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tackle the decline of pollinators

THROUGH VENTURE.

More than than 70% of human food is pollinator-dependent, yet even in protected areas, pollinating insect populations have decreased by 75% in the last 27 years. A growing demand for pollinators has a created a market that can be a profitable commercial endeavour and pay dividends for nature.

Honeybees are currently the most used commercial pollinator, but are prone to diseases and changes in climate that make their cultivation increasingly difficult, made worse by a decline in beekeepers and access to bees. Other pollinators offer solutions, but are constrained by a lack of reproduction techniques to meet both commercial requirements. Strategies to domesticate new species, increase insect fertility and survival rate all represent exciting opportunities, as does the development of methods to increase the volume of insects in the field, and improve the recruitment of pollinators to the flowers – especially with the use of phermones and peptides unlocked by -omics technologies.

 

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

 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

 

We are focusing on solutions that merge ecological benefit with bio(tech)nological potential to increase crop yields. Amongst some of the approaches are:

● Development of indoor breeding processes for a wider range of pollinator species;

● Development of methodologies for fertilisation and in vitro production of agricultural pollinator species;

● Development of strategies to increase pollination efficiency in insects;

● Identification, design and manufacture of pheromonal and synthetic compounds for their application in cultivation and therapeutics of pollinating insects;

● Development of knowledge transfer strategies for cocoa pollination.

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.

You are collaborative, you love teamwork and you can communicate effectively. You are creative, always wondering why, and you actively enjoy building a network around the problems and opportunities you seek.

 

You have a highly relevant set of technical knowledge such as:

● Entomology

● In vitro fertilisation in invertebrates

● Synbio related to production of peptides or enzymes or pheromones

● Synbio related to in vitro and GM procedures

● Knowledge of the characteristics of cocoa

● Beekeeping, insect husbandry and reproductive biology

● Biotechnology and genomics of invertebrates

● Biology and immunology of insect cells, especially social insects

● Insect nutrition and evaluation of bee forage

● Integrated crop pollination and plant-pollinator interactions

 

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 6 months (give or take a couple of 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.  

More than than 70% of human food is pollinator-dependent, yet even in protected areas, pollinating insect populations have decreased by 75% in the last 27 years. A growing demand for pollinators has a created a market that can be a profitable commercial endeavour and pay dividends for nature.

Honeybees are currently the most used commercial pollinator, but are prone to diseases and changes in climate that make their cultivation increasingly difficult, made worse by a decline in beekeepers and access to bees. Other pollinators offer solutions, but are constrained by a lack of reproduction techniques to meet both commercial requirements. Strategies to domesticate new species, increase insect fertility and survival rate all represent exciting opportunities, as does the development of methods to increase the volume of insects in the field, and improve the recruitment of pollinators to the flowers – especially with the use of phermones and peptides unlocked by -omics technologies.

 

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

 

 

APPROACHES WE’RE CONSIDERING

 

We are focusing on solutions that merge ecological benefit with bio(tech)nological potential to increase crop yields. Amongst some of the approaches are:

● Development of indoor breeding processes for a wider range of pollinator species;

● Development of methodologies for fertilisation and in vitro production of agricultural pollinator species;

● Development of strategies to increase pollination efficiency in insects;

● Identification, design and manufacture of pheromonal and synthetic compounds for their application in cultivation and therapeutics of pollinating insects;

● Development of knowledge transfer strategies for cocoa pollination.

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.

You are collaborative, you love teamwork and you can communicate effectively. You are creative, always wondering why, and you actively enjoy building a network around the problems and opportunities you seek.

 

You have a highly relevant set of technical knowledge such as:

● Entomology

● In vitro fertilisation in invertebrates

● Synbio related to production of peptides or enzymes or pheromones

● Synbio related to in vitro and GM procedures

● Knowledge of the characteristics of cocoa

● Beekeeping, insect husbandry and reproductive biology

● Biotechnology and genomics of invertebrates

● Biology and immunology of insect cells, especially social insects

● Insect nutrition and evaluation of bee forage

● Integrated crop pollination and plant-pollinator interactions

 

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 6 months (give or take a couple of 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

current founders

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.

current founders

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.