A planet of useful microbes

Four billion years ago, life appeared on Earth in the shape of bacterial communities. Since then, microorganisms have evolved to make a habitable planet and to harbor a fabulous diversity of metabolic pathways and chemical abilities…

Current technologies offer the opportunity to detect and analyze the microbial universe in any place: from oceans to soil, from infected tissues to your natural gut microbes, from natural environments to artificially manufactured structures.

Bioprospecting for you

Microbial cells are actually true chemical factoriesallowing the transformation of feedstock in a wide range of added value chemicals, or the biotransformation of recalcitrant pollutants.

Do you need microbial strains for bioremediation, fine chemical production, food and beverage production, biopolymer synthesis or any other application? Darwin samples, selects, and improves natural microbial strains for you.

Our products

We offer from highly specialized sampling or screening services, to all-in-one holistic products including high-throughput sequencing, modelling, and synthetic biology solutions.

From the natural sample to the final product, it is simply your choice!

Darwin can offer four packs adapted to all your needs:

  • Pack1From sample to selected strains


    • Biological sample
      • Sampling
      • Screening
      • Metagenome sequencing
    • Microbial collection
      • Molecular identification
      • Biological activity tests
      • Other tests
    • Selected natural strain(s)


  • Pack2In-depth characterization


    • Genome sequencing
    • Metabolic modelling


  • Pack3Optimized strain(s)


    • Pathway optimization
    • Bottleneck removal
    • Synthetic Biology


  • Pack4Scaling up & production

Our Team

  • José Luis García

    José Luis is one of the most relevant researchers in microbial biotechnology. He is the leader of the Environmental Biotechnology group at CIB-CSIC, and has great expertise in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, genomics, and biotechnology. He has co-authored more than 300 papers and patents. José Luis is co-founder of different spin-off companies and has been the President of the Spanish Society of Biotechnology.

  • Mª Auxiliadora Prieto

    Auxi leads the Polymer Biotechnology group as part of the Environmental Biology Department of the Biological Research Centre of CSIC. Her research is focused on exploring and exploiting the bacterial abilities for producing and degrading biopolymers in order to contribute to planet sustainability, using tools of molecular biology and metabolic engineering, combined with new omic technologies and Synthetic Biology.

  • Manuel Porcar

    Manel is an enthusiastic applied microbiologist and biotechnologist. He leads the Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology lab in the University of Valencia, where he coordinates several research efforts focusing on strain and gene selection strategies for bioremediation, biofuels or food production, and bioenergetics. Among other microbial ecology projects, he has worked on the coffee machine or solar panel microbiomes. He is a convinced supporter of Darwinian approaches as a key tool for biotechnology.

  • Cristina Vilanova

    Cristina is a biotechnologist with experience in implementing different systems biology and “omics” – based approaches for the bioprospecting ofcomplex ecosystems. She has focused her research on applied microbiology aspects of both natural and artificial habitats, and has actively participated in educational and research projects in the field of Synthetic Biology.

  • Juli Peretó

    Juli is an evolutionary biochemist and an expert in metabolism and evolutionary biology at the University of Valencia. He is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. His research interests focus on metagenomics and bioprospecting of extreme habitats and insect-associated biomes, minimal genomes, the evolution of metabolism in bacteria, and Synthetic Biology.

  • Eduardo Díaz

    Eduardo leaders the Environmental Microbiology group at the CIB-CSIC and focuses its research to explore and exploit the bacterial capabilities for degrading pollutants, mainly aromatic compounds and synthetic gas, in order to re-direct the carbon flux to the synthesis of value products for planet sustainability. This topic is addressed from classical physiology, biochemical and molecular biology approaches, to Systems Biology and metabolic modeling strategies in different aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.

  • Juan Nogales

    Juan is a specialist in the multidimensionality of microbial metabolism, and its evolutionary and biotechnological implications. He has developed genome-scale metabolic modeling platforms and currently works on the engineering of synthetic microbial consortia as bio-sustainable building blocks for living architecture.

  • Silvia Álvarez

    Silvia is an agricultural engineer. She is a specialist in quality control processes and has great experience in the generation of new products and agrochemical technologies for the food industry.

  • Javier Garín

    Javier is a highly experienced person in the field of finance, who has dedicated his last few years to the intellectual aspect of entrepreneurship through mentoring at the University of Valencia. He has taken part in selection processes and developing new projects both in Sinensis Seed Capital and Big Ban Angels, as well as in the European Comission driven by the local government.