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Novel Non-Chemical Technologies for Pest and Vector Management - Engineered, Sterile Insect and Related Technologies

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Gavin Newsom

Laurie Brajkovich, Event Lead
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September 06, 2023

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation, along with co-sponsors the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health, are hosting a scientific workshop to discuss novel and emerging technologies and research, particularly focused on engineered, sterile insect and related technologies to manage pests.

The goal for workshop participants is to learn about existing and developing technologies and current research on pest management tools that are alternative to chemical tools. DPR will host an additional workshop in 2024 that will focus on the department’s evaluation framework for insect technologies requiring registration.

When: October 5, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: This event will be held in person at the California Environmental Protection Agency, 1001 I St., Sacramento, in the Coastal Hearing Room. The workshop will also be available for virtual attendance on Zoom. Zoom details are also available on the workshop agenda.

What: The workshop will feature presentations from public sector, private industry and university research scientists on past and current projects and research on new and emerging techniques to better understand these alternative pest management technologies and the science behind them. Each presentation will include an opportunity for questions from attendees. The agenda is available on DPR’s website.

Who: Speakers include:

  • Brad White, Principal Scientist and Director, Verily
  • Jason Leathers, Environmental Program Manager, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Kevin Gorman, Chief Development Officer, Oxitec
  • Marco Metzger, Senior Public Health Biologist, California Department of Public Heath
  • Nikolay Kandul, Researcher, UC San Diego and Cofounder, Synvect, Inc.
  • Peter Atkinson, Researcher, UC Riverside Department of Entomology
  • Stephanie Gamez, Director of Research and Development, Agragene

For questions regarding this event, please contact: Laurie Brajkovich For information on upcoming workshops, please sign-up for email updates from DPR.

More information on DPR and CDFA’s collaborative Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap, please visit DPR’s website.


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. The department achieves this mission by fostering safer, sustainable pest management and operating a robust pesticide regulatory system. DPR’s work includes registering all pesticides sold or used in California, conducting pre- and post-registration scientific evaluations of pesticides to assess and mitigate potential harm to human health or the environment for pesticides in the air and water, and enforcing pesticide use laws and regulations in coordination with 55 County Agriculture Commissioners and their 500 field inspectors.

DPR also conducts outreach to ensure pesticide workers, farmworkers and local communities have access to pesticide safety information. More information about DPR can be found on our website.


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