The team

Meet the people behind BioPlaster Research

The BioPlaster Team

Dr. Andrea Bonilla Bruner


PhD in Physics from the University of Oxford, England.

Her work has focused on the design and formulation of smart biopolymers using nanotechnology for medical and applied research applications.

Her task at BioPlaster Research is the integral coordination of projects, in particular the design and development of advanced polymeric materials. Dr. Bonilla has practical experience in the formulation of nanocomposite structures for applied research, as well as the generation of patents in this field.

As a founding partner of BioPlaster Research, she has focused on strengthening the company's activities through the management of academic collaborations, outreach talks on the importance of nanotechnology, business networking with other entrepreneurs in the industry and has served as a leader in the strategy of attracting capital investment.

MSc. Juan Domingo Izábal

CSO (Chief of Sustainability Officer)

Master of Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

In 2018 he was part of oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. In 2019 he joined the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change where he worked coordinating work on sargassum blooms, where he formed a working group with the Ministry of Environment and the Mexican Navy. This situation served as a fundamental impulse to form a company dedicated to the development of advanced materials in order to use the immense number of algae that affect the coasts of the Caribbean Sea.

His task within BioPlaster Research are the communication and outreach strategies of projects focused on sustainability, developing collaborations with local actors seeking to solve the sargassum problem, and the dissemination of science and innovation to address the negative impacts on the ocean and transform them into opportunities for growth and regional economic development.

Dr. Aarón Hernández


His research is based on the analysis of experimental molecules to macroscopic natural or synthetic polymers. He has published scientific articles, experience in the training of human resources as a teacher of higher education and in the development of projects in the areas of energy, pharmaceuticals, food, analytical methodologies applied to drugs and herbal products.

Likewise, Dr. Hernandez has successfully participated in seeking and obtaining venture capital funding, and in competitions such as Falling Labs in Manchester 2015, Young Entrepreneurial Scheme at Glaxo Smith 2014 UK, and Venture Out -Business Ideas in Manchester 2014 and 2015.

Within BioPlaster Research she is in charge of laboratory implementation of formulations, their characterization and optimization together with Dr. Bonilla. His specialization lies in the physicochemical characterization of biomaterials through advanced molecular analysis.

Eng. Daniel Ruiz Guido


Engineer in Sustainable Development from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

In 2017, Ing. Ruiz founded a company of healthy and diabetic-friendly amaranth-based energy bars called Marces, which has grown to be placed in more than 30,000 points of sale throughout the country, and imports to the United States and Canada. 

Thanks to his experience in the food market, Mr. Ruiz decided to participate in BioPlaster Research because he believes in the need for plastic packaging with a low ecological footprint that meets today's needs. 

Within BioPlaster Research, Mr. Ruiz is in charge of the financial analysis of projects related to smart polymeric materials based on marine algae. He is also in charge of marketing and fundraising strategies through the presentation of our materials to investors interested in having BioPlaster as part of their investment portfolio.


Mr. Sudip Mukhopadhyay

Co-Founder & CEO of AirMyne,, a direct air capture startup in Berkeley, California and launched out of Y Combinator in 2022.

Global Deep Tech Innovation Leader, Government of Finland, 2019-2022.

Corporate Fellow at Honeywell, United States, 2003-2019. Co-invented low global warming refrigerant for cars (1234yf), a billion dollar per year revenue generating business now.

Invented SOLARC® for solar panels, Founding members of drone and air taxi Program.

Trained as an engineer in India, Israel and at University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Sonia Antoranz Contera

University of Oxford, England

Professor of Biophysics, University of Oxford, England

  • Bio and nano materials for medical applications
  • Her work focuses on the interface between physics, biology and nanotechnology.
  • She is an expert in atomic force microscopy of biological systems and is particularly interested in the role of mechanics in biology.

Ing. Cuauhtémoc Durán

Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey campus.

Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey campus.

CEO and co-founder of:

  • IPSIUS (strategic consulting)
  • INSIDE Integral Center S.A. de C. V.
  • Canica Software
  • Business Development Center
  • Technology Development Center

Dr. Roeb García Arrazola

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Research and Development in Sustainable Chemical Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering from "La Salle" University (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University College London (England, UK).
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Green Chemistry of Biomaterials from the Faculty of Chemistry, UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico).

Research collaborations and alliances


  • National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Center for Advanced Materials Research, Chihuahua, Mexico City
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Estado de México, Mexico


  • University of Oxford, England
  • University College of London, England
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Regional Alliances

  • SOS Carbon, Dominican Republic
  • Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), International
SOS carbon



  • Venture Capital
  • Start-up Accelerator
  • Seed investment

Carl Page from the Anthropocene Institute

  • Seed Investment
  • Anthropocene Institute
Anthropocene Institute