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 is CEO at HeartGenetics since 2013. She was co-founder/shareholder until 2020.

She holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Electronics Engineering. She has a diploma from the Advanced Management Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Católica Lisbon – BES, School of Business and Economics.

Her main expertise is in the areas of Computational Biology, Human Genetics, Health Informatics, Algorithms, Data Mining, and Data Science. For the last 22 years, she has co-authored more than 100 papers in journals and international conferences in the areas of computational biology and bioinformatics, 2 book chapters, and supervised 6 Ph.D. students.

As a researcher at INESC-ID, she was the head (2009-2014) of the Knowledge Discovery and Bioinformatics research group KDBIO. 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. Member of the Scientific Council at Instituto Superior Técnico (2012-2016). Member of the Executive Board at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CFO) (2012-2016). Coordinator of the Scientific Area of Programming Methodology and Technology at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (2017). President of the School Assembly (2021-2024).

She was Vice-chair of the Board for 2017 and Board member (2010-2017) representing Portugal at ESFRI ELIXIR.

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 Cid

Head of Sales

Helena Cid

Helena Cid

Head of Sales

Helena is Head of Sales at HeartGenetics.
Helena Cid has a Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Faculty of Nutrition and Food
Science, University of Porto.
She is Member of the Jurisdictional Council of the Order of Nutritionists and a Member of the
General Council of the Portuguese Cardiology Foundation. She is part of several Working
Groups of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge.
Prior to working at HeartGenetics, Helena was a Head of Nutrition Department in the Food
Industry.
Helena had other positions as Coordinator of the Nutrition Committee and Member of the
Communication Group of the Federation of Portuguese Food Industries. Also, she had several
positions in the Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (current Portuguese Nutrition
Association) and she was a Member of the General Council in the Order of Nutritionists.
Helena was Co-author of the Epidemiological Study on the Characterization of the Lipid Profile
in the Portuguese Population and of projects as “Good Morning” 1 and 2, carried out in
partnership with Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz.
She had participated twice in the European Researchers' Night organized by Pavilhão do
Conhecimento – Centro Ciência Viva presenting projects regarding nutrition.
Along her 25 years of experience, she gave presentations in countless scientific Congresses,
lectured nutrition master’s degrees, classes and seminars in many Faculties of Nutrition and
Food Science. Helena was also part of a Master thesis committee at the Faculty of Pharmacy of
the University of Lisbon.
During her career, Helena was a Guest Nutritionist in TV programs and author of several
articles in the media.
Helena also published the book “Todos para a Mesa”. This book was distinguished by the
prestigious entity of the international literary world – Gourmand World and awarded as the
best book of the year in the category of Health and Nutrition.

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.

Raquel Lemos

Laboratory Technical Director

Raquel Lemos

Raquel Lemos

Laboratory Technical Director

Raquel received a Bsc in Biology, research branche, from Universidade de Aveiro. With over 25 years of professional experience in the diagnosis of genetic diseases in the constitutional (prenatal and postnatal) and hemato-oncological context. She started his professional activity in classical microscopy and in molecular cytogenetics (in situ hybridization). She acquired experience in aCGH in the analysis and interpretation of copy number variants to detect genomic imbalances in prenatal diagnosis and in context of idiopathic mental retardation, congenital malformations, among others.
She has the title of Specialist in Human Genetic by Ordem dos Biólogos.

Hugo Lopes

Technical Director of Analytics

Hugo Lopes

Hugo Lopes

Technical Director of Analytics

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.

Gonçalo Figueiró

Technical Director of Informatics

Gonçalo Figueiró

Gonçalo Figueiró

Technical Director of Informatics

Gonçalo received his BSc in Informatics and Postgraduate in Bioinformatics from Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon.
He developed an interest in health informatics while working on academic projects including building a Clinical Information Retrieval System.
For more than 10 years, Gonçalo managed his own companies and his experience in customer relations and customer satisfaction brings the IT team a customer-centric perspective.

Beatriz Martins

Financial Controller

Beatriz Martins

Beatriz Martins

Financial Controller

Beatriz received her Msc in Management (minor in Leadership) from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, an Executive Master in Management and Finance from INDEG-ISCTE, Lisbon, and a Bsc in Human Relations and Organizational Communication from ESECS – Instituto Politécnico de Leiria.

Prior to HeartGenetics, she worked over 7 years in Human Resources Consultancy to national and international clients focused in business development and recruitment to Technology, Pharma, Industry and Services companies.

Sara Rosa

Scientific Key Account Manager

Sara Rosa

Sara Rosa

Scientific Key Account Manager

She received her BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL). Her academic and scientific evolved with the accomplishment of her MSc in Biotechnology and PhD in Biotechnology and Biosciences from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (UL). 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.

Pavlo Kovalchuk

Senior Software Technician

Pavlo Kovalchuk

Pavlo Kovalchuk

Senior Software Technician

Pavlo received his MSc in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, having Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence as expertise areas.
While studying for his MSc Pavlo was a grant holder at INESC-ID where he worked as a junior researcher in the Information and Decision Support Systems Lab (IDSS). Throughout his
professional path, Pavlo made several contributions to the fields of Information Retrieval, Unsupervised Textual Data Annotation and Pattern Mining in High Dimensional data.
Prior to HeartGenetics, Pavlo worked for a Natural Language Processing startup where he developed intelligent systems to support customer interactions using Machine Learning.

Ricardo Lopes

Senior Software Technician

Ricardo Lopes

Ricardo Lopes

Senior Software Technician

Ricardo received his MSc in Telecommunications and Computer Science from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon.
Before working at HeartGenetics he developed software mainly in the area of telecommunications, pharmaceutical industry and aviation.
Since he was young he is passionate about software development and that is what he intends to continue to do for many years. In parallel, it also develops some hardware projects.

Tânia Ribeiro

Senior Laboratory Technician

Tânia Ribeiro

Tânia Ribeiro

Senior Laboratory Technician

Tânia Ribeiro received her MSc in Microbiology from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
With over 18 years of professional experience, she has worked in different environments, from basic research to industry, as research fellow, research technician and quality manager.
Prior to working at HeartGenetics, Tânia worked as Animal Facility Coordinator at Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology.

Lúcia Gonçalves

Senior Laboratory Technician

Lúcia Gonçalves

Lúcia Gonçalves

Senior Laboratory Technician

Lúcia is a Senior Laboratory Technician at HeartGenetics.
She received a Bsc in Genetics and Biotechnology from Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto
Douro (UTAD) and a Msc in Laboratory Medicine from Faculdade de Farmácia da da Universidade
de Lisboa (FFUL).
During her academic training, she collaborated in research projects in Instituto de Patologia
Experimental da Faculdade de Medicina de Coimbra and in Departamento de Genética Humana do
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Ricardo Jorge (INSA) which resulted in some congress presentations
and two co-authored papers.
Prior to work at Heartgenetics, Lúcia worked in a clinical pathology laboratory.

Clara Pereira

Senior Laboratory Technician

Clara Pereira

Clara Pereira

Senior Laboratory Technician

Clara received a Bsc and Msc in Biology from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC).

During her academic path, she studied polymorphisms associated with increased fetal haemoglobin, resulting in one journal publication.

Hélio Teixeira

Senior Laboratory Technician

Hélio Teixeira

Hélio Teixeira

Senior Laboratory Technician

Hélio has a Bsc in Clinical Analysis and Public Health from Escola Superior de Saúde Dr. Lopes Dias (Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco) and a Msc in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Universidade de Aveiro.

During his academic path, has collaborated in research projects in Microlab laboratory of the Biology Department from Universidade de Aveiro, which resulted in some congress presentations. He studied the influence of vegetable hormones and amino acids produced by plants in the virulence of phytopathogenic fungi.

Hélio is a Senior Laboratory Technician at HeartGenetics, since 2019.

Pedro Almeida

Senior Genetics Technician

Pedro Almeida

Pedro Almeida

Senior Genetics Technician

Pedro is an Evolutionary Biologist with a PhD in Biology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal, where he started using Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data to understand the genomic modifications associated with microbe domestication.

Before working at HeartGenetics, Pedro was a post-doc Research Associate at University College London, UK. Using data from multiple NGS technologies, he designed computational approaches for the detection of sex-linked variation. His research aimed to understand the extension and patterns of genomic variation during the early stages of sex chromosome differentiation, one of the most challenging regions of the genome to study, and consequently the evolutionary dynamics of recombination suppression in natural populations.

Pedro has developed collaborative work worldwide with teams from the UK, Sweden, Canada and China, and has published more than a dozen of research papers in high profile journals, including Nature Communications and Nature Ecology & Evolution, among others. At the same time, he has also given back to the scientific community serving as peer-reviewer for several scientific journals.

He is currently interested in personal genomics and the progress towards establishing personalised medicine both as a diagnostic and preventive tool.

Paula Recacho

Sales Backoffice

Paula Recacho

Paula Recacho

Sales Backoffice

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.

Rita Neves

Sales Backoffice

Rita Neves

Rita Neves

Sales Backoffice

Rita loves all about digital marketing, eCommerce and communication. She is always looking for the newest moment’s app. With expertise in eCommerce and consulting businesses, like Social Media Manager, through the creation of content, layouts and videos for social networks. Attract customers and establish partnerships is her main goal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Institute of Accounting and Administration (Coimbra Business School | ISCAC), and she is currently finishing her MSc in Marketing at Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, focusing her studies on advertising.

Rui Nunes

Key Account Manager

Rui Nunes

Rui Nunes

Key Account Manager

Rui Nunes has experience of over 28 years in the healthcare area as REP in the Pharmaceutical and Food Industry.
Prior to HeartGenetics, Rui worked as Head of Sales/REP for 14 years in the Food Industry.
Throughout his career, he did training courses in the sales area and had the opportunity to share his knowledge with several teams by giving lectures.

Cátia Proença

Key Account Manager

Cátia Proença

Cátia Proença

Key Account Manager

Cátia has a degree in Political Science and International Relations, from the International University. Her professional career was almost always carried out in the context of multinational companies, in several companies in different business areas, although the health area was the one of choice. In the Pharmaceutical Industry for nine years, she had the opportunity to perform different roles that gave her a deep knowledge of the business in areas such as: finance, hospital management and Medical Information Delegate – Pharmacy channel. Later in the area of ??Medical Devices, as Key Account Manager in the specialty areas of Plastic Surgery – Aesthetics and Reconstructive, she had the opportunity to consolidate the management of large hospital accounts in the public and private sector. In accumulated terms, she was responsible for launching and marketing in Portugal some diagnostic tests, which allows the detection of contagion by SARS-COV-2 – Covid.

Luís Silva

Key Account Manager

Luís Silva

Luís Silva

Key Account Manager

Luís Silva has an experience in Pharmaceutical Industry and played several rolls, from GP and Hospital Sales Rep to Hospital Key Account Manager. Well educated both professionally and personally, is very focused both in costumers and results.He is a team player who believes in, team work based in honesty and ethics and sharing knowledge and good practices, towards common goals.

Frederico Borlido

Software Technician (Intern)

Frederico Borlido

Frederico Borlido

Software Technician (Intern)

Frederico is a motivated and interested software developer, filled with curiosity and passion for learning new concepts and technologies.

He is currently finishing his MSc. degree in Computer Science Engineering at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico – Alameda), focusing his studies on Data Visualization, User-centered Design and Computational Biology/Bioinformatics.

He got his first job at HeartGenetics as an intern, developing better solutions for the existing Web Applications, leading to the writing of his master thesis in the company, in partnership with the college he is attending, IST.