So despite unrelated student strikes, and four months of navigating bureaucratic rapids and simply waiting in frustration, we’re signed and confirmed baby! The press release is below. More updates to follow as we get the greenhouse up and begin research with our recently interviewed interns. There’s a lot of back-story to put up on our newly created blog, but look for that in the next few weeks.
27 May 2008
BIOSYSTEMS DESIGN, LLC. SIGNS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBIA, COMPLETES FIRST RESEARCH REPORT ON PRODUCTION PROCESS TO CONVERT CROP AND FOOD WASTE INTO HIGH PROTEIN LARVAE-MEAL.
(Bogotá, Colombia) – A five-year Research & Development Agreement with the Agronomy Department of the National University of Colombia was signed this week by Grant Canary, CEO & Founder of BioSystems Design, LLC.
In signing this agreement, BioSystems Design, LLC has the privilege of working with the finest researchers in Colombia to design an industrial production process for larvae-meal. The agreement gives BioSystems private greenhouse space to operate the recently imported Bio Pods from ESR International, as well as access to a variety of research laboratories essential to the study and perfection of the industrial larvae-meal production process. BioSystems will be working with dozens of agronomists, engineers, and biologists from the National University of Colombia, who will assist with key aspects of the research.
Coinciding with this agreement is the completion of the first BioSystems Design research report on the industrial larvae-meal production process, designed and developed at the prestigious Colombian private university, Universidad de La Salle. In this study, BioSystems Design, LLC researchers have compared larvae feeding substrates and feeding conditions for optimal growth. Further study is being developed at the University to understand the growth response of the larvae to varying nutrient levels in organic substrates. Published documents can be read at http://www.biosystemsdesign.com
With the successful completion of the first research report and the signing of this important agreement done, BioSystems Design, LLC is immediately looking forward to designing an expanded, second stage of research study. These studies will commence June 1, 2008 with results expected November 2008. Please see http://www.biosystemsdesign.com for more information on the work of BioSystems Design, LLC.