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Regensburg, Germany

Biogents Ag | Date: 2010-10-26

(Based on Use in Commerce) Preparations for destroying insects; insecticides, insect repellents, preparations for destroying insects, insect repellent compositions and insect attractants. (Based on Use in Commerce) Apparatus and instruments, namely, laboratory cages for insects, gas chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography apparatus for analysis of insecticides, insect repellents, insect attractants and insect pheromones for scientific research in laboratories, namely, for attracting and/or destroying insects; electric devices for attracting and killing insects; electric monitoring apparatus, namely, olfactormeters for insect behavioral tests for use in testing both insect attractants and insect repellants, wind tunnels with computerized 3d analysis to study the flight and behavior of insects for monitoring the presence of insects. (Based on Use in Commerce) Household or kitchen utensils and containers, in particular insect traps. (Based on 44(e)) Scientific and technological services, namely, research and development laboratory services, namely, providing scientific research in the nature of performing independent studies in the screening, development, improvement and evaluation in the field of insect repelling, insect destruction, insect expulsion and insect lures.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2012.2.3.2-3 | Award Amount: 6.58M | Year: 2012

Our consortium will focus on the integration of four novel control components in a low-tech (no power source, no need for CO2) and cheap mosquito contamination device (MCD) that will a) lure malaria mosquitoes to an attractive point source, b) infect them there with a fungus as a slow-killing agent, and c) expose them to a juvenile hormone analogue with which they will contaminate their breeding sites and kill mosquito larvae. This is unique because it will be the first vector control tool that targets both adult and larval mosquito stages simultaneously with environment-friendly control agents. We foresee the use of MCDs mostly in the outdoor environment where they will lure, infect, and contaminate host-seeking and resting females. Together with the excito-repellent properties of insecticides used for indoor spraying and bednet impregnation, and possibly spatial repellents, MCDs will serve within a push-pull framework. We aim to develop a low-cost MCD that operates uninterrupted and without maintenance for prolonged periods of. MCDs will be highly useful in areas where insecticide-resistance is hampering the effectiveness of current vector control tools and where behavioural adaptation of mosquito populations has shifted towards outdoor resting and biting. Our goal is to have several prototypes of MCDs in an advanced stage of development and ready for industrial production at the end of this 3-year project. By then, extensive (semi-)field testing in Tanzania and various other countries will have been completed. This proposal brings together a unique mix of business-oriented and academic/institutional partners with a broad range of expertises in fungus and mosquito biology, mosquito behaviour, trapping technology, materials sciences and entrepreneurial interests. We will synergise our abilities to make substantial progress to achieve our goal: to add a novel, effective, and economic alternative to the limited vector control toolbox available to combat malaria.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: FTIPilot-1-2015 | Award Amount: 1.60M | Year: 2016

BIOGENTS is a world leader in the development and production of surveillance Traps for Mosquitoes, a key supplier for public and private organizations. BIOGENTS, together with IRIDEON, a specialist in IoT sensor applications, and TEIC, a specialist in bioacoustic species recognition, want to address the problem of disease-carrying mosquitoes that invade Europe due to climate change. Our goal is to prevent the loss of billions of Euros, the infection of millions of citizens and most importantly, the deaths of thousands registered every year worldwide. BIOGENTS and its competitors have a conservative business model: continuously develop increasingly efficient trapping methods, for the best price. However, the customers real need is to get reliable information about mosquito populations in a given area, and thus have to periodically inspect traps manually. This is where the real costs are; therefore the next disruptive leap lies in making the traps smart. REMOSIS t will attract insects with great efficiency, and perform stand-alone field monitoring, by automatically counting insects, identifying species, and transmitting the data wirelessly. This reduces inspection costs by 80% improving surveillance programmes, which will prevent unnoticed disease outbreaks, and will save lives. With the new electronic trap, we will be the first in the world to combine human mimicking with automatic pest information in their value proposition. This allows a whole new population of consumers to establish surveillance programmes that were only accessible to those with significant resources. BIOGENTS and IRIDEON will produce the solution, and use their own customer and distributor networks as initial commercial routes, which already cover Europe, USA, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

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