Sunchem B.V.

Sunchem BV is an industrial research and develop company operating in the sector of genetic and recombinant DNA applied to plant for energy and human purposes.

  • About energy application, Sunchem is developing a non-nicotine non-GMO tobacco variety, named SOLARIS, into a novel source of unconflicted protein and biofuel.
  • Sunchem holds the exclusive rights to the enjoyment and development on an international level of the new industrial patent “seed tobacco” (Italian patent RM2007A000129 and international patent PCT/IB/2007/053412). Sunchem Holding is qualified as Licensor. 
  • Sunchem presents a mix of professional skills organized to develop and consolidate new vegetable plant studying the process from the genetic and agronomic to market applications.

Sunchem presents a flexible team  aggregating on demand the best professional skills on the national and international market.

Management is represented by:

Massimo Ghilardi (President), entrepreneur with decades of experience in managing municipal solid waste and energy production from renewable sources such as biogas and vegetable oils.

Dr. Sergio Tommasini (CEO), law degree, MBA in International Business Management, banking extraction, consulting experience at Ernst & Young, different managerial experience in industry and administration companies (Linkedin Profile). (

Dr. Hayo De Fejiter (COO), BSc, Crop science, MSc, General Management. He is  also CEO of Sunchem Biofuel South Africa ( (Linkedin Profile)

Dr. Michael Knap (Member of the Board), Atlas Invest (

Prof. Corrado Fogher (Scientific Coordinator), PhD Genetics, University Cattolica of Piacenza, Faculty of Agricultural Science.

To support the governance Sunchem has a “Strategic Committee” in which participates:

Michael H. Crosby, OFM Cap wim/cri – Coalition for Responsible Investment (

Maarten Van Dijk, CEO, SKY NRG (

Valentina Predazzi, Ph.D, Società Italiana Brevetti Rome, SIB (

Rolf Hogan, Executive Director RSB – Round Table for Sustainable Biomaterials ( )

Joost Van Lier of Blue World Carbon (

Sergio Detoie, CEO of Sunchem do Brasil Ltd (

Strategic Team

Strategic Team

The operational team (Licensor) is represented by:

Dr. Samantha Hampton (project Leader) –

Dr. Massimo Zuin (Chief Agronomist) –

Dr. Francesco Di Lucia, Ph.D (Agronomist) –

Prof. Milvio Avogadro (Engineering and Process)

Dr. Valentina Predazzi, Genetics and Patent Attorney – SIB, Società Italiana Brevetti Roma, Italy

Dr. Stefano Gattolin, PhD (Genetics)

Dr. Nicoletta di Norscia, Ph.D Student International University of Monaco – Nice Sophia Antipolis (expert on bio-energy field)

Dr. Davide Ferrari (financial management)

Massimo Mela (accountant and administration office)

Avv. Paolo Cecchi (International Law & Contract)

Avv. Antonio Bissolotti – International Relations

Sunchem Holding cooperates with Plantechno Srl, company specialized on plant-based biotechnology (

Research Center

Research Center

Corrado Fogher