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.


SilicoLife highlighted in Exame Informática

SilicoLife, a biotechnology spinoff created during the first years of the MIT Portugal Program (MPP), was recently highlighted in “Exame Informática,” a nationally distributed Portuguese computer magazine. SilicoLife founder Prof. Isabel Rocha, a faculty member at the University of Minho and in the MPP program, organized this year’s MPP Bio-Innovation Teams project. The project explores how to market mathematical and computational tools developed in the bioinformatics and systems biology group at the University of Minho.

SilicoLife creates computational biology solutions for the life sciences based on bioinformatics and systems biology. Its main focus is the development and commercialization of optimized microbial strains for the production of specific target compounds such as bio-fuels, food ingredients, or bio-polymers. The objective is to use dedicated mathematical models, robust algorithms, and user-friendly software tools that accelerate and improve microbial strain design and bioprocess optimization, reducing R&D efforts and shortening the time to market of new biotechnology-based products.

Read more about SilicoLife at the t SilicoLife at the pdf news article .

Also at the MIT ESD newsletter.