About us

A team
dedicated to your success

We live on a fascinating planet, a world full of biodiversity. From the vast depths of the oceans to the lush rainforests to our own digestive systems, we are teeming with microbial life. But we also live in a changing world that faces great challenges: how to sustainably feed a growing population, how to manage the waste that accumulates in all ecosystems, and how to live sustainably, as a part of the biosphere?

At DARWIN, we are committed to exploring and harnessing the potential of microorganisms to drive the change needed to live better, to build a better planet. We see microorganisms as allies, harnessing all their capabilities to open up a multitude of possibilities where innovation and ambition go hand in hand. With microorganisms we develop innovative and disruptive processes and products in all fields of the industry.

Our scientists speak the language of microorganisms. Our engineers speak the language of the industry. Together, we are creating a future where materials are made with bacteria; where microorganisms degrade almost any pollutant, including plastic; and where bacteria and yeasts ferment previously unimaginable foods.

At DARWIN, we are experts in selecting and fine-tuning microbial solutionsfor the grand challenges our planet is facing. Our ambition is to empower the infinitely small. Will you join the microscopic revolution?

Recognitions and awards

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Cantabria Labs

2022

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Cinco días

2023

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Quality Innovation Award

2022

QIA_nacional (2)

QIA nacional

2022

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Paterna ciudad de empresas

2020

BIOVAL (2)

Bioval

2019

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Premio Trayectoria empresarial CEEI Valencia

2021

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10 años de PCUV

2019

II-Premios-rePCV (2)

II Premios rePCV

2020

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Cantabria Labs

2022

Cinco-dias_2023

Cinco días

2023

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Quality Innovation Award

2022

QIA_nacional (2)

QIA nacional

2022

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Paterna ciudad de empresas

2020

BIOVAL (2)

Bioval

2019

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Premio Trayectoria empresarial CEEI Valencia

2021

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10 años de PCUV

2019

II-Premios-rePCV (2)

II Premios rePCV

2020

Our team

  • Co-founder & CEO

    Manuel Porcar

  • Co-founder & COO

    Cristina Vilanova

  • Scientific Director

    Javier Pascual

  • R&D Projects & Quality Systems Manager

    Kristie Tanner

  • Head of Legal & IP Dept.

    Mª José Palencia

  • Head of Genomics Dept.

    Adriel Latorre

  • Head of Food Dept.

    Carmen Sanz

  • Head of Biosolutions Dept.

    Alejandro Rodríguez

  • Lab Manager

    Marta Borrego

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Manuel Porcar

Co-founder & CEO

The creativity made science
PhD in Biological Sciences and senior researcher at I2SysBio, University of Valencia. Former member of the Spanish Comission for Biosafety and Institute Pasteur. Author of >100 research publications and patents.

VILANOVA

Cristina Vilanova

Co-founder & COO

Have a problem? She will solve it

PhD in Biotechnology. Expert in bioprospecting approaches integrating multi-omic technologies, and highly experienced in business management. Author of >30 research publications and patents.

PASCUAL

Javier Pascual

Scientific Director

A living encyclopedia of microbial ecology

PhD in Biological Sciences. Expert in microbial taxonomy and former member of the CECT and DSMZ microbial culture collections staff. Author of >50 research publications.

TANNER

Kristie Tanner

R&D Projects & Quality Systems Manager

The yogi scientist

PhD in Biotechnology and MBA specialized in Project Management. Expert in public funding (EU funds; national and regional funds in Spain) and quality certifications.

PALENCIA

Mª José Palencia

Head of Legal & IP Dept.

A lawyer in a world of microbiologists

Lawyer. Expert in IP protection. Broad experience in negotiation, international trading and industrial protection in the biotechnology field.

LATORRE

Adriel Latorre

Head of Genomics Dept.

Data analyst mind; rock&roll heart

PhD in Biotechnology. Expert in bioinformatics and data statistics. Lead scientist of the Spanish Microbiome Project and invited lecturer in ONT international conferences.

SANZ

Carmen Sanz

Head of Food Dept.

Loves exotic foods and the microbes on them

MSc in Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Highly experienced in food science, applied microbiology, QPS regulation and product development.

RODRIGUEZ

Alejandro Rodríguez

Head of Biosolutions Dept.

The best friend of environmental microbes

MSc in Quality & Biosafety Management. Broad experience in bioenergy and bioremediation R&D projects, environmental microbiology, and bioprocess development.

BORREGO

Marta Borrego

Lab Manager

The guardian of our microbial collection

Advanced Technician in Microbiology and Clinical Science. Expert in microbiology, molecular biology, and culture collection management.

Our team

Co-founder & CEO

Manuel Porcar

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Co-founder & CEO

The creativity made science
PhD in Biological Sciences and senior researcher at I2SysBio, University of Valencia. Former member of the Spanish Comission for Biosafety and Institute Pasteur. Author of >100 research publications and patents.

Co-founder & COO

Cristina Vilanova

VILANOVA

Co-founder & COO

Have a problem? She will solve it

PhD in Biotechnology. Expert in bioprospecting approaches integrating multi-omic technologies, and highly experienced in business management. Author of >30 research publications and patents.

Scientific Director

Javier Pascual

PASCUAL

Scientific Director

A living encyclopedia of microbial ecology

PhD in Biological Sciences. Expert in microbial taxonomy and former member of the CECT and DSMZ microbial culture collections staff. Author of >50 research publications.

R&D Projects & Quality Systems Manager

Kristie Tanner

TANNER

R&D Projects & Quality Systems Manager

The yogi scientist

PhD in Biotechnology and MBA specialized in Project Management. Expert in public funding (EU funds; national and regional funds in Spain) and quality certifications.

Head of Legal & IP Dept.

Mª José Palencia

PALENCIA

Head of Legal & IP Dept.

A lawyer in a world of microbiologists

Lawyer. Expert in IP protection. Broad experience in negotiation, international trading and industrial protection in the biotechnology field.

Head of Genomics Dept.

Adriel Latorre

LATORRE

Head of Genomics Dept.

Data analyst mind; rock&roll heart

PhD in Biotechnology. Expert in bioinformatics and data statistics. Lead scientist of the Spanish Microbiome Project and invited lecturer in ONT international conferences.

Head of Food Dept.

Carmen Sanz

SANZ

Head of Food Dept.

Loves exotic foods and the microbes on them

MSc in Biotechnology and Biomedicine. Highly experienced in food science, applied microbiology, QPS regulation and product development.

Head of Biosolutions Dept.

Alejandro Rodríguez

RODRIGUEZ

Head of Biosolutions Dept.

The best friend of environmental microbes

MSc in Quality & Biosafety Management. Broad experience in bioenergy and bioremediation R&D projects, environmental microbiology, and bioprocess development.

Lab Manager

Marta Borrego

BORREGO

Lab Manager

The guardian of our microbial collection

Advanced Technician in Microbiology and Clinical Science. Expert in microbiology, molecular biology, and culture collection management.

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