Intrexon's Oxitec plans to build centralized mosquito egg production unit
Oxitec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intrexon announced plans to build its first centralized Friendly Aedes egg production unit, with the capacity to generate one billion mosquito eggs per week, in Oxfordshire, UK.."This facility will enable egg shipments to various locations across the globe, where they will be reared and then released as part of Oxitec's environmentally-responsible Friendly Aedes programs to suppress Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the primary vector of Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. The new UK facility will deliver a 20-fold increase in Oxitec's existing egg production to support increasing global demand for Aedes aegypti control programs to reduce wild populations worldwide. "This investment is a reflection of the increasing interest and traction we are now seeing for Oxitec's Friendly Aedes programs, and represents a new phase in the company's development," said Mark Carnegie-Brown, Oxitec CEO. "Oxitec's technology represents a paradigm change in combating dangerous Aedes aegypti that threaten more than half of the world's population, and this factory will better position us to help countries in need of superior solutions in the fight against this invasive mosquito that carries Zika, dengue and other harmful viruses."