Oxitec male mosquitoes released from pot in Jacobina Brazil

Why the World Health Organization Just Backed a Mosquito

Matt Warren 29th April 2016 Perspectives

The World Health Organization (WHO) steps in to fight the worst global health crises. From the HIV/AIDS epidemic1 to the deadly Ebola virus2, the organization plays an integral role in recommending appropriate courses of action and coordinating global response. With the emergence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus being linked to microcephaly, a rare neurological condition [...]


Poll: Americans are Willing to Change Their Travel Plans, Support a Field Test of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Matt Warren 13th April 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

Oxford, UK, 13th April 2016 – An independent survey finds that 64 percent of American adults nationwide, and 66 percent in Florida, support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the use of genetically engineered mosquitoes in areas of the United States that are vulnerable to a Zika outbreak. The survey was conducted as the [...]

The Oxitec truck releases Oxitec mosquitoes at GPS-mapped sites for targeted control

Press Release: National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) to Grant Special Temporary Registration for Oxitec’s GE Mosquito

Matt Warren 13th April 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

OX513A Fights Primary Mosquito Vector of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya Viruses Oxford, UK, 13 April 2016 – The National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) announced yesterday they would grant a special temporary registration (RET, Registro Especial Temporário) to Oxitec to deploy its genetically engineered mosquito, OX513A, known as Friendly Aedes aegypti, throughout the country. [...]

Single OX513A Aae male in flight – High res

Press Release: World Health Organization (WHO) Issues Positive Recommendation for Oxitec’s Self-limiting Mosquito

Matt Warren 21st March 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

OXFORD, UK, 21st March 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has posted the conclusions and recommendations of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) meeting from March 14-15, 2016, regarding vector control tools for use in response to the recent Zika virus outbreak.  After their review of several new tools with the potential to reduce vector [...]

OX513A larvae and pupae 2

Press Release: FDA Publishes Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact on Oxitec’s Self-limiting Mosquito

Matt Warren 11th March 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 8.45AM ET, FRIDAY 11th MARCH, 2016 OXFORD, UK, 11th March 2016 – The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) today released in the Federal Register a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on Oxitec’s self-limiting OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito for an investigational trial in the Florida Keys.  The finding [...]

Andy & Danilo releasing Friendly mosquitoes

Press Release: Expansion of Oxitec’s Vector Control Solution in Brazil Attacking Source of Zika Virus and Dengue Fever after Positive Program Results

Chris Creese 19th January 2016 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12PM UK OXFORD, England, and GERMANTOWN, Md., January, 19, 2016 – Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced its subsidiary Oxitec and Piracicaba City Hall have expanded the ‘Friendly Aedes aegypti Project’ in Piracicaba, Brazil following strong results for controlling the Ae. aegypti mosquito population, the primary vector for [...]

Big Ben Westminster

Press Release: House of Lords Recognises the Potential of GM Insects in Seminal Report

Chris Creese 16th December 2015 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 AM GMT, Thursday 17th December 2015 OXFORD, UK, 17th December 2015 The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee published today the findings of their four month investigation into GM insects with strong recognition of their potential to improve lives worldwide by controlling harmful pests that spread disease and damage food [...]

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Press Release: Recent Outbreak of Zika Virus in Brazil Creates Pressing Need for Effective Vector Control Solutions

Chris Creese 9th December 2015 News, Oxitec in the news

Oxitec’s Self-Limiting Approach Targets Aedes aegypti Mosquito Responsible for Virus Epidemic OXFORD, England and GERMANTOWN, Md., Dec. 8, 2015 Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, today announced that Oxitec, a UK-based subsidiary of the Company, is prepared to increase supplies of its proprietary mosquito control solution, OX513A, through its Brazil facilities to assist Brazil in addressing the recent devastating outbreak of [...]

Medfly mating

Press release: Australia trials Oxitec’s environmentally friendly medfly for protection of fruit crops

Chris Creese 23rd November 2015 News, Oxitec in the news

EMBARGOED UNTIL 3:00 PM AWST, Tuesday 24th November 2015 Oxford, UK, 24th November 2015 The Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) announced today they will conduct an indoor assessment of Oxitec’s pesticide-free and environmentally friendly method of insect pest control in the hope it could help growers protect their fruit crops from the [...]

Oxitec OBN Award 2015

Press Release: Oxitec Wins Best Emerging UK Synbio Company Award

Chris Creese 2nd October 2015 News, Oxitec in the news

Oxford, UK, 2nd October, 2015 Oxitec is delighted to be named the Best Emerging UK SynBio company by OBN for our pioneering work tackling insect pests that spread disease and damage crops. The award category recognizes the synthetic biology companies showing the greatest promise. Hadyn Parry, CEO, said, “The health and food security challenges we [...]