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

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 technology
also 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 of
possibly 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.”

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