Swansea University-based Bionema has been crowned winner at The South Wales Chamber of Commerce Welsh Business Awards
Bionema Ltd won the Success Through Innovation category, sponsored by Western Power Distribution and hosted by BBC presenter Gethin Jones, in a glittering awards ceremony held at City Hall in Cardiff on 21 February 2019. Businesses from across Wales were recognised at the awards for their innovation, growth and success.
Bionema Ltd specialises in chemical-free, organic crop protection. They focus on developing natural products to protect crops from insect damage and enhance food security. Their purpose is to help reduce the use of synthetic pesticides which harm the environment and negatively impact human health.
Bionema is rapidly building a reputation for the supply of natural pesticides as an alternative to potentially harmful chemical products. The innovative technology used has been proven to provide higher yield in fruits and vegetables, whilst at the same time making a significant contribution to both global food safety and security.
Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema commented: “We are proud to win this award and consider it a testament to our innovative business. Not only does it acknowledge the hard work from everyone at Bionema Ltd, but it also recognises our potential to have a global reach with commercial biopesticides that are more environmentally friendly.”
Heather Myers, CEO of South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce said: “Bionema’s use of naturally occurring organisms to help minimise use of synthetic pesticides is clearly a positive step forward. Their innovative approach in taking care of the environment and our own health really stood out.”
Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP in congratulating Bionema said: “The evening was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the best of ambition, drive and innovation in Wales of which Bionema Ltd is a key part.”
Bionema Ltd, a Swansea University spin-out has secured > £680,000 of equity investment, with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales and received > £850,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK and the Welsh Government’s SMART Cymru, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund for the development of novel formulation technology.
Bionema Limited and Swansea University are hosting a Biopesticide Summit and Awards in Swansea University, United Kingdom on 2-3 July 2019 to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical crop protection. The Biopesticide Summit 2019 will bring together scientists, researchers, key industry stakeholders, government organizations, investors, policy makers and integrated pest management practitioners. International speakers from the Biocontrol Industry, Funding Agencies, Trade Bodies, Government and Academia are attending. Online registration open.
Pictured from left: Sean Sullivan Western Power Distribution, Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO Bionema and Stephen Burt, Finance Director, Bionema
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- Mari Hooson