Bee Vectoring Technologies proudly announces the appointment of Ashish Malik, former VP of Global Marketing, Biologics at Bayer CropScience, to the full time position of President and CEO, starting September 1st 2016.
Mr. Malik succeeds Michael Collinson, BVT’s former CEO, who will maintain his position as Executive Chairman. Mr. Malik will focus on the commercialization of the BVT system using his expertise and understanding of the agricultural market to deliver, as in his past revenue generation and a solid business case for growers.
Mr. Malik will build a strong U.S. company presence in the Davis/Sacramento region in California, an area considered a global hotspot for food and agricultural biological technology startups. California is expected to be one of the largest potential revenue states for BVT. He comes to BVT directly from his Global Marketing role at Bayer CropScience. In that role, he was responsible for successfully integrating biological products into Bayer’s portfolio of crop protection products following a series of acquisitions, managing the portfolio of biological assets globally, and building a long term strategy of continued investment in biologicals to aggressively grow this third and newest strategic pillar at Bayer (along with Chemistry and Seeds/Traits).
Mr. Malik said of the decision to join BVT “I’m immensely excited by the opportunity to join a young company which I believe has significant potential to be an integral future player in the global crop protection business. Improving agriculture using responsible and sustainable practices to make it more productive (i.e. higher yields, better crops) is something we all should be focusing on and something I am passionate about. BVT’s disruptive technology and the systems it has developed, along with the team assembled to drive it into mainstream adoption, is something very unique and special.”
Executive Chairman, Mr. Michael Collinson, stated “The significance of having an industry figure such as Ashish join the company at this early stage cannot be overstated. It is unquestionably a remarkable endorsement of BVT’s products and potential. Ashish is an exceptionally skilled specialist in our industry and has a rich and well-proven talent for driving innovative new products into global markets. We feel privileged to have Ashish on the team and excited about his ability to move BVT to the next level.”
Prior to joining Bayer CropScience in 2012, from 2008, Mr. Malik held the position of Senior VP of Global Marketing at AgraQuest Inc. As a member of AgraQuest’s Executive Team, Mr. Malik had global responsibility for its marketing and development functions (field development and regulatory affairs). He co-led the strategic transformation of the company to become market-led, and a “go-to-partner” for Big-Ag companies. During his tenure, the company became recognized as the global leader in biological crop protection products within the industry and contributed to significant value creation, which led to a US$425 million (plus milestones) acquisition by Bayer CropScience in 2012.
Before AgraQuest Mr. Malik served as the Head of Commercial Operations for the Home Care Division at Syngenta. During that time, he was responsible for the overall leadership of the newly developed division, where he defined growth strategies, developed go-to-market approaches and identified opportunities for brand value building.
Mr. Malik serves on the Board of the Biopesticides Industry Alliance (BPIA). He holds an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College. He lives in Davis, California with this wife and 4 children.
Mr. Malik will receive 1,000,000 options with a strike price of $0.32, exercisable for five years and issued in accordance with the Company’s stock option plan, combined with other incentive bonuses based on revenue, market capital and M&A targets to be approved by the Company.
BVT has developed and owns patent-pending bee vectoring technology (consisting of a proprietary tray dispenser containing a unique carrier agent) that is designed to harmlessly utilize commercially reared bumblebees as natural delivery mechanisms for a variety of powdered mixtures comprised of organic compounds that inhibit or eliminate common crop diseases, while at the same time stimulating and enhancing the same crops. This unique and proprietary process facilitates a targeted delivery of crop controls using the simple process of bee pollination to replace traditional crop spraying, resulting in better yield, organic product and less impact on the environment without the use of water or disruptions to labour.
Additional information can be viewed at the Company’s website www.beevt.com.
4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again
As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.
Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.
Jars and Containers
Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.
An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.
Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!
If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!
Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!
These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money
The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.
Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.
Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.
Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale
The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.
Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.
Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI
It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.
Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.
Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.
Implementing green changes without a plan
Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.
Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:
- How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
- How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
- How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
- How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?
The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.
Not considering the benefits of green printing
Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.
Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.
According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:
- They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
- They consume less energy than traditional printers.
- They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.
You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.
Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers
Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.
The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.
You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.
Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.
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