Keenan is the Social Media Specialist for Forrest Innovations Ltd. and is responsible for developing and optimizing Forrest Innovations’ pages within each platform to increase the visibility of the company’s social content.
Forrest Innovations Ltd. is a global company with offices and laboratory facilities located in St. Louis, Missouri at Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park, Grass Valley, California, two international locations in Curitiba, Brazil (in the state of Paraná) and the company headquarters resides in Caesarea, Israel. Forrest came to BRDG Park in the summer of 2015 as part of a BioSTL initiative, GlobalSTL, to attract Israeli companies to establish a presence in the region. St. Louis, which has been cited as an “entrepreneurial boomtown” has all the necessary elements for an agtech company to flourish and grow – inventions, funding, infrastructure, entrepreneurs and service providers who understand the needs of science-based enterprises such as Forrest Innovations.
Forrest is operating at the forefront of technology, leveraging its development platforms to address two major challenges that humanity is facing. The first challenge is in healthcare, more specifically, disease vectoring mosquitos.
Recently, the company deployed a Modular Mosquito Mobile Unit in Paranaguá, Brazil as part of an emergency project aimed at fighting the threat of Dengue Fever. Paranaguá, a city of roughly 150,000 inhabitants suffered a severe dengue epidemic last year which included over 15,000 cases and 29 fatalities. In the upcoming months, the first collection of our naturally sterilized male mosquitos will be released by airplane over the city. Female mosquitos that mate with these sterilized males will not be able to produce viable offspring, thus minimizing the disease vectoring mosquito populations. This process is similar to the tactic Forrest used to help battle the spread of the Zika virus earlier this year at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The second major objective Forrest Innovations is addressing is in agriculture, particularly a disease known as “Citrus Greening (HLB).” This bacterial disease has become one of the most destructive diseases of citrus worldwide. It is wreaking havoc in major citrus producing geographies, which is demolishing the multi-billion-dollar orange juice industry before our very eyes.
Environmental and social responsibility are deeply embedded in Forrest’s diverse activities. The company aims to use technology, education and the entire global operation to improve the well-being of people and ecosystems around the world.
Forrest has also recognized the need to concentrate global efforts ensuring food security. One of the tragedies of our era is that humanity throws away roughly one-third of the food being produced for human consumption. Reducing this number by 50 percent is expected to be more than enough to diminish hunger from those suffering worldwide.
Forrest’s mission is to fight global food waste and promote sustainability. To achieve these ambitious goals, the company has developed a unique educational plan built to empower children and young adults through social-environmental leadership skills. Thus providing a sense of commitment, these environmental leaders will be the accelerators of environmental awareness, responsibility and positive change.
Forrest Innovations accepts these challenges presented by nature and society. The company’s highly qualified, dedicated and experienced multi-disciplinary team has created robust platforms to manage all aspects of the company.