The Nano3Bio Advisory Panel
The Nano3Bio consortium is happy to have a strong advisory panel with renowned experts from science and industry. Here you can read a brief introduction about the panel members:
Geert Bruggeman graduated at Ghent University where he obtained his degree of 'Engineer in Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences'. After his Masters studies, he obtained a PhD in 'Applied Biological Sciences' option 'Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis'. Dr. Bruggeman started his job in the Nuscience group end the 90's, and was involved in the development of innovative functional feed ingredients and contributed to an extended patent portfolio.
In his function, he is head of Nuscience’s fundamental research and is involved in international research and development projects. In these projects, he implemented different in vitro tests and simulation trials for screening of bioactive principles for their use in feed concepts. In this context, he obtained also an extra European FELASA D Master degree, which is needed for validating feed concepts in different kind of animals.
Besides his function as developer, he is also head of the Nuscience’s AC/QA laboratory, that safeguards the exclusive quality and authenticity of functional feed ingredients. This way, in the Nano3Bio project, he is interested in the use of chitin derivatives and chitosans as functional feed ingredient for livestock.
Finally, he is author and co-author in national and international publications and presented his research findings in different international scientific meetings.
Thierry Delair, 57 years old, has been full professor since November 2008 and teaches biomaterials. His current research is focused on polysaccharides, mainly glycosaminoglycans, and the processing into biomaterials for medical applications.
Prior to joining the university of Lyon, he spent twenty years in different R&D departments of the bioMérieux Group where he developed polymers for in vitro medical diagnostic applications and the adjuvants of sub-unit or DNA vaccines.
He published 132 articles in international peered-reviewed journals (Total number of citations > 3000; h-index = 33), filed 18 patents, participated in 8 book chapters, and gave 62 oral conferences (12 as invited speaker).
His results allowed the creation of three companies: Ademtech (Pessac, France), producing magnetic particles and Anabior (Saint Ismier, France), pharmaceutical society specialized in the production of particles-based adjuvants for vaccines and CYTOSIAL Biomedic (Lyon) manufacturing medical devices for cosmetic surgery.
Sebastien Ladet has been working for over 8 years in the medical device industry in Medtronic (Minimally invasive therapies group formerly Covidien) at leading technology and product development from ideation to launch. This includes a strong record of leading to commercialization 2 products, applying about 50 patents and 3 publications. He possesses a diverse experience in general surgery, neurosurgery, preclinical evaluation and has worked in several countries (Europe and USA).
After a Master in biomolecules chemistry, Sebastien obtained a Ph.D. in Polymer Materials from the University of Lyon 1. Under the supervision of Pr. A. Domard and Pr. L. David, Sebastien has acquired a multidisciplinary background on chitosan, hydrogels, physicochemical characterization and cellular biology. His work on the multi membrane hydrogels was published in Nature and recognized through the Braconnot’s Award in 2007.
Pierre Monsan graduated in 1969 from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA, Department of Biochemical Engineering) of the University of Toulouse, France. From 1969 to 1981, he took up a career at INSA of Toulouse as a Research Scientist, rewarded by a Doctor-Engineer Thesis (1971) and a Ph.D. Thesis at the University of Toulouse (1977).
He is the Founder-Director of the pre-industrial demonstrator “Toulouse White Biotechnology”, which has been granted 20 M€ in 2011 by the French National Research Agency (ANR) within the frame of the “Health & Biotechnology” call of the “Investissements d’avenir” National Program.
He is Professor at “Mines-Paris Tech” since 1993 (Biotechnology Department) and Professor emeritus of the University of Toulouse since July 2013.
In 1984, Pierre Monsan was involved, as a co-founder, in the start-up of BioEurope, which merged with the French group Solabia in 1992. He is also co-founder of Biotrade (waste water treatment, Toulouse, France) in 1996 and of Genibio (food complements, Saint-Girons, France) in 1998. He was involved in the transfer of LibraGen in Toulouse (2004), acquired by Unichem in 2010.
He is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Midi-Pyrénées Region. He is member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology and of the International Carbohydrate Society. Pierre Monsan is a Founding-Member of the French Academy of Technologies (2000).
He received the CHAPTAL 2000 Award for Chemical Arts.
His research work is mainly focused on the design of performance enzymes by rational and combinatorial molecular engineering, particularly glucansucrases.
Pierre Monsan is the author of over 230 publications in major scientific journals, 3 books and holds 64 patents. His H-factor is 39.
Giuseppe Natale holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at Valagro SpA.
In 1980 he founded Farmer Italia s.n.c., today known as Valagro SpA, a multinational leader in the production and marketing of environmentally-friendly fertilisers for agricultural production, lawns, gardening and various industrial applications.
In the Nineties, he led the company towards internationalisation, initially on the European market and thereafter in the rest of the world. Today Valagro has 12 branch offices in 3 continents and, through its distributors, covers more than 80 countries all over the world.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algea A.S. (Norway), Director of Valagro Holding S.r.l., Valagro Hellas S.A. (Greece), Valagro France (France), Valagro Andina Ltda (Columbia), Valagro Pacific (New Zealand), Maxicrop UK Limited (United Kingdom), Valagro USA Inc., Valagro Mexicana (Mexico), Valagro Iberia (Spain), Valagro Do Brasil LTDA (Brazil), Maxicrop NZ (New Zealand) and Valagro Tarim Ticaret (Turkey).
He also holds the position of Vice-President of Assofertilizzanti, Council member of Federchimica and President of EBIC (since its foundation).
He is a member of the IFA Strategic Advisory Team and Convenor of the IFA Working Group on Special Products - International Fertilizer Association (Paris) which includes 540 companies from 85 Countries.
In May 2015 he was appointed to the “Order of Merit for Labour”, the highest Italian honor for a business manager.
Through the experience gained over the years in the Biobased products, Giuseppe Natale wishes to contribute, together with the other members, to the commercial success of the innovative projects.
Martin G. Peter
Short vita of Martin G. Peer, Professor Emeritus, University of Potsdam, Germany
1968: Diploma, Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany.
1973: PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Zürich, Switzerland (Biosynthesis of Terpenoids in Insects).
1973-1976: Postdoc, Institute of Developmental Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA (Occurrence and Biosynthesis of Insect Juvenile Hormones).
1976-1984: Researcher, University of Bonn, Germany (Chemistry and Biochemistry of Insect Exoskeletons, focus on polyphenols and chitin).
1983: Habilitation (Venia Legendi), University of Bonn, Germany.
1983-1986: Heisenberg Fellow, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
1984: Head of Pharmaceutical Synthesis at Merz & Co., Frankfurt / M., Germany.
1987: Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Bonn.
1994: Professor of Natural Products Chemistry and Director, Interdisciplinary Research Center for Biopolymers, University of Potsdam, Germany.
2005-2010: Visiting Professor, School of Chemical Engineering and Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil.
2008: Retired from the University of Potsdam.
Glycosidases: Inhibition and Mechanisms (focus on chitinases).
Oligosaccharides: Isolation and Synthesis (focus on chitooligosaccharides).
Polysaccharides: Chitosan: Properties and Applications.
Isolation, Structure, and Synthesis of Natural Products.
195 Publications (April 2014, not including conference papers).
International Research Projects:
1996-2007: Four European Research Projects in the 5th and 6th Framework Programmes.
1998-2008: Natural Products from African Plants / University of Nairobi, Kenya (DFG/BMZ).
2003-2007: EU – ALFA Programme: Biopolymers in Materials and Life Sciences / Coordinator, with the Universities of Concepcion (Chile), Mexico City (UAMI), Havanna (Cuba), Campinas (Brasil), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Belfast (U.K.).
2005-2010: Enzymatic Production and Structure Analysis of Oligosaccharides from Chitin / University of Campinas, Brazil.
1975-1976: Robert A. Welch Stipend (Texas A&M University, USA).
1983-1989: Heisenberg-Award, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (University of Bonn, Germany).
1982-2010: Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Federal School of Technology (ETH); Zürich, Switzerland; University of Concepcion, Chile; Cairo University, Egypt; State University of Campinas, Brazil.
1983 and 1991: External examiner at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1991: External evaluator for United Nations Development Programme, University of Concepcion, Chile.
1999: Organizer and Chairman, Conference of the European Chitin Society, Potsdam
1999-2004: President of the European Chitin Society.