BigSis business model
BigSis is an R&D-based company that develops sustainable insect control solutions for agricultural, public health and other pests.
Our focus is to sell these solutions to end users via established distributors. BigSis sterile male insect production and release units will be small scale, typically serving a few thousand hectares of the relevant crop across multiple customer sites.
Starting with insects where growers are desperate for new solutions, BigSis will progressively address dozens of commercially valuable pest targets, in agricultural, public health and other sectors. The first two pest solutions are chosen for speed to market and competitive advantage: codling moth and spotted wing Drosophila; mosquito solutions are high priority, too.
BigSis is meeting the challenge of integrating biology, engineering and artificial intelligence through its team of seasoned executives.
Dr David Jones
Dr David Jones brings extensive agribusiness knowledge and contacts through his career experience including on the Executive Committee of Syngenta and as Chairman of Arysta and Plant Impact.
Founder and CEO
Glen Slade spent five years as Global VP and Brazil GM at Oxitec, where he commercialised genetically modified insects for use in SIT. He previously held senior roles in agribusiness (Syngenta, Arysta) and founded two IT start-ups. He has a Cambridge First in Computer Science and an MBA with Distinction from Insead.
Dr Rafael Homem
Senior Scientist, Entomology
Dr Rafael Homem is an accomplished molecular biologist with expertise in insect biology, insect rearing and fitness studies. He has a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh and 5 years’ postdoctoral research experience as a Molecular Entomologist/Gene-editing Specialist at Rothamsted Research Institute.
Michael Stallwood is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and company director with over 30 years' experience in the design and manufacture of special purpose machinery and factory automation systems. This equipment has been supplied to blue chip clients in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Dr Zeus Mateos
Dr Zeus Mateos is an entomologist who has focused on both beneficial and pest crop arthropods, particularly for Integrated Pest Management to enhance sustainable agriculture. He conducted his PhD in pollination and pest regulation services in orchards at the University of Worcester.
Daniel Gilbert is an entomologist who has spent his career rearing and field testing beneficial arthropods in soft fruit crops, particularly predatory mites and lacewings. He has an MSc from Harper Adams University in Entomology focussing largely on crop protection and agro-entomology.
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