Ana Matos

KHC, The Netherlands
Ana Matos enrolled in Bioengineering (and later Biological Engineering) in 2009/2010 at the best engineering school: FEUP. During the Master, although the classes were a great knowledge base, she felt the need to participate in 4 internships, 1 summer course and 1 soft skills training. She did her Erasmus internship in Brussels University in a Fermentation and Industrial Microbiology Laboratory, where she study fermentation conditions of water kefir grains. Her master thesis was done in a spin-off company called IMPROVEAT, based in Minho University and it was focused on "Edible coatings for Raspberries" in order to extend their normally short shelf life time.
At this time, it was becoming clear that she was not tailored for laboratory work, thus she decided to go bigger: search for an internship in a world renowned food company. After many "NO"s, Ana was eventually accepted in Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) as intern. In 2016, Ana has came back to Portugal to finally graduate, while at the same time a position at KHC as Product Development Technologist was waiting for her in The Netherlands. Until now, she has been enthusiastically developing new products for the Dutch market.

Ana Luísa Torres

ICBAS/UP and INEB/i3S, Portugal
Ana Luísa graduated in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Beira Interior (FCS-UBI) in 2009. Later, in 2011 she finished her MSc. in Biomedical Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In this context, she started her research activities at INEB, under the supervision of Susana Santos and Marta Oliveira, working in the bone regeneration field. From 2011 to 2013 she was awarded with two Research Assistant fellowships, at FEUP and INEB, where she had the opportunity to continue her research. In January 2014, she was accepted in the BiotechHealth Doctoral Programme from Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS-UP) and awarded with a Doctoral Grant from FCT.
Her PhD research project, which is entitled “Development of pre-vascularized injectable microspheres for ischemic tissue repair” is being performed at INEB, under the supervision of Cristina Barrias, in collaboration with Eduardo Silva, from University of California, Davis. Her research interests are related with Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine. At the moment, she is mainly focused on the development of molecularly designed hydrogels that mimic the natural extracellular matrix, to produce injectable pre-vascularized microspheres for tissue repair.

Francisco Mendonça

CUF Porto, Portugal
Born and raised in Porto, Francisco graduated in Bioengineering at FEUP in 2013. During his degree, he participated in a research project as a King’s College Erasmus’ student at Guy’s Hospital, and later he developed his master thesis research work on Gene Therapy at INEB. In 2014, Francisco started his career as a Functional Analyst and Consultant at Glintt, where he was given the opportunity to be involved in several healthcare IT projects, in Portugal major hospitals. He had the responsibility to meet the demands and expectations of clinical coordinators and managers, by solving their problems through the implementation of Glintt Clinical Solutions.
Soon, he became fascinated by healthcare industry, particularly by hospitals’ structure, processes and operations. Since November 2016, he has been working as a Production Manager at Hospital CUF Porto focused in process management and supervision, as well as in the development of KPIs at all levels of the organization.