Dr Minshad Ansari – Founder & CEO
Minshad holds a PhD in Applied Agricultural Science from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He was awarded the BASIS in Commercial Horticulture certificate in 2013 and a Level 5 award in Leadership and Management in 2015.
Minshad founded Bionema in 2012 at Swansea University and is passionate about developing and commercialising natural bioproducts to protect crops from pests and diseases – to reduce the use of synthetic pesticides, enhance food security and increase crop yields.
Minshad has developed and commercialised NemaTrident®, NemaSpreader® and the UniSpore® range of products for major insect pest control.
So far, he has developed more than 12 bioproducts, and has raised £680,000 in equity investment and more than £1 million in grant funding.
Minshad is responsible for business development – including strategy planning, operational management, research and development, product and technology innovation, product commercialisation, company regulatory affairs, investment and registration.
Minshad has also won several regional and national awards – including: the Industry Collaboration Award; the Success through Innovation Award; the Medical, Life Sciences & Healthcare Award; the New Product (NemaTrident®) Award; and a Business and Education Partnerships Award. See details here: https://bionema.com/awards
Minshad is a scientific entrepreneur and biopesticide biotechnology developer with a successful track record of developing and commercialising bioinsecticide products. Commercially astute with natural leadership, management, and interpersonal skills – he is a lateral thinker, persuasive and resolute and has an extensive international contact network across the agrochemicals, agriTech and biotech industries, as well as the horticulture, sports turf, and forestry sectors.