• Our Team

    We are a highly qualified team, with complementary skills, covering the diffferent needs from SmartFreeZ's business and activity.

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THE TEAM

RUI ESTRELA

Co-Founder and General Manager, MBA
  • Rui is a co-founder and shareholder of SmartFreez.
  • He holds a MBA and is responsible for the management of SmartFreez.
  • Rui has more than 20 years of experience and had several management roles in national and multi-national companies.

MIGUEL RODRIGUES

Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, PhD
  • Miguel is a co-founder and shareholder of SmartFreez.
  • He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is an expert in Pharmaceutical Engineering – thermodynamics and cryogenic technologies.
  • Miguel has more than 15 years of experience in joint research projects between academia and industry in USA and Portugal. He has been developing technology to improve stability and delivery of pharmaceutical drugs, with particular incidence (last 5 years) in cryopreservation of biotherapeutics. Inventor of several products and systems, he has received national prizes for developing technologies with relevant industrial application.
  • He is a research fellow at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal).

VITOR GERALDES

Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, PhD
  • Vitor is a co-founder and shareholder of SmartFreez.
  • He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is an expert in process engineering, transport phenomena and computational methods.
  • Vítor has more than 20 years of expertise in modelling and simulation applied to the development of systems for food, drinking water and medical industry, in the design for chemical engineering processes and equipment (Electrodialysis, Nanofiltration) and the design of freeze-thaw systems for the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • He is co-author of more than 45 SCI papers, co-inventor of 3 patents and has coordinated several national research projects.
  • He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal).

PEDRO REGO

Research Engineer, PhD Candidate
  • Pedro is a Research Engineer at SmartFreez.
  • He holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering and is PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Pedro is specialized in CFD, experimental models and prototyping for low temperatures and experimental scientific projects.

ANDREIA DUARTE

Research Scientist, PhD
  • Andreia is a Research Scientist at SmartFreez.
  • She holds a MSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biomedicine from Universidade da Beira Interior.
  • Andreia has several years of experience in protein aggregation studies, microbiology and cell related research.