University of Alicante TBF BioNostrum Pest Control gets NEOTEC funding for R&D
NEOTEC supports the implementation of technology or knowledge-based business projects as a result of research activity
EBT BioNostrum is located in the Industrial Park El Canastell in San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante. Friday, 13 May 2016
Technology-based company BioNostrum Pest Control, emerged as a University of Alicante’s Science Park spin-off, has been awarded one of NEOTEC programme’s funding that the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness grants through its Industrial Technological Development Centre (CDTI). Among over 580 projects submitted to this call for 2015 NEOTEC funding, CDTI has funded about 50 projects with the aim of supporting the creation and consolidation of companies -in their early stages- that require the development of technologies or knowledge generated from research activity.
For this purpose, BioNostrum Pest Control’s project "R&D+i in biological pest control and production of biological control organisms" will be funded. This funding is essential to develop our company’s R&D lines, which are essential to keep on offering innovative products and new services in the market for biological control," as R&D Director Rocco Amoros Jimenez said.
BioNostrum project was born in 2010 within the UA Latin American Centre for Biodiversity (CIBIO), with the aim of implementing research results in biological pest control. The starting and optimisation of this new method to breed a native biological control agent, predatory Diptera Aphids Sphaerophoria rueppellii, encouraged promoters to take a step forward and create the company. The creation of the company took place on 6 February, 2014.
Aphid pests are still an unsolved problem for agriculture worldwide and biological control solutions available are not effective enough to keep aphids under control. Therefore, most farmers need to use pesticides to control aphids, which have serious drawbacks: they reduce the value of harvested products, weaken plants and also the pesticides used promote resistance to aphids.
One of BioNostrum’s lines of R&D is scaling the current prototype production to achieve a small-to-medium scale reliable and economically feasible; research and development of new production methods of new products for the international market of biological control; laboratory tests and field trials in crops, both protected and outdoors, as well as in gardening to determine appropriate dosages and protocols to release their products; and developing artificial diets for rearing beneficial insects.
Other than the recent award of NEOTEC funding, Bionostrum was granted with the seal of innovative SMEs. Since its inception, the company has achieved other distinctions and public funding such as UNIEMPRENDIA-NEOTEC (2010), Servef Award for young entrepreneurs (2010) Alicante Sciences Park Foundation Impulso Award (2011), CEEI Elche-IVACE Award (2014), IVACE 5U GV Start Up Award (2014) and three Torres Quevedo funding programmes for the incorporation of PhDs into companies. On the other hand, BioNostrum has already recruited eight graduates from the University of Alicante and from other Valencian universities.