Vasco Portugal sidewalk EV charger featured in the Media Lab exhibit

MIT student Jason GaoVasco Portugal, a Sustainable Energy Systems PhD student in the MIT Portugal Program, co-developed with the MIT student Jason Gao (MIT PhD – Computer Science) a prototype of a built-in sidewalk charger for the CityCar - the MIT Media Lab electric car. This prototype is featured at the main entrance of the Media Lab in the exhibition - Wheels + Legs - until  May, 31st.

The exhibition Wheels + Legs results from a shared commitment to disruptive technologies created at the interface of traditional disciplines under the motto “The only limitations are physical law and the boundaries of our collective imaginations”. Within this context, the innovative prototype developed by Vasco Portugal and Jason Gao was selected to be featured at this exhibition. The prototype is a charger for the electric cars that was designed to be embedded in the sidewalk, a weatherproof system incorporated in the pavement, creating a smart parking lot that discreetly charges the electric vehicle while it is parked. The device uses conduction to transfer power between a charging pad in the sidewalk and a receiver in the front or back of the car. Underlying is the idea that the user simply has to park the CityCar directly in touch with a pad in the pavement to begin charging, rather than having to connect a power cable manually.

Cell2B wins international award by Everis Foundation

Cell2b logoCell2B has won the runner-up prize of 40,000 euros by Everis Foundation, this was the first time that a Portuguese company was distinguished by this foundation.

More than 300 nominations were evaluated by the jury that considered ImmuneSafe – Cell2B’s leading technology –a project worthy of special recognition and awarded it with a runner-up prize of 40,000 euros. ImmuneSafe aims to address an highly unmet medical need consisting of a therapy for the prevention and treatment of patients suffering from rejection of transplanted organs and tissues.Cell2B was founded by Daniela Couto, David Braga Malta, Francisco dos Santos and Pedro Andrade. Daniela, David and Pedro are MPP Bioengineering PhD Alumni.

The 2012 Emprendedores award went to BitBrain Technologies, a spin-off from the University of Zaragoza.

cell2b at evertis David Malta and Pedro Andrade at Everis' Entrepreneurs Award 2012

ISCTE and MIT Portugal reveal the four most innovative projects of the 3rd Building Global Innovators Edition

IIMITTrackFinals 1x4Four winning start-ups and four honorable mentions were selected in the Building Global Innovators Venture Competition, the international competition for entrepreneurship and innovation hosted by ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute, in partnership with the MIT Portugal Program, the Deshpande Center for Technical Innovation and The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

The track finalists:

  • Life Sciences Track Finalist: RD Fixer (Portugal): João Barreto, João Salgado and Rui Melo. RD Fixer is a high performance visualization system to guide endoscopic surgeries.
  • Sustainable Energy Systems and Transportation Track Finalist is Veniam (Portugal, USA): João Barros, Susana Sargento, André Cardote, Luísa Lima, Robin Chase and Roy Russell. Veniam is a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure for fleet management.
  • Internet and Information Systems Track Finalist is (Portugal, USA): Paulo Dimas, Stan Kugell, Guilherme Portela Santos,  Jorge Medeira, André Gonçalves, Frederico Silva. is a global social discovery and geo-location service for all mobile phones.
  • Consumer Products and Services is D-Orbit (Italy): Luca Rossettini, Monica Valli. D-Orbit is an intelligent propulsive device for sustainable satellite end-of-life.


At this stage, the finalists are eligible to receive financial support (€ 400,000) for the use of their Go-toMarket plans. The allocation of the remaining awards (€ 400,000) over the next two years will depend on the degree to which the teams satisfy these goals set and agreed between Caixa Capital and teams. In addition to financial support, the finalists receive specific training - e-Teams, coaching and US-based Catalyst mentors, and will be invited to participate at MIT IdeaStream, an invitation-only event to showcase technology for investors, on May, 2013 in Cambridge, MA.

RetroSiM awarded with a Honorable Mention at the Building Global Innovators Venture Competition

On a ceremony held on November 13th at ISCTE-IUL, the innovative company RetroSiM was awarded with an Honorable Mention at Building Global Innovators Sustainable Energy and Transportation Track.

Energy efficiency evaluation for buildings is typically a drawn-out and costly process, now the MIT Portugal Program startup RetroSiM,a project developed by researchers form University of Coimbra and MIT powered by MIT Portugal Program, presents a web-based software platform that can make building professionals 60% more efficient.

EhsanAsadiIt is estimated that more than 4/5 of the building stock in the EU and 3/5 of that in the US are ripe for major energy efficiency retrofit. This can be translated into more than half a trillion euros of investment and a trillion euros in energy cost savings. Furthermore, governments and municipalities have already started to take serious action to address building retrofit, as evidenced by the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan and President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, among others. For the market to work well, correct and appropriate, information is essential. Ambitious renovations comprise a major decision and can only work if the right advice is available for the consumer and sufficient satisfaction is guaranteed.

MPP Student selected to attend the Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp – only 60 students were chosen worldwide

The Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) brings together selected top students from science and business universities from around the world. The three day seminar, held at Novartis International Headquarters in Basel, brings the biotechnology sector closer to talented students from top universities around the world, and amongst them will be Maria José Pereira, MPP Bioengineering PhD Student at Instituto Superior Técnico.

BioCamp Maria PereiraMaria José Pereira, MPP Bioengineering PhD Student

From August 27 until 29th, Maria José will therefore interact with key Novartis scientists, learn about breakthrough new medicines to address patients’ unmet medical needs, understand trends and challenges in the bio-technology sector, receive first-hand experience about starting and running a biotech company, explore career opportunities in the healthcare and biotech industries and network with talented students from other countries and get in touch with Novartis associates.

Maria José [MJ] further explains her ambitions and expectations for this venture.