About us

Agroils Technologies SpA has its offices at Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy.

Management Team & Board Members

Giovanni Venturini Del Greco – CEO. Pioneer in Jatropha industry. Founder of numerous Jatropha companies. Partner of Treedom Srl, a carbon forestry company. Chairman of the Jatrophabook Association. Industrial Engineering University of Florence.
Roberto Crea – Chairman & CSO. Pioneer in Biotechnology. Inventor of numerous processes (35 US Patents). Author of first recombinant production of Human Insulin at Genentech, California. Serial entrepreneur in Biotechnology: Creative Bio-Molecules, Bioren, Protelix, Creagri. PhD Biological Chemistry.
Antonio Mele – CTO. PHRI NY, Creative Biomolecules Inc., Hopkinton, Former Vice President Menarini Pharma (IT). PhD Chemistry.


Sriram Srinivasan - Sriram is an MBA in Finance and has about 25 years of in-depth experience in various areas. He worked with the Tata Group in India for more than 14 years and was seconded to JOil in September 2009, as GM (Strategy & Marketing). He took up the role as Chief Financial Officer at JOil and played a key role in formulating strategic tie-ups and business initiatives. Before moving to JOil, Sriram was heading the biofuels division of Tata Chemicals Ltd., and was instrumental in setting up various agro-climatic research sites for Jatropha in India and Africa. He also played a lead role in setting up a bioethanol plant in India and in participating in various international projects. His expertise is in finance, strategy and marketing.

Dr. Hong Yan - He has both biological science training (PhD, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 1989) and business training (MBA, National University of Singapore, 2001). He moved to Singapore from US in 1993 and joined the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology as a postdoctoral fellow and  has led an independent research group in Institute of Molecular Agrobiology since 1998 (later in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory) on translational plant research areas like biotech crop development, forestry biotechnology, herbal medicine, bioenergy plant and new technology development. He has 8 patents and many peer reviewed publications. Technology development in his group contributed to the formation of two spin off companies. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He joined JOil (S) Pte Ltd in 2008. Prior to that, he served as a Director for Bioforest Pte Ltd (a company on tropical forestry biotechnology) from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Srinivasan Ramachandran - He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry with Plant Molecular Biology as specialization from University of Idaho, USA under the guidance of Prof David Oliver. In 1993, he joined Prof Nam Hai Chua’s group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, later at the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, Singapore. He headed the group of Rice Functional Genomics at Institute of Molecular Biology since 2001 and since 2002 at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. Also since 2007 leading a group at the Center for Bioenergy Plants, at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. He has several peer reviewed publications and patents to his credit. He is also focusing on improving sweet sorghum plants through biotechnology.

Lorenzo Franchini – Experienced angel investor and entrepreneur in the venture investing arena. Founder of ScaleIT Capital and Senior Advisor @ LVenture Group, He has invested in 20+ startups internationally. In 2007 He co-founded the angel group Italian Angels for Growth and managed the group as managing director till 2014. Previously He was entrepreneur in the entertainment sector, VP Marketing @ Gialloviaggi.it and Stage Entertainment and Manager @ Iveco. Graduated with honour in Economics and Commerce @ the University of Florence, He had executive education @ Stanford and Cranfield. He is part of several national and international start-up selection committees and have been lecturer on angel investing in many Italian Universities.


Peter Chia - Mr Peter Chia joined Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) in 2002 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Life Sciences Ventures Pte Ltd, an investment company set up to commercialize technology developed by TLL. In addition, he is holding directorship positions in several other companies/organisations, namely, Bioforest Pte Ltd, Tridel Biosciences Pte Ltd, EPIC Bio Pte Ltd, Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore and as Commissionaire for PT Monfori Nusantara.

Giorgio Costacurta – President CoMet FvG District, Angel Investor, Co-Owner at Epigen, Geneticlab, Onda and CEO at Sipro and Solight Spa.

Marco Di Lorenzo – CEO Ekamant Italia SpA, Board Member X-Capital SpA, NEXT2I, Tyre Team, SAOL, Ekamant AB, Confindustria Firenze.

Ghino Venturini Del Greco – First industrial aquaculture producer in Italy, Cosa Srl Orbetello, Cooperativa Piscicultori Maremmani, Farmaceutica Pagni Srl (acquired by Parke-Davis/Pfizer).


Agroils Technologies SpA

Legal address:
Viale Mazzini 18, 50132
Florence, Italy

Main offices:
Via P. Nenni 2, 50019
Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy

Off: (+39) 055 45 99 260