Biology:
the way
of the future

Biology:the way
of the future

Our mission: Develop unmatched ingredients to answer global food challenges.

Driving the revolution with smart proteins

Driving the revolution with smart proteins

Biotechnology has played a key role in shaping our everyday life, from the food we eat through to the pharmaceuticals that protect our lives.

The impact of biology on tomorrow’s economy is undeniable, and this is at the heart of many of the solutions required to address current global challenges.

Our technology brings to life tomorrow’s next generation of functional protein based ingredients.

Leadership team

Leadership team

Leadership team

Leonardo Álvarez

CEO & Co – Founder

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

COO & Co – Founder

Leader of operations and finance, Francia has background as a biotech engineer that allows protera’s R&D strategy with its financial forecasts. Francia recieved the Inspiratec prize aimed towards women founders leading STEM companies in Chile, and also participates as an advocate for women and girls participation in STEM.

Guilherme Ferreira, PhD.

Director of Protein Production

Over 20-years of biotechnology experience as an academic professor and as a principal scientist at DSM. Guilherme is a chemical engineer and holds a PhD. in biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal. He is president of the European Society for Biochemical Engineering and Sciences.

Javier Cáceres, PhD.

Director of Protein
Biology

Over 10 years of experience on protein structure, dynamics, and how to integrate experimental data to improve the study of proteins. Javier is a Biochemist and holds a PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Southampton.

Roberto Ibañez

Director of Artificial
Intelligence

Since 2018, Roberto founded and leader the AI team. With more than eight years in IA projects, Roberto have a solid knowledge in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language. He is in charge of the development of novel technologies in Protera. Roberto is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Chile.

Paul McKey

Director of Business Development

Over 20-years of experience as product development and key account manager at food ingredients companies, including DuPont/Danisco and Diana. Paul graduated in food technology from Massey University (New Zealand) and holds diplomas in finance and business development.so founded Aminotec, a Chilean-based AgTech company that produces fertilizers and agricultural chemicals. 

Patrick Francoisse, PhD.

Director of Strategy & Industrialization

Entrepreneurial management skills with over 30-years of experience in R&D, operations, and business support at Solvay, in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals business. Patrick is a chemical engineer from UCL, Belgium, holds a PhD. in applied sciences from UCL, Belgium, and an MBA from Open University Business School, UK.

Pilar Cortés

Business & Operations Manager

Pilar has brought to protera a vast experience in diverse management areas such as Quality Assurance, Business Improvement and Strategy & Transformation areas in her more than 10 years working in Monsanto, later Bayer. She attended Universidad de Chile for Molecular Biotechnology Engineering degree and Management Control master program and holds diplomas in Project Management, Finance and ISO9001 Internal Auditor.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Thomas Videbaek, PhD.

Chairman & Independent Board Member

Has worked the last 13 years on Novozymes’s executive team, the world leader in industrial enzymes. He was Executive Vice President (EVP) of Corporate Strategy & Business Transformation. He holds a master’s and PhD. in Nutrition and Biochemistry from DTU and a bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Oswaldo da Costa e Silva

Independent Director

Managing Director of InnoCres Consultancy, a strategic consulting firm of life sciences companies on innovation-driven business development opportunities. He began his academic career as a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding in Cologne, Germany, followed by a research group leader position at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He holds a BSc. in agronomy from the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis, USA. Prior to funding InnoCres Consultancy, he held positions with growing responsibility within the BASF group and Royal DSM in various innovation roles in industrial R&D, strategic marketing and business development.

Joško Bobanović

Sofinnova Partners

Joško Bobanović joined us in 2010 as a partner focused on the industrial biotech strategy. He works on early stage deals in Europe and North America with applications in chemicals, agriculture, food, and materials. Prior to joining Sofinnova Partners, he was part of the investment team at iNovia Capital in Montreal, Canada. Joško sits on the boards of Metgen, Comet Bio, DNA Script, Biosyntia, DMC Biotechnologies, Pyrowave and Protera Biosciences. Before going into venture capital, he created an internet startup and a software company. He is a mentor at BIRD Incubator, which helps entrepreneurs in software, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Rodrigo Infante Casanello

Angel Investor

Joined to 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.

Jongseon Kim

Doosan Corporation

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.

Leonardo Álvarez

CEO & CO – Founder

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.

Global Partners

Global Partners