Greta Colombo Dugoni is the CEO and co-founder of Bi-rex, a venture aimed at transforming the world of paper production. Bi-rex’s approach involves creating sustainable paper from agricultural and food waste, including coffee grounds, citrus peels, grains and more. This technology reduces water consumption during production by up to 95%, slashes carbon emissions by around 70% and minimises energy usage by 95%.
She started the company together with Monica Ferro who she met at the university laboratory. Combining their expertise and backgrounds, the project started in academia and has become a start-up.
Greta Colombo Dugoni obtained a master’s degree in Chemical Sciences from Università degli studi di Milano in 2016 and completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2021. She has a background in organic chemistry and has always focused on waste reduction and sustainability.
At an academic level, she had been involved in waste treatment projects In the past, including nuclear waste, and in the study of green and sustainable solvents and processes.
She has spent the last two years developing her skills in business management, strategy and economics. She is now involved in strategy, competitor and market research. Her scientific background gives her an extra edge and enables her to bring out the full potential of Bi-rex’s project and vision.