Bury St Edmunds firm AlphaBio Control win Queen's Award for Enterprise
Bury St Edmunds-based agricultural technology company AlphaBio Control has won a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Anglo-Italian company with 14 staff, based in King's Road, was honoured for their product FLiPPER.
This is a bio-insecticide, a pest control that provides effective control of the sucking pests that would otherwise spread viral diseases and destroy crops.
The Queen's Award is the highest honour for a UK business and each year only around 200 are awarded.
Iain Fleming, chief executive and co-founder of AlphaBio Control, said: “I still can’t quite believe that we have been recognised in this way.
"It has been achieved by our fantastic team working incredibly hard, to develop and commercialise what is now a pipeline of products coming from our rigorous in-house research and development programmes.
"We believe there is a better, more sustainable way to feed ourselves, affordably and are determined to play a leading role in this vital change of direction.
"This award is also a recognition of that approach.”
Mr Fleming believes FLiPPER is much less harmful to populations of pollinators than other bio-insecticides.
He added: "FLiPPER has a fundamental role in helping answer one of planet Earth’s most pressing questions: how do we feed a growing population in ways that have a lower impact
on global biodiversity?
"Its active ingredient is extracted from the olive and allows growers to produce crops that are free of chemical residues."
FLiPPER is now in its second year in the market and has been approved for use in Europe, Israel, and Ethiopia.
It is the first of a number of such products AlphaBio is developing.