The Utah Innovation Awards announced that Aqua-Yield’s Enhanced NanoShield Delivery™ technology will be honored at the 17th annual Utah Innovation Awards on Oct. 10. Aqua-Yield is being honored in the Life Science – BioTech category.
Aqua-Yield first introduced Enhanced NanoShield Delivery in 2014 and continues to innovate the END to better serve its domestic and international customers with a line of more than 10 products. Enhanced NanoShield Delivery is used in all of the company’s products.
“It’s exciting for me to know that people are starting to share our vision for a sustainable future in agriculture,” said Chief Science Officer, Landon Bunderson.
Enhanced NanoShield Delivery is Aqua-Yield’s patented delivery system for plant nutrition and chemistry. By using nanoparticles, the company is able to deliver nutrients and chemistry to plants more effectively.
The Utah Innovation Awards are presented by Stoel Rives LLP and Silicon Slopes. The program recognizes pioneering Utah companies and the technologies that they develop.
Inc. Magazine revealed today that Utah-based Aqua-Yield, is No. 3077 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Aqua-Yield’s line of products improve the efficiency of fertilizer and farm chemicals using its Enhanced NanoShield Delivery™.
“It’s a huge honor to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 with all of these entrepreneurial companies,” said Clark T. Bell, CEO and co-founder. “Aqua-Yield’s main purpose is to solve agronomic problems for farmers. Since 2014 we have showcased the fertilizer of the future. Our team is excited for more expansion and impact toward rural communities throughout the world. We want to thank our incredible employees, investors and the farmers that we support for believing in the Aqua-Yield mission.”
Established in 2014, Aqua-Yield’s patented line of products, including NanoGro® and NanoPro™, are being used in 38 states and countries around the world. The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage of revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018.
University honors company for commitment to business and students
Aqua-Yield’s ® commitment to business and students has landed the nanotechnology company a unique honor from the University of Utah. The university’s Career & Professional Development Center named Aqua-Yield® as its Employer of the Year, for its dedication to creating student success and to the overall motivation of students through the company’s intern program.
And the reason the honor is so special to Aqua-Yield is, the nomination came from one of its own interns, Kyle Isaacson, a current PhD candidate at the Nano Institute at the university.
In Kyle’s own words, “Even though the company has grown impressively while running an honest and environmentally-friendly operation, the upper management places an even greater focus on ensuring employee happiness and skill development. I strongly encourage the committee to give Aqua-Yield serious consideration for the award. The company has focused on bringing nanotechnology into the agronomy field, coining words such as “nanogronomy” and “nano-shield technology”.
Kyle continued, “I joined Aqua-Yield as a Product Development Intern this past summer with little expectation of having significant interaction with company upper management. My belief proved to be sorely unfounded, as nearly all members of upper management scheduled individual meetings with me and/or took me out to lunch within my first week, including Clark Bell (CEO), Landon Bunderson (CSO), Mike Bullock (COO), and Warren Bell (Chairman). My respect for each of them grew immensely as they personally shared their vision for the company and expanded that I, as an intern, had a very distinct and important role in making that vision a reality.”
“Kyle is an exceptional young man and to have him nominate Aqua-Yield® is sincerely one of the finest tributes our young company could receive,” says Clark Bell, Aqua-Yield® CEO. “We must always have our ‘business eyes’ set on research, development and growth of our nanotechnology, but an integral building block of any successful company is the manner in which it treats and manages employees (interns). What a special event indeed for Kyle to recognize our overall corporate commitment to the mainstay of our company’s mission statement.” Aqua-Yield® was presented the award during a dinner/ceremony at the university.
Co-founded in 2014, Aqua-Yield® introduced the “smallest innovation in agricultural history”; nanoparticulation. Aqua-Yield’s technologies deliver materials directly to the plant’s cells leading to a much higher overall efficiency, resulting in significant advantages for the grower. Results of the company’s unique technologies include; higher yields, lower cost inputs, shorter crop cycles, less environmental impact and an increase in nutrient impact.