Bio-Insecticide Discovery


Enabling Breakthroughs in Bio-Insecticide Discovery

Venom peptides are proving effective against pest organisms - offering alternatives to traditional approaches to bio-insecticide discovery and development.

Venom Bio-Insecticide Discovery Options

Chemical insecticides usually act on a small number of molecular targets (e.g. nAChR channels, Gaba-gated Cl- channel, Glutamate-gated Cl- channel [GluCls]) and are therefore highly selective for insect pests. As a result, hundreds of species of insects have developed resistance to one or more classes of these insecticides. This development of insecticide resistance and concerns about environmental and human safety has resulted in a demand for new, environmentally sustainable bio-insecticides, using active ingredients with novel modes of action.

Bio-insecticide venom

In contrast, venoms have a broad spectrum of insect-killing, and immobilising abilities that have evolved to avoid the development of resistance. At Venomtech we offer a number of unique approaches to development of bio-insecticides from venom:

  • Venom toxin purification service – We can purify your selected toxin from venoms in our library
  • T-VDAInsect – screen our venom array to identify novel leads for your traditional insecticide targets or discover novel targets
  • Venom formulation – create your own novel venom mimic from mixtures of purified venom components

Bio-Insecticide activity of Venomtech crude venom preparations on Diptera larvae. 

Percentage lethality of the 30 crude venom diversity set.

Bio-Insecticide activity crude venom preparations on Diptera larvae

The venom diversity set is an effective tool for finding novel insecticide activity; 12 of the 30 venoms tested were active at one hour.


Available products for cosmetics and drug discovery

Cosmetic inflammation anti-inflammitory


Cosmetic peptides to soothe skin and reduce inflammation

Antipollution cosmetic peptide


Cosmetic peptides to protect skin from toxins and pollutants

Venom bespoke peptide drug design service


Our bespoke cosmetic peptide design service

Target hard to hit drug


Target-based venom arrays for hard-to-hit drug targets

Therapeutic drug discovery

Therapeutic areas 

Venom arrays for antimicrobial, pain, cancer research, etc.

Venom drug discovery array

Custom Arrays 

Venom arrays designed by us for your target or research area

Insecticide & Crop Science Resources

Science Exchange

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Papers & Posters

Helpful publications from our team, our partners and key industry sources

News and events venom

News & Media

Up-to-date events and news items about the species, the science and our team

People and partners venom


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