Our focus is to develop safe, not-toxic, natural products for the control of urban pests. Our founders have been involved in the development and licensing of biopesticide products for over 25 years and bring with them a deep understanding of the biopesticide development process. As leaders in the field of commercial biopesticide products including ‘Green Muscle™’ for locust and grasshopper control in Africa, the ConidioTec team bring unrivaled experience in understanding the production, formulation and utilization of biological products.
Dr. Nina Jenkins is the Chief Technical Officer and co-Founder of ConidioTec. Nina handles technical service, treatment protocols, regulatory affairs, and advises on product development, production and quality control in collaboration with Giovani Bellicanta. Nina has worked on biopesticide development for over 20 years, having been a key member of the research team that developed the commercial biopesticide Green Muscle for locust and grasshopper control in Africa. As program manager in the final phase of the Green Muscle project, she handled technology transfer and licensing of the technology to Biological Control Products Pty. South Africa, now owned by BASF.
Mr. Don McCandless is the Chief Executive Officer and responsible for customer service, sales, marketing, distribution, finance, and general business bits & pieces. Don’s experience in technology transfer and commercialization with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA and the TechCelerator@StateCollege led to the creation of 66 technology companies over five years. His 20 years at Restek Corporation, a leading supplier of chromatography products, involved manufacturing, marketing, sales, domestic and international distribution, executive management, and five years as CEO.
Dr. Giovani Bellicanta is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for product development and manufacturing. Having previously managed the fungal production plant for Itaforte, the largest biopesticide producer in Brazil, Giovani is ideally qualified to oversee the design and day-to day running of the ConidioTec formulation facility.
Mr. Stuart Fain is the President of Owl Pest Prevention, one of the largest independent pest control companies in the Maryland/DC/VA area. Stuart is a specialist in bed bug remediation and key business advisor to the ConidioTec team.
Dr. Matthew Thomas has over 25 years of experience in biopesticide research and currently leads multiple research programs related to biopesticides for different insect pests at Penn State. Matt acts as a scientific advisor and collaborates on the introduction of new target pests and markets emerging from his research group at Penn State.