Javier Larragoiti is an innovator and biotechnology entrepreneur, born and raised in Mexico City. He is the founder and current CEO of Xilinat; an internationally award-winning startup that solves environmental and social issues through biotechnology. Xilinat was recently selected by MIT as a SOLVER for the circular economy and became a global winner of “The Venture”, the most important international competition for social startups. In Xilinat, Javier created a bio-refinery process to transform agricultural waste into xylitol, the only sugar substitute that tastes identical to sugar and benefits human health. Prior to his experience as an entrepreneur, he worked in the R&D department of companies such as Unilever, in Mexico City, and BASF, In Wyandotte, Michigan. In 2015 he was hired by the Weitz Lab at Harvard University as a Short Term Scholar for developing microfluidic devices for cancer and virus detection. Javier graduated with honors from both his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and his Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. In 2017 he was included by the MIT Technology Review in their top Innovators Under 35 and was named the “Young Leader of the Americas” by the US Embassy. Today he is considered one of the top 10 Eco-geniuses in Mexico, part of the 100 leaders in biotechnology and one of the 30 most promising young businesspeople by “Expansión” magazine.