Driven by passion and innovation, we at Agricells are committed to shaping a sustainable agricultural future.

Our Story

Established in 2020 by two passionate professionals, Maxence and Vincent, Agricells was born out of a dream to revolutionize agriculture by minimizing reliance on chemical inputs. From the outset, our vision was clear: strive for a world moving towards healthier and more sustainable food. With an initial fundraising of 2 million euros, we turned this vision into reality. A subsequent fundraising in mid-2023, amounting to 3.5 million euros, reinforced our dedication to transforming the agricultural sector.

Our Team

Agricells’ ingenuity is driven by an experienced team, spearheaded by Maxence Semacoy Albertini and Vincent Vandamme. Each board member brings invaluable skills that are the backbone of our success. Our team is united by a shared passion for agricultural biotechnology, deep respect for science and ecology, and a commitment to excellence. Within our diverse team, you’ll find experts in various fields, such as: 


  • Industrial Pharmacists 
  • Biotechnologists 
  • Bio-fermentation Specialists 
  • Genetic Researchers 
  • Intellectual Property Experts 
  • Quality Control Specialists 


The philosophy uniting these team members is simple: together, through innovation, we can create a healthier and more sustainable agricultural future. 

Maxence Semacoy Albertini

Founder & CEO

After 8 years in engineering consulting and various roles in business development and managing major pharmaceutical and biotechnology accounts like UCB Pharma and GSK Vaccines, Maxence is the founding member of this “green” biotechnology project. An engineer by training and with an MBA in Finance, he was drawn back to his roots and the agricultural world by creating Agricells.

Vincent Vandamme

Co-founder & COO

With 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, especially in the biologic small and large molecules sector, Vincent has held various roles in industrial operations and quality, on an international scale. He brings his expertise to Agricells in launching and managing production operations, alongside Maxence. Vincent showcases his connection to the Earth through this project.

Thierry Nuytten

Thierry Nuytten, ULiège-Gembloux Agro-BioTech. With over 35 years of global experience in agricultural input markets, ranging from regulation to marketing, sales, supply chain management, and business development. He has collaborated with industry giants such as Syngenta, Bayer, and Sumitomo Chemical. Thierry brings to Agricells hands-on commercial development experience for sustainable innovations in crop management.

David Lechleiter

David Lechleiter, ESSEC, is currently the Supply Chain Manager for Takeda Biologics in Zurich, Switzerland. A pharmaceutical industry leader, he boasts an extensive background (of over 25 years) in finance, trade, and manufacturing sectors. He contributes his expertise in business and financial planning, product launch management, commercial excellence, supply chain dynamics, value stream mapping, and network strategy formulation to Agricells. He possesses profound leadership experience.

Pierre Detrixhe

Pierre Detrixhe is the Managing Partner at Investsud Tech and Venture Director at Newton Biocapital. He brings in over a decade of venture capital experience and has supported numerous startups in their initial phases. Previously, he held positions as a scientist and technology transfer manager in the biotechnology sector. Pierre Detrixhe serves on the boards of several promising young Belgian companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech), Belgium, and a Master’s in Management from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. 

Rooted in Tradition, Looking Towards the Future

At Agricells, we blend ancestral wisdom with innovation for a flourishing agricultural future.

Our Values

At Agricells, our core values can be summarized in one word: T.E.A.M. This acronym not only represents the idea of collaboration, but it also embodies the foundational pillars of our company culture. Each letter of T.E.A.M stands for a key value guiding all our actions and decisions: 


For us, open and honest communication is crucial. We believe trust is the cornerstone of any lasting relationship.


We consider every decision carefully, ensuring optimal outcomes while staying committed to sustainability.


We firmly believe innovation should be available to everyone. Every farmer, regardless of size or location, deserves cutting-edge solutions for cleaner farming. 


Our passion propels us forward, with a vision of a greener, healthier agricultural future.

Our Partners

Agricells proudly collaborates with an array of strategic partners such as Wagralim in biostimulant development and forthcoming partnerships in Canada and Belgium. For certification, we closely cooperate with Redebel. Calysta is our trusted partner in intellectual property, while Beyon Law Firm provides legal counsel on corporate and commercial law. The University of Mons is our genetics ally. Acies Bio is our first choice for bio-fermentation, Lyophitech for lyophilization, and for formulation, we partner with Ajinomoto and Weexa. Lastly, CPE Lyon with BioFactory oversees our quality control. Additionally, our strategic development has been significantly supported by institutional partners: Sambrinvest, Investsud, and Luxembourg Development. These entities not only provided financial contributions but also bolstered our mission to make agriculture ecologically viable.