Agrobiotecnología del Litoral(IAL)
Dr. Francisco Colombatti started his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in the Instituto de Agrobiotecnología del Litoral (IAL), working on unknown oxidative resistance genes on plants. his research achieved agronomic interest, because plants overexpressing chimeric genes produce threefold more biomass, up to 100% more seeds and increased tolerance to pathogen. As a consequence, he protected this work and licensed the patent to Plant Bioscience Limited. (PBL®), also, produced a few articles of this research. Immediately after he received his Ph.D. degree, he began working for Molinos Río de la Plata, one of the biggest food companies of the region. His job there was related to multiple projects, but always having as a main project one development aimed to biocontrol Salmonella spp. in the soybean meal production facility. This patented new and novel method of Salmonella spp. biocontrol in soybean crushing facilities led him to win the MIT recognizement as a young innovator. There he played his role as a Head of Project which allowed him to involve in different projects acquiring experience in the agro and food industry and business. Nowadays, Molinos Agro is a "spin off" company that born from Molinos Río de la Plata, focused on processing of soybean and seeking new horizons, always related to grain processing; oil and meal production, and biofuels. He is working not only for Molinos Agro, as a Head of Project and Biotechnological Development Laboratory Director, but also as a consultant for companies like Fugran C.I.S.A. and others.