Our Team

Jonathan R. Matias
President & Chairman of the Board

He developed the Ifrenel technology and started Ifrenel USA in 2007 as an online skin care company in New York. Ifrenel Philippines starts of the worldwide expansion beginning in Asia in 2021.

He joined Orentreich Foundation in New York in 1977 where he rose in rank until becoming director for Biological Sciences in the same organization until 1990 He was involved in a wide range of research programs, including aging, dermatology research, pharmaceutical drug development, cancer and nutrition. He started his private research company in 1990 as the executive director for Nova Biosciences, Ltd from 1990 to 2000 with R&D programs on insect repellents, malaria control, marine conservation, aquaculture and biofouling research. Consultancies in the past include L’Oreal, Shiseido, Roussel Uclaf and many other companies.

Since 2000 and to the present, he serves as Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Poseidon Sciences Group, a research and development company with laboratories and strategic alliances in Asia, Africa and South America. He also concurrently serves as Chairman of Sulu Garden Foundation in Miag-ao, Iloilo (Philippines).

He completed his undergraduate studies at York College of the City University of New York and graduate studies at New York University. He has over 130 publications in both academic journals and industry magazines, along with several awarded and pending patents.


Buford Johbeat B. Tan
Chief of Philippine Operations

Before joining Ifrenel, Mr. Tan was formerly the General Manager of Iloilo Festive Walk of the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls from 2019 to 2021 where he was in charge marketing, leasing and overall facility operations. He has a broad range of experience in operations, marketing, and sales from the past employment with SM, Nestle, and other companies.


Mr. Tan has spent 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry with experience in booking, sales, and marketing. He has also been the District Manager in Nestlé, covering major areas in Mindanao. He has also been the Senior Marketing Manager of The SM Store and SM Supermalls for 6 years, handling tasks for events, promotions, partnerships, and loyalty program.


Tanya Mia G. Lubas
Operations Manager

She joins Ifrenel with broad knowledge and experience in administration and research. Ms. Lubas completed her undergraduate studies degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology at West Visayas State University and Master of Science at the University of the Philippines Visayas. Her background in biological sciences research complements the ongoing work on new technologies being developed by Ifrenel’s Product Development Team. Before joining Ifrenel, Ms Lubas was previously employed with Rethink Staffing, Inspiro, and other companies.


Rafael Lachica
MIS Head, IT and Web Design

He has been creating diverse and attention-catching web presence for a variety of clients for over 13 years. He has strong technical experience in the web design and development industry.

Before joining Ifrenel, Mr. Lachica has worked internationally, in-house, and remotely on projects for agencies, startups, and charities. He successfully designed and developed websites using the latest programming languages, Content Management Systems (CMS) like wordpress, joomla and drupal and eCommerce Platforms like Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce and Prestashop. He received a full scholarship in Iloilo Science and Technology University where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.