A BIOTECH REVOLUTION

We turn CO2
into renewable
chemicals.

POWERED BY NATURE AND HUMAN INGENUITY

We exist to restore balance on the planet.

CREATING SYSTEMIC CHANGE

Photanol: past, present and future.

The first patent

2008

Platform spin-out

2012

Strategic partnership with Corbion

2014

Strategic partnership with Nouryon

2016

Pilot plant validation

2019

First demonstration plant

2020

Strategic partnership with Renolit

2020

Demo plant starts production

2021

Scale up to commercial plant

2023

Commercial production

2024

A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Cyanobacteria: natural, all-in-one factories.

Petro-chemicals mean mining more fossil fuel, emitting more carbon. They’re also resource, land and time thirsty - the kind of industry that has led to a planet out of balance. The Photanol solution helps reset that balance.

We can create any carbon compound. Which means we can make the monomers used for different plastics, the ingredients for personal care products and detergents; even fuels - clean, renewable and circular. All thanks to innovation that follows nature’s lead.

Photanol works with the superpower of cyanobacteria to photosynthesize. Optimizing the bacteria to absorb more CO2, adapting its metabolic pathways to produce a desired chemical. Transforming the bacteria into highly-efficient mini factories that run on sunlight, produce just oxygen as by-product and need radically less land and water than traditional variants. All primed for scalability thanks to Photanol’s platform technology.

How it works
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Through photosynthesis, cyanobacteria capture CO2, keep the carbon (C) and return oxygen (O2) as a by-product.

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The cyanobacteria’s metabolic pathways are enhanced to produce the desired carbon compound.

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The compounds are collected straight out of our tubes installation. Upscaling production is as straightforward as laying more tubes.

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Our renewable chemistry is used to create circular plastics, sustainable detergents, beauty and healthcare products. Even biofuel.

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Photanol’s platform technology makes it possible to create virtually any carbon compound, with the power to transform many industries to circular.

MEET THE TEAM

Dedicated to restoring balance since 2008.

Veronique de Bruijn, MBA

CEO

Venture capital and renewables expert Veronique merges unexpected worlds to power sustainable innovation. This drives her leadership, as well as her quest for the right partners to realize Photanol’s 100% renewable moonshot and transition to a circular future.

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Prof. dr. Klaas Hellingwerf

CSO

Our Founder and CSO, Prof. Hellingwerf, is a top five knowledge leader in the cyano-fermentation field and a well-respected authority on microbial photosynthesis. Prof. Hellingwerf continues researching and networking across continents to progress sustainable science and the Photanol vision.

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Paul Koekoek

Director of Operations

Over twenty years of engineering excellence back our COO’s plans to sky-rocket circular chemistry. Paul led the demo plant construction and is now designing the engineering feats needed for commercial scale up.

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Peter Brenninkmeijer

CFO

Peter co-raised the funding for our debut demo plant. Experienced in unconventional financial models, he is the ideal CFO to guide us through the uncharted landscapes of biotech innovation.

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Caroline van der Horst

CTO (interim)

Our acting technology officer, Caroline, hails from the agrifood industry and leads the Photanol R&D teams through the intense journeys of iteration needed for process perfection.

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Aniek van der Woude

R&D Manager Strain Engineering

With Photanol since 2012 and joining us fresh from her PhD in molecular microbiology, our R&D Manager Aniek drives the strategy for the strain engineering team. Analyzing, debating and developing our most productive strains.

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Hayco Bloemen

Senior Process Development Engineer

Hayco describes his job as ‘making cyanos happy’. Which means he leads his team in the process development and validation needed to help our bacteria grow. Putting innovation into practice; turning 'what ifs' into reality.

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Sabrina Botton

Senior Researcher / Upscaling Team Lead

Sabrina’s personal ambition is to use bacteria as a platform for sustainable innovation. After several years at different research institutes, she now uses her expertise to support Photanol’s upscaling success.

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Théo Veaudor

Researcher / Strain Engineering Team Lead

A self-described 'lab-guy' with a PhD in cyanobacteria genetics and metabolism, Théo spends his days tweaking and experimenting with cyanos on the way to our next big strain success stories.

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Koen Mulder

Researcher / Strain Engineering Team Lead

Joining us as junior researcher, Koen has been with Photanol since 2017. He’s now the unflappable, results-driven lead our engineers need to guide them through the cultivation of our latest and greatest strains.

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Eugenie Troia

Lead Analytical Chemist

A background in environmental chemistry and the same vision for circular solutions led Eugenie to Photanol. She powers the mission daily by deducing what needs to stay, go, or be tweaked - on the way to strain production upscale success.

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Juliette Martin

Researcher Piloting

Starting as our lab intern, Juliette grew with Photanol. And, thanks to the giga-loads of optimism, perseverance (and French cursing) she donates to process validation daily, she’s now a most-valued member of the pilot plant team.

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Maria João Correia

Junior Researcher Upscaling

Maria shares the Photanol change-maker gene. Her expertise is algae biotech; specifically micro algae ID and cultivation, and it’s her lab work that ensures our next big strains are robust and future-proof.

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Anja Herdtfelder

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

Anja studied cloning for her degree in Life Science and Technology. At Photanol she optimizes cyanobacteria to deliver new compounds. Studying and iterating on results to create the most stable strains for our next organic acids.

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Gabriel Brouchon

Researcher Upscaling

Having worked in labs across several countries, Gabriel is in the ideal agile mind needed to drive our upscaling science. His work involves optimizing strain productivity; employing various growth systems and conditions.

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Danuta Kaczmarzyk

Senior Researcher Strain Engineering

Danuta comes to us from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, where she worked as a researcher for the Microbial Metabolic Engineering Group. Now she uses her expertise to engineer Photanol's strongest cyanobacteria strains.

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Mara Vincelli

Researcher Strain Engineering

A personal passion for environmental science drives Mara’s unlimited perseverance in the lab. Here she develops sustainable molecular techniques for cyano cultivation. Inventing the tools and protocol needed to research, evaluate and progress the most robust strains.

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Joost van Baarsen

Research Technician Strain Engineering

Joost came to us from a bio-waste company. Starting with us an intern, he became our Junior Researcher in 2018 and can be found in the lab, strengthening our upscaling team.

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Patrick Eikenboom

Operator pilot and demo

Patrick completed his B.A. thesis while interning at our pilot plant. Now, he uses the same flexibility and drive to operate and test experimental reactors and strains across multiple locations.

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Marc García López

Junior Researcher Upscaling

A passion for microbiology and its potential to mitigate climate breakdown led Marc to an internship at Photanol. Today, those two loves continue to drive his work as data scientist in the upscaling team.

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Pierre Hakkesteegt

Site Supervisor Delfzijl

Pierre is the one optimizing operations at our demo plant. Creating the ideal conditions to maximize cyanobacteria growth, so we can maximize the amount of CO₂ we convert into valuable product.

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Vera Boor

Junior Bioprocess Engineer

Dedicated to large scale, long-term cultivation of our cyanobacteria, Vera runs five reactors across indoor and outdoor locations, and is Photanol's trouble-shooter extraordinaire.

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Mandy Gericke

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

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Jadranka van Tilburg

Financial Controller

You’ll find Jadranka at the heart of Photanol. Her keen eye and roster of experience helping us maintain organizational and financial harmony across all Photanol operations.

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Joost Teixeira de Mattos

Founder

Prof. Teixeira de Mattos is a leading expert on microbial physiology and fermentation. Together with Prof. Hellingwerf, he defined the optimum conditions for cultivating our cyanos and was integral in securing key partner, Nouryon. In 2016, Joost moved on to a start-up innovating circular energy solutions.

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VACANCIES

Researcher Strain Development Team

Photanol is looking for a researcher to join our Strain Development Team. The role is a full-time position based in our labs in Amsterdam.

Junior Researcher Strain Development Team

Photanol is looking for a junior researcher to join our Strain Development Team. The role is a full-time position based in our labs in Amsterdam.

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