I’ve noticed everybody and their uncle wanting to jump into the biologicals field lately. Our sector is exploding. With that, I’ve given some thought as to where I’d like to see this industry go. What I’d like to see happen is more of what we’ve already done as a company, which is developing a true discovery-type platform with research and development.
Our sector needs a lot more R&D. I know I’m going to be criticized for saying this because many companies feel they’ve already done that, but I believe there needs to be more proof of concept of what people are bringing to market.
Some companies are entering products in the marketplace and they have absolutely no idea what, specifically, their biologicals do. I ran across this about 18 years ago. Companies wanted us to take on their biological products and the only data they had was collected from farmers’ fields near where they lived. I’m not saying that’s bad, but what’s needed is at least a year’s worth of replicated trial data.
I don’t doubt the field results presented to us were valid, but they must be combined with…