INDUSTRY: Biotechnology, Medical FINANCING: Seed Fund

Terramera was founded in 2010 while the founder, Karn Manhas, was studying law at UBC.  The genesis of the company occurred when Karn, in debating the issue of bed bugs with a fellow student, asserted that there must be a naturally occurring compound that was safe for humans but fatal to bed bugs. Karn, who has a first degree in biology and biotechnology, then began to research and investigate natural compound candidates for the basis of a bed bug bio-pesticide. Karn’s research led him to consider extracts from the neem tree which is a tropical evergreen tree native to India and well know in India for its medicinal and insecticidal qualities. These neem tree extracts are now the basis of Karn’s bio-pesticide product.