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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.

Grant

On February 20, 2019 Pheronym announced they received a grant worth $100,000 from the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. After receiving this grant, Pheronym became the first company in the world to have a contract for an agricultural bio-control experiment that will take place in space. The project director and CEO of Pheronym, Dr. Fatma Kaplan, made the following public state after the companies grant announcement:

We are looking to duplicate in space the success of our earth-bound commercialization trials of our nematode focused bio-remediation. Our only regret is we can’t join our nematodes for their trip to the Space Station.

Timeline

June 2020
Pheronym raises a $225,000 grant from National Science Foundation.
August 2018
Pheronym raises a $500,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
January 1, 2018
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".

October 18, 2017
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.

March 1, 2017
Seed funding

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

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Pheronym Seed round, March 2017
March 2017
4 Results
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SBA Awards

2 Results
Results per page:
Page 1 of 1

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Catherine Campbell

Dr. Jenny Rooke

Dr. Zach Wochok

Dr.Fatma Kaplan

Dr.Pam Marrone

Julie Morris

Karl Cameron Schiller

Kim Nicholson

Terri Mead

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

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

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

Academic paper

Interspecific Nematode Signals Regulate Dispersal Behavior

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

Academic paper

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

Emilia Díaz

Open the Gates to the Namatode Pheromone World

Fatma Kaplan

Academic paper

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

Fatma Kaplan, Ph.D.

Tune in to IndieBio Accelerator’s Demo Day today

Neesha A. Tambe

Why eco-friendly solutions? - SynBioBeta

Dr. Fatma Kaplan

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Indie Bio - Demo Day #5 - Pheronym

October 13, 2017

Pheronym, Nematodes and Ladybugs

December 5, 2017

Companies

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CEO
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