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OUR TEAM

We know that having the right people managing our clients’ projects is the key to our continued success. We also know that it takes a team effort to provide the exceptional service our clients expect and deserve, which is why we pride ourselves on our long-standing client relationships.

Our team of professionals have extensive backgrounds and many years of experience working with EU food chain legislation, specialising in registrations for food and feed additives, enzymes, probiotics and novels foods. With a proven track record for successfully gaining approval for multiple food and feed products, we are ideally equipped to offer you a full regulatory affairs support service.

Ken Douglas

Ken Douglas

Managing Director 

Ken has over 25 years’ experience in finance in the fields of banking (Lloyds Bank in the UK & Brazil) and private equity (3i in the UK & Spain). He has managed and supported investments in a wide variety of small and medium-sized businesses including several in the food and beverages sector. Ken has also spent many years in M&A advising business owners on raising funds and the sale of their companies. He studied economics at Aberdeen University and obtained an MBA from the IESE business school in Barcelona.

In 2013 Ken was invited to be a member of Pen & Tec’s advisory board in which strategy and a wide variety of company policies have been debated. He was asked to become a permanent member of the team in 2020 to support the administration department and thereafter to lead the sale of the company and the transfer to Argenta which was completed in August 2022.

Ken continues to have an involvement in private equity as a member of the board of Nina Capital, a venture capital fund focused on digital health in Europe and North America.

Dr Elinor McCartney

all_pentec_elinor-mccartney_colourDr Elinor McCartney

Technical Director 

Dr Elinor McCartney has over 30 years’ experience in product development and EU regulatory affairs for multiple categories, including food and feed additives, novel foods and nutrition and health claims. Elinor is a graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, where she also obtained a PhD in enteric diseases of piglets. She has an MBA (with distinction) and has tutored Finance and Marketing for the Open University Business School.

In 2000, Elinor set up Pen & Tec Consulting to help companies comply with EU regulations and legally sell their food and feed products in Europe. Elinor mainly provides strategic advice to clients on legal status and best regulatory options to accelerate time to market. Elinor is a frequent and popular speaker at international conferences on topics such as probiotics and nutritional support for human and animal health, and is also the author or co-author of over 25 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Laura Payo Lewis

Laura Payo Lewis

Regulatory Affairs Director

Animal Nutrition

Laura Payo Lewis specialises in both EU food and feed product registrations. She is an experienced regulatory manager, helping numerous clients take their products to market, such as enzymes used as animal digestibility enhancers or as food processing aids. She holds a Master in Biotechnology from the University of Salamanca, and interned in the cell culture quality control department of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in 2010.

Laura has delivered seminars on regulations and procedures for registering feed and feed additives in the EU. She also provides training sessions for client regulatory teams on all aspects of the EU registration process, on topics such as understanding data requirements for the risk assessment of food and feed products derived from genetically modified microorganisms. Since joining Pen & Tec in 2011, Laura has acquired a deeper knowledge of the regulatory requirements in other jurisdictions, working on Food Additive Petitions or GRAS determinations (US FDA) or feed additive registrations in Brazil.

Ing. Justyna Pałasińska


Ing. Justyna Pałasińska

Regulatory Affairs Director

Human Nutrition

Ing. Justyna Pałasińska holds a Master in Food Technology and Human Nutrition, specialising in meat production, as well as a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Since joining Pen & Tec in 2013, Justyna has gained experience in managing both food & feed projects such as novel foods, nutrition & health claims, food for special medical purposes, food supplements and feed additives, including amino acids, bacteriophages, enzymes and plant derived products. She has also worked on projects for the US market, through FAP, GRAS determination and NDI notification. Justyna is currently managing and developing the food department of Pen & Tec.

Dr Montserrat Cerrato Sánchez

Dr Montserrat Cerrato Sánchez

Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager

Dr Montse Cerrato Sánchez specialises in feed product registrations and feed labelling compliance. She joined Pen & Tec in 2011 and has worked on coccidiostat and probiotic feed additive applications, assisting clients in project management, elaboration of registration dossiers and conducting compliant studies. She also provides advice on all aspects of the feed labelling development process to ensure compliant presentation and advertising of feedstuffs.

Montse has delivered training sessions for client regulatory teams on the EU feed additive registration process and feed labelling legislation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Animal Production from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Rocío Duchén Bocángel

Rocío Duchén Bocángel

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Rocío Duchén is an analytical chemist, with experience in research and consulting. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, a Master Degree in Forensic Chemistry, as well as a Master Degree in Translation Studies. Rocío has worked in research of natural products and food additives, and has experience in the development and validation of analytical methods. She has also collaborated as a specialist consultant in the food industry and the Government Office of Genetic Resources in her home country, Bolivia, being co-author of a compilation book on Bolivian plants with therapeutic potential. Since her incorporation to Pen & TecConsulting’s team, in 2017, she has broadened her experience as a Regulatory Affairs Manager, focusing on the registration of food and feed regulated products in the EU. Pen & Tec Consulting has recently became part of the Argenta Global group.

Nicoleta Pasecinic


Nicoleta Pasecinic ANutr

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Nicoleta Pasecinic is a nutritionist by background, having graduated in Food and Human Nutrition from Newcastle University, UK. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing, specialising in B2B sales.

Prior joining Pen & Tec in 2017, Nicoleta worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Health & Society at Newcastle University. During that time, she co-authored several research papers investigating maternal BMI data in UK cohorts/datasets and UK national screening policies for Gestational Diabetes.

With over 2 years’ experience in the food and feed regulatory industry, Nicoleta is an expert in EU novel food authorisation and novel food consultations, using her skills in study design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation to help clients achieve faster market access as economically as possible.

Dr Eliana Henriquez Rodriguez

all_pentec_elinor-mccartney_colourDr Eliana Henriquez Rodriguez

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Dr Eliana Henriquez Rodriguez is an Agricultural Engineer with applied experience in animal production and research. Eliana holds a MSc in Animal Breeding and Reproduction Biotechnology (Autonomous University of Barcelona and Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain) as well as a PhD in Agricultural and Food Science and Technology (University of Lleida, Spain). Eliana’s thesis focused on the validation of genetic markers to improve pork quality and generated results published in different peer-reviewed journals. In addition to working as a supervisor on pig farms in Venezuela, Eliana’s experience in industry and academia also includes an internship with Pig Improvement Company (USA) and a laboratory research project at TEAGASC Food Research Centre (Ireland), as part of her PhD training.

Throughout her professional and academic life, Eliana has developed skills in animal production management, molecular genetic techniques, experimental design, statistical analysis and scientific writing. In her role at Pen & Tec Consulting, Eliana is responsible for providing internal & external regulatory & scientific training for EFSA- compliant studies, and manages feed additive registration projects.

Hannes Malfroy

Hannes Malfroy

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Hannes Malfroy holds a BSc & MSc degree in Biochemistry & Biotechnology from Ghent University, Belgium, specialising in Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology. During his Master thesis, he interned at the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), studying the effects of mild drought stress on plant growth.

After finishing his studies, Hannes successfully completed an internship at the R&D department of Plant Response Biotech in Madrid, where he helped developing a screening platform to detect potential biopesticide and/or biostimulant candidates. Hannes gained regulatory experience at Bayer Agriculture BVBA in Brussels, where he worked on pesticide renewal dossiers in the EU and biostimulant registrations in several countries in the EMEA region.

Hannes joined Pen & Tec in 2019 and is currently working on various feed additive and novel food submissions.

Caroline Idowu

Caroline Idowu

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Caroline Idowu holds an integrated master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield specialising in Physical Chemistry. Her final year thesis focused on the study of increasing the efficiency of dye-sensitised solar cells. Caroline spent the third year of her degree studying at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France where she gained laboratory experience covering many branches of chemistry and material science and was involved in many analytical based projects.

Caroline was working in Spain before she joined Pen & Tec in 2019 and has worked on various feed and novel food projects.

Emanuel Barbosa

Emanuel Barbosa

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Emanuel Barbosa studied veterinary medicine at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, followed by traineeships in Dairy Nutrition and Obstetrics in Portugal and Virology and Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany. 

He began his career at the feed additive company XVET GmbH, based in Hamburg Germany,  where he worked as an International Sales before gaining Regulatory Affairs experience and being appointed Regulatory Affairs and Quality Manager, focusing mainly on export markets registrations. 

Emanuel moved to the Netherlands in 2019 where he worked as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist for the corporate division of Nutreco, working on EFSA and FSA applications and coordinating the regulatory strategy for Trouw Nutrition’s Innovation pipeline products. 

Emanuel joined Pen & Tec in 2022 where he currently manages different feed additive projects. 

Mireia Romagosa Vilarnau

Mireia Romagosa Vilarnau

Regulatory Affairs Manager 

Mireia Romagosa is a pharmacist specialised in healthcare and clinical assays.  Mireia holds a master on food safety and food law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). After she finished the master she joined the “Forum Normas Alimentarias” from the UAB, a group of opinion about the quality management and food safety focused in the study and evaluation of the food law.   

Mireia gained experience in the areas of hospital assistance, pharmacy and public health related to the study on her thesis about Legionella safety approach in low-risk systems. Her main area of work was in medical nutrition and food supplements where she acted as a quality manager and supported the areas of regulatory affairs, R&D and marketing. Mireia holds a certification of IRCA auditor of ISO 22000:2005 (Bureau Veritas) and trainings of halal certification and patents and utility models (University of Barcelona). During her last work experience she was in charge of the implementation of the ISO 22000:2018 and the halal certification in the company.  

Mireia’s main interest are food safety assessment, food law and quality systems.   

 

Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Nikolaas Tilkin-Franssens holds a Master of Laws in International & Economic Law (KU Leuven) and a Master of Science in Food Safety Law (Wageningen University). Combining his law vocation with his passion for food & nutrition, Nikolaas secures the smooth access of inventive companies and their products to new markets.  

Nikolaas has extensive international experience working in food regulatory affairs. He has taken positions in a law firm, consultancy firms and at Danone (Nutricia) and joined Pen & Tec in 2022. He has profound expertise with the regulations applicable to innovative and specialised foods, including food supplements, infant & follow-on formula, medical foods & more recently alternative proteins. Nikolaas has contributed as an author to a publication the European Food and Food Law Review and as an editor to the book titled ´the functional field of food law, reconciling the market and human rights´. 

Ioannis Kartanos

Ioannis Kartanos

Regulatory Affairs Associate

Ioannis Kartanos is a R&D scientist and holds a Master of Science in dental material science, awarded by the biomedical engineering and materials science department of Queen Mary University, London. Ioannis previously worked in Athens as research fellow and regulatory affairs assistant, and in London as a R&D scientist and regulatory affairs associate in the healthcare manufacturing industry working primarily on medical devices.

Ioannis has received regulatory training focused on medical devices (ISO 14971:2019, MDD & MDR and GMP/GLP), and gained valuable experience designing research protocols, managing stability studies, and assisting with regulatory submissions. In addition, he worked on the implementation of a quality management system and on-site audits performed in the company labs.

Ioannis joined Pen & Tec in 2021 and is currently working on various regulatory projects, including European registrations for both food and animal feed products.

Andressa Daronco Cereta

Andressa Daronco Cereta

Regulatory Affairs Associate

Dr Andressa Daronco Cereta graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Santa Maria and she holds a MSc and a PhD in Veterinary Sciences from the University of São Paulo, both in Brazil. Andressa had spent 2019 and 2020 as a research visitor at the University of Barcelona and at the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research developing studies in the fields of bioengineering and regenerative medicine, focusing in 2D and 3D cell cultures, bioprinting and animal models. She had developed and collaborated in several research studies, being the author and co-author of high impact scientific papers. 

Andressa earned a Master in Project Management from the University of Barcelona/OBS Business School in 2021 and joined Pen & Tec in 2022.  

Nataliia Sotska

Nataliia Sotska, MBA

Marketing Manager

Nataliia is an experienced marketing leader with over 9 years’ experience creating strategies and producing advertising for brands. She joined Pen & Tec in 2015 focusing on marketing strategy, campaign execution and client development. She is a creative tactician in the fields of strategic planning, brand advertising, digital marketing, media production, sales, direct marketing and professional development.

Before joining Pen & Tec Nataliia held multiple marketing and business development positions for both B2C and B2B industries.

Nataliia holds MBA diploma from the EAE Business School from Barcelona and multiple degrees in marketing, digital marketing and business analytics from INSA Business School (Barcelona). In 2020 Nataliia graduated from Seeway LCI Barcelona as a Graphic designer.

Dawn Botha

Dawn Botha

 Technical Marketing Manager

Dawn is from South Africa. She studied Animal Science at the University of Pretoria and then went on to complete a Master of Science in dairy nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town. Later in her career, she took an interest in marketing management and decided to add this to her skill set.  

She has extensive experience within the animal nutrition and animal health fields, in particular production animals and has worked for multinational animal health companies in South Africa. She joined Pen & Tec in 2022 as their Technical Marketing Manager. 

Beatriz Baeza

Beatriz Baeza

Administrative Assistant

Beatriz has almost 4 years of experience is administration, working on important international travel companies and businesses. She joined Pen & Tec in 2022 giving support to the Administration department on the office and suppliers side and making sure our team is well cared.  

She has a marketing and tourism management background working on the specialized customer service to international clients and has worked on big exhibitions in Mexico City. 

Beatriz studied a Master on International Tourism Management from Ostelea School of Tourism and Universidad de Lleida in Barcelona (2020) and graduated in 2011 from ITESM Campus Chihuahua, Mexico obtaining the diploma of Marketing degree.