About us

GALANAKIS LABORATORIES is a family-owned business located in the prefecture of Chania. The company was founded in 1925 by Ioannis Galanakis (Chemist-Oenologist-graduate of the University of Athens) and is currently managed by third-generation chemists.

Our teams of chemists and chemical engineers have exemplary postgraduate and doctoral research backgrounds in food and the environment, as well as many years of experience in testing, analysis, and quality control. In addition, our commitment to ongoing training and professional development ensures that our lab standards are always up-to-date and in compliance with current European standards.

The main objective of the Laboratories is to provide services to third parties in the fields of food and the environment, which include: (i) Analysis of wine, food, water, environmental, and agricultural samples; (ii) Applied research, such as the development of functional foods, waste valorization, and alcoholic fermentation utilizing modern biotechnological methods; (iii) Consulting and the preparation of environmental, chemical, industrial, and techno-economic studies.

Our team

is supported by external scientific collaborators as appropriate


Charis M. Galanakis

Graduated from the Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Patras in 2002, prior specializing in Oenology (2004) and Food Biotechnology (MSc, Univ. of Patras, Univ. of Ioannina, Univ. of Ulster, UK, 2004). In 2010, he received a Ph.D. Degree in Quality Control and Environmental Management from the Tech. Univ. of Crete. He has long experience in analyses and laboratory tests, while he has recognized scientific work in the fields of food and environment. He is an Honorary Professor at Taif University (Saudi Arabia) and University of Johannesburg (South Africa), while has been included in the list of the world’s most influential researchers (Highly Cited Researchers 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, Clarivate) in the field of Agricultural Sciences.


Ioannis M. Galanakis

Received his degree in 2002 from the School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (Greece), where he specialized in food industries and biotechnical applications, as well as non destructive analytical techniques. He has long experience in issues related to the research and development department of local food and wine industries, production methods, quality assurance, management and financing. He is also consulting numerous constructing companies on environmental protection, monitoring, occupational safety and project planning.


Michael I. Galanakis

Received his Chemistry degree from the School of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Athens in 1972. From 1972 to 2011, he was the Director of the Laboratories. During his career, he activated in the analysis and technology of wines, olive oils, waters, milk, honey, soil, food, waste, renal stones, etc., as well as conducting chemical, technical and environmental studies. He is one of the most experienced oenologists in Greece with more than 40 years of service. He retired in 2011 and today he advises the new generation of Chemists of Laboratories for all relevant issues.


Melanthia Kafantari

She graduated in 2015 from the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki and obtained an MSc from the same institution in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology (2017) and in Biomedical Engineering from the Univ. of Crete, the Tech. Univ. of Crete, and the Inst. of Chemical Engineering Sciences (2022). She worked as Production and Quality Control Manager at ProGnosis Biotech S.A. for the Lateral Flow Department, responsible to produce diagnostic sticks and the development and testing of new products. She has experience in quality assurance, as well as in chemical, microbiological, and molecular analyses. She is employed in laboratories as a Chemical Analyst and Researcher, with main responsibilities including the analysis of food and environmental samples, as well as the execution of Research Programs.


Eirini Xagoraraki

She graduated in 2022 from the Dept. of Food Technology of the University of Thessaly and is continuing her studies at the University of the Aegean (Master of Research, Global Innovation and Sustainability in the Food Industry and Nutrition) where she specializes in the utilization of by-products as well as consumers studies. During her studies, she has gained knowledge in quality control, microbiological and physicochemical analyses. She has experience in customer support and guidance, as well as document management.


Markos Daskalakis

He graduated in 2001 from the Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. Crete and obtained an MSc in Food Biotechnology (University of Ulster, 2002). He completed his Ph.D. in the field of Synthesis and Development of Industrial Processes at the School of Chemical Engineering, NTUA. He worked in the USA as a Senior Scientist in polymeric materials for surface decontamination, and in Greece, as Quality Assurance Manager in the food industry and as a Senior Scientist at Technical University of Crete on projects related to chemical and Occupational Health and Safety management. He has extensive experience in environmental microbiology, optimizing industrial and laboratory practices in the food sector, and completing innovative research programs.

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