides is on the fast track.”

John Chavez, Chairman, EcoPesticides International

There are more than 200 agribusiness companies worldwide. Of these, 20 compose two-thirds of the market. Any of these companies has the potential to become an EcoPesticides strategic partner.

Our data thus far shows proof of concept in significantly expanding the effectiveness of biopesticides, but we need a more complete and compelling set of results to advance global commercialization. The ideal strategic partner for EcoPesticides is a forward-thinking agribusiness corporation looking for meaningful, sustainable crop protection solutions and is willing to co-develop a biopesticide using our microencapsulation technology.

Since EcoPesticides’ founding in 2012, the company and our biologic-based crop protection technology have received incredible support from visionaries who understand the importance of more sustainable agricultural practices that protect crops while doing no harm to the environment.

Early data from trials using microencapsulated naturally occurring fungi to control desert locusts in Tunisia was positive, providing a solid base of knowledge. In current trials in Montana performed in conjunction with the USDA, eShield Microencapsulation Technology demonstrates superior UV radiation protection and lethal activity against crop-destroying pests and shows great promise for use with fungal-based biopesticides.

The financial support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was critical to advancing this potentially transformational crop protection technology, now under license to EcoPesticides.

We have leveraged this initial grant by securing financial and R&D support from others who recognize the value of our technology and its potential impact on global agribusiness, and more importantly, on protecting the earth’s finite resources. EcoPesticides has secured support from the New Mexico Business Assistance Program, the STC.UNM Co-Investment Fund, the New Mexico Angels, and other private investors. In April 2015, we signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Department of Agriculture, which provided access to national experts in biologic-based crop protection.

Ideal strategic partners are:

  • Agribusiness companies with an interest or current position in biologic pesticides and herbicides
  • Governmental or private research organizations focused on alternative crop protection solutions
  • Foreign governments seeking new ways to promote agricultural and environmental interests
  • Investors who can assist with accelerating our progress

If you are interested in becoming an active partner with EcoPesticides, we encourage you to contact us to discuss partnership opportunities in more detail.

“Over the course of my career, I have been involved in five startup companies, each of which had a successful IPO. EcoPesticides has built a strong leadership and scientific team to advance a technology that is incredibly relevant to global agribusiness and the sustainability movement.”

David W. Miller, PhD, Board Member

Call it a convergence of a big idea, advanced science, entrepreneurism and market need.

 We have the vision, technology, support, and the people to propel a new generation of environmentally friendly pesticides. 

Or just call it a group of concerned people who believe there’s a better way to protect the earth’s finite resources and ensure a safe, stable food supply and a healthy environment without toxic chemicals.

In 2012, we created EcoPesticides International, Inc., as a New Mexico Startup Factory company that is today creating groundbreaking “green” pesticide and microencapsulation technologies. A major focus is perfecting our microencapsulation technology platform that provides UV protection to its biologic-based pesticide or herbicide payload, thus extending potency and effectiveness. Our intent is to solve a broad spectrum of the world’s most challenging pest-related problems in an environmentally friendly way. We’re talking insects and weeds that destroy crops, invade water supplies and threaten homes.

It’s a tall order. But we have the vision, technology, support, and the people to propel a new generation of environmentally friendly solutions through the commercialization process and into global markets. Meet the people who are making it happen.

Leadership Team

Steven Miller

Steven Miller
Chief Technology Officer

Steven Miller has nearly three decades of technology development and commercialization experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


Katherine Rodgers

Katherine Rodgers
Biological Technologist

Katherine Rodgers is a Biological Technologist with nearly 25 years of experience in laboratory technology, including microbiology and analytical chemistry.


Board of Directors

John Chavez

John Chavez
Board Chair

John Chavez is president of and active investor in the New Mexico Angels. Under his leadership, the New Mexico Angels have increased investment in new companies by 100 percent.


David W. Miller, PhD

David W. Miller, PhD
Board Member

David Miller is vice president, business development for Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on the discovery and development of treatments for genetic-based diseases


New Year’s Resolution: Leverage Momentum

2015 was a very good year for EcoPesticides. We signed a CRADA with the USDA to further develop and validate the field efficacy of eShield™ and we hired Steve Miller, PhD, as our chief technology officer. Now we’re looking ahead to 2016.

Cleaning Up the Five Dirtiest Fruits and Veggies

A major criticism of chemical pesticides is that they leave residue on fruits, vegetables, grain crops, and other plants they protect from insect pests. EcoPesticides’ eShield may be the solution to clean things up.

Accelerating Adoption of BioPesticides with eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology

The global biopesticides market is growing at an annual rate of 15 percent and is anticipated to reach $5 billion by 2020. EcoPesticides asks how can the world accelerate adoption of chemical-free biopesticides.

New Mexico Extends Angel Tax Credit, Creating Incentives for Investors in New Mexico Startups (like EcoPesticides)

The State of New Mexico’s extension of the Angel Tax Credit is good for New Mexico startups like EcoPesticides International, which is developing technology for the global biologic pesticide market.

Biologic sunscreen could extend the potency of green pesticides

Now researchers with EcoPesticides are developing a sunscreen for biologic-based pesticides and herbicides, products whose performance is compromised by UV rays.

Could EcoPesticides’ technology save California’s wine industry?

Before you open that bottle of California chardonnay, you may want to read this. Unless you’re involved in the wine industry, you’re probably unaware of an insect called a glassy-winged sharpshooter that has the potential to bring down California’s $18.5 billion wine industry and its $3.2 billion grape industry.

Momentum: A New CTO, A Larger Lab

Temperatures are on the rise and it’s not just outdoors. Activity at EcoPesticides is really heating up.

Global crop protection market on the rise

According to Mordor Intelligence’s Global Crop Protection Chemicals (Pesticides) Market – Growth, Trends And Forecasts (2015 – 2020), the global volume market for pesticides is projected to reach 3.4 million tons by 2020

Leveraging Resources: EcoPesticides Signs USDA CRADA Agreement

There’s a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said for start-up companies.

EcoPesticides just added to our “village,” recently signing a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Department of Agriculture

EcoPesticides Chief Science Officer Heads to India in April

In less than a month, EcoPesticides’ inventor and chief science officer, Dr. Ravi Durvasula, will be traveling to India to meet with potential strategic partners. On the table will be discussions on how best and how quickly we can advance our proprietary biologic pesticide and performance-enhancing encapsulation technologies and bring them to the global market.

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