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The Qista Project

Protecting and enhancing

Protecting
the victims of mosquitoes by eliminating the source of the problem


Developing outdoor spaces and reclaiming outdoor living areas

Pierre Bellagambi
Co-Founder and Managing Director

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Simon Lillamand
Co-Founder and Chairman

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How the project began

Pierre Bellagambi and Simon Lillamand,, two young entrepreneurs from the south of France, were long-standing business partners with complementary professional backgrounds. They started taking an interest in mosquito control in 2012.

Birth of an idea

After the publication of a scientific article by Dr Poulin on humid areas and how mosquitoes are controlled within them, they started to consider the catastrophic impact current methods to control mosquitoes on a large scale have on the environment. The arrival of the tiger mosquito in France only confirmed their concern. So they decided to develop an efficient solution for controlling mosquitoes which respected the environment.

Testing

From the initial attempts in the garage of Simon's grandfather to the first operational prototypes, numerous tests were carried out and the model continued to be improved. The entrepreneurial duo then presented the fruit of their research to the Centre de recherche de la Tour du Valat and the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, which, conscious of the environmental impact of such a solution, provided the project with their technical support. In 2014, a patent was filed and the Techno-Bam company was created.

Confirmation

In 2015, 16 anti-mosquito traps were installed in the pilot village of Sambuc (a Natura 2000 protected area) in Camargue. The results confirmed how efficient the solution could be on a large scale. The experiment resulted in an 88% fall in the number of mosquitoes!

Pierre Bellagambi and Simon Lillamand - Qista Founders

2016

The final design for the general public appears under the brand name Qista.

Since 2015

International installations

Installation of mosquito traps in Europe and the South Pacific

Research and development to continue to improve performance

2016

COP 22

Presentation of the eco-friendly solution for controlling mosquitoes at the COP 22 in Marrakesh

The final design for the general public appears under the brand name Qista.

2017

The beginning of recognition

Accepted onto the French Environment Ministry’s Green Tech Verte initiative, recognised by World Efficiency, Med’Innovant, Territoria de bronze and Talent INPI.

Air Liquide, France Industrie and TDH acquire a stake in the company.

2018

Recognition

Awards: 2 Awards at the Las Vegas CES

Opening up of capital to private investors

2019

Disease vector control

The island of Réunion and the cities of Marseilles, Hyères and Toulouse gear up to protect schools, nurseries and public areas

Qista doubles its turnover

2020

Global public health challenges

The Treasury Department chooses Qista from among 226 companies for a sustainable town project in Africa.

Hyères renews an order for 100 additional traps to protect its citizens and tourists.

2021

Realisation of entomological expertise

2021 marks the realisation of scientific expertise with the launch of the QISTA LAB.

Our QISTA LAB carries out its first field studies in Djibouti in March.

In Kaolack, more than 270,000 mosquitoes are captured by our traps. Very positive results underlined by health teams on the ground.

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6,000
traps installed

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58 
communities supplied

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4
continents supplied

Success story

Double Innovation Award at the Las Vegas CES!

CES Innovation Awards

Recognition

Since its beginnings at the Cleantech start-up hub in Aix-en-Provence, Qista has been accepted onto the Green Tech Verte initiative run by the Ministry for Ecological and Socially Responsible Transition and continues to be recognised for its innovation. For the 2 young entrepreneurs the 2018 Las Vegas CES was an accolade with 2 awards for the connectivity and real-time monitoring of the anti-mosquito trap. However, prior to that they had already crowned their success with 1st prize at the 2018 World Efficiency, the Med’Innovant 2017 prize awarded by Euroméditerranée and la Cité des entrepreneurs, and other prestigious awards.

These awards led to encounters which were essential for the development of Qista, particularly with the Environment Ministry.

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