In recent years there has been a renewed interest in keeping captive aquatic organisms in captivity. The advent of modern aquariology techniques has made it possible to keep and even reproduce in the aquarium species of corals and fish that could not be kept alive until recently. This greatly contributed to the positive evolution of the aquarium market, which today makes it possible to raise a portion of coral reef at home. In addition, biomedical research is increasingly using aquatic organisms for public health issues. Thus, the zebrafish (Danio rerio) is used in almost all research centers around the world to better understand the physio-pathological phenomena related to certain diseases such as cancer. Finally, the pharmacopoeia is very frequently turned to certain organisms such as corals to isolate molecules of interest that will give place in the near future, the development of drugs.
Although there is undeniable interest in the maintenance of these aquatic organisms, the techniques related to their well-being have not evolved as quickly as the growth of this market. Nutritional solutions that meet the very specific needs of captive-bred fish are lacking and most of the products offered for sale do not achieve acceptable levels of survival and species reproduction rates. Worse than that, some brands, out of sheer ignorance, offer nutritional solutions or additives, detrimental to the overall health of the aquarium.
With this in mind, PLANKTOVIE has decided to offer to laboratories and the aquarium market nutrient solutions as well as additives for the maintenance of aquatic organisms in captivity.
Emmanuel Sobra – Chairman
A Notary and Business Law lawyer with international experience. Very active since 2005, in several technological fields, he puts at the service of the companies his technical, legal and financial capacities for many years. He is also a specialist in wealth management and is very familiar with the procedures for raising specific funds for innovative companies, as well as in supporting and developing them.
Olivier Detournay, PhD – Founder, CSO
Olivier holds a Ph.D. (ULB, Belgium) in the immunology of cancer, and has carried out extensive laboratory and field research using various animal models, including aquatic organisms such as zebrafish and cnidarians. His unique tropism for the valorization of basic research makes him a key player to the business development within startups.
Eric Röttinger, PhD – scientific board
Eric is a CNRS Director of Research and Team leader at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging in Nice (Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, INSERM). He has a long-lasting experience in developing marine organisms for fundamental and biomedical research as well as for innovation. Eric is also director of the Federative Research Institute for Marine Resources from the Université Côte d’Azur as well as co-founder and president of the non-profit organization Kahi Kai (one ocean in hawaiian) that thrives to promote the importance of marine organisms for science and society.
Jean-Louis Kraus, PhD – Strategic board
Jean-Louis is Professor Emeritus at Aix-Marseille University, former Professor at McGill University. He has an extensive background in the creation of start-ups such as Trophos, which was recently acquired by Roche, Switzerland.