Portuguese listed in the MIT Review of young innovators

Maria José Pereira, 28 year-old, is the first Portuguese woman to be included in MIT Technology Review.

This prestigious annual listing includes 35 innovators under the age of 35 and tries to identify the makers of technologies that will change the future.

During her PhD program Maria José conceived a biomaterial that works as a glue and can be used to correct cardiac malformations in recently born. The surgery involved is simpler and less invasive than the procedures currently used.

The biocompatible tape was developed in cooperation with a surgeon’s team from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The whole project started with the successful tests performed in the interior of the heart of living rats. Later on Maria José joined the start up GeckoBiomedical where she coordinates the division of Adhesion Technologies. Recently, the company raised 8 million euros to bring the product to market in the next two to three years.

“It’s a honor to be included in this list of innovators under 35 years-old. This distinction recognizes the innovating character of the technological platform that we are developing and its potential to transform the fashion in which we perform non-invasive surgery”, says Maria José. “This work was only possible given the cooperation of a multidisciplinary team that looked at the problem from different angles”, she adds.

Source: Diário de Notícias

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