1990 - Our Origin
Dr. Jose Tohá Castella, a biophysicist professor at the University of Chile, begins researching and developing methods to utilize earthworms and bacteria in wastewater treatment. The technology was eventually patented in the mid nineties by UNTEC, or the Fudación para la Transferencia Tecnológica. Overtime, Alex Villagra, BioFiltro’s co-founder and current Chief Scientific Officer, continued working to perfect the biological processes in order to develop a system that was capable of filtering organic liquid waste at an industrial scale.
1995 - System Start Up
After years of R&D, Alex Villagra installs the first commercial scale BIDA® System which processes 13,000 GPD of sanitary waste for a remote community.
2006 - Extreme Conditions
A BIDA® System is installed to treat the sanitary waste from the Chilean Air Force base camp on Antarctica.
2006 - Fonterra
Fonterra, the largest milk producer in the world, commisions a BIDA® System at its Chilean processing plant
2007 - Patent Pending
Alex Villagra, our Chief Scientific Officer, applies for international patents for the BIDA® System
2009 - Globalization
The first BIDA® Systems outside of Chile are commissioned in Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain
2009 - Patented & Proprietary
The BIDA® System receives international patent protection
2010 - Millions of Gallons Per Day
BioFiltro commissions its largest plant to date - a 2MGD seasonal facility for one of Chile's largest fruit processors
2010 - BioFiltro Emerges
Matias Sjogren and Rafael Concha, two engineers from Chile’s Universidad Catolica, join forces with Villagra, form BioFiltro, and focus on the commercialization and international expansion of the BIDA® system.
2011 - International Recognition
BioFiltro competes amongst 1,500 companies to win the Global Clean Tech Open in Silicon Valley
2013 - New Market Expansion
BioFiltro opens a US subsidiary in California
2013 - Global Player
BioFiltro commissions its 100th facility worldwide
2014 - Capital Raise
BioFiltro completes a multi-million dollar capital raise to accelerate US expansion
2014 - High Impact
BioFiltro and its entrepreneurs are selected by Endeavor in recognition of their high impact business and sound business model
2015 - US Dairy Project Validation
Through a partnership with Sustainable Conservation and Denele Analytical, BioFiltro's first commercial scale US dairy receives a grant from the USDA to fund University of California, Davis air and water quality studies and a California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo economic feasibility study
2015 - American Expansion
BioFiltro installs a BIDA® System at a dairy in Washington State
2015 - Billions of Gallons Treated
The BIDA® System processes its 26 billionth gallon
BioFiltro Breaks Ground on Largest US Plant
In March 2017, BioFiltro broke ground in Royal City, WA to build an 81,000 square foot system which shall treat the effluent from dairy flush. In doing so, BioFiltro is set to complete their largest USA plant to date by early summer 2017.
U.S Dairy Innovation Award
Royal Dairy and its 200,000 GPD system wins the U.S. Dairy Innovation Award for Dairy Sustainability in recognition of the use of worms and microbes to reduce nitrogen, total suspended solids, ammonia, and phosphorus from its waste stream.