The Future of Food. Powered by Proteins.

By 2050, the world's population will surpass 10 billion people. To feed the current population and future generations we need to address global food challenges, today. How can we solve this problem without overwhelming the planet? And how can we deliver higher quality, more nutritious food for everyone?

With Protera’s Natural Intelligence™ technology, we believe the future is already here. Protera’s technology uses predictive algorithms that calculate millions of amino acid combinations and simulate protein patterns in a matter of seconds. Our technology is based in Deep Learning and allows us to shine a light on a previously untapped universe of proteins.

We craft protein-based ingredients faster and more affordably than ever before, unlocking a revolution in human health, reducing damage to the environment, and preventing food waste. Our first products already exceed the performance, scalability, and functionality of existing alternative ingredients.

Leadership Team

Leonardo Álvarez

Leonardo is a biotechnology entrepreneur. In addition to creating Protera, Leonardo also founded Aminotec, a Chilean-based AgTech company that produces fertilizers and agricultural chemicals. Leonardo has been awarded many honors, including being named one of the 100 young leaders to watch of 2015 by El Mercurio.

Francia Navarrete

Francia is multi-talented, bringing experience in molecular cloning and microbiological techniques as well as her knowledge of finance to Protera. Francia attended Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello for bioengineering. She has been an integral part of the Protera team since its founding.

Roberto Ibáñez

Roberto is a Mechanical Engineer and Data Scientist from the University of Chile. He leads the Artificial Intelligence department at Protera, developing new tools to accelerate and improve protein design tasks. Prior to joining Protera he worked at Universidad de Chile where he helped develop language models in Spanish using Deep Learning techniques such as recurrent neural networks and word embedding to generate Spanish text through the use of sub-words.

Juan Jimenez, Ph.D.

Director of Protein Engineering
Juan has experience working in academia and industrial settings with projects related to Bacterial Pathogenesis, Cell Signaling, Next Generation Sequencing, and Recombinant Protein Expression. Juan is a Biochemist from the University of Chile and he holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Board of Directors

Joško Bobanović

SOfinnova partners
Joško Bobanović joined Sofinnova Partners in 2010 as a Partner dedicated to activities in industrial biotech. He focuses on early stage deals in Europe and North America with applications in chemicals, agriculture, food, feed and synthetic biology. Prior to joining Sofinnova he spent eight years in venture capital with iNovia Capital in Montreal, Canada. Prior to his venture capital career he created an internet startup and a software company. Joško holds a BSc. in physics from University of Zagreb, a PhD in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University and an MBA in finance and marketing from McGill University.

Jongseon Kim

doosan corporation
Jongseon Kim is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Technology Strategy at the Doosan Corporation. Prior to this, he held multiple leadership, financial, business, and strategy roles at Doosan, Doosan Bobcat, Doosan Infracore International, Hanssem Corporation, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Seoul. He holds a Master in Accounting from the Ohio State University Business School, an MBA from the Seoul National University, and a BA in Business Administration from Yonsei University.

Rodrigo Infante Casanello

Angel investor
Rodrigo Infante Casanello joined Protera in 2015 as an Angel Investor. He worked as General Manager of ENEX (Empresa Nacional de Energia SA) in Chile from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, he held multiple leadership business and strategy roles at Shell International Petroleum Co. in Europe and Latin America. He holds a Commercial Engineering (Business Administration) degree from Universidad de Chile.

Global Partners