The loss of Biodiversity is the major consequence of HABITAT DESTRUCTION, CLIMATE CHANGE, INVASIVE SPECIES, POLLUTION, HUMAN-OVERPOPULATION and OVER-HARVESTING; The loss of Biodiversity constitutes one of the gravest threats to Humanity in the coming decades – or even ever. We either stop – or ideally even reverse – the doing of that damage, or we will cease to exist as a species ourselves.
As quite all other global damage done by modern economic activity, the loss of Biodiversity is directly or indirectly caused by the industrialized nations. The consequences initially only (and mainly) devastate the species-rich and poorer countries; But Western and Asian Governments have understood that this only defers a certainly lethal disaster concerning themselves. Government and Non-Government funds to fight the problem are available in enormous quantities. Often, there already are the legal frameworks to fight the problem. The magnitude of the part of problem that we can address – illegal trafficking of animals – can even be quantified: the illegal trade in protected species and products derived from them is approaching that of drug-trafficking.
Countless localized, well-meant, often volunteer-based activities are underway to fight a global firestorm locally with what amounts to drops of water. And although Interpol, Europol, Customs Authorities, just to name a few, are in theory ready – and in practice legally obliged – to act globally in concerted action, laws are not, because cannot, be enforced. One major reason for this is an astounding lack of technologies applicable to curbing that illegal trafficking. There is no doubt that this is due to the private sector not having come up with ways to actually make money with methods to protect Biodiversity. Thousands of academic research groups address tiny slices of the problem. Had these groups the product in their hands that we are proposing to develop, a giant leap would be made by this huge community to determine the effects of the loss of Biodiversity on life (including ours) on the planet as whole.
The major precondition for quenching illegal trafficking, illegal breeding, poaching or processing of endangered species is to identify all possible specimens or sources of materials thereof, their geographical origin and their degree of genetic relatedness of literally tens of thousands of species, many millions of times per year. Today a different test must be developed and then routinely and inexpensively performed for each species – an obvious impossibility. The major reason for this is of a scientific nature. There are thousands – that being the tip of the iceberg only – of protected species and the way technology operates today, huge investments must be made into each of these species individually in order to protect them. This escalates the cost of creating methods to fight the problem to an extent that even a major Government (including the EU, US or China, the global leaders in at least determination) will not and probably even cannot shoulder.
Our invention, in part results from 20 years at the forefront of animal genetics and epigenetics and from the development of new generation genome technologies. We have found a way to classify at unprecedented detail any and every species on Earth with one single inexpensive and field-capable test. The science is such that unbreakable IP will result and the rise of copy-cats will be impossible.
There are several customer groups for our technology. These are law enforcement, industrial and collection (expensive endangered species) breeders, academic research and zoological gardens. The most important of which will no doubt be the world’s law enforcement agencies, struggling to enforce existing legal requirements already today. Groups like breeders will for the first time come under pressure to comply with these laws, as these will conveniently be enforceable with our product. Only two to four years after our market entry, animal trafficking for breeding purposes for example may well be entirely curbed.