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Biogents at the AMCA meeting in San Diego, California

Biogents at the AMCA meeting in San Diego, California

Biogents attends the 83rd annual meeting of the AMCA (American Mosquito Control Association) in San Diego, California next week (Feb. 13 – 17, 2017).

Come by and visit our booth (number 427), where we will present our products such as the new BG-Bowl, the BG-GAT, the BG-Counter, and the BG-Sentinel 2, as well as our contract research services!

Biogents will attend the 83nd annual meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association in SanDiego, California, Feb. 2017
We will also contribute  two talks and one poster:

  • Biogents Sweetscent Lure increases the collection rate of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in commercially available homeowner mosquito traps. (Wed., Feb. 15, afternoon poster session)
  • The passive Gravid Aedes Trap (BG-GAT): an environmentally-friendly, low-cost, and effective tool for Aedes (Stegomyia) surveillance. (Thu., Feb. 16, 14:05)
  • The BG-Counter, the first operative automatic mosquito counting device for online mosquito monitoring: field tests and technical outlook. (Thu., Feb. 16, 14:45). More infos on the BG-Counter can be found here: www.bg-counter.com.

We are looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

Job Opening at Biogents AG: Sales Representative

Job Opening at Biogents AG: Sales Representative with a background in medical entomology or similar fields

Biogents AG, located in Regensburg, Germany, is an innovative company on the forefront of mosquito control research and focuses on the development and production of highly efficient mosquito traps and attractants. Over 16 years of thorough scientific research in the areas of insect behavior and mosquito olfactory senses led to the development of an innovative trapping technology: the Biogents mosquito traps. Meanwhile, the BG-Sentinel trap is a worldwide proven standard tool for Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus surveillance. Biogents also runs a complementary contract research and development unit in the field of mosquito repellents and related products.

Over the last 10 years, Biogents has sold its products in over 100 countries and in various markets such as the professional pest control, health care industry including governmental and public health institutions as well as the end-consumer markets. Biogents is expanding and is looking for a well-organized Sales Representative for the mosquito trap and lure business to provide the necessary support to its sales department.

Start: as soon as possible

Job Description

While the main focus of the job will be sales, the position will entail many other tasks and responsibilities as is typical within small companies. Various responsibilities would be:

  • Sales:processing and organization of international orders with accuracy and timeliness, including the supervision of large international distributors and customers worldwide
  • Customer service: answering customer questions and inquiries with technical knowledge of the products and responding to possible complaints including after-sales support
  • Marketing: assist in the preparation and organizing of promotional material or events such as scientific conferences or commercial exhibitions and creating presentation to promote new products
  • Administration: filing important documents and communicating relevant information including sorting financial and non-financial data in electronic form and presenting analytical reports
  • Customer acquisition: making appointments or arrangements to meet new and existing customers

We are looking for a person with

  • a good standard of general education, preferably with a background in medical entomology, vector control, or vector ecology and an interest in Biogents’ focus
  • experience in sales or in other administrative positions is welcome
  • good computer skills (MS Office, experience with an ERP System would be an additional plus)
  • proficiency in English (Necessary, as 90% of sales are in English. Fluency in German is not necessary, however would be preferred. Additional languages would be very advantageous.)
  • excellent communication skills to deal with a broad range of customers
  • willingness to travel
  • good organizational skills, confidence, flexibility and the willingness to work in a team atmosphere
  • due to the structure of the company, social skills are a very important aspect as the team is small and must work closely together

Interested?

Please send your CV and other relevant documents as a single PDF file to recruiting@biogents.com . We are looking forward to your application!

July 2016 – Intelligent mosquito counter: Biogents facing competition from Microsoft?

Intelligent mosquito counters made in Germany: facing competition from Microsoft?

Scientists all over the world can now track the growth of mosquito populations on their computers. “The BG-Counter is a new kind of mosquito counting machine that allows scientists and health authorities to be proactive against a coming infestation,” says Dr. Martin Geier of Biogents AG in Regensburg, Germany. The high-tech equipment was developed by the Regensburg mosquito experts in cooperation with a company from Silicon Valley, and has been successfully tested since autumn 2015 in the Florida Keys on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The counter is now going into serial production. Recently, a demonstration model has come online at Lake Starnberg south of Munich. Since mid-June, it has been possible to track the increase in mosquito populations after the recent floods and even the times at which these insects are particularly active.
Last week, Microsoft announced that it was developing a similar mosquito trapping system, indicating that the demand for such intelligent mosquito traps is great and will continue to grow in the future. Globally, mosquitoes are considered among the creatures most dangerous to humans. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from mosquito-borne diseases. Biogents AG, headquartered in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, has a prominent position in this promising market. For example, Biogents traps are considered the gold standard for yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes around the world. No wonder since they are based on more than twenty years of intensive research and development.
Whether the Microsoft traps will be comparable to those made by Biogents remains to be seen. “Microsoft wants to develop traps into some kind of flying laboratories that are supposed to solve every issue related to mosquito monitoring in one fell swoop. Our experience shows that it’s better to establish effective technologies step-by-step and integrate them over time,” says Dr. Geier. Most importantly: Before mosquitoes can be analyzed and counted, they first must be attracted and trapped. When it comes to this essential detail, Biogents leads the field. Their particularly efficient traps are used by public health authorities and scientists worldwide. Even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using Biogents’ BG-Sentinel traps as a monitoring tool in the fight against Asian tiger mosquitoes and yellow fever mosquitoes. Both these mosquitoes can also transmit dengue, the Zika virus, and the chikungunya viruses, and are therefore considered particularly dangerous. According to the CDC, BG-Sentinel traps are currently the mosquito traps most commonly used to catch adult tiger mosquitoes. The field trials of the BG-Counter on the Florida Keys were very successful. 80-90% of the trapped mosquitoes are correctly identified and counted. “Other mosquito-fighting organisations have indicated their interest in these new counters,” says Geier. Since February, Biogents has joined forces with Irideon SL in Spain and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete to further develop the BG-Counter’s sensors. The aim: to distinguish different mosquito species caught in the trap, and to identify those that are especially problematic as potential disease vectors. This project called REMOSIS (Remote Mosquito Situation and Identification System) is being funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. Researchers around the world will then be able to track carriers of disease and invasive species even more accurately than ever before.

June 2016 – CDC recommends Biogents mosquito traps

The CDC recommends using the BG-Sentinel trap as a surveillance tool in the fight against tiger mosquitoes which transmit dengue fever, chikungunya fever, and the Zika virus. According to the CDC, the BG-Sentinel is one of the most highly used mosquito traps to collect adult tiger mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). More information on the CDC webpage>>