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.
BeesVita Plus™ is a revolutionary nutritional system for honey bees that naturally strengthens their defenses, while simultaneously controlling varroa. BVP™protects honey bees from pathogens and the detrimental effects of well-known maladies such as varroa, nosema, monocultures in pollination services, and pesticides.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mr. Rosen has worked in the finance industry as an investment banker and trader since 1981. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating both foreign and domestic transactions. Lee is based in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
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. Francesca is based in Rome, Italy.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Mr. Fleischer is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of diversified business experience (both public and private companies) of all sizes (from $5 million to over $1 billion in annual revenues). His industry experience includes distribution, manufacturing, healthcare services, promotional marketing/advertising, etc. He has a proven track record of meeting financial goals and prides himself in being a strategic partner with the CEO and the senior management team. The profitability of every entity that he was the Chief Financial Officer showed strong improvement during his tenures. He began his career on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse (over 11 years). Mr. Fleischer is a CPA and received his BS degree in Accounting from Lehigh University.
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. Andrea is based in Rome, Italy.
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’s Outstanding Senior Award. While being a full time student he also worked full time at the USDA’s Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. While at the USDA he assisted Dr. Steven Cook on his research on the effects of various factors on honeybee physiology. They worked in both lab and fields studies on factors such as pesticide exposure, nutrition, and parasitism by varroa. John is based out of Gambrills, Maryland USA.
Manager of Argentina
Mr. Paul is a lawyer and apiarist with extensive experience in beekeeping and farming in South America and New Zealand. Mr. Paul is a Farming Technician and a beekeeping sanitary inspector in Argentina. Mr. Paul has extensive experience leading teams in many different companies, and his unique skill set will help us to expand our operations worldwide. Martin is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.