Our scientific, technological and market knowledge is focused on several applications: speciality feeds for Aquaculture and Aquarium, Cosmetics, Food, and more recently in Bioenergy and Engineering.
Our natural attitude towards Partners, Customers, and Suppliers is to continuously excel ourselves through our quality standards and innovative practices.
Our company has a unique and distinctive experience in designing and operating different microalgae cultivation technologies, both for freshwater and marine microalgae, ranging from open to closed systems. The research and development team has developed extensive industry knowledge which allows us to produce more than 10 different types of microalgae genera.
After several years of research and development in the Portuguese Catholic University, Necton was established in 1997. As microalgae need sunlight, the company was set on an ideal location to grow those organisms – the South of Portugal (Europe).
Since its establishment, Necton has been located in a 23 ha salt marsh in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa.
Apart from the microalgae production facility, this fortunate location impelled the start-up of another business in the year 2000. The company began to exploit the salt marshes to obtain sea salt and “flor de sal” just like the Romans did. At this moment, Necton operates two different business units: Microalgae Business Unit and Salt Business Unit.
The history of Necton is above all based on a creative endeavour that has resulted in several new businesses. Some more successful than the others! The company Alnatural was created in 1996 with the primal purpose of using a microalgae extract in the formulation of a sun protection cream. Even though creams were excellent, as they only used natural ingredients in their formulation, the business was soon wiped out from the market by pharmaceuticals products. Another spin-out of Necton, Alangulata, dedicated to cultivation of Portuguese oyster, was established in 2005 and is still in operation. More recently, in the year 2007, another spin-out A4F was created to develop and deliver bioengineering projects for the industrial production of microalgae.
Biologist, MSc. In Microbiology. Experience in analyzing pathogenic and non-pathogenic contaminants.
In love with nature and extreme sports. Always looking for new challenges!
Biologist, MSc. in Sustainable Aquaculture.
Ninja soap crafter and master croissant baker! Family is what I value the most!
Marine Biologist. MSc. in Aquaculture. Expert in Microalgae Biotechnology.
Member of the Board.
Music and Cinema, and family, family, family!
Purchases and logistics
Marine Biologist, PhD in Biological Sciences, Large experience in aquaculture, zebrafish and bivalves and project management Research and Development Officer. R&D Officer
Research and Development Coordinator. With a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Alexandre is focused in project applications, implementation and reporting.
A walk in the beach with family gives energy for the whole week.
Thinking, trying, failing, improving and repeating.
R&D Technician. Master of marine biology with a focus on microalgae as potential feedstock for biostimulants and biopesticides in the field of sustainable agriculture.
Born and raised in Austria, I moved to Portugal to obtain a master degree in Marine Biology. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, fishing, scuba diving, photography and playing the guitar or the piano.
Biologist, MSc. In Biotechnology. R&D Technician
Interested to learn all about microalgae and all the process behind the industrial production and projects
Chemical Engineer, Ph.D in Biological Sciences. Extensive experience in Food Tehcnology and Quality Management.
Walking. Reading. Talking. Not at the same time.
Chemical Engineer. MSc. in Inovation Economy. Large experience in R&D Project Management and Bioteh Business Management.
Microalgae Business Unit Manager.
Traveling and dancing. Currently learning how to play chess.
Jack of all trades and master of some. Naturally curious.
Marine Biologist and Biotechnologist. Large experience in aquaculture, sea bream and sea bass.
Interested in learning and sharing knowledge, all the time!
Grant agreement ID: 101000501
Goal: Algae4IBD aims to develop functional food and medication against pain, inflammation and IBD from marine and freshwater micro and macroalgae (seaweed).
Period: June 2021 – May 2025
Funding Scheme: Horizon Europe
Grant agreement ID: 101060991
Goal: REALM will transform nutrient-rich drain waters from soilless farms into value, by producing microalgae at reduced costs while treating water and capturing CO2 from the air. This concept will increase the circularity and profitability of microalgal production and soilless farming.
Period: July 2022 – June 2026
Funding Scheme: Horizon Europe