Avecom (BE) is an innovative SME specialised in steering and optimizing microbial processes in environmental and industrial applications. The company originated 20 years ago as a spin-off of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (University of Ghent). Research has therefore always been the main core business of Avecom. Since it was founded, Avecom has specialized in conducting research on aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment. Additionally, Avecom also has strong expertise in soil treatment and it has become a specialist in the microbiological decontamination of volatile organochlorine compounds (VOCl), with the soil screened using microcosm tests. Avecom recently patented a new biotechnological process for the production of microbial protein from food processing water and is active in the research and development concerning side stream valorisation by means of microbial protein production.
Project manager, Mariane Van Wambeke (female) has been involved in R&D projects,supervised by prof Dr ir Willy Verstraete (former LabMET, UGhent) for more than 35 years, among more than 20 years at Avecom. She has become an expert in the domain of wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion and fermentation processes focussing on the production of microbial protein and PHB. She was involved in the training of 2 PhDs within two different European ITN at Avecom.
Mariane Van Wambeke
Kim Windey (1978) is a Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering Environmental Technology (KULeuven) with 16 years of experience in Avecom in different roles. She has worked 7 years as a project engineer and has experience of working in research projects. In the role of product manager (6 years) she was responsible for the sales and direct contact with clients (both distributors and end clients). This will help to develop and to commercialise new Rustica products/technologies. At this moment, she is operations director and will closely follow up the Avecom research.