Organic Value Recovery Solutions LLC
The OVRSol process relies on the combined expertise of two of the world’s leading experts on bio-conversion of
organic material - Dr. Craig Sheppard and Dr. Larry Newton
Dr. Craig Sheppard
Insect Science Resource
D. Craig Sheppard, Ph.D. earned his Master's degree in entomology from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, in
1972 and his Doctorate in entomology from Louisiana State University in 1975. During 1975 and 1976, he was
employed as a Research Associate at LSU. From 1977 through 2004, Sheppard was employed as an Assistant
Professor and Associate Professor at the Department of Entomology, University of Georgia. There he conducted
research on the red imported fire ant and the biology and control of pest flies associated with livestock.
Sheppard has written and published many seminal articles and reports on black soldier fly biology and how to
utilize this insect for value recovery from low value organics. Many of his writings also document that the residue of
the original "waste" feedstock is less problematic, more stable and is valuable as an organic fertilizer. House flies
and most odors are eliminated with the soldier fly digestive process.
Since retirement from UGA as Emeritus Research Professor in 2004, Sheppard has continued studies to utilize
soldier fly prepupae meal as a fishmeal alternative and other products, as well as develop a production system for
the feedstuff in close collaboration with Dr. Larry Newton.
Sheppard incorporated Insect Science Resource in 2006, a firm which produces and markets live black soldier fly
larvae to the pet food trade. Sold as the Phoenix Worm®, the larvae are served as high-calcium live food for
reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals. Phoenix Worms are recognized as a functional food, particularly
for their beneficial calcium: phosphorous content. They are credited with curing metabolic bone disease in many
captive reptiles. Recognizing these health benefits, Phoenix Worms are fed by many zoos including the San Diego
Zoo and the St. Louis Zoo. Phoenix Worms have been critical in supporting good reproductive health in
endangered frog species from Costa Rica (Cincinnati Zoo), the Golden White-eye (St. Louis Zoo) and the Bali
Mynah bird (Roger Williams Park Zoo). Both of these birds are "critically endangered".
Sheppard was granted and holds registered international trademarks for the brand, Phoenix Worm, which is the
first feeder insect to be trademarked. Phoenix Worms are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Insect
Science Resource has been the source for larvae needed by researchers conducting bio-conversion studies in the
US, Canada and Europe.
Having spent his academic career studying and writing on using black soldier fly for waste reduction and value
production, Sheppard is recognized as the leading world authority on bio-conversion. Sheppard's current objective
is to realize large scale commercialization of this unique process to reduce environmental problems and increase
protein and energy feedstuff to support the increasing worldwide demand for seafood and other animal proteins.
Full Vitae available on request.
Dr. Larry Newton
G. Larry Newton, Ph.D. earned his Master’s Degree in Animal Science (ruminant
nutrition) from Virginia Polytechnic in 1970 and his Doctorate in Animal Science (nutrition
emphasis) in 1972 from North Carolina State University. He was employed as a Research
Associate at the Univ. of Kentucky from 1972 to 1973, an Assistant Professor at the Univ.
of Georgia from 1973 to 1980 and an Associate Professor at the Univ. of Georgia from
July 1980 to 2006. From 2006 to present his primary responsibilities at the Univ. of
Georgia include research and research administration.
Dr. Newton has authored or co-authored numerous studies and articles on black soldier
fly production and production techniques. In association with Dr. Sheppard and the
University of Georgia, Dr. Newton has pioneered technology related to bio-conversion of low-value organic wastes
from agricultural and other sources and how production can be integrated with environmental benefits. With his
extensive background in animal nutrition and his experience with black soldier fly production, Dr. Newton is
recognized as a leading authority in bio-conversion techniques relating to the production of insect biomass.
Besides being an authority on black soldier fly production, Dr. Newton’s extensive background in waste
management, animal nutrition and the use of animal by-products for field application, Dr. Newton is also highly
recognized for his ability to combine environmental benefits with proven agricultural and environmental
management techniques. Dr. Newton has also been invaluable in recognizing and assessing the nutritional value of
the black soldier fly as it applies to aquaculture and animal nutrition.
Additional experience includes work in the areas of beef cattle nutrition, swine nutrition, animal housing, animal-
environmental interactions, soil & water, forages, and entomology (with experience primarily as a member of
multidisciplinary teams). Dr. Newton is recognized as a leading authority on black soldier fly production. Dr.
Newton’s work with black solider fly production has centred around the practical application of integrating black
soldier fly production methods into modern agricultural practices.
Full Vitae available on request.