Oxford biotech company secures more authorisations to sell its products overseas

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Eden Research plc, the Milton Park-based company focused on sustainable biopesticides for the global crop protection, animal health and consumer products industries, has announced that its commercial collaborator, Eastman Chemical Company, has received authorisation for the sale of Cedroz in France. The French regulator has also approved Eden’s biofungicide, Mevalone, for use in organic agriculture in France.

Separately, Eden has been notified that Mevalone has received authorisation for use on table and wine grapes in Serbia via regional distributor K&N Efthymiadis (‘KNE’).

The approval of Cedroz in France covers both indoor and outdoor uses on strawberries, tomatoes, aubergines, physalis, pepinos, cucumbers, courgettes, gherkins, peppers, chillies, melons, watermelons and pumpkins. Cedroz is a bionematicide based on terpene active ingredients encapsulated in Eden’s patented Sustaine technology. Both of Eden’s commercially available products have now been authorised in France, following the approval for the use of Mevalone on grapes in 2017.

The combined fruit, vegetable and horticultural sector in France has an annual output of more than €8 billion, excluding potatoes and wine grapes, highlighting the significance of the market for Eden. Melons, which are included in this approval, are the second most plentiful fruit in the country with 250,000 tonnes grown each year.

The demand for Cedroz stems from it being residue-free with a zero-day pre-harvest interval, which allows for applications right up to harvest.

The organic approval of Mevalone is timely as the French organic farming industry is on the rise, increasing from around 580,000 hectares in 2008 to more than two million hectares in 2018. Now that Mevalone can be used on organic farms, it increases the addressable market for the product. Eden’s three EU-registered active ingredients, geraniol, eugenol and thymol, received approval for use in organic farming in the EU in January of this year.

There is an opportunity for additional growth in other EU countries when organic approval for Cedroz and Mevalone as full formulations is granted. The EU has recently proposed that at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land should be farmed organically, and the action plan supporting this change has now reached the public consultation phase.in.

Sean Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Eden, said: “We are pleased to see Cedroz reach another key European market. In France, our biofungicide, Mevalone, has been used by French grape growers to integrate more sustainable practices into their crop protection programmes and Cedroz will play a similar role for a wider range of fruit and vegetable growers in the market. Cedroz has strong momentum with this being its fourth full authorisation in 2020, supporting growers’ increasing need for environmentally friendly products that protect against nematode infestation.”