Biovecblok Ltd is investing in development of a unique research centre, only one of its kind in Italy, able to offer a number of specialized services including product monitoring and testing within these structures called semi-field cages.
The semi-field cages are large cages (160 m²) in which the conditions of light, temperature and humidity in which the mosquitoes, object of our research, live in the tropical and sub-tropical regions will be reproduced.
In particular, within these cages certain products' effects on the physiology of mosquitoes can be assessed, in controlled field conditions. The parameters which can be measured are: flight, sting, coupling, oviposition and others.
Our research centre will also include a molecular biology laboratory and we are planning to set up a BSL-3 certified laboratory to conduct experiments involving the use of human pathogens such as Plasmodium falciparum and viruses.
We are building this research centre in the municipality of Muccia (MC). These facilities will be used by our company not only for completing researches related to our projects but also providing us with income. In fact, we will exploit the scarce availability of semi-field cages in the world (there are very few structures around the world with such characteristics and wait times are incredibly long) to attract national and international customers, satisfying their needs and multiple technical-experimental requests. We are convinced that our research centre will attract prestigious international clientèle such as university research groups interested in testing their products in field conditions. This design will lend not only prestige to the University of Camerino, but will create an induced economic impact on the Marche region. In particular, it could give an impulse to the economic recovery of the upper part of Macerata, an area strongly weakened by the earthquake of 2016, which forced most of the commercial activities to go out of business.