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Pheronym

Pheronym

Pheronym is a biotechnology company based out of Davis, California making pheromones that control agricultural pests and can be used as a replacement for toxic pesticides.

Pheronym is a biotechnology company located Davis, California founded by Dr.Fatma Kaplan and Karl Cameron Schillermaking. Pheronym makes pheromone-like molecules for pest control that produce economically advantageous behaviour in parasitic nematodes; driving them away from plants, and towards insects. The company claims their pheromone technology — when applied to nematodes — results in an 5X increase in targeted insect kill rates compared to untreated nematodes; while non-target insects remain safe, and no harmful residues are left in the environment.

Products

Nemastim

Nemastim is a pheromone product that used to treat commercial nematodes used for pest control and can be sprayed using regular pesticide/herbicide spraying equipment. When commercial nematodes are treated with Nemastim, they are stimulated to search for and kill insect pests. The application of Nemastim is broad spectrum, meaning it stimulates nematodes to attack 28 known insect pest. Nemastim makes nematodes target and kill insect pests for the following crop varieties: almonds, apricots, cherries, cucumbers, oranges, peaches. pecans, tomatoes, and many more.

Grants/Awards

2018: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Specialty Crop Block Grant Award

CEO and founder of Pheronym Dr. Fatma Kaplan, along with a team of scientists from the University of Florida, won the 2018: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Specialty Crop Block Grant Award for their research proposal titled "Nematode-resistant pepper varieties for Florida".

2017: USDA-SBIR phase I award

On October 18, 2017 Pheronym was awarded a $100,000 USDA-SBIR Phase I grant to support further research into the development and application of Pheronym's pheromone technology.

Funding

Seed

In March 30, 2017 Pheronym was accepted into IndieBio's 4.5 month long accelerator program receiving $250,000 in funding from IndieBio and SOSV.

Timeline

2018: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Specialty Crop Block Grant Award

CEO and founder of Pheronym Dr. Fatma Kaplan, along with a team of scientists from the University of Florida, won the 2018: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Specialty Crop Block Grant Award for their research proposal titled "Nematode-resistant pepper varieties for Florida".

2017: USDA-SBIR phase I award

On October 18, 2017 Pheronym was awarded a $100,000 USDA-SBIR Phase I grant to support further research into the development and application of Pheronym's pheromone technology.

Seed funding

In March 2017, Pheronym was accepted into IndieBio's 4.5 month long accelerator program receiving $250,000 in funding.

People

Name
Role
Related Golden topics

Catherine Campbell

Advisor

Dr. Jenny Rooke

Advisor

Dr. Zach Wochok

Advisor

Dr.Fatma Kaplan

CEO/CSO

Dr.Pam Marrone

Advisor

Julie Morris

Advisor

Karl Cameron Schiller

COO

Kim Nicholson

Advisor

Terri Mead

Advisor

Further reading

Author
Title
Link
Type

Dr. Fatma Kaplan

Why eco-friendly solutions? - SynBioBeta

Emilia Díaz

On the Steps Between Scientist and Founder: An Interview with Fatma Kaplan - SynBioBeta

Fatma Kaplan

Open the Gates to the Namatode Pheromone World

Academic paper

Fatma Kaplan, Hans T. Alborn, Stephan H. von Reuss, Ramadan Ajredini, Jared G. Ali, Faruk Akyazi, Lukasz L. Stelinski, Arthur S. Edison, Frank C. Schroeder, Peter E. Teal

Interspecific Nematode Signals Regulate Dispersal Behavior

Academic paper

Fatma Kaplan, Ph.D.

Pheronym’s journey: 2017 and beyond – Fatma Kaplan, Ph.D. – Medium

Jagan Srinivasan, Fatma Kaplan, Ramadan Ajredini, Cherian Zachariah, Hans T. Alborn, Peter E. A. Teal, Rabia U. Malik, Arthur S. Edison, Paul W. Sternberg, and Frank C. Schroeder

A blend of small molecules regulates both mating and development in Caenorhabditis elegans

Academic paper

Neesha A. Tambe

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Indie Bio - Demo Day #5 - Pheronym

October 13, 2017

Pheronym, Nematodes and Ladybugs

December 5, 2017

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