IPS appoints technical business development manager

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Cheshire-based International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has strengthened its technical team with the promotion of Payman Shafighi to the newly created role of technical business development manager.

The new appointment coincides with a recent move to new premises in Neston, Cheshire, and the opening of IPS’s Pest Hub, a purpose-built laboratory space to enable IPS and other biotech companies, biocide or pesticide manufacturers to research all things related to pests.

Mr Shafighi said: “This new role will give me a vast opportunity to connect with lots of people, learn from them and promote our services and capabilities to potential markets along with educating the end-users about the new technologies we deploy in our current and future products and solutions.

“The future is bright, for me and for IPS. The users of our products and services will benefit from what we are doing which is helping to move towards a more organic and healthier world that is less reliant on pesticides.”

Before joining IPS as an entomological scientist in 2017, Mr Shafighi gained an MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, following on from a BSc in Plant protection from The University of Zanjan in Iran. He then went on to achieve Professorship in Entomology, an expert level diploma in Agricultural Toxicology and a diploma in Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Payman started his career in Iran in 2013 working as a technical expert in the field of BioControl for Golsam (Raha Andish Kavan) company, one of the leading companies in the Middle East and in the agriculture industry.

In this role, he organised more than 100 educational programs and meetings with farmers in Iran trying to improve their knowledge about new methods of monitoring and controlling pest species. The programme also covered pesticide reduction and appropriate usage.

Alongside this wor, he  was involved in more than 25 technical trials including the official trials needed for registering Mating Disruption Pheromones for controlling Cydia pomonella, Lobesia botrana and Zeuzera pyrina. He is also a published author, in Iran, on mating disruption product research.

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