2015 was a very good year for EcoPesticides. We signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Department of Agriculture to further develop and validate the field efficacy of eShield™, our UV-protectant microencapsulation technology, working with Stefan Jaronski, PhD, a research entomologist and noted authority on the biocontrol of rangeland grasshoppers.
We hired Steve Miller, PhD, as our chief technology officer to oversee development efforts at our laboratory in Santa Fe. Steve was a great hire as he has nearly three decades of technology development and commercialization experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and has successfully brought a number of technologies to market. His leadership in the EcoPesticides lab has been nothing short of fantastic.
Finally, we are making significant process with our eShield™ Microencapsulation Technology, and have identified significant opportunities to extend the potency and effectiveness of fungal-based biopesticides Metarhizium and Beauvaria and bacteria-based biopesticides such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Tests to date demonstrate eShield offers sustained UV protection to these microorganisms, which degrade under field conditions, lessening their effectiveness.
Looking ahead to 2016, we want to leverage our momentum and ultimate goal of commercializing eShield, which in turn will accelerate global use of environmentally friendly biopesticides. To this end, we are stepping up efforts to identify strategic partners that can advance our technology platform. Ideal partners include:
- 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; and
- Investors who can assist with accelerating our progress.
Reducing the world’s dependence on chemical pesticides and ensuring a safe, healthy global food supply are in the best interest of everyone. Our new year’s resolutions are to make biopesticides more effective in controlling pests and accelerate their adoption through our technology.
If you are interested in learning more and becoming an active partner with EcoPesticides, we encourage you to contact us to discuss partnership opportunities in more detail.