Oxitec discusses its pioneering approach to controlling mosquito populations with members of the Key West community

March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22nd 2012

Senior Oxitec staff yesterday took part in a meeting in Key West, Florida, to discuss proposals to demonstrate our innovative RIDL mosquitoes in the Keys.

Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry and Chief Scientific Officer Luke Alphey met with members of the public, press and representatives of local environmental groups, at a town hall meeting in which interested or concerned residents were given an open invitation to participate.  The meeting was convened by Michael Doyle, Director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), which would be taking the programme forward in Florida.

“Our goal is to keep the Florida Keys the safest and most comfortable destination in the Caribbean region,” said Director Doyle.

“This technology promises to be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than our current methods. Our hope is that a successful trial here might assist in moving this technology to areas of the world with serious disease risks.”

Oxitec is a company using advanced science to deliver a more effective, safer and more sustainable solution to controlling the Dengue mosquito and combating Dengue Fever.  As a business which is striving to deliver public benefit from our technology, public understanding and acceptance must be central to our approach.

Discussing the meeting, Hadyn Parry said:

“The decision to use our technology rests with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and with authorities and regulators at a federal level.  Residents and other concerned members of the public absolutely have a say on how that decision is made.”

“Today’s meeting was an important part of this process.  We appreciated the opportunity to take part in the discussion, and I hope residents left with an improved understanding of our solution.  Members of the public can rest assured that we will be working in partnership with the FKMCD, and that the FKMCD will only move forward with clear regulatory oversight.”