BigSis is a British R&D-based company that develops sustainable insect control solutions for agricultural, public health and other pests. We give growers urgently-needed sustainable alternatives to chemical insecticides, boosting biodiversity and improving control of challenging pests.
BigSis has reinvented the sterile insect technique (SIT) by automating the individualised production of sterile male insects. This requires integrating biology, engineering and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver a highly automated production process.
BigSis operational systems will be implemented in micro-production units located close to grower customers to deliver an efficient and cost-effective service on-farm. Our season-long control service will be marketed primarily through established distributors.
Starting with insects where growers are desperate for new solutions, BigSis will progressively address dozens of commercially valuable pest targets. Our leading solution, which is to control spotted wing drosophila (SWD), is already in field trials. The BigSis codling moth solution is proven in the lab and will soon be trialled in the field.
Our senior team
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, Plant Impact and Enko.
Founder and CEO
Glen Slade spent five years as Global VP of Business Development and Brazil General Manager for a firm commercialising genetically modified insects for use in SIT. He previously held senior roles in agribusiness. He has a Cambridge First in Computer Science and an MBA with Distinction from Insead.
Dr Rafael Homem
Head of R&D
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.
Head of Engineering
David Brewer is a systems engineer with a background in automated storage and retrieval systems, plant automation and systems integration. His experience spans many industry verticals including Automotive, Defence, Transportation and Telecommunications. He has worked for blue-chip companies in the UK, Europe and North America.
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