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Company Profile

F&M commercializes several cultivation systems: glass bubble columns for inocula production, the Green Wall Panel (GWP®) series for research and large scale production, race-way ponds.
F&M’s deep knowledge along with proprietary photobioreactor technologies (GWP®) and a collection of over 1200 microalgal and cyanobacterial strains, makes it the ideal partner for starting applied research and commercial activity on microalgae.
F&M is partner of two Italian companies working in the field of algal biotechnology: Microalghe Camporosso S.r.l (Imperia), Italian leader of microalgae biomass production, and Giotto Biotech Srl (Florence) specialized in all technologies associated with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), providing biomolecules, organic synthesis, metabolomics, NMR access, and information technologies products and services to academic and industrial research groups.
F&M participates with two departments of University of Florence (Dept. of chemistry and department of agri-food production and environmental sciences ) to the Centro di Competenza “VALORE – Gino Florenzano” for the valorisation of microalgal biomasses and residues.

History


F&M is well positioned to take advantage of the enormous potential of photosynthetic microorganisms as a result of the experience gained in over fifty years of studies conducted by the Florentine school of algologists born in 1956 from an intuition of Prof. Gino Florenzano

Di fronte ai problemi ecologici, alimentari ed energetici del nostro tempo, le interazioni tra fotosintesi microbica, salvaguardia dell’ambiente e produzione di alimenti assumono una fondamentale importanza teorica e pratica per i possibili contributi agli equilibri del sistema biosferico, divenuti fragili e delicati.
2.10.1977 - Gino Florenzano

Team

Prof. Mario Tredici

Founder

Full professor at the University of Florence, where he holds courses on Agricultural Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. His research topics include photobioreactor design and microalgal biomass production and characterization.

Dr. Liliana Rodolfi

Co-founder and President

MSc degree in 1997 in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture. PhD (2001) in "Food Biotechnology" from the University of Florence, thesis "Nannochloropsis: biochemical characterization, mass cultivation and use in aquaculture".

Filippo Bacci

Administrative manager

BSc in Animal Husbandry Sciences at the University of Florence. F&M partner since 2006 and employee since 2011. Main roles: administrative manager and responsible for the outdoor experimental facility.

Niccolò Bassi

Project and Customer managers

MSc degree in 2006 in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture with a thesis on “Microalgae for oil: strain selection, lipid induction and outdoor mass cultivation”. PhD in 2011 in Agriculture Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Florence with a thesis on “Energetic and economic assessment of a disposable panel reactor for Nannochloropsis sp. biomass production”. F&M employee since 2011 and partner since 2015. Main duties: design and energy balance of microalgae production plants; cultivation of microalgae in the laboratory and outdoor.

Giacomo Sampietro

Project and Customer managers

MSc degree in 2011 in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture with a thesis on “The Green Wall Panel photo bioreactor for microalgae biomass production in tropical areas”. PhD in 2014 in Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Florence with a thesis on “The Green Wall Panel for microalgae cultivation: design and process improvements”. F&M partner and employee since 2015. Main roles: isolation and cultivation of microalgae in the laboratory and outdoors, photobioreactor development and automation.

Folco Tredici

Technician

BSc degree in 2007 in Forestry at the University of Florence. F&M employee since 2013 and partner since 2015. Main roles in the company: design, construction and installation of pilot and commercial photobioreactors.

Facilities


Experimental area
F&M owns an experimental area of 3.000 m2 within the Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico of the University of Florence in Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze, Italy). The area is equipped with photobioreactors, pond units, centrifuges, wastewater treatment systems and all the ancillary equipment needed for outdoor algae cultivation.

Laboratories
F&M microbiological and chemical laboratories are hosted at the Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Sciences (DISPAA) and at VALORE – Centro di Competenza “Gino Florenzano”, next to the experimental area.
Construction of a proprietary 350 m2 laboratory will start in summer 2016 within the experimental area in Sesto Fiorentino.