Managment Team

Passion for aquaculture

CEO & Co-founder

Francisco Ascui

Agronomic Engineer and Master in Business Administration with wide experience in managerial positions in several companies, including one of the world-leading group s in the agro-industrial sector. Francisco is an expert in international business and brand development with experience in commercialisation, managing foreign offices, efficiency, productivity optimisation and implementation of management control models. He has joined companies in early stages and has helped them become profitable and successful businesses.

Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder

Mario Tello

PhD in Biochemistry. He has worked with microorganisms of biotechnological potential as C. subvermispora for biopulping, E. coli strains able to produce molecules with antibiotic properties and A. ferrooxidans for bioleaching. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of the Metagenomic Laboratory in CBA-USACH and his laboratory is focused on studying how microorganisms interact with salmonids. Dr Tello aims to identify new therapeutic approaches to prevent infectious diseases that affect salmon farming and is particularly interested in using probiotic bacteria as immunostimulants.


Geraldine Mlynarz

Agricultural engineer with a keen interest in aquaculture. In 1997 co-founded Diagnotec S.A., Chilean biotechnological company, which was later acquired by the Andromaco-Grunenthal group. Since 2011, she is the co-founder and CEO of ActivaQ S.A., her second biotechnology company. Currently, she is also the CEO of ICTIO Biotechnologies, a Biotechnological Consortium created in 2014 that aims at researching and developing novel solutions for preventing and controlling diseases in aquaculture. She has received many international awards related to entrepreneurship and is the present President of WeAmericas Association, a network of entrepreneurs and businesswomen in Latin American and the Caribbean created in 2012.