We are a highly qualified team of PhDs, engineers, entrepreneurs and MBAs to cover all aspects of our business from informatics, analytics, genetics and biotechnology to management, economics and marketing. We are 100% committed to the quality of our products and services.

 

Ana Teresa Freitas

CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Ana Teresa Freitas

Ana Teresa Freitas

CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Ana Teresa (PhD) is co-founder/shareholder of HeartGenetics.

She holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and a Master degree in Electronics Engineering. She attended the Advanced Management Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Católica Lisbon – BES, School of Business and Economics (2013).

Her main expertise is on the areas of Computational Biology, Human genetics, Algorithms and Data Mining. For the last 18 years she has co-authored about 100 papers in journals and international conferences in the areas of computational biology and bioinformatics, 2 book chapters, supervised 6 PhDs and more than 14 master students.

As a researcher at INESC-ID, she was the head (2009-2014) of the Knowledge Discovery and Bioinformatics research group (KDBIO http://kdbio.inesc-id.pt. She also coordinated international projects under FP7 and many Portuguese National projects.

As a Full Professor at Técnico Lisboa, University of Lisbon, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, she created the Computational Biology course in 2005 and was responsible for the course until 2017; during 2017 she was the coordinator of the Scientific Area of Programming Methodology and Technology at Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

She was Vice-chair of the Board for 2017 and Board member (2010-2017) representing Portugal at ESFRI ELIXIR (http://www.elixir-europe.org/).

 

João Pereira

CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

João Pereira

João Pereira

CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

João Pereira has a degree in Electronics Engineering from IST, Lisbon, and a PhD in Brain Imaging from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also attended the Advanced Management Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Católica Lisbon – BES, School of Business and Economics (2014).

João  worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, mostly on risk management, and was a Research Fellow at the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of Coimbra, focusing on medical signal processing and lecturing biomathematics, statistics and machine learning. Prior to HeartGenetics, João was involved in a number of entrepreneurial endeavours, which made him the recipient of several innovation awards in the United Kingdom, including Cambridge University, Downing College, Imperial College and London Business School, as well as in Portugal and in the United States. Notably, he is also the founder and CEO of Magnomics, a point of care molecular diagnostics company.

Gonçalo Antunes

CTO (Chief Technical Officer)

Gonçalo Antunes

Gonçalo Antunes

CTO (Chief Technical Officer)

Gonçalo Antunes received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering (2015) from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (PT). His main area of focus was on knowledge representation and analysis techniques, conceptual modelling, and system architectures. He has published several papers in international peer reviewed journals and conferences on these topics. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the same university.

Prior to working at HeartGenetics, Gonçalo was a Post-Doctoral researcher at Information and Decision Support Systems group at the Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID). He was responsible for coordinating the technical infrastructure of the group and for providing technical support to several projects of the group.

From 2008 to 2016, Gonçalo was involved in several projects, at the national and European levels. National projects include DataStorm and GRITO. International projects include SHAMAN, TIMBUS, BenchmarkDP and ELIXIR Excelerate. His tasks many times involved the preparation of the preparation of the project proposals, and the coordination and execution of work packages and tasks.

From 2009 to 2012, Gonçalo was an Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Helena Vazão

COO (Chief Operating Officer)

Helena Vazão

Helena Vazão

COO (Chief Operating Officer)

Helena Vazão received her PhD in Cellular Biology (2012) from University of Coimbra (PT) and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). She developed platforms to translate scientific discoveries in medical applications. The main area of study involved vascular diseases, diabetes and myocardial infarction. She described the first platform for high-throughput identification of small molecules that affect human embryonic vascular development. The discovery includes the combination of toxicology and microfluidics technology. Several papers have been published as result of this expertise.

Prior to working at HeartGenetics, Helena worked as Post Doctoral researcher at the Biomaterials and Stem Cell-Based Therapeutics Laboratory from Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology. Her project was focused in the development of approaches to improve the differentiation, maturation and biological activity of vascular cells derived from human stem cells. She also has a previous experience in Hematology – red blood cells abnormalities. The project was developed in two Hospital Hematology Units (Coimbra (PT) and Oxford (U.K.)). At the same time she was involved in the development, implementation (planning, theoretical and practical training of doctors and nurses) and laboratorial execution of a hemoglobinopathies screening in Portugal.

Helena was awarded with fellowships and prizes attributed by Aveiro University (2002), the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (2007, 2008 and 2012), Eurosystem (2010), Marie Curie (2009) and Award Professor Doutor Amândio Tavares (2008).

Daniel Luís

Scientific Director

Daniel Luís

Daniel Luís

Scientific Director

Daniel is a Scientific Director at HeartGenetics.

He received his BSc in Biochemistry and his MSc in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine from Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon (UNL).

During his graduation, Daniel worked as a researcher in Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (UNL) performing heterologous protein expression and stopped-flow kinetics in anaerobic atmosphere.

While a research fellow at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon (UL), he studied the molecular mechanisms underlying the antitumor potential of metal complexes, in a partnership with the Centro de Química Estrutural (IST, UL).

Apart from articles in international peer reviewed journals, Daniel also co-authored a book chapter on nanomedicine.

Sandra Silva

Quality Director / Senior Laboratory Technician

Sandra Silva

Sandra Silva

Quality Director / Senior Laboratory Technician

Sandra is a Senior Laboratory Tecnhician at HeartGenetics.

She received a Bsc in Biochemistry from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) and a Msc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa (UL).

Prior to working in HeartGenetics, Sandra worked in a clinical pathology laboratory where she was responsible for the biochemistry unit. Sandra was involved in Quality Management System, having been responsible for the implementation of ISO 9001.

Sara Rosa

Senior Genetics Technician

Sara Rosa

Sara Rosa

Senior Genetics Technician

She received her BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering from
Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), Polytechnic Institute of
Lisbon (IPL) and her MSc in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico
(IST), University of Lisbon (UL). She is now finishing her PhD in
Biotechnology and Biosciences also from IST.

Her research interests have been relying on the optimization and scale-up
of the production of high-value biomolecules as monoclonal antibodies
(mAbs) by mammalian cell technology and their purification using
scalable, integrative and innovative downstream processes. The main goal
was to develop cost-effective processes envisioning the reduction of the
cost of mAb-based products and, consequently fostering the accessibility
of these biomolecules to the general population.

During her academic pathway, as a student and as a researcher, she had
the opportunity to participate in several national and European projects
and to authored and co-authored several articles in international peer-
reviewed journals.

Hugo Lopes

Software Engineer

Hugo Lopes

Hugo Lopes

Software Engineer

He received his MSc in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, having Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence as expertise areas.
Hugo is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship and he participated in several entrepreneurship gatherings where he gained experience on accelerating and pitching ideas. He went through the business model design of some of his own projects, trying to bring them to life, experiencing the iterative and entropic nature of customer-driven development, having also collaborated with other startups.
After concluding his master he was a grant holder at INESC-ID continuing his Master Thesis research work on Social Network Analysis and Big Data.

Meral Hadzhilar

Software Developer and Web-designer

Meral Hadzhilar

Meral Hadzhilar

Software Developer and Web-designer

Meral, a passionate software developer and web-designer, dedicated to pixel-perfect design with a keen eye for detail and user experience. He has a degree in software engineering from ESTCB, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Castelo Branco.
Prior to HeartGenetics, Meral worked for a startup, and shortly after for a consulting company, designing and developing an advanced enterprise system management platform.

Paula Recacho

Administrative Assistant

Paula Recacho

Paula Recacho

Administrative Assistant

Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a degree in Marketing from the Superior School of Business Management and Marketing of Rio de Janeiro (ESPM), and a postgraduate degree in Integrated Management System in Quality and Certifications from the Faculty of the Eastern Center of Espírito Santo (UCL), Brazil.

With almost 20 years of professional experience, she has worked as an assistant, coordinator, consultant, and manager for national and multinational companies in the areas of Administration, Marketing and Quality. She was a Strategic Planning facilitator for small business and startups, working as a mentor and evaluator of business plans supported by public funds. Prior to HeartGenetics, she developed an environmental awareness campaign, which was recognized with national awards.