Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop LED-Based Alternatives to Pesticides

Update:18 Dec 2017

Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ven […]

Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good of Melbourne, Australia, have agreed to collaborate on the development of light technologies for pest control. The joint development effort will combine Global Good’s photonic fence invention and Lighting Science’s light-control technology to produce field-ready prototypes that reportedly provide an environmentally-responsible alternative to chemical pesticides. Lighting Science plans to leverage this development effort to create a new company specializing in efficient and effective pest control products for residential, commercial, and health.

The photonic fence device employs low-cost sensors and laser technology and uses software to identify, track, and eliminate insects. Intellectual Ventures first invented the photonic fence device to address the spread of malaria in developing countries. In addition to its potential for helping global health organizations fighting vector-borne diseases, the photonic fence technologyalso presents significant applications for agriculture.

“What began by putting the world’s deadliest animal, the mosquito, in our sights with a laser, has opened up new advances in the way we can use light to protect communities and crops from a range of disease-bearing insects,” said Maurizio Vecchione, senior vice president for Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures. “For example, the export potential of high-value crops could increase dramatically if a light-based perimeter was available to both monitor and eliminate pests, instead ofpossibly unsafe or ineffective insecticides.”

Under the research agreement, Global Good will license its photonic fence technology to Lighting Science to manage product development in both vector control for malaria and derivative inventions in agricultural systems. Lighting Science’s goal for the collaboration is to commercialize vector control and derivative innovations for agriculture in world markets.

Lighting Science CEO Ed Bednarcik says, “This collaborative product development could drive significant new advances in the intersection of biology and light.” Lighting Science founder and chief technology officer Fred Maxik added, “The transformation of light into a digital technology that can be precisely controlled offers great promise in a number of fields – especially human health and agriculture. Our experience working with NASA and other agencies has shown us that we can improve agricultural output without the use of harmful chemicals.”

Craig Cogut, chairman of Lighting Science and founder and managing partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors stated, “We believe that new applications of LED technology can democratize light, revolutionize incumbent industries, and improve the lives of billions. Collaborating with Global Good will help us to overcome global challenges and ensure that the environmental, health, and agricultural benefits of this transformation are shared globally.”