Vincenzo Di Ilio Ph.D.
Insect physiologist, founder and director of Insect Biotech Solutions, co-founder and director of Entoplast Ltd. Vincenzo’s main interests are the physiological and behavioural modifications induced in insects by the application of different chemical and ecological agents.
After the PhD, received from the University of Siena (Siena, Italy) in 2001, Vincenzo published several studies on the integrated control of pests of economic and medical importance. In 2015, Vincenzo has been awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship for a highly innovative project on insect behavioural conditioning.
Vincenzo has experience in the breeding, life strategies, behaviour and reproductive physiology of several insect species including the Black Soldier Fly and has ongoing scientific collaborations with Universities and Research Centres in the UK, Italy and U.S.A.
Yuen-Ki Cheong Ph.D.
Chartered Chemist and currently a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Yuen-Ki received her PhD from Queen Mary University of London in 2008, where she had accumulated in-depth knowledge in isolating organic components, elucidating their structures and using a range of analytical instruments.
Yuen-Ki’s research focuses on exploitations of the intrinsic optical properties of Nanomaterials and their incorporations into organic polymers for Biomedical engineering applications. She is also involved in a UK-China collaborative project to investigate the potential applications of novel Tris- and Bis-phosphonates as a neuro-protective reagent. Over the years, Yuen-Ki has published several papers, she is currently the co-editor of a special issue for the Journal of Applied Sciences.
Co-founder and director of Entoplast Ltd. Graduated with a Business Degree from Sheffield 1985. 25 years of working in the food industry predominantly in production, sales & marketing. Worked with global food commodities rice, oil, wheat supplying foodservice and retail. Change of direction in 2013 into plastic packaging as Director of a supplier to the produce and bakery sectors. Started new business in 2017 Hello Flexibles changing the dynamic of supplying standard plastic to a solution of reducing plastic, making more appropriate for the recycling infrastructure and looking for the answer to the plastic debate. Experience of working with plastic manufacturers and converters on several continents, as well as working with UK retail to achieve their environmental policies and goals.