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MIT Portugal a Presence at the Second International Engineering Systems Symposium

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

The MIT Portugal Program – and several of the program’s leaders – played a significant role in the well-attended Second International Engineering Systems Symposium held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) June 15–17, 2009.

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Biocant Park Workshop on Gene and Cell Therapies

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

By Renata Gomes, Biocant Center for Innovation in Biotechnology

(Research group of Lino Ferreira, MIT-Portugal bioengineering faculty)

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Iberian Laboratory and MIT to Collaborate on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research

Sunday, 31 May 2009

At a signing ceremony in Lisbon on May 30, 2009, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology formalized a $35 million collaboration aimed at enhancing both institutions’ efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology research and education.

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Faculty Profile: Jean Pol Piquard

Thursday, 21 May 2009

We recently spoke with Jean Pol Piquard about his business, teaching and consulting careers—how they led him to become EDAM Industry Professor at FEUP (Porto), and why developing “projects that fit the agenda of potential industry affiliates” is key to the EDAM mission.

EDAM Industry Professor Jean Pol Picard

MPP: What is your background?
I am Belgian, and received my degrees in civil engineering and management in Belgium. For many years my career was in management, sales, marketing and global projects for European industrial companies. I have been based in Portugal since 1988, where I first assumed management roles in Portuguese companies. Since 1995 I have taught and have consulted on issues involving the internationalization of companies and clusters, as well as on international marketing.

MPP: How did you connect with the MIT Portugal Program?
In 2008 Prof. António Torres Marques [Coordinator of the EDAM program at Porto] contacted me to discuss project development and internationalization challenges for the EDAM [Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing] program. I saw this as an interesting opportunity, one that would complement my teaching and consulting. I applied to become an EDAM Industry Professor. I and Prof. Eduardo Beira (at the University of Minho) now hold those positions.

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Student BioTeams Engage with Industry Research Labs

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bioengineering students from the MIT Portugal Program recently got a boost to their BioTeams go-to-market innovation projects during visits to two research centers, and in project presentations before an invited panel of experts. 

The visits took place during the mid-term break between laboratory rotations at CITEVE (the Technology Center of the Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal) and at CENTI (the Center for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials), in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, on May 7th, 2009.

“The visits gave us a clear idea about how it is possible to do innovation and transfer it to the market,” reports first-year Bioengineering student Filipa Castro. "We also had the opportunity to discuss crucial points such as intellectual property and market strategy.”

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