Agritech company, Bee Vectoring Technologies International, has announced the opening of its new European office in Switzerland's Agri & Co Innovation Center, where the Company joins other innovative organisations in the country's flourishing agritech community.
BVT has pioneered a natural precision agriculture system that replaces chemical pesticides and wasteful plant protection product spray applications by delivering biological pesticide alternatives to crops using commercially grown bees.
"We are honoured to have been awarded this space as part of the Agri & Co Challenge and we would like to thank them for their support. The award recognises BVT as a sustainable alternative to chemical pesticides, something that the European market is eager to adopt," says Ashish Malik, CEO of Bee Vectoring Technologies.
"The new office and the accompanying expert resources will help BVT expand into the European market."
The new location is designed to help BVT continue its innovation in biological crop protection delivery systems.
It includes a fully-equipped laboratory, growth chambers, greenhouse space for trialling (starting in spring 2020), and 95 hectares of land leased to a local grower who will host trials in his fields, as well as office space. In addition, BVT will receive the full support of Agri & Co staff and the Swiss canton of Fribourg's state government, access to experts in various fields, as well as facilitated R&D collaborations with other agritech innovators.
"This is now our regional base for piloting and commercialising our natural precision agriculture technology in Europe. The goal of the BVT Europe office is to coordinate registration efforts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), enable partnership conversations and develop our go-to-market strategy with our North American head office," says Christoph Lehnen, BVT's Business Manager for EAME.
"As soon as we have Swiss regulatory approval, which we anticipate this year, we will start establishing commercial deals with Swiss growers and gain valuable experience for an eventual launch across Europe."