Partners & People

Jean-Paul CADORET
Managing Director of GREENSEA

Jean-Paul CADORET is the Managing Director of GREENSEA, a private Marine Biotech Company based in Mèze (FRANCE). Jean Paul has a Master’s degree in Marine Biology, a PhD in Applied Molecular Biology and obtained his HDR at the University of Nantes. Since 1988, he has been successively Research scientist, Team leader, Lab Director and Unit Director in the governmental Research Institute of IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea). Author of 70 publications, 5 book chapters, 145 communications and 7 patents. Expert scientific evaluator for the European commission, the French National Research Agency and numerous Universities worldwide. Jean Paul’s interests are in the general frame of marine biotechnology with a focus on the physiology/biotechnological valorization of microalgae.

Maud BENOIT
ALGAIA’s services manager

Maud BENOIT is ALGAIA’s services manager and partnership developer. She is in charge of the development of the customer base service, nationally and internationally, providing our clients with tailor made projects, from micro and macroalgae analyses to bioactivity assays and pilot plant extraction trials. She received her phD in green chemistry in 2012, and her research interests cover the applications of seaweed in cosmetics, biomaterials, agriculture, feed, food and energy industry and their integration in the “blue bioeconomy”. Maud is an expert in plant and algae-based chemistry, biopolymers/carbohydrates and fractionation, purification and transformation by physicochemical routes. She has managed over 30 public and private projects related to “algae” including publicly funded projects such as regional, national (ANR/IA IDEALG, ADEME, CASDAR) and European projects (FP7 as WP leader, FEADER as coordinator). Moreover, Maud is the co-author of 12 publications.

Franck

Franck Hennequart is an Engineer specialised in the valorisation of marine resources. Franck was co-founder of OGT, an Irish company developing novel seaweed extracts and joined the company as a full time Technical Director in 2008. OGT was acquired by the Spanish company Tradecorp International in June 2014 where he became global seaweed project manager for the whole group. 2016, Franck and his colleagues turned over a spin-off company into ALGAIA, a company producing seaweed extracts and specialised in providing consultancy, analyses and bioactivity tests for the valorisation of algae in many sectors of activities. Franck is also share-holder of a French consulting company called SEANEO specialised in management of aquaculture, artificial reefs and Marine Protected Areas.

Andrea MORO
Head of Hyperfood

Andrea MORO is Head of Hyperfood, a division of MILIS ENERGY SOCIETA’ AGRICOLA. Andrea has a BS and Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Padua, Italy. From 2008, Andrea was one of the pioneers in the field of photosynthetic biotechnologies, focusing in particular on the engineering solutions. Andrea was one of the founders of MICROLIFE SRL, one of the most important Italian companies in the microalgae sector, contributing to the growth and commercialization of microalgae products.

Dr. Theodor FAHRENDORF
PhD in plant biochemistry and enzymology

Dr. Theodor FAHRENDORF got his PhD in plant biochemistry and enzymology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. After working for a period of 8 years as a postdoc and visiting scientist in the USA and Denmark he returned to Germany to co-founded several green start-up companies, serving as business development manager or managing director. In 2014 he became a co-founder of Mial GmbH, responsible for research activities and product development.

Kevin MCDONNELL
University Professor

Kevin MCDONNELL is a University Professor appointed across crop science and Biosystems Engineering in University College Dublin with responsibility for renewable energies, green technology, precision agriculture & crop science. Currently supervising 8 PhD’s and one masters student on a range of funded projects worth in excess of 20 million euros funded from national and international agencies. He has also spun out two campus companies commercialising on his research and works closely with a number of companies on their R&D development.

Fionnuala MURPHY

Fionnuala MURPHY is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering, and is an SFI Industry Fellow. Dr MURPHY teaches on the MSc programme in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies, and across the School’s undergraduate BAgrSc programme on Agricultural Systems Technology. Her research focuses on life cycle assessment modelling for the analysis of environmental impacts of a range of production systems, with a special interest in renewable energy systems. Dr Murphy is a participant on AgroCycle, a multi-partner, Horizon2020 project focusing on the valorisation of agricultural waste and maximising the use of by-products and co-products via the creation of new sustainable value chains.  A key element of Dr. MURPHY’s work is to carry out industry relevant research, participate in effective and relevant knowledge transfer, and foster links between industry and academia. Dr. MURPHY is a PI on AgriChemWhey.

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 792257. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.