She is a biotechnologist with a Ph. D. in biological sciences from the National University of Rosario, School of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences with experience in bioactive natural products and plant biology. She contributed to the development of the method to search for, evaluate, and select plant extracts with promising phytotoxic activity. Now she is working in R&D+i and in the scaling up.
He is a forest engineer from the National University of Santiago del Estero and has a Ph. D. in biochemistry from the National University of Rosario, School of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is an entrepreneur in biological sciences and plant technology. After a period of post docs in the US, he started different companies in Argentina. He founded INBIOAR in 2010 with capital partners. He teaches plant biochemistry and is a consultant and lecturer of technological Startups.
Lara is an agronomist engineer from Universidad del Salvador. She was one of the top students in the Agronomy Department. Lara developed a research work in Plant Genetics to obtain her degree.
As soon as she obtain the diploma she moved to Rosario where she join us. She is now a Ph. D. candidate developing her research work in our lab.
Francisco is a technical agronomist. He has skills to deal with plants and a very intuitive sense to work with them. He joined as to develop our herbicides test in our growing chamber and in the field.
He is planing to increase his know how doing a Bachelor in Sciences next year.
In INBIOAR we encourage interdisciplinary joint work among scientists and companies from different regions.
He is an agronomist with a Ph.D. (Dr. sc. agr.) in agricultural sciences/weed science from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. As visiting scientist with the USDA in Texas, he worked on remote sensing related topics. Consultancies on weed problems in production systems brought him to various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In 2003, the WSSA elected him as Honorary Member for his contributions to weed science.
A few years ago, he retired from BASF, where for more than 25 years he had been responsible for the discovery and development of new herbicides. Via his AgroField Consulting business he is currently supporting various projects related to crop protection.
His mentoring and partnership based on his experience in the global crop protection industry have been and continue to be key to INBIOAR.
Mentors & Partners
He is an accountant, he did his MBA at IESE, Barcelona and Rotterdam School of Management. He is dedicated to finance and leading different kind of projects. As an entrepreneur, he leaded a setting up of an emergency medicine business. Additionally, he leaded many real estate business projects. His experience in INBIOAR supports the strategy and the vision of the company. Federico is partner of the company and a business developer.
He is a lawyer dedicate to business law. He supports companies dealing with startups, contracts, project finance and the day to day business development. Sebastian´s support to INBIOAR has been very helpful since the beginning focusing in the setup of the company, the advice in many agreements as well as the business strategy of the same.
Biological Research in Agrochemicals, from Rosario City, Argentina.
INBIOAR SAS is a Startup dealing with the Agri Drug Discovery area. Since 2010, we are dedicated to the discovery of new active ingredients and products for agroindustry from plant natural compounds or extracts.
We screen large areas collecting plant samples and soil to determine later in the lab the presence of herbicides. We first ask for the authorization of the Flora and Fauna State office to collect and study plant species. We later cultivate the species to produce the plant material.
We have developed a systematic process or method to search for, evaluate and select plant extracts with promising herbicidal activity. During 2010-2012, we collected 2400 samples. After a selection process, we found 27 aqueous extracts that were phytotoxic to different weeds.
From the best extracts, we purify the active molecules and, if possible, we file a patent to protect that discovery. Beside our effort to purify compounds, we found that very active plant extracts work very well by themselves as herbicides.
Over these years, we have accumulated a valuable expertise in research and technology transfer in the area of herbicides and bio-herbicides.
This allows us to offer our services to local and global companies interested in innovation and development of new products for crop protection using the wild flora of their countries or regions.
Natural compounds many times are useful as leads for future work in the lab to produce more bioactive molecules. We have not develop this area yet, but we have in mind to do it the future.
We have learned where and when to collect the material. Interesting plants with herbicidal activity are not possible to find in all regions. The same plant species growing in different areas may produce different amount of inhibitors. We found out which particular characteristics must include a region to support a vegetation with higher chances to produce interesting plants to our project.
Apart from Argentina, we have detected many regions of interest to our project in USA, Paraguay, Uruguay, Perú, Mexico, Colombia, India and the Sub Sahara semi-desert region. We plan to establish joint ventures with companies in those countries to collect samples and produce “in house” the natural plant extracts.
As a summary, we are able to screen large areas and select the best plant extracts with herbicidal activity. Then we can work with both, the most bioactive plant extracts or the pure active molecules, for future formulations. To complete the process, we transfer our expertise to the companies so that they can produce commercial products.
Herbicidal Composition comprising Chromone Derivatives and Method for Weed Control.
Inventores: Gustavo SOSA; M. Lucía TRAVAINI; Néstor CARRILLO; Eduardo CECCARELLI; Helmut WALTER. Submitted to the PCT. (2016) N/Ref: 639-3033 PCT.
Khellin and Visnagin, Furanochromones from Ammi visnaga (L.) Lam., as Potential Bioherbicides.
Maria L. Travaini, Gustavo M. Sosa, Eduardo A. Ceccarelli, Helmut Walter, Charles L. Cantrell, Néstor J. Carrillo, Franck E. Dayan, Kumudini M. Meepagala, and Stephen O. Duke. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2016, 64 (50), pp 9475–9487.
Herbicidal Composition comprising Chromone Derivatives and Method for Weed Control.
Inventores: Gustavo SOSA; M. Lucía TRAVAINI; Néstor CARRILLO; Eduardo CECCARELLI; Helmut WALTER; Stephen DUKE; Charles CANTREL; Kumudini MEEPAGALA (2015) Provisional patent in USA 62/272.880. N/Ref.: 577 US PROV.
Khellin and visnagin, furanochromones from Ammi visnaga (L.) Lam., as potential bioherbicides.
M. L. Travaini, N. J. Carrillo, E. A. Ceccarelli, H. Walter, G. M. Sosa, C. L. Cantrell, K. M. Meepagala, S. O. Duke. 56th Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and 69th Meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) (2016) San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Screening of an aqueous plant extract library for antibiotic activities against PhoP/PhoQ two-component system in Salmonella enterica.
M. G. Mediavilla, G. Viarengo, M. L. Travaini, G. Sosa, E. Caccarelli& E. García-Véscovi. XI CongresoArgentino de Microbiología General (SAMIGE) (2015) Córdoba, Argentina.
Phytotoxicity and antiproliferative activity on tumor cells in vitro of plant extracts.
Travaini, M. L.; García Labari I., Carrillo, N.; Ceccarelli, E. A.; Girardini, J. & Sosa, G. M. L Reunión Anual de la Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SAIB) (2014) Rosario, Argentina.
Búsqueda de inhibidores de la germinación y/o crecimiento con potencial aplicación como agroquímicos.
María Lucía Travaini; E. A. Ceccarelli; N. J. Carrillo y G. M. Sosa. XI Simposio Argentino y XIV Simposio Latinoamericano de Farmacobotánica. I Congreso Latinoamericano de Plantas Medicinales (2013) Rosario, Argentina.
Aqueous extracts from plants with phytotoxic activity.
Travaini, M. L.; Carrillo, N. J.; Ceccarelli, E. A.; Sosa G. XLVIII Reunión Anual de la Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SAIB) (2012) Mendoza, Argentina.
Screening of germination inhibitors from plant extracts.
Travaini, M. L.; Ceccarelli, E. A.; Carrillo, N. J.; Sosa G. XLVII Reunión Anual de la Sociedad Argentina de Investigación en Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SAIB) (2011) Potrero de los Funes, Argentina.
Regions where we have collected plants.