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optimise bee pollination

THROUGH VENTURE.

The family of bees is known for its outstanding role in the pollination of plants, including crops. Although some species have been domesticated, the honey bee currently represents >90% of the existing global supply for managed pollinating insects, mainly due to the rapid growth of its population and the large amount of resources available due to legacy use. Until 1800, honey was the most consumed sugar in the world, and honey bees were naturally selected by farmers for scale up into pollination services.

However, honey bees are not the best answer to a crop’s pollination needs. While honeybees pollinate a wide variety of plant species, there are in fact other types of bees that perform much better if we compare their pollinating work. Some species require only a few dozen to perform the task of thousands of honey bees.

Among these “super pollinators” is the group of solitary bees, which are capable of increasing the yields of a large number of crops and are already used commercially for pollination. A key bottleneck on their use is the insect’s own reproductive capacity. Unlike honey bees, solitary bees do not live in a community and only lay a few eggs during the spring. We believe we have an answer to this challenge.

 

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

We are designing strategies that allow us to increase the productive capacity of solitary bees, to be able to offer them at never before seen commercial scales that will allow us to maximise benefits to farmers and ecosystems. We are considering the following approaches:

● Technological strategies for transportation and manufacturing of scalable insect farms

● Developments of in vitro fertilisation techniques for insects

● Molecular biology techniques to identify gene targets of interest in invertebrates

● Genetic improvement and breeding strategies in arthropods

● Development of molecular biology or synthetic biology methodologies to produce ex-vivo eggs

● Optimisation of egg laying capacity in insects

● Design and use of of larval rearing technologies post fertilisation

● Molecular techniques for organ transplantation in animals

● Development of cell lines and tissues to support egg production

● Hormonal enhancement of insects and related species

● Development of insect cell lines

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

We’re after people who genuinely care about the decline of insects and want to develop new commercially-driven project/s aimed at increasing the survival of pollinators and the persistence of their ecological function under increasing pressure from humans.

You’ll have background in any two (or more) of the following areas:

● Entomology / entomologist

● Knowledge of solitary bee reproduction

● Molecular knowledge of oogenesis or egg activation in insects

● Insect culture techniques

● Knowledge in mass cultivation of insects or insect farming

● Knowledge of insect sterilisation techniques (including Sterile Insect Technique)

● Biotechnology and genomics of invertebrates

● Insect nutrition and evaluation of forage activity

● Molecular biology related to insect breeding procedures

 

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within roughly 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

 

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Ventures and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

The family of bees is known for its outstanding role in the pollination of plants, including crops. Although some species have been domesticated, the honey bee currently represents >90% of the existing global supply for managed pollinating insects, mainly due to the rapid growth of its population and the large amount of resources available due to legacy use. Until 1800, honey was the most consumed sugar in the world, and honey bees were naturally selected by farmers for scale up into pollination services.

However, honey bees are not the best answer to a crop’s pollination needs. While honeybees pollinate a wide variety of plant species, there are in fact other types of bees that perform much better if we compare their pollinating work. Some species require only a few dozen to perform the task of thousands of honey bees.

Among these “super pollinators” is the group of solitary bees, which are capable of increasing the yields of a large number of crops and are already used commercially for pollination. A key bottleneck on their use is the insect’s own reproductive capacity. Unlike honey bees, solitary bees do not live in a community and only lay a few eggs during the spring. We believe we have an answer to this challenge.

 

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

We are designing strategies that allow us to increase the productive capacity of solitary bees, to be able to offer them at never before seen commercial scales that will allow us to maximise benefits to farmers and ecosystems. We are considering the following approaches:

● Technological strategies for transportation and manufacturing of scalable insect farms

● Developments of in vitro fertilisation techniques for insects

● Molecular biology techniques to identify gene targets of interest in invertebrates

● Genetic improvement and breeding strategies in arthropods

● Development of molecular biology or synthetic biology methodologies to produce ex-vivo eggs

● Optimisation of egg laying capacity in insects

● Design and use of of larval rearing technologies post fertilisation

● Molecular techniques for organ transplantation in animals

● Development of cell lines and tissues to support egg production

● Hormonal enhancement of insects and related species

● Development of insect cell lines

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

We’re after people who genuinely care about the decline of insects and want to develop new commercially-driven project/s aimed at increasing the survival of pollinators and the persistence of their ecological function under increasing pressure from humans.

You’ll have background in any two (or more) of the following areas:

● Entomology / entomologist

● Knowledge of solitary bee reproduction

● Molecular knowledge of oogenesis or egg activation in insects

● Insect culture techniques

● Knowledge in mass cultivation of insects or insect farming

● Knowledge of insect sterilisation techniques (including Sterile Insect Technique)

● Biotechnology and genomics of invertebrates

● Insect nutrition and evaluation of forage activity

● Molecular biology related to insect breeding procedures

 

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking. We’ll provide you with a salary whilst you start your own company, and moreover, will support you build a founding team, find early data to land your first customers and to secure investors.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, science and venture creation at DSV before incorporating your own start-up within roughly 6 months with pre-seed investment from DSV and access to labs through our partnership with the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Compared to other “Entrepreneur in Residence”- type programmes, DSV is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and joining DSV comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

 

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Ventures and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

Interviews ongoing, start date asap

Join the team

current founders

Ana: background in Molecular Biology and Cryobiology, experienced in genetics, bioinformatics, cell reprogramming, next generation sequencing, DNA sequencing and proteins. Now working on developing strategies to increase the reproduction efficiency of solitary bees and offer them on a commercial scale never seen before.

Daniel: background in biotech and food tech, experienced in project design and execution with excellent leadership abilities having built and led multidisciplinary teams for over six years prior to joining DSV. Now working on novel approaches for in vitro cultivation of pollinators, optimisation of entomophilic pollination processes and construction of synthetic biology systems for the development of pollination bio-controllers.

Join the team

current founders

Ana: background in Molecular Biology and Cryobiology, experienced in genetics, bioinformatics, cell reprogramming, next generation sequencing, DNA sequencing and proteins. Now working on developing strategies to increase the reproduction efficiency of solitary bees and offer them on a commercial scale never seen before.

Daniel: background in biotech and food tech, experienced in project design and execution with excellent leadership abilities having built and led multidisciplinary teams for over six years prior to joining DSV. Now working on novel approaches for in vitro cultivation of pollinators, optimisation of entomophilic pollination processes and construction of synthetic biology systems for the development of pollination bio-controllers.