Business Development Manager
Since March 2016
My role as part of the VIB Technology Transfer Team is to follow up on VIB research and build business cases in order to make an impact in society and in the economy in the widest sense possible. VIB is a life sciences research organisation, performs basic research with a strong focus on translating scientific results into new diagnostics, innovative medicines and improved crops and nutritional products, through close cooperation with industry.
May 2014 --- February 2016
In the lab of Prof. Nadia Mercader, my main role was to provide technical, administrative and scientific support of the Principal Investigator and the research group, including the coordination of internal and external collaborative projects. These tasks include scientific and technical achievement under designated projects. The main interest of the lab was and continues to be on the regeneration of the zebrafish heart, which unlike human hearts is able to regenerate. It was my great pleasure to be part of the initial coordination efforts of 4D HEART an european academic-industry consortium that will develop new microscopy tools able to visualize and record with sub-cellular resolution and in 4 dimensions the cells of a beating and regenerating heart.
Business Development Manager
October 2013 --- May 2014
NIT offered a complete range of products, services and tailor-made projects in the design and production of nanoparticles and complex nanosystems by means of bioconjugation. While at NIT the company enjoyed an organic growth from 4 to 12 people (3x) in less than 6 months. My functions included the representation of the company, lead generation, forecasts, quotes, sales, budgeting and marketing support. Responsible for the functional coordination of all areas of the company and the identification, evaluation and development of business opportunities.
Marie Curie Fellow and PosDoc Researcher
May 2010 --- December 2012
Biomedical Research. Establishment of new research line on the roles of hematopoietic stem cells in the development of the vasculature, in particular in definition of a novel interaction between embryonic hematopoietic stem cells (CD41, embryonic megakaryocytes) and the lymphatic vasculature, relevant in development and cancer.
Healing Foundation Research Associate
August 2006 --- March 2010
Biomedical Research. Establishment of a independent research on the roles of primitive myeloid cells in embryonic development, regeneration and wound healing.
Wellcome Trust PosDoc Researcher
September 2004 --- August 2006
Biomedical Research. The Amaya Laboratory at the Gurdon Institute.
October 2000 --- December 2004
Biomedical Research. The Amaya, Zorn and Gurdon Laboratories. Advisors and Supervisors: Prof. Enrique Amaya - Currently the Head of the Healing Foundation Centre at Manchester University. Dr. Aaron Zorn - Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Prof. Sir John Gurdon - 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine
October 1999 --- September 2000
Unique Biomedicine PhD Program.
ApproachabilityCommunicativeCritical thinkingInterest in knowledgeProblem solvingSelf-confidenceStrategic thinking
BiotechnologyBusiness DevelopmentChange Management
Skills and Expertise
Coach staffCollaborate with principal investigatorConduct research at universitiesCoordinationExecute scientific projects
International Executive Program in Business Administration and Management from IE Business School in 2013
Level 5 in Leadership and Management from Institute of Leadership & Management in 2010
PhD in Biology from University of Cambridge in 2004
Master's Equivalent in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in 2000
Licenciatura in Biochemistry Degree from Universidade de Coimbra in 1999
Secondary Education in from Escola Secundaria Brotero in 1994
Training and Certification
Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera - DELE C2 Certification