In 2008, colony collapse disorder (CCD) destroyed approximately 80% of the honey bee colonies in a region of Italy. But on one family farm, the hives remained unaffected. Dr. Francesca del Vecchio studied the natural food resources specific to this farm to determine what the bees were ingesting that was making them thrive.
After several years of testing hundreds of natural plant extracts, letting the bees choose the best compositions, Dr. del Vecchio created BeesVita Plus™ (BVP™). In 2011, Dr. del Vecchio and her partners founded a company now known as Healthy Bees LLC, which has patents pending for BVP™ across the world.
BVP™ is a revolutionary nutritional system for honey bees that organically strengthens their natural defenses. It protects them from pathogens and the detrimental effects of well-known maladies such as CCD, bad nutrition from monocultures in pollination services, and pesticides.
FRANCESCA DEL VECCHIO, PhD
BeesVita Plus Inventor & Chief Scientist
Dr. del Vecchio has 18 years of professional experience in international academic institutions, private companies and R&D centers managing several innovative projects in the fields of biology, chemistry, botanic and biochemistry. Her skills and competencies are primarily in the development of advanced techniques for the formulation and preparation of biochemistry compounds and DNA sequencing. She also has extensive experience in all the most common techniques used in genetic therapy and in molecular biology for DNA cloning and DNA engineering. She is well published in all major fields of the scientific biochemistry community. Dr. del Vecchio has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and a University Degree in Biology from the University of ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy. She is also a beekeeper at the company’s laboratory and apiary in Tuscany, Italy.
HUMBERTO BONCRISTIANI, PhD
Chief Operational Officer (COO) and Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Boncristiani has more than 10 years of experience as a leading honey bee academic and research scientist. In recent years, he has conducted research on honey bee health as a Research Scientist at the Entomology Dept., University of Maryland, as a Research Fellow for The National Academy of Sciences, and as a Research Associate for the USDA’s Bee Research Laboratory. Dr. Boncristiani also previously served as Chief Technology Officer for Forrest Innovations, an Israeli-based technology company focused on using RNAi technology against citrus greening and mosquitoes. Dr. Boncristiani has both a M.Sc. And Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Virology Emphasis) from the University of Sāo Paulo (Sāo Paulo, Brazil) and a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (Sāo Paulo, Brazil). He is the co-author of numerous scientific articles regarding honey bees and various maladies affecting honey bees. Dr. Boncristiani is also the co-author of 3 patent applications regarding the treatment of mosquitos. He is based in Odenton, MD. Dr. Boncristiani is well known in the beekeeping industry throughout much of North and South America for his research on honey bees.
ANDREA FESTUCCIA, PhD
Business Development & Strategy
Dr. Festuccia possesses a technical background in the areas of chemical, raw materials, and environmental engineering. For the past 20 years, he has held senior leadership roles in private sector companies in the area of environmental engineering and sustainable development. He has developed a particular focus on the physical extraction of active principals from natural products. His career to date has lead him to activities in over 40 countries worldwide. Dr. Festuccia has a Ph.D. in Chemical engineering from the University, “La Sapienza” of Rome. Dr. Festuccia is widely published in the scientific community and is the inventor/owner of multiple national and international patents. He is based in Rome, Italy.
ANA DURVALINA BOMTORIN, PhD
Manager of South American Field Trials and Research Analyst
Dr. Bomtorin has more than ten years of experience in honey bee development research. She has both an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in which was completed at School of Life Sciences at Sussex University (Brighton, England). She also worked as a Research Fellow on bumblebee development at Ulm University (Ulm, Germany) and has collaborated with many authors from around the world. By conducting studies using molecular techniques such as microarrays and RNAi, Dr. Bomtorin has authored publications regarding early and late honeybee development. In 2016, Dr. Bomtorin became an entrepreneur by opening her own lab which specializes in veterinarian molecular diagnostics. She has disseminated her knowledge and findings by giving many presentations on her work as well as through publications. Dr. Bomtorin is now pursuing an MBA in Business Management from the University of Sao Paulo. She is based out of Piracicaba in Sao Paulo/Brazil.
Manager of Field Trials USA and Research Scientist
John Turpin served in the United States Airforce for four years before deciding to separate and attend college. He obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated with honors, receiving the department Outstanding Senior Award. While and attending college as well as after he worked in the USDA’s Bee Research Lab. Here he researched Dr. Steven Cook on the effects of various external factors on Honey Bee Physiology. Factors such as pesticide exposure, nutrition, and parasitism by Varroa were explored in both lab and field studies. John is based out of Gambrills, Maryland USA.
Manager of Argentina
Mr. Paul is a lawyer and apiarist with extensive experience in beekeeping in South America, Europe and New Zealand. Mr. Paul has extensive experience leading teams in many different companies around the world, and his unique skill set will help us to expand our operations worldwide.