Arctic, Inc., based in North Carolina, uses micro- and macro-climate manipulation for the benefit of agriculture and the environment.  The Company’s first product, the Frostbite Weed Control System provides an organic solution to weed control by delivering a killing frost directly to common broadleaf and grassy weeds.  This environmentally friendly method of eliminating weeds offers distinct advantages over conventional herbicides and other post-emergent weed control products.  The Frostbite System was developed with support from multiple grant sources, including NCIDEA, the National Science Foundation and the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, and PTPNext.  The product is commercially available in the United States. We are seeking development partners to commercialize this technology, especially in Canada, the EU, and China.

Leadership Team

Gina Stewart, PhD, is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arctic, Inc. Gina has 15 years of technology commercialization experience as owner of Sage Technology Management and ten years of experience working with compressed carbon dioxide.  She served as Director of Operations for Micell Technologies, which developed a process for CO2 dry cleaning. Gina earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA with Honors in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a National Merit Scholar, a Kodak Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Rob Howerton is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Arctic, Inc.  As the owner of Howerton Landscaping, Rob has 16 years of professional landscaping experience and is certified by North Carolina in weed and pest control. Rob earned a BA in recreation management from UNC-Greensboro and has completed graduate studies in special education. Rob was a special education schoolteacher for 10 years before he became an entrepreneur.

Michael Batalia, PhD, CLP, serves as Chief Science Officer for Arctic and leads the intellectual property and licensing strategies for the Company. He is director of commercialization for Wake Forest University and holds a research professor appointment in the department of chemistry. Michael earned a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in chemistry from the University of Chicago.


Arctic works with Fred Yelverton, PhD,  and Travis Gannon, PhD, who are both professors at North Carolina State University, for quantitative assessment of weed control products. Through this relationship, the company has access to leading expertise and facilities for conducting trials of suitable quality for publication in peer-reviewed journals.