MicroCiclo is a startup that treats oil-contaminated waste using bioremediation eating oil from industrial waste using microorganisms. We want to change the way oil is treated around the world.

MicroCiclo is a biotechnological academic spin off, founded in August 2019, by researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).
During fifteen years of research, in the areas of environmental genetics and petroleum microbiology, employing molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and bioinformatics techniques, the multidisciplinary team of the Molecular and Genomic Biology Laboratory (LBMG), selected bacteria capable of consuming the hydrocarbons of the petroleum and industrial oils.


Drª Lucymara Agnez-Lima

Bióloga PhD em Genética e professora da UFRN. Gerencia a infra-estrutura física e presta consultoria científica.


Drª Carolina Minnicelli

Bióloga, PhD em Biologia Molecular. Atua no desenvolvimento do MVP e apresentação junto ao mercado.


Drª Rita Silva-Portela

Bióloga, PhD em Biologia Molecular. Atua no desenvolvimento do MVP e na etapa de validação junto ao mercado.


Drª Marbella da Fonseca

Bióloga, PhD em Genética na UFRJ, com experiência em bioinformática. Atua na análise do mercado e validação da eficiência do MVP.


Kamilla Silva-Barbalho

Bióloga, mestranda em Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular pela UFRN. Atua na análise do mercado, análise de concorrentes e validação da eficiência do MVP.



MicroCiclo develops mixtures of non-pathogenic bacteria to degrade petroleum fractions (diesel, gasoline, lubricating oils, toxic to human and environmental health). Bacterial formulations are produced in liquid form for immediate use or in powder for conditioning at room temperature.

The MicroCiclo product is safe, with bacteria from natural environments and without genetic modifications. The products are designed to treat oily waste from industries such as metallurgy, steel and gas stations.

The proof of concept showed 60% of degradation of oil waste from a gas washer in only six days! MicroCiclo also seeks to promote practicality, enabling application within industry facilities such as containers, oil and water separators, gas washers or in containment ponds. Depending on the waste type, specific products can be designed, in a modality of co-development of the solution.


Our awards and accomplishments

Pre-acceleration program of Conecta Startup Brasil of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation in partnership with CNPq. Grant: R$ 50,000.00

Selected among the 15 startups in the final phase of the bid announcement Centelha (FINEP, MCTIC) in Rio Grande do Norte. Grant : R$ 53,000.00

Selected among the 10 startups in the Academy Industry Training organized by the Swiss Secretary of State for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communication (MCTIC). The program is carried out by swissnex Brazil, in partnership with the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

MicroCiclo was one of the five finalists in the Pitch category of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT - USA) $ 100K Entrepreneurship Contest award launched by the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (Argentina), together with the MIT Sloan School of Management office in Latin America. Award: U$ 1,000.00