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Vancouver agri-tech startup Semios wins big at international awards

A Vancouver-based startup has won a $285,000 award from U.S. telecom giant Verizon for its pesticide-free pest management system for farms.

Semios Technologies was the only Canadian finalist in the Verizon Powerful Answers Award, which was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which ran from January 7 to 10, 2014.

Semios’ system uses farm-based weather systems, camera enabled traps and wireless networks to help farmers effectively use pheremones to control insects.

The system is an alternative to using pesticides to kill crop infestations.

“In the past two years of field testing in North America and Europe, we have proven that better information from the field improves a grower’s ability to manage pests across their crop,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios.

Semios is currently taking part in VentureLabs, a high-tech business accelerator program jointly run by Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

– Business Vancouver, by Jen St. Denis

VentureLabs client Semios wins Verizon prize

Semios Technologies, a client of the SFU-affiliated VentureLabs® business accelerator program, has won a $285,000 Verizon Powerful Answers Award for its high-tech pesticide-free agricultural pest management system.

Using wireless networks and integrated devices such as farm-based weather stations and camera-enabled traps, the system lets growers use non-toxic pheromones—the chemicals insects secrete to communicate with each other—for pest control.

This significantly reduces or eliminates the need for toxic insecticides.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the win,” says Semios founder and CEO, Michael Gilbert, who accepted the award sponsored by U.S. telecom giant Verizon at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month.

“We are very proud of the work the Semios team has accomplished to date and look forward to great progress with the assistance of this award in 2014. And we’re grateful for the expert strategic advisory services we’ve received from the VentureLabs’ team, who’ve been extremely supportive of everything we’re doing.

“In the past two years of field testing in North America and Europe we have proven that better information from the field improves a grower’s ability to manage pests across their crop. Recognition of our solutions in this forum is inspiring.”

Semios participated in the sustainability category of the Powerful Answers competition, which promotes innovative technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in the areas of healthcare, education and sustainability.

In total, $10 million was awarded to the top 15 winners at the competition, five in each category, after a selection process that included some 1,300 entries and in-person pitches from the top 30 finalists.
Semios was the lone Canadian finalist in the competition.

VentureLabs is a world-class business accelerator program delivered by SFU, the University of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in partnership with the B.C. Innovation Council. Other partners include the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Mitacs, a private not-for-profit organization that pairs companies with academics and government to promote Canadian research and development and training.

For more on Semios, visit semios.com; for more on VentureLabs, visit venturelabs.ca and for more on the awards/winners, visit verizon.com/powerfulanswers/award.

– SFU, Research

Semios A Winner in Verizon’s $10M Powerful Answers Award Competition

Semios a Winner in Verizon’s $10M Powerful Answers Award Competition

Vancouver, Canada – Semios, a Vancouver company that has introduced wireless technologies to
agricultural pest management, is a winner in global Verizon Powerful Answers Award. The final results,
including a $285,000 prize for Semios, were announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
in Las Vegas.

Semios’ “Powerful Answer” is a pest control system that utilizes wireless networks and integrated devices
across agricultural crops. The Semios technologies enable growers to utilize non-toxic pheromones for
pest control, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for toxic pesticides.

“Semios is extremely pleased with this result in Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award,” said Dr. Michael
Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Semios. “In the past 2 years of field testing in North America and Europe
we have proven that better information from the field improves a grower’s ability to manage pests across
their crop. Recognition of our solutions in this forum is inspiring. We are very proud of the work the
Semios team has accomplished to date and look forward to great progress with the assistance of this
Award in 2014.”

The Verizon Powerful Answers Award was a competition seeking innovative technologies to solve some
of the world’s most pressing problems in the areas of healthcare, education and sustainability. Semios
participated in the sustainability category. In total, $10 Million was awarded to the top 15 winners, five in
each category, after a selection process that included some 1300 entries and in-person pitches for the top
30 finalists. Semios was the lone Canadian finalist in the competition.

More information on the award and the results can be found at:
http://www.verizon.com/powerfulanswers/award/

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About Semios

Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.) is a Canadian company
offering real-time information and precision pest management tools for agriculture. Powerful, secure
online software integrates weather and pest monitoring with remotely-controlled mating disruption. The
Semios platform combines hardware and software to enable farms to make decisions that preserve and
increase crop value.

Contact
Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.)
Michael Gilbert, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
604-229-2044 ext. 101
mgilbert@semios.com

Semios a Top-Five Finalist in Verizon’s $10M Global Innovation Competition

Semios a Top-Five Finalist in Verizon’s $10M Global Innovation Competition

Vancouver, Canada – Semios, a Vancouver company that has introduced innovative, wireless technologies
to agricultural pest management, has been selected as the lone Canadian finalist for the global Verizon

“Powerful Answers Award.” The competition, run by American cell phone giant Verizon, will award
$10M to innovators proposing powerful solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The final
results will be announced January 8, 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Semios’ “Powerful Answer” is a pest control system that utilizes wireless networks and integrated devices
across agricultural crops. Being considered under the “Sustainability” category, Semios enables growers
to utilize non-toxic pheromones for pest control, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for toxic
pesticides.

“Semios is thrilled to be a top five finalist in Verizon’s Powerful Answers Competition” said Dr. Michael
Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Semios. “In the past 2 years of field testing in North America and Europe
we have proven that better information from the field improves a grower’s ability to manage pests across
their crop. Recognition of our solutions in this forum is inspiring, and we are excited to attend the CES in
Las Vegas in January for the final results.”

More information on the competition, including the press release announcing the top five finalists in each
category, can be found at:

http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2013/12/powerful-answers-award-winners-announced.html

For more information on Semios, visit semios.com.

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About Semios

Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.) is a Canadian company
offering real-time information and precision pest management tools for agriculture. Powerful, secure
online software integrates weather and pest monitoring with remotely-controlled mating disruption. The
Semios platform combines hardware and software to enable farms to make decisions that preserve and
increase crop value.

Contact
Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.)
Michael Gilbert, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
604-229-2044 ext. 101
mgilbert@semios.com

Vancouver-based Semios a Finalist in Verizon’s $10M Global Innovation Competition

Vancouver-based Semios a Finalist in Verizon’s $10M Global Innovation Competition

Vancouver, Canada – Semios, a Vancouver company that has introduced innovative, wireless technologies to agricultural pest control, has been selected as the lone Canadian finalist for the global Verizon “Powerful Answers Award.” The competition, run by American cell phone giant Verizon, will award $10M to innovators proposing powerful solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

Semios’ “Powerful Answer” is a pest control system that utilizes wireless networks and integrated devices across agricultural crops to deliver pest control, using pheromones rather than pesticides. Being considered under the “Sustainability” category, Semios enables growers to utilize non-toxic pheromones for pest control, greatly reducing or eliminating the need for toxic pesticides. The system has wide wide-reaching applications in crops around the world.

“Semios is thrilled to be a finalist in Verizon’s Powerful Answers Competition” said Dr. Michael Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Semios. “In the past 3 years of field testing in North America and Europe we have proven that better data makes for better decisions, ultimately creating better farming practices. We are extremely proud that our technology produces healthier fruit. Recognition of our solutions in this forum is inspiring, and we are excited to present this week in California to Verizon’s prestigious panel of judges.

Winners of the Verizon Powerful Answers Competition will be announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, 2014. More information on the competition, including the press release announcing the finalists, can be found at:
http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/2013/10/powerful-answers-award-finalists.html

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About Semios

Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.) is a Canadian company
offering real-time information and precision pest management tools for agriculture. Powerful, secure
online software integrates weather and pest monitoring with remotely-controlled mating disruption. The
Semios platform combines hardware and software to enable farms to make decisions that preserve and
increase crop value.

Contact
Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.)
Michael Gilbert, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
604-229-2044 ext. 101
mgilbert@semios.com

Semios: Big Data and Digitizing the Farm

Since 1793 the Old Farmer’s Almanac is probably best known for it’s sunrise tables and planting charts. For many farmers, the Almanac has been providing useful information, and also removing some uncertainty, for a business where success can be forged or shattered by the whims of Mother Nature.

While some farmers today still swear by the results of working with information that’s rooted in predictions about astronomical events, such as the rising of the sun, time, tides and weather, Vancouver-based Semios knows the weather is unpredictable and is focusing on helping farmers increase their crop value by redefining the science and business of crop management.

Semios is innovating agricultural technology by combining precision agriculture, biological pest control and data management. Michael Gilbert, founder and CEO of Semios, is taking his 20-years of biotech experience and decided to make pests lives miserable. For every miserable pest, there’s a happy farmer with a happier crop.

It’s commonly known that farming currently has serious economic challenges, coupled with an aging community, have put the industry in jeopardy of maintaining a healthy and dependable food supply chain. Semios is becoming an industry leader in developing machine-to-machine (M2M) agricultural technology. Considering food claims the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, new technologies like what Semios is bringing to the table is a potential game changer.

Their technology is enabling growers of high-value crops to monitor for insect pests, plant diseases and micro-climates. Data is transferred through a wireless mesh network, via the Semios dashboard, and often right into the hands of the farmer via a smartphone or tablet. Once the information is relayed, the farmer can quickly determine where and when to take appropriate action to protect and increase their crop value. The Semios system integrates on-orchard weather stations, camera-enabled traps that deliver daily pest activity, along with remote-controlled aerosol pheromone dispensers for mating disruption. This system offers farmers a near real-time decision making platform – which could essentially save them a season of revenue.

Source: http://www.betakit.com/semios-big-data-and-digitizing-the-farm/

Mating-Disrupting Pheromone Technology Reduces Chemical Pesticide Use in Canadian Orchards

Vancouver’s semiosBIO Technologies gets $2.8 million investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 15, 2013) – Well, the fruit-eating moths who want to mate won’t be happy about it, but fruit eaters and Canada’s orchard growers will be, as Vancouver’s semiosBIO Technologies received a $2.8 million investment from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) that can reduce the use of chemical pesticides on fruit crops. The company will use the funds to do a broad demonstration of its pest management system which prevents oriental fruit moths and codling moths from mating, reducing the larvae population which eat through fruit and cost Canadian orchards money and lost produce.

SemiosBIO has developed a pest management system comprised of mating-disrupting pheromones and automated sensory and dispersion equipment to apply pheromones and measure their efficacy. The automated pest management system allows users to perform real-time monitoring, quantify pests, control pheromone dispersion and collect other data.

“Our Government is doing its part to encourage innovation and the next wave of clean technologies to help protect our environment and create high-quality jobs,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Investment in projects such as these demonstrates our leadership in driving a vibrant clean technology industry in Canada.”

“SemiosBIO is very pleased that through its investment of $2.8 million, the Government of Canada has recognized that our pest management system reduces pesticide use on fruit and will result in cleaner soil and cleaner water – SDTC’s commitment today will help the success of this clean technology tomorrow,” said Dr. Michael Gilbert, President and CEO of semiosBIO.

“SDTC is proud to add this project to its portfolio, now valued at more than $2 billion. When purchased and used by Canadian industry, the clean technologies developed by portfolio companies will enable a variety of sectors to increase their share of global markets,” said Dr. Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. “As Canada works to diversify its export markets, working with new trading partners in emerging countries, these innovative technologies will help make Canadian natural resources and products more globally attractive and competitive.”

The pest management technology developed by semiosBIO is more cost-effective and less-labour intensive for fruit growers than the solid matrix pheromone technology that currently exists, and prevents soil and water contamination which occur when toxic chemicals such as Phosmet, Carbaryl and Diazinon are used in spray applications. By 2020, uptake of this technology in Canadian apple orchards has the potential to displace and prevent soil contamination from these pesticides by respectively 27, 14 and 13 tonnes /yr. Similarly, it could reduce water contamination by these same three chemicals by 402, 214 and 201 kg/yr.

For this pest management system project, semiosBIO Technologies Inc. is part of a consortium that includes Okanagan Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program (SIR), the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Guelph and Mr. Len Metcalfe.

Today’s funding announcement is part of $61.8 million to help 23 new clean technology projects from across the country reach commercialization.

Read the original article on marketwired.com

About semiosBIO Technologies
Founded in 2010, Vancouver-based semiosBIO is a Canadian company offering real-time information and precision pest management tools for high value crops. Powerful, secure online software integrates weather and pest monitoring with remotely-controlled mating disruption. The semiosBIO platform combines hardware and software to enable farms to make decisions that preserve and increase crop value.

About SDTC
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth and export markets. With a portfolio of companies under management valued at more than $2 billion, SDTC is positioning cleantech as a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity.

SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $590 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.

SDTC works with the private sector, the financial sector and all levels of government to meet the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation.

 

Contact
Semios (SemiosBIO Technologies Inc.)
Michael Gilbert, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
604-229-2044 ext. 101
mgilbert@semios.com