About Us

Who we Are

The World BioProtection Forum (WBF) is an international platform for encouraging collaboration between the biocontrol industry and academia in the AgriTech sector.

WBF connects innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, manufacturers and distributors operating in the biocontrol sector.

Our members include

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Innovators
  • Start-ups
  • SMEs
  • Multinationals
  • Leading academic institutions
  • Research organisations
  • Biological control research organisations

The WBF is at the forefront of the collaboration between industry and academia throughout the world, helping to connect researchers, business leaders, customers and investors, in order to turbo-charge innovation, commercialisation and uptake of bioprotection products in a real green revolution.

Our Mission

The Global BioProtection market is increasing. Worth around $3.0 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $10.0 billion by 2025, it shows an annual growth rate of 15-18%. Underlying this growth are numerous factors that have only recently started to be recognised and discussed. There is an urgent need to develop innovative products and application technologies to not only “fill the gaps” in the market due to removal of synthetic pesticides but also to anticipate future requirements as pests and diseases are develop resistance to chemical products. There is also increasing consumer demand for growers to eradicate the use of chemical pesticides in crop production and to grow fruit and vegetables with reduced detectable residues. The WBF engages with top-class academics and researchers, linking them with the biocontrol industry to facilitate innovation and commercialisation. For example, industry collaboration can help educational institutes to resolve IP issues. The WBF actively encourages key regulators, policy makers, investors, environmentalists, and government organisations globally to work together.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between academia and industry globally to ensure the successful development and commercialisation of biocontrol products.

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What We Do

The WBF was founded in 2019 by Dr Minshad Ansari – a scientist who become entrepreneur – to encourage the successful development and commercialisation of novel biological control products for agricultural pests and diseases. Leveraging new technologies and an extensive global network of academics, companies, institutions and advisers.

We are committed to encouraging collaboration across all players in the biocontrol sector – from multinationals to the smallest entities – to ensure those innovations worthy of success are not impeded by structural barriers. By connecting the best minds in research with the best brains in business, we believe that the time has come for biocontrol products to take their place at the forefront of the crop protection industry.

To take full advantage of these opportunities, become a member or explore our benefits of membership.

We aim to:

Encourage collaborations between academia and industry for research and commercialisation

Advance the development of next-generation formulation and delivery systems to improve efficacy

Support innovators and entrepreneurs in their efforts to raise investment for product development and commercialisation

Raise awareness of the sector among general public and investors.

Meet The Team

The WBF is administered by the Management Committee, which currently comprises three Officers: Chairman, Secretary General and Communications Director.

Minshad Ansari, PhD

Chairman

Minshad is the Chairman of WBF. He is passionate about developing and commercialising natural bioproducts to protect crops from pests and diseases, reducing the use of synthetic pesticides, enhancing food security and increasing crop yields. Minshad has >20 years of experience in developing and launching bioprotectors in AgriTech sector, having published >70 research publications in international journals and received many prestigious business innovation awards. He is the Founder and CEO of Bionema, a bioprotectant technology company.

Ross Butler

Secretary General

Ross is secretary-general of WBF. He reports to the Forum’s Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining WBF, Ross worked for several international associations, in London and Brussels, and has held senior positions in corporate marketing. He is also a director at Linear B, a multi-media content agency and hosts a podcast on venture capital investment into technical industries.

Sarah Harding, PhD

Communications Director

Sarah joined the WBF in August 2019 as Communications Director.

With a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Birmingham (UK), and more than 20 years in scientific communications and publishing (including a concurrent role as Editorial Director of Chemicals Knowledge magazine), Sarah has extensive experience in communicating about research and business in many scientific areas but admits to a particular passion for furthering the interests of the bioprotection sector.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting taking place in May 2020. All Members of the WBF will be eligible to apply for, and vote for, positions on the Board of Directors:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • A maximum of eight other Members.

Members shall have a term of two years at the end of which period they may stand for re-election for further periods of two years. Nominations to serve on the Board of Directors should be made in writing by Members to the Secretary General prior to the AGM.

Members must be willing to attend Board meetings (up to three per year), which may take place via webinar in order to:

  • Offer guidance on programme and agenda of the Annual Biopesticide Summit
  • Vote for winners of the Biopesticide Awards (part of the Annual Biopesticide Summit)
  • Guide the activities of the WBF in a manner that benefits its Members.

To nominate a Member for a position on the Board of Directors, please email [email protected]com with the Subject Heading “Nomination for Board of Directors”

Code of Conduct

All Members are asked to sign up to the WBF rules and code of conduct. In summary, Members agree to:

SUPPORT THE WBF IN ITS MISSION TO:

  • Build bridges between academia and industry by encouraging collaborations that will further research and business development.
  • Encourage the development of next-generation formulation and delivery systems for improved efficacy.
  • Educate innovators and entrepreneurs about raising investment for start-ups and SMEs, while working to create more general investor interest in this sector.

BEHAVE IN A MANNER THAT FURTHERS THE INTERESTS OF THE BIOPROTECTION INDUSTRY.

Members will not engage in any anti-competitive behaviour and will not take part in any discussions regarding price levels, discounts, territories or any other issues aimed at restricting fair and legal development of the bioprotection industry.

In the event that a Member or Applicant fails to meet the standards of conduct expected by the WBF, the Member shall be notified of these deficiencies in writing by the Forum. A Member may be expelled for violation of the rules of membership as described in this document.

All members must agree to behave in a manner that furthers the interests of the bioprotection industry