Superfood for Honeybees
Superfood for Honeybees Project ID : 24-2017-4416
Summary of the technology
Superfood for Honeybees
Project ID : 24-2017-4416
Description of the technology
About the Start Up
APIX Nutrition has been established by two of the worlds’ leading authorities on bee nutrition who seek to commercialize their work, and that of an international research team involving The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle (UK) that, after 7+ years’ work, has resulted in a new feed formulation for honeybees that is demonstrably superior to any of those presently on the market.
Domesticated honeybees play an important role in human food security through their services as crop pollinators and through the production of honey, wax and royal jelly. Unlike most other livestock under intense production, honeybees mainly feed themselves by collecting floral pollen and nectar. However, in areas where there is not enough flowering plant diversity and abundance, beekeepers have adopted the practice of routinely feeding bees with substitutes for pollen composed mainly of seed flours and sugar. The market for honeybee feed is global and worth an estimated £1 billion (sterling). Yet the feeds presently available (mainly of US origin where there is a burgeoning market) are generally of poor quality and do not provide honeybees with an optimized diet akin to that achieved naturally via the consumption of pollen and nectar. Consequently, present feeds are commonly supplemented with ingredients (such as pollen) by beekeepers in an ad hoc manner in a bid to make them more palatable/nutritious.
Figure 1: APIX NUTRITION’s Bee Feed Patty, being eaten by bees.
The goal: to raise the working capital required to register and produce the company’s first product, a novel superfood for honeybees providing a complete and balanced diet. To establish the required operational/marketing platform to drive sales in the US and Southern Europe/UK/Israel to deliver a targeted £20 million (sterling) t/o within 6 years of the launch of our product via a combination of direct sales and distribution partnerships. To developfurther products already in the pipeline.
VP, BD AGTECH, FOODTECH, VETERINARY & ENVIRONMENT
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Technology Transfer Office from IsraelYissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.