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Safe and eco-friendly UV Skin protection

UVERA is developing the next generation of healthy protective ingredient against the whole spectrum of UV sun radiation.

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Challenge

Challenge

This is Palau. It seems like another paradise island country. But Palau was the first to look below the waterline. And they were terrified.

In 2015, Dr Downs discovered that oxybenzone, which is present in popular sunscreen lotions, has a toxic effect on coral reefs.

Even at a concentration of 1 drop in 6 Olympic-size swimming pools. It has been estimated that every year more than 14,000 tons of sunscreens wash off people and go into reef areas only what increases coral mortality.

Pollution in the environment from chemical sunscreens result in a reduced resilience to climate change events, and even contribute to reproductively impaired organisms, including coral, fish, sea mammals and birds that can be locally extinct.
 
This research led Palau to be the whistleblower to ban certain sunscreens. Hawai, Mexico, Florida will be imposing similar restrictions soon.

Unfortunately, last scientific research showed that long term use of existing UV filters is harmful to the human body as well.

They may accumulate in human tissue and alter hormone levels by disrupting the endocrine system. Did you know that some substances in sun lotion that you trust may increase cancer risk?

Existing UV filters (TiO2, ZnO, OCR, OXY, BM, EHMC), that can be found in most popular UV protection products may cause DNA damage.

Only in 2018 - 1 billion of units of risky composed sunscreens were sold and 2,1 billion are expected for 2029. Each year tons of sunscreens end up on our skin and enter waterways. It means that WE ARE destroying marine ecosystem every single holiday.

This is just the beginning. So how to stop the pollution?

Mission

Mission

Our mission is to provide you with a natural UV protective substance which is safe for human body and environmentally friendly.

UVera is a fusion of innovation and interdisciplinary approach to UV skin protection. As a team of researchers and engineers, we are devoted to engage pure biotechnology to produce safe and effective UV protection. We aim to produce a substance which doesn’t harm any ecosystem or risk your health. All, in line with growing eco-awareness and Green Deal objectives.

Our mission is to:

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Provide safe skin protection from UV radiation and pollution factors
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Deliver potent, healthy and natural UV protector made in zero-waste process
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Protect ocean’s biodiversity and marine ecosystem
Revolution

Why we are unique?

We aim to produce highly potent, full range UVA-B-C protector in eco-friendly way. Its production consumes tons of CO2 and release O2 and fertile biomass as by-products. Our natural UV filter is safe for health and environment.

Revolution comes with cyanobacteria

UVera developed innovative technology of cultivation of microorganisms from polyextremal environments. We enable biomass production, stimulation and extraction of pure products on industrial scale, providing cosmetic brands with unique new compounds.

Our patent protected microorganisms produce natural UV protector with the greatest known UV protection rate. UVera developments was awarded by European Commission of Innovation as “Green Deal” technology. We are consuming tons of CO2 to produce our UV protector and generating O2 and fertile biomass as the by-products.

 

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Natural UV filter safe for coral reefs, marine life and environment
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Safe for health and toxic free filter not penetrating skin
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Protection against full UV range
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Good for skin anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-proliferative
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Stable, doesn’t interact with chlorine
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Transparent on skin, no greasy or white film
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Cost effective: very low concentration needed
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Zero-waste process of production with oxygen & biomass as by-products

Team

Our team creates a bridge between ideas and innovation, which is build out of interdisciplinary works of scientists and business developers from Poland, Spain, USA and Japan. We bring together subject experts in technologies related to microbiological culturing, process design, scale-up of new technologies, and translation of innovative ideas into commercial products.

Management board

Magdalena Jander
Magdalena Jander
CEO & Co-founder

PhD, Biotechnologist, Technology Scout, CEO of UVera. Experienced in developing projects merging science and business. Graduate of “Leadership Academy” – development program guided by Harvard educators and established by Center for Leadership.

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Adam Kiciak
Adam Kiciak
CMO & Co-founder

MD, PhD, Medical doctor, scientist and entrepreneur experienced in clinical trials coordination and surveillance and expertise in IP protection. Previously medical advisor at Pfizer and Takeda.

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Adam Aleksandrowicz
Adam Aleksandrowicz
Business dev manager

Experienced CFO, managing relationship and communication with investors from private and public debt and equity markets. Structuring of joint ventures and business undertakings. M&A including structuring of acquisition financing.

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Scientific board

Jacek Wierzchos
Jacek Wierzchos
PhD - CRO & Co-founder

An expert in areas of geomicrobiology, ecology of microorganisms in extreme environments, electron and photon microscopy, and microanalysis and micropaleontology.

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Carlos Vilchez
Carlos Vilchez
PhD - CTO

Carlos Vilches, an expert in microalgal biotechnology, particularly in the field of characterization and production of extremophilic species, and in the production assessment of valuable algal compounds for the food, feed, health and chemistry.

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Maria Cuaresma
Maria Cuaresma
Senior scientist at BITAL

Her main research line is focused on the search of new and sustainable strategies for the production of interesting metabolites by mean of using microorganisms, and more specifically microalgae.

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Chief scientists and engineers

Luis Fuentes
Luis Fuentes
PhD - Bacteria cultivation
Benito Mogedas
Benito Mogedas
Production Engineer
Alonso Cano
Alonso Cano
Bioreactor engineer
Dariusz Kucharczyk
Dariusz Kucharczyk
Professor dr hab. inż.
Bartłomiej Kozik
Bartłomiej Kozik
Chemist
Michał Łuczyński
Michał Łuczyński
PhD - Quality Control Manger
Veronica Beltran
Veronica Beltran
Lab Technician
Krzysztof Waskiewicz
Krzysztof Waskiewicz
Chemist
Karolina Szubert
Karolina Szubert
Microbiologist
Anna Wrąbel
Anna Wrąbel
Project Manager

Regulatory and market approval

Andrzej Witek
Andrzej Witek
IPR And Licensing
Sheila Farhang
Sheila Farhang
MD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Awards

10 best bio- and nanotech startups in Poland.
10 best bio- and nanotech startups in Poland.

My Company Polska

January 2022

Finalist of European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute Social Innovation Tournament 2021
Finalist of European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute Social Innovation Tournament 2021

European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute

September 2021

Winner of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE 2021
Winner of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE 2021

MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

September 2021

Recipient of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE 2021 Audience Award 2021
Recipient of MIT Enterprise Forum CEE 2021 Audience Award 2021

MIT Enterprise Forum CEE 2021

September 2021

1st Prize for best Biotech Start-up
1st Prize for best Biotech Start-up

EIT Health Catapult Award 2020

December 2020

Alex Casta Audience Award 2020
Alex Casta Audience Award 2020

EIT Health Catapult 2020

December 2020

1st prize
1st prize

My Company Poland Innovators Ranking

September 2020

Leader of Innovative Technologies
Leader of Innovative Technologies

BusinessWoman of the year 2019
Granted by Sukces Pisany Szminka Foundation

March 2020

1st Prize for best Healthcare Start-up
1st Prize for best Healthcare Start-up

EIT Health Innostars Awards 2019

November 2019

Grants

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101009401

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UVERA is a laureate of EIT Health InnoStars Award from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This body of the European Union receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within Program 1.3.1 The Intelligent Development Operational Program 2014-2020.

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Opracowanie wniosku o Eurogrant planowanego do złożenia przez UVera S.A. w ramach konkursu EIC Accelerator.

Celem projektu jest wsparcie finansowe Spółki w przygotowaniach związanych ze złożeniem aplikacji konkursowej w programie Horyzont 2020 – konkurs EIC Accelerator Pilot.

Realizacja projektu pozwoli na przygotowanie wniosku i studium wykonalności niezbędnych w ramach konkursu EIC Accelerator Pilot.

Program Operacyjny Inteligentny Rozwój 2014-2020 Działanie: 2.3 Proinnowacyjne usługi dla przedsiębiorstw Poddziałanie: 2.3.6 Granty na Eurogranty

Wartość projektu: 280 060,00 zł,
Wartość dofinansowania: 280 060,00 zł

Okres realizacji projektu: 16.05.2020 – 31.03.2021

News

Best Polish start-ups according to Bankier.pl
Best Polish start-ups according to Bankier.pl
May 24, 2022

The future of the world may depend on biotechnologists. According to the Clear Communication Group report from the end of 2020, the value of the biotechnology market in Poland could already exceed PLN 2 billion.

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Heal the world. Top 10 Polish bio- and nanotechnology startups
Heal the world. Top 10 Polish bio- and nanotechnology startups
January 11, 2022

Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, targeted cancer treatment, transporting drugs through the skin, rapid diagnostics - Polish biotechnology and nanotechnology are becoming the stars of the native startup ecosystem.

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Forbes Women 2021
Forbes Women 2021
December 2, 2021

Magdalena Jander, PhD CEO of UVera has been chosen as one of the women of the year by Forbes Women Polska. This inspiring and motivating list clearly shows that thanks to women, the world is becoming a better place.

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SIT 2021 – Uvera selected among Europe’s best social entrepreneurs
SIT 2021 – Uvera selected among Europe’s best social entrepreneurs
September 1, 2021

From innovative solutions for kidney failure, or multi-organ treatment methods to an aero-generator which needs no blades, or a sustainable alternative to leather, the finalists’ primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.

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Rzeczpospolita has chosen the hottest Polish startups of 2021
Rzeczpospolita has chosen the hottest Polish startups of 2021
March 25, 2021

An overview of innovative companies for which the coming months are to be crucial for their dynamic development.

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Uvera chosen the best biotech startup in Europe
Uvera chosen the best biotech startup in Europe
December 9, 2020

Polish startup UVera - was chosen as the best biotech start-up in Europe for working on healthy and environmentally friendly UV protector.

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21 start-ups reach EIT Health Catapult Final
21 start-ups reach EIT Health Catapult Final
October 26, 2020

The finalists represent the most promising European start-ups across biotech, medtech and digital health.

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25 best Polish startups of 2020
25 best Polish startups of 2020
October 19, 2020

This is the second edition of our ranking of the best Polish startups. And it turns out that young Polish companies coped well with the effects of the pandemic and are snapped up by investors.

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25 Polish innovators
25 Polish innovators
August 31, 2020

Biomedicine, digitization and eco-solutions. These are the main categories where Polish companies break through with their ideas around the world.

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Meet Europe’s "Green Deal" startup heroes
Meet Europe’s "Green Deal" startup heroes
August 6, 2020

The EU is investing record money into “Green Deal” startups to support a sustainable recovery.

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Uvera and Santoil awarded in the Green Deal Programme
Uvera and Santoil awarded in the Green Deal Programme
July 30, 2020

Two Polish companies are among 64 European start-ups that will receive research grants in the European Green Deal.

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First “Green Deal” funding from European Innovation Council awards over €307 million to 64 startups set to support the recovery plan for Europe
First “Green Deal” funding from European Innovation Council awards over €307 million to 64 startups set to support the recovery plan for Europe
July 23, 2020
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EUR 2.5 million for the Polish startup UVera
EUR 2.5 million for the Polish startup UVera
July 23, 2020

UVera achieved another European success. The company has just received a grant of EUR 2.5 million from the EIC (European Innovation Council).

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Businesswoman of the Year competition
Businesswoman of the Year competition
March 10, 2020

For the eleventh time, the Success Written with Lipstick Foundation organized the Businesswoman of the Year competition to award women active in business and science.

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The Polish company creates a scientific breakthrough
The Polish company creates a scientific breakthrough
January 24, 2020

Scientists from Poland are working on a breakthrough: a natural method of protection against UV radiation.

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Let’s look at them in 2020: six startups looking for a new antidote to global public diseases
Let’s look at them in 2020: six startups looking for a new antidote to global public diseases
January 6, 2020

They are in their infancy, not from the most developed or the most innovative countries, but boldly tackling long-term incurable diseases and global public health problems.

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Poles discovered a bacteria that protects against solar radiation
Poles discovered a bacteria that protects against solar radiation
January 3, 2020

Polish scientists have made a breakthrough discovery that has a chance to revolutionize the global cosmetics industry. A group of scientists has proved that the bacterial extract they discovered may become the most important ingredient in sunscreen.

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UVERA WITH A PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN AWARD
UVERA WITH A PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN AWARD
December 9, 2019

UVera has developed a substance that protects against the entire spectrum of solar radiation. The solution is ecological, safe and natural. The company won the EIT Health InnoStars Awards 2019 competition.

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UVera wins InnoStars Awards 2019
UVera wins InnoStars Awards 2019
November 29, 2019

InnoStars Awards Grand Final 2019 took place at Bio-Europe in Hamburg. UVera, InoCure and HydruStent on the podium!

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UVERA S.A. with registered office in Łódź (90-151) Jana Muszyńskiego Str. 2 suite 3.18, registered in the Register of Entrepreneurs of the National Court Register maintained by the District Court for Łódź-Śródmieście in Łódź, 20th Commercial Division off the National Court Register under number KRS 0000762259, Tax Identification Number (NIP): 7252285112, Business Statistical Number (REGON): 382020067, having a fully paid-up share capital of PLN 180 850,00

Contact

UVERA Inc.

Jana Muszynskiego str. 2 suite 3.18
90-151 Lodz Poland
VAT: 725 228 51 12

Branch Office:

Calle Puerto no 53-1 A
21001 Huelva Spain

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Join us and bring nature back into our lives!

Contact us anytime at:
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