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About Biosoil


Biosoil has been operating facilities for bioremediation of contaminated soil using advanced technology. Biosoil considered as a center of unique know-how. 

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About Biosoil


Biosoil has been operating facilities for bioremediation of contaminated soil using advanced technology. Biosoil considered as a center of unique know-how. 

BIOSOIL

Biosoil is a partnership of the Bioterra Ltd. and LDD Advanced Technologies. For over a decade Biosoil has been operating facilities within ESC’s plant at Neot-Hovav for the treatment of hazardous organic wastes, such as: contaminated soils, oily sludge, biosolids and industrial wastewaters.

Biosoil is a pioneer company in the field of hazardous organic waste treatment in Israel, and is considered a center of knowledge and expertise in the field. The advanced technology used at Biosoil's facilities is the result of decades of on-going academic and applied research, based on the work of Biosoil’s cofounder, Dr. Raphi Mandelbaum. The Research Division and the Microbiological Lab led by the microbiologist Dr. Assaf Lowenthal are the key component in further development of Biosoil's activity.

Biosoil’s large investment in researching the field of biological treatment has given the Company unique capabilities in all of the fields related to the treatment of hazardous materials considered to be "difficult to break down" – waste materials containing pollutants at high concentrations and having chemical and physical properties that cause difficulty in the creation of the optimal conditions required for the treatment process.

As a result of the in-depth applicative research carried out on the wastes received by the Company for treatment, Biosoil has broadened its treatment capability, with respect to both the waste variety and complexity.

Throughout the years of its activity, Biosoil has treated about 200,000 m3 of hazardous waste with various degrees of treatment complexity from a wide variety of polluting sources and production processes.

One of the treatment facilities operated by Biosoil at Neot Hovav uses Aerated Static Biopile technology, a similar technology to the technology required by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection for implementation in the scope of the Tender for Treatment of the Sediments coming from the Kishon River.

Biosoil employs both Jews and Muslims, residents of the Negev, who work together side by side. In this manner Biosoil supports cultural diversity and sets an example of co-existence and harmony among religions.

Biosoil coordinates and employs all of the unique know-how, high reputation and wide experience of each of its partners, providing the Company with "a sum greater than its parts”.

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Our People


Our People


Our People

 

Gilad Levy

Mr. Levy joined Biosoil as the plant manager in 2013. In his capacity he oversees all of our treatment facilities while ensuring compliance with the environmental standards and regulation deemed to be the strictest in the western world. In 2014 Mr. Levy led important operative efficiency improvement processes and the extension of Biosoil's activity, within the activation of a new treatment facility which began operating in that year.

Prior to joining Biosoil, Gilad served as an environmental engineer in Micron’s FAB 18 manufacturing facility (currently run by Intel). He holds an MSc degree in environmental engineering from Ben-Gurion University.


Dr. Raphi Mandelbaum

As the cofounder of Biosoil (founded as a partnership together with the ESC in 2004), Dr. Mandelbaum is the managing partner of Biosoil. Dr. Mandelbaum is also the CEO and Chief Scientist of LDD Advanced Technologies.

Dr. Mandelbaum holds a PhD in Microbiology awarded by the Hebrew University (1989) and was the holder of 3 years Post-doc fellowships in ecological microbiology at Penn-State University and the University of Minnesota.

Upon his return to Israel in 1993 Dr. Mandelbaum founded the Soil Microbiology Laboratory at the Volcani Center and became a lecturer of environmental microbiology at the Hebrew University.  Along the years, Dr. Mandelbaum published more than one hundred papers on bioremediation many of which have been extensively quoted in academic literature worldwide. His breakthrough paper on microbiological degradation of chlorinated organic substances, specifically the common herbicide Atrazine, gained international scientific recognition  and many follow-up studies ensued from his study of enzymes and of genes of the ADP Pseudomonas bacteria, initially discovered by him during his post-doctoral fellowship in the United States.

Dr. Mandelbaum is currently member of the Executive Board of the Israeli Association for Ecology, specifically responsible for liaising with private sector and industry. He served in the past as a member of the award committee of the Israeli Association of Microbiology and as a member of the French-Israeli cooperation committee for Soil and Water Bioremediation.


Dr. Assaf Lowenthal

Since 2014 Dr. Lowenthal is the Chief Scientist at Biosoil. In his capacity he oversees quality and efficiency of treatment processes performed at our various facilities. In collaboration with Mr. Julio Subovitch, ESC’s Chief Chemist, he carries out intensive research examining the potential of integrating bioremediation with ESC’s various treatment procedures.

Assaf holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Hebrew University (2013). During his graduate studies Assaf was trained by internationally leading scientists in the field of environmental microbiology in general and in remediating oil spills in particular.

Prior to joining Biosoil, Assaf served as a lecturer of biotechnology at Tel-Hai College and as a diagnostic system developer for commercial laboratories.

 


Ariel Engelberg

The Operations Manager of Biosoil, Ariel has been with us since day one. He was and still is an important part of all of Biosoil's development and expansion projects. Mr. Engelberg has a unique creative and broad vision of operations, awarding Biosoil and its clients with exceptional work of a diligent man with a vision and vigor.