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Necton S.A. is the oldest company in Europe dedicated to the production and commercialization of microalgae, producing algae biomass especially for the aquaculture and cosmetics sectors. It is also a leader in the production and marketing of traditional salt, with a high brine production that it seeks to enhance through this project. In 2016, Necton significantly increased its microalgae production capacity within the scope of a European project (INTESUSAL), having an industrial unit with cutting-edge technology. Currently, five tubular photobioreactors with a total volume of around 100-m3 ensure efficient and sustained production of a wide variety of microalgae species with high biotechnological application. These cultivation systems allow the production of microalgae biomass with high biochemical and biological quality. The company has a unique and differentiated experience in the cultivation of more than 30 species of microalgae (for example, Nannochloropsis sp., Tetraselmis sp., Tisochrysis lutea, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Skeletonema costatum, Pavlova sp., among others).

Necton’s Microalgae Unit has been committed to providing high quality and sustainable products for aquaculture, cosmetics, aquariums, food and feed under the PHYTOBLOOM® brand since 1997. These business activities are strongly associated with an ongoing Research and Development strand , for process improvement and product development. The company therefore has a highly specialized and qualified team of marine biologists, microbiologists and engineers with extensive experience in the implementation of national and international innovation projects.

The heads behind

NECTON - João Navalho-min
João Navalho
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Innovation Officer
NECTON - Alexandre Rodrigues-min
Alexandre​ Rodrigues
Innovation Coordinator
NECTON - Bruno Pinto-min
Bruno ​ Pinto
Innovation Technician
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Célia Cristo
Salt Production Manager
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Paulo Martins
Commercial Salt Manager
NECTON - Vitória del Pino-min

Victória​ del Pino​

Micoalgae Business Unit Coordinator
NECTON - Inês Póvoa-min
Inês Póvoa
Microalgae Production Manager
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Yago del Valle-Inclán
Engineering Project Coordinator
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Teresa Lamela
Quality Manager
University of Algarve (UALG) is a higher education institution with about 7,750 students. The institution is focused on teaching and research on Life Sciences / Technology / Health, Administration and Economics, Earth and Sea Sciences and Social Sciences areas. In UALG there are Research and Development Centers in the areas of Marine Sciences, Biomedicine, Electronics, Chemistry, Arts and Communication and Social Sciences. With regard to marine sciences, UALG has a center dedicated to the study of the sea and marine organisms, the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR), to which the researchers participating in the project are part of. The center has been classified as Excellent in the last evaluation carried out by FCT.
In 2015, UALG had a team of 768 faculty members permanently linked to the institution and researchers involved in 90 R&D projects. Fostered by international interpersonal and institutional networks and by projects developed in cooperation with other universities, UALG intends to update curriculum content and promote innovation, considering these synergies as an opportunity, not only to contribute to its development academic research, but also to promote innovation, increase the incubation of research projects in order to achieve the ultimate goal of higher education institutions: accumulate academic knowledge and demonstrate your excellence in investigation. Finally, the role played by UALG in creating technology-based companies, made up of researchers and master’s students and PhD, who value the results of their research in the market.

The heads behind

UALG - Paulo Gavaia-min
Paulo Gavaia
Research at CCMAR and Guest Professor at FMCV
UALg - Leonor Cancela-min
Leonor Cancela
Professor at FMCB Project Member
UALG - Gonçalo Pinto-min
Gonçalo Pinto
Master Student
UALG - Paulo Gavaia-min
Paulo Gavaia
Research at CCMAR and Guest Professor at FMCV
UALg - Leonor Cancela-min
Leonor Cancela
Professor at FMCB Project Member
UALG - Gonçalo Pinto-min
Gonçalo Pinto
Master Student

Founded in 1973 and a national pioneer in the provision of training in various areas, the University of Aveiro (UA) is today considered one of the most innovative universities in Portugal, known for its quality of teaching and research, and also committed to cooperation with the business community.
Currently, it is attended by around 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 9% of whom are international students. The academic community also comprises around 1400 professors and researchers and 630 members of the technical, administrative, and management staff. In recent years, the UA’s capacity-building effort in terms of infrastructure (buildings and scientific equipment) and lines of research, including human resources and people, has been essential to provide the UA with superior competitiveness and thus ensure a better future and a greater and more effective contribution to regional and national development. The matrix nature of the UA is the basis for inter and transdisciplinary research, based on sharing experiences, exchanging information, improving practices, and promoting joint projects between researchers from the different scientific areas of the UA. The University of Aveiro team involved in the project is made up of professors and researchers from different Departments, integrating different lines of action in the areas of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Chemical Engineering, as well as in interface areas such as Nanotechnology and Marine Sciences. This team has made a strategic and continuous commitment to connecting with the business, associative and cooperative sectors, with a view to transferring scientific and technological knowledge and consequent endogenization by companies, associations, and entities in the Region and the Country.

The heads behind

UA - Ricardo Calado-min
Ricardo Calado
Principal Investigator at the Department of Biology (DBIO) and Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) and ECOMAR
UA - Cláudia Nunes-min
Cláudia Nunes
Researcher at CICECO – Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering
UA - Sónia Ferreira-min
Sónia Ferreira
Pos-doctorate Researcher at CICECO – Department of Chemistry
UA - Manuel Coimbra-min
Manuel A. Coimbra
Researcher at LAQV-REQUIMTE – Department of Chemistry
UA - Maria Eduarda-min
Maria Eduarda Pereira
Associate professor at LAQV-REQUIMTE – Department of Chemistry
UA - Nicole Ferreira-min
Nicole Ferreira
Research Scolarship at LAQV-REQUIMTE – Department of Chemistry
The Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS) is an organic unit of the University of Porto (U. Porto) with the structure of a university school and a teaching, scientific and cultural research center and the provision of services to the community. Founded in 1975, it is considered a truly transdisciplinary school in the field of life sciences. It currently occupies a unique place in Portugal, both in teaching and research, as it integrates the three basic areas of the One Health concept (human, animal and environmental health), making the promotion of this concept central to its activity. In line with this perspective, ICBAS adopted the motto “One School, One Health”, responding to the need to mobilize the community to promote synergies and complementarities between the different areas of knowledge, both in research and in high-level training.

The heads behind