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We produce biodegradable cellulose microparticles to replace plastic microbeads

About Naturbeads

Naturbeads are natural and biodegradable microbeads produced from renewable and sustainable resources. Naturbeads can be manufactured competitively at different scales and with properties matching those of persistent plastic microparticles

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our team

Giovanna Laudisio

CEO and Co-Founder

Giovanna has 15+ year of experience in R&D and technology commercialization. She is an experienced project manager with passion for environment and a track record of projects execution. Trained in the Lean LaunchPad methodology she has mentored several startups from Universities and other Institutes of higher learning, bringing business perspective to academic innovation.

Janet Scott

Technology Advisor - Chemistry Co-Founder

Janet has experience working in both academia and industry in three countries. She is Prof. of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Bath where she has managed a grant portfolio of >£4m as PI over the past 5 years (£15m including CoI grants), leading EPSRC, European Commission and the academic part of Innovate UK funded projects  with both large companies and SMEs.

Davide Mattia

Technology Advisor - Process Engineering

Davide is an expert in membrane science and separation technology. He is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath where he manages a portfolio of grants of £4m and a team of 8 PhDs and post-docs. Davide is an EPSRC established career fellow in water engineering part of Innovate UK funded projects  with both large companies and SMEs.

Roger Whorrod

Business Adviser

Roger has a BSc and an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He successfully built three businesses manufacturing electro-mechanical products for the construction and petrochemical markets. Outside of business his main interest is philanthropy, particularly with his alma mater, the University of Bath.  He was a lay member of the University’s Council for nine years and is now Pro-Chancellor. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to philanthropy and in 2016 the University of Bath awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.

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Amy Wilson

Senior Chemist

Amy has a BSc in Food Science from the University of Leeds and has several years experience working in the food and cosmetic industries in technical roles. She joins us from the University of Bath where she spent 2 years working in the research team of Profs. Scott and Mattia that developed the cellulose beads technology now part of Naturbeads IP portfolio. 

Jason Parsons

Process Technician

Jason is an experienced R&D and manufacturing technicians. He joins Naturbeads after 32 years of experience in DuPont MicroCircuit Materials where he gained expertise  in R&D, quality control, manufacturing, laboratory stewardship and risk assessment.

Davide Califano

Protein Chemist

Davide is an extroverted protein chemist qualified in the design of nanocomposite soft-materials. He worked in several disciplines including bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology and colloidal science. During his academic career he engaged in different international projects regarding the synthesis of new modified enzymes of industrial interest. He maturated his experience studying and working within different research groups in Europe and overseas. During his PhD project he specialised in the design of cellulose/enzyme hybrids to be used as antimicrobial materials.

Giuseppina Tufano

Chemical Engineer

Giuseppina recently graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Naples, Federico II. During her master’s degree, she specialized in chemical product engineering, dealing with emulsions, suspensions, foams and studying their rheological behavior. Her Master thesis focused on water recovery processes for industrial applications. She joins Naturbeads to enhance the sustainability of the process, optimize beads production and expand their range of applications.

Ferdinando Radice

Applied Research Chemist

Ferdinando recently graduated in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, with a final project focusing on scaffolds for cultured meat production. During his studies he worked as a peer-to-peer tutor and was student representative. He joins Naturbeads to explore and validate possible biological applications for the cellulose beads.


Naturbeads is the WINNER of the Blue Tulip Awards for the Climate and Energy category!

Enabling Technologies Finalist

Naturbeads is a finalist in the Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition

Naturbeads wins Platinum Award at MassChallenge Switzerland 2020

Naturbeads is one of the 25 nominees for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020. This is one of the largest competitions for sustainable entrepreneurship !

Naturbeads is in the top 100 startups selected for South Summit 2020 and runner up for Virtual South Summit in Sustainability

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