Futureco Bioscience SA reorganizes and extends the most valuable asset of the company: its R&D and Regulatory Affairs Department. The Department has changed its management model and has recruited three researchers, adding grey matter to a team that in 2012 grew from 4 to 8 employees and in the last year has grown from 8 to 13.
The reorganization of the R&D and Regulatory Affairs Department is a new stage that has been preparing for years, and involves changing the old organization, divided into areas of knowledge related to their laboratories (entomology, nematology, biotechnology, molecular biology, plant pathology and microbiology) for a structure based on three strategic axes for serial development of products that widens the supply of agrobiolgicals for crop nutrition and protection in less time.
These programs are: Research in Biopesticides & Biochemical Research, Research in Biofertilizers & Bioactivators and Development and Innovation. The first two are focused on the development of products whose active ingredients are primarily microorganisms, metabolic fractions, biotechnological synthesis of molecules and natural extracts. The Development and Innovation program will bring together registration processes, patents and international trade.
The management system of R&D is part of the Strategic Plan 2014-2018 of Futureco Bioscience, whose main objectives are to expand the market from the 22 countries in which the company distributes its products to 50, and increase the weight of Biopesticides to more than a 20% of its total turnover. Extending the NOFLY label in USA, authorizing its distribution in several countries in the EU and Morocco and the imminent release of Actinovate in Europe will allow this growth.
To achieve its objectives in R&D&I, a significant investment in equipment and staff of excellence is expected, combined with a management model that ensures modular and easily scalable product development at cruise speed.
Refine the strategy and expand the R&D team involves a significant investment in staff of excellence. Therefore, apart from the new R&D management model, Futureco Bioscience adds two more junior researchers: Lola Piñol and Clara Oliver, and a senior one: Belén López García.
Lola Piñol is BD in Biology and Master in Sanitary microbiology for Advanced Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona, and has changed her job in the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology of the Catalan Institute of Wine INCAVI to Futureco Bioscience.
Clara Oliver, agronomist at the University of Lleida (ETSEA) and Master in Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), has experience in R&D in plant pathology and plant biology in different public research centres such as the Centre for Agriculture Genomics Research (CRAG) and the Max Planck Institute in Jena (Germany).
Undoubtedly, the incorporation of greater impact is Belén López García, who will lead the Biopesticides & Biochemicals program. Degree in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Valencia (UV), postdoc at the University of California (San Diego, USA). Scientist Juan de la Cierva at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), CSIC (Valencia) and Ramon y Cajal in the Department of Plant Molecular Genetics of CRAG, a Spanish scholarship given to prestigious scientists. Belén López has extensive training in R&D project management and its specialty is the use of antimicrobial compounds and microorganisms for biocontrol in plant protection and food, as well as the study of defence responses in plants against biotic and abiotic stress, assessing antimicrobial activity in vitro and in vivo and designing antimicrobial compounds. With two registered patents, she has participated in several international R&D publications and is co-author of 23 scientific articles and two monographs of its expertise, the antifungal peptides.
Futureco Bioscience SA is aware of the excellence that is required in a team in order to lead new developments to position with a strong, robust and high value supply of agrobiological zero waste solutions, as well as its effort and commitment to do so from its place of origin, Barcelona.