Multi-disciplinary teams are essential for moving from active ingredient to product.
Biopesticide products are typically developed across disciplines – from entomology, microbiology, mycology, and biochemistry to entrepreneurship and investor education. Moving from the discovery of an active ingredient to a product requires even more diverse skills in the team. A university lab may do the basic research, then a company may license the patent and develop a way to produce the active ingredients and yet another company may develop the product formulation.
But as noted elsewhere herein, there is a need for a broader set of perspectives present in the design and launch of a biopesticide product – most profoundly, this process should include environmental health scientists and green chemists.