NEW FROM BIOCOMM PRESS – STRATEGIC R&D MANAGEMENT: AGCHEM & BIOSCIENCE, the second book in the LABCOAT GUIDE TO CROP PROTECTION series!

Did you find value in the LABCOAT GUIDE TO CROP PROTECTION series I published on LinkedIn during 2017?

STRATEGIC R&D MANAGEMENT: AGCHEM & BIOSCIENCE – the second book in the LABCOAT GUIDE TO CROP PROTECTION series is now published and available in eBook and Print formats, for convenient reference!

Strategic R&D Management prioritises the integration of R&D with corporate and business objectives, while ensuring compliance with conventional Project Management parameters such as budgets and performance indicators.

Within the global crop protection industry, R&D resources have become too diluted for many companies to utilise true product innovation and strategic vision, and larger companies have leveraged consolidation to access the research and development initiatives of smaller, more innovative companies.

Aimed at managers, researchers, and others wishing to understand basic strategic aspects of Crop Protection, this book is an easily accessible introduction to essential principles of Strategic R&D Management.

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CONTENTS

PART I THE CROP PROTECTION INDUSTRY

  1. Strategic Trends
  2. Strategic Opportunities & Challenges
  3. Factors Affecting the Biopesticide Market
  4. Biopesticide Discovery & Development

 

PART II STRATEGIC RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

  1. R&D in the Global Crop Protection Industry
  2. Strategic R&D Management
  3. Managing Innovation Processes in R&D
  4. Inclusive Management Frameworks for Strategic R&D
  5. Leading Innovation in R&D teams

 

PART III CASE STUDY: STRATEGIC R&D MANAGEMENT

  1. Case Study: AGCHEMCO
  2. Analysis: AGCHEMCO
  3. Strategic Vision for the Crop Protection Industry

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BOOK LANDING PAGE ON BIOCOMM.EU:

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Please feel free to read and share my other articles in this series!

A little about myself

I am a Plant Scientist with a background in Molecular Plant Biology and Crop Protection.

20 years ago, I worked at Copenhagen University and the University of Adelaide on plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress in crops.

At that time, biology-based crop protection strategies had not taken off commercially, so I transitioned to conventional (chemical) crop protection R&D at Cheminova, later FMC.

During this period, public opinion as well as increasing regulatory requirements gradually closed the door of opportunity for conventional crop protection strategies, while the biological crop protection technology I had contributed to earlier began to reach commercial viability.

I am available to provide independent Strategic R&D Management as well as Scientific Development and Regulatory support to AgChem & BioScience organizations developing science-based products.

For more information, visit BIOSCIENCE SOLUTIONS – Strategic R&D Management Consultancy

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Harry Teicher is the founder of BIOSCIENCE SOLUTIONS and an Authorpreneur, providing organizations with Strategic- and Project Management as well as Development & Communication solutions. He is an Administrator of the INSEAD Strategic R&D Management Alumni Network LinkedIn group. Follow him on LinkedinTwitter and Facebook.

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December publishing update from BioComm Press

Another busy month at BioComm Press!

PESTICIDES & BIOPESTICIDES: FORMULATION & MODE OF ACTION – the first book in the LABCOAT GUIDE TO CROP PROTECTION series is now published and available in eBook and print formats!

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Aimed at students, professionals, and others wishing to learn basic biological aspects of Crop Protection, this book is an easily accessible introduction to essential principles of Pesticide and Biopesticide Mode Of Action and Formulation.

For this book, I chose to “go wide” and – in addition to Amazon – have published on Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple’s iBooks.

Work has already started on Volume 2: BioStatistics!

 


 

The German translation of “For All It Was Worth was also published this month (exclusively on Amazon) and received a cover redesign at the last moment!

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Sales have started already, and I estimate it will sell at about 20-30% of the English version.


 

All that is left for this year (apart from taxes) is to wish you all a prosperous 2018!

 

November publishing update from BioComm Press

Hello from Denmark!

November has been all about formatting and cover design!

 

The Labcoat Guide to Crop Protection is nearing completion, with expected eBook publication in January 2018:

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… to be followed by a combined paperback and eBook version in February 2018:

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To read the individual articles pre-publication, please visit LinkedIn:

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In December and January, additional Linkedin articles on BioPesticide Formulation, BioPesticide Mode of Action and a series on BioStatistics will complete the LabCoat Guide series!

The German version of FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is currently being formatted for eBook and paperback publication in December 2017:

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So, a busy few months ahead but, if all goes according to plan, 2018 should be another great year for publishing! Remember: “EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE GOOD BOOK IN THEM!”  – contact me if you would like some help to publish YOUR book!

 

 

The LabCoat Guide to Crop Protection

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Followers of my Linkedin Profile will have noticed that I have been publishing weekly articles on Crop Protection as part of a strategic branding exercise.

Currently, I have posted 12 articles, with an additional eight articles on Pesticide Mode-of-Action, Practical BioStatistics, BioPesticides and Strategic R&D Management in the pipeline.

In the BIOCOMM PRESS LINKEDIN COMPANY PAGE I write:

“EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE GOOD BOOK IN THEM! – This great maxim is particularly true for skilled professionals, who have become experts in their field.”

To practice what I preach, I am now working on compiling these articles into a single book – the Labcoat Guide to Crop Protection R&D – to provide an easily accessible overview of topics I repeatedly find myself referring to in the lab and greenhouse:

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I expect to complete the content by December 2017, and finalize the book (eBook & Print) by January 2018.

Please check out the topics on my Linkedin profile, and let me know if there are any additional areas you would like me to cover – either in this edition, or in a subsequent edition. The current articles are also available on the BioScience Solutions Blog.

If you have collected a lot of material (Powerpoint Presentations etc.) throughout your career, and are ready to showcase your expertise and strengthen your brand, contact me for an informal discussion, or check out the BIOCOMM PRESS website!

 

A New Book by BIOCOMM PRESS: “THE MEANING OF LIFE – ON CACTUS FINCHES, EVOLUTION AND CHAOS” by Author Peter K. Busk is now available in Print and eBook formats

In September, BIOCOMM PRESS published Author Peter K. Busk’s book “THE MEANING OF LIFE – ON CACTUS FINCHES, EVOLUTION AND CHAOS” – an easily-read primer of Population Dynamics, Genetics and Molecular Biology – the “how” of Natural Selection and Evolution.

From this base, the Author introduces a new Biological Theory of Positive Entropy Change – the “why” of evolution, derived from the inner dictate that all living organisms are inexorably driven to increase global biological entropy, or chaos.

In a larger perspective, this basic premise is shown to drive Human Development, and explains, among other things, the reason we are so keen on power shopping – it is in our DNA! Our survival as a species depends on whether we accept this biological condition, and adjust to it.

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This book should be compulsory reading for everyone interested in Evolution, Human History, Philosophy and Religion – and in the Meaning of Life.

An AMAZON Five-Star Review for “For All It Was Worth”!!

FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is the true, personal account of a German soldier’s experiences in Nazi Germany – before, during and after the War.  A story of combat and captivity – of courage, deception, and survival – FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH provides piercing insights into the indoctrination of the German people into Nazi ideology, and addresses the issues facing German World War II veterans.

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FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH by B. R. TEICHER now available on AMAZON in e-BOOK AND PRINT FORMATS!

FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is the true, personal account of a German soldier’s experiences in Nazi Germany – before, during and after the War.  A story of combat and captivity – of courage, deception, and survival – FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH provides piercing insights into the indoctrination of the German people into Nazi ideology, and addresses the issues facing German World War II veterans.

The author was born in Dresden in 1924 – the year Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” was published. Growing up during the pre-War Nazi years, he joined the Hitler Jugend. Following harsh basic training, he was sent to the Eastern Front where he saw combat near Kursk. Captured by the Russians, he escaped and was transferred to the Italian Campaign. With his acquired knowledge of Italian and local conditions, he volunteered for the special forces Division Brandenburg, where he was trained in sabotage and intelligence gathering, operating behind enemy lines and wreaking havoc with the enemy’s command, communication and logistical structures.

 

 

Arriving on leave in Dresden during the February 1945 firebombing, he recounts the terrible aftermath (including the extrication and burial of his father from the ruins of Dresdner Bank) of one of the most devastating and controversial attacks of the Second World War.

Following his return to Italy, and the subsequent capitulation of German forces, he was detained as a PoW in Northern Italy for almost two years. Battle-hardened and disillusioned, he used all his clandestine and organisational skills to initiate successful Black Market operations, while working as an interpreter for the British Army.

Imprisoned in Austria as an escapee, he finally returned to a shattered Germany in 1947, where he elected to remain illegally in the US zone of Occupation. What follows is a gripping story of survival, and an insight into the hardships and privations facing the German people, leading to the Wiederaufbau.

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Much more than a military narrative, the author presents a candid view into the mind and soul of the German people. FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is an account of Hitler’s Germany and its consequences – and is a remarkable document of value to post-War generations, as well as historians and students of World War II.

Excerpt from “For All It Was Worth” – Venice, Italy 1946

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Venice, Italy 1946

I did not only go to Mestre to chase the money, but also to widen my cultural horizons by occasionally driving the few extra kilometers to visit Venice. I could go as far as the Piazzale Roma, next to the railway station. This was the gateway to Venice, where buses and cars had to be parked, because there were no streets in Venice, only the canali. Venice was, and presumably still is, located on a large number of islands, including some which were uninhabited.

The water-bus ride along the Canal Grande was most impressive, viewing all these old and splendid, but usually poorly maintained palazzi. Right next to the Doge’s palace, where the Canal Grande met the Venetian laguna, was the British Officers Club, where I usually started and, some hours later, finished my excursions. Why the heck was I wearing my Polish 1st lieutenant’s uniform on these occasions? A completely unnecessary risk! On the other hand the visit to the Officers Club wasn’t for the drinks and snacks, but I often had interesting discussions with all sorts of British and Allied officers, including quite often some US officers from their air force or navy, mostly.

Afterwards I liked to hire a gondola and to explore along the canali the sites a tourist would never see. I particularly remember a tiny, decrepit-looking church on one of the canals, but which was beautiful inside. Needless to say, I enquired from the gondoliere the best small trattoria for a typical Italian lunch.

After that I took some more pictures with my expensive German camera, but this was not much of a success, because I simply did not know how to properly use such a sophisticated camera. Or the Italian drugstore operators, developing and printing my pictures, didn’t know their job? But no, it was definitely my shortcomings, possibly using the wrong type of 35mm film. Later I usually took a vaporetto to the Lido, where there was also much to see. One of the attractions was the palace of the Venice Film Biennale. One day I hired, at great expense, a gondola to visit some of the many outlying islands, amongst them Murano with their glass blowers, and the cemetery island.

In the autumn of 1946, after several months of leisurely and profitably fleecing the ‘enemy’, our idyllic life took a turn for the worse. Up to now, we had been dealing with regular Black Market operators, and with a few NCOs with sticky fingers. But now we had an approach of a different kind. One day I was contacted (in Venice!) by two smooth-talking and well-dressed and well-behaved gentlemen, who politely suggested that we sell our fuel in future to a specific service station near Mira. To clarify the meaning of their well-meaning suggestion, one of them casually lifted the corner of his well-tailored and expensive jacket, to reveal an automatic pistol.

For a while we stalled. Who wants to give away a well-run profitable business? But then things got a bit out of hand, for our taste. Our new would-be collaborators had heard about a small fuel tanker, moored in the harbor of Mestre. They were looking for a way to steal the damn thing, or rather the contents. At a later meeting, they claimed that they had already roped in a navy chap of some sort, but they needed road transport. Before they could go into details, I told them not to bother: we are out!

 


FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is the true, personal account of one German soldier’s experiences in Nazi Germany – before, during and after World War II. A story of combat and captivity – of courage, deception, and survival – FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH addresses the issues facing German World War II veterans. An unrivaled account of Hitler’s Germany – honestly and candidly told, FOR ALL IT WAS WORTH is a remarkable document of value to post-War generations, as well as historians and students of World War II. TO BE PUBLISHED IN 2017.

THE JUTLAND TRILOGY – Traditional Greek Komboloi made of Samos Olive and thousand-year Danish Bog Oak

Four thousand years ago, an ancient oak sank into a Danish peat bog where it lay, dark and hidden through the Stone, Iron and Bronze ages, the Viking period and Middle Ages until – shortly after WWII – it was dug up, black as pitch and almost as hard as coal, and laid to dry for a further seventy years.

Ten years ago I found some olive wood branches in Samos, Greece – packed them in my luggage and figured I would find use for them some day.

Today, Niels Ole Rønberg performed his magic on the lathe – and the result is a traditional Greek Komboloi made of Samos Olive and thousand-year Danish Bog Oak. In the lower picture, the Komboloi is joined by 45-million-year old Danish Amber and 300-million-year old North Sea coal in a bowl of 100-year old Danish Elm, also worked by Niels Ole Rønberg.

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