Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) has a new President and CEO. The company recently appointed Ashish Malik, former Vice President of Global Marketing, Biologics at Bayer CropScience, to the full-time position starting on September 1.
Malik succeeds Michael Collinson, BVT’s former CEO, who will maintain his position as Executive Chairman. Malik will focus on the commercialization of the BVT system using his expertise and understanding of the agricultural market.
BVT developed and owns patent-pending bee vectoring technology — consisting of a proprietary tray dispenser containing a unique carrier agent — that is designed to harmlessly utilize commercially reared bumblebees as natural delivery mechanisms for a variety of powdered mixtures comprised of organic compounds that inhibit or eliminate common crop diseases, while at the same time stimulating and enhancing the same crops. This process facilitates a targeted delivery of crop controls using the simple process of bee pollination to replace traditional crop spraying, resulting in better yield and less impact on the environment without the use of water or disruptions to labor.
Malik comes to BVT directly from his Global Marketing role at Bayer CropScience. In that role, he was responsible for successfully integrating biological products into Bayer’s portfolio of crop protection products following a series of acquisitions, managing the portfolio of biological assets globally, and building a long-term strategy of continued investment in biologicals to aggressively grow this third and newest strategic pillar at Bayer.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to join a young company that I believe has significant potential to be an integral future player in the global crop protection business,” Malik says. “Improving agriculture using responsible and sustainable practices is something we all should be focusing on and something I am passionate about. BVT’s disruptive technology and the systems it has developed, along with the team assembled to drive it into mainstream adoption, is something very unique and special.”
Prior to joining Bayer CropScience in 2012, from 2008, Malik held the position of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at AgraQuest. As a member of AgraQuest’s executive team, Malik had global responsibility for its marketing and development functions (field development and regulatory affairs). During his tenure, the company became recognized as a global leader in biological crop protection products within the industry and contributed to significant value creation.