Bio-Gene is an Australian public biotechnology company, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:BGT), that is developing a patent protected product platform as a new class of insecticides. The insecticidal activity of this β-triketone chemical class was first discovered following a botanical screening program looking to identify natural product based insecticides in Australian flora.
Bio-Gene’s is developing two products targeted at different sectors of the insecticide market. The natural product Qcide™ is an oil extracted from the leaves of a rare cultivar of an Australian eucalypt, the Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana). This product is focused on organic insect control. Flavocide™ is a chemically synthesised product developed as a nature identical molecule to molecules also found in Eucalyptus cloeziana extracts.
Bio-Gene owns patents covering the use of these β-triketone insecticides for insect control.
Both products have been developed by Bio-Gene to address the major worldwide problem of insecticide resistance in the areas of crop protection (including grain storage), public health, consumer applications and animal health.