Professor Sangeeta Bhatia elected as one of The 10 most influential women in biotech


p-bhatiaProfessor Sangeeta Bhatia, an MIT Portugal Program Bio-Engineering faculty member has been elected as one of The 10 most influential women in biotech by the The Boston Globe.

In terms of female leadership, biotech sets the pace for other industries in Boston and there are still challenges to be address.  Here, the Boston Globe elected The 10 most influential women in biotech that are setting the pace for the sector at Massachusetts.

The Top 10 results from a consultation conducted by the Journal, male and female venture capitalists, executive recruiters, big company executives, and entrepreneurs were consulted.

Professor Sangeeta Bhatia heads the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies that  is focused on the applications of micro- and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration. The lab long term goals are to improve cellular therapies for liver disease, develop microtechnology tools to systematically study living cells, and design multifunctional nanoparticles for cancer applications.

At The Boston Globe: 

"The academic lab director: Sangeeta Bhatia

Educated at Brown, MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Bhatia now runs her own lab at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, overseeing about two dozen researchers. Among her lab’s projects are designing new kinds of nanoparticles that can accumulate around tumors, penetrate their tough exteriors, and essentially “open the door” so that targeted drugs can more completely destroy the tumors."

BGI in review at article

Chad O’Connor, communication consultant and editor of the Global Business hub at the , was recently in Portugal where he took some time to know the  work and people behind three exciting startup centers, according to his own words, and of course the ISCTE- IUL MIT Portugal  Venture Competition, Buildinbg Global Innovators (BGI), couldn’t be left out.

On the article Europe in focus: Portugal progress toward startup success, Chad O’Connor recounts his talk to the initiative’s director, Gonçalo Amorim, and explores BGI intrinsic qualities It sees its key differentiating quality in the rigorous sets of benchmarks it helps to establish for its startups, done in a week-long series of intensive meetings every few months.

Europe in focus: Portugal progress toward startup success by Chad O'Connor.

(Also at Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.) 

Bioengineering Systems in Portugal - an overview by Eugénio Ferreira

IngeniumOn the latest Edition of Ingenium, Professor Eugénio Ferreira signed an insightful article on the state-of- the- art of the Bioengineering systems in Portugal. At the Magazine, published by Ordem dos Engenheiros (OE), the association which represents the Portuguese engineers, it was highlighted the contribution of the MIT Portugal Program to the different fields of research within Bioengineering systems, its inputs for formal graduate Education, the promotion of the a Bioengineering network across different Portuguese institutions, and on the establishment of important collaborations with the MIT.

Professor Eugénio Ferreira, Full Professor at Universidade do Minho, leads at this University the Bioprocess Systems Engineering group and is the Bioengineering Systems Co-Lead at MIT Portugal Program.

You can read the complete article pdf here

The entrepreneurship process by BGI Exc. Director

Gonçalo AmorimGonçalo Amorim, Building Global Innovators* Executive Director, give us his vision on the entrepreneurship process and the role that a Business Accelerator may have in in turning an idea into a successful operation.

The plan before the capital? The capital before the project? What to expect from a Business Accelerator? With more than 1.600 initiative worldwide, how to choose the one that serves your best interests?

You can read all about it at Gonçalo Amorim’s monthly opinion article on Canal Superior Start Up.

*MIT Portugal Program is a driver of university-based entrepreneurial and spin-off activity in Portugal. A core part of this strategy is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), founded in 2010 in co-operation with the Higher Institute of Business and Labor Sciences at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), the core component of which is a €1,000,000 university-based venture competition in Portugal Building Global Innovators.

MPP – Scientific activity in review at Antena 2 Ciência

antena 2Paulo Ferrão, MIT Portugal Program (MPP) National Director, was recently at the national radio Antena 2 . At the radio program “Antena 2 Ciência”, Paulo Ferrão was interviewed by the journalist Ana Paula Ferreira. He talked about some of the research projects carried out under the MPP and its specificities: the interconnection with industry and research across areas for innovative products and solutions that can take a Global market. You can listen to the full interview here.

Paulo Ferrão also talk about his current research interest in Industrial Ecology. The program on this subject was later aired on a different edition of the radio show. Here’s the link for this program.