Awards

2020

 European Union Horizon 2020 FET Open funding awarded to Cecília Roque

Congratulations! The PURE project, coordinated by Prof. Cecília Roque, was awarded a financial funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FET Open programme.

This project is coordinated by Prof. Cecília Roque within UCIBIO, FCT-NOVA but the consortium has the participation of three other institutions: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Austria), Universität Bayreuth (Germany) and Institute of Experimental and Technological Biology (Portugal).

This project started in October and over the next 4 years, this multidisciplinary team proposes to rethink and reprocess the way biopharmaceuticals are produced, which include biological drugs such as antibodies and viral particles, used in cancer treatment and vaccination, respectively. Although biopharmaceuticals are critical in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, they are not easily available to those in need, either due to the high cost or to low manufacturing yields. The PURE project reprocesses the way advanced bio-based materials are currently purified, through the design of nanofibres that bind with high precision to biological products.

See how the news were given by the partners:

FCT NOVA: FCT NOVA coordena projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3 milhões de euros

UCIBIO: PURE - a new FET-Open Project to innovate biopharmaceuticals manufacturing

See what the media said about the award:

Observador: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3 milhões de euros

RTP Notícias: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3 milhões de euros 

Visão saúde: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3ME 

Sapo Notícias: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3ME 

Atlas da Saúde: Iniciativa europeia conjunta quer inovar na produção de biofármacos 

Green Savers: Projeto PURE recebe 3 milhões para a produção sustentável de medicamentos 

Destak: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3ME 

netfarma: Iniciativa europeia conjunta desenvolve produção de biofármacos

MSN Notícias: Projeto europeu destinado a fármacos sustentáveis financiado com 3ME 

Exame Informática: Cromo da Semana: Como produzir vacinas e medicamentos mais baratos e amigos do ambiente

You can also check the interview Cecília Roque gave on "Cromo da Semana" from Exame Informática.

2019

 Research Fund Award

Ana Pina was one of the recipients of the Research Fund Awards from Royal Society of Chemistry's Research Fund. This award will provide an exciting opportunity to Ana Pina study functional collagen mimetic peptides. The Royal Society of Chemistry awards grants of up to £4000 to enable high quality research of funding with the aim of supporting those undertaking their own research as early career researchers.


 Younger Investigator Award

In Affinity2019 Conference, held in Stockholm in June 2019, Manuel Matos, PhD student from the MIT-Portugal Bioengineering Systems, was warded with the Younger Investigator Award. His talk was about 'Purification platform for antibodies & antibody based-fragments based on a de novo designed affinity adsorbent' and the award distinguishes the best oral presentation during the conference. 


 Excellent Young Researcher Award

Our PhD student Manuel Matos was awarded the Excellent Young Researcher certificate by the Antibodies Journal. Manuel received the certificate during the attendance of the 257th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition: 'Chemistry for New Frontiers' in Orlando, USA where he presented a poster.

The certificate was received in hand by Dr. Aaron Wecksler from Genentech.


2018

 Young Scientist Award

Raquel Santos was awarded the ECM31 Young Scientist Award to attend the ECM31 to present her work on the development of a new technique for protein crystallization at 31st European Crystallographic Meeting in Oviedo, Spain. 


 Best Poster Prize

Claudia Fernandes won the Best Poster Prize at the PEPMAT2018 conference held in London 16-18th July 2018.

 Travel Award

Ana Pina was awarded a travel grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry to attend the PEPMAT2018 conference held in London 16-18th July 2018.


 Young Investigator Contest

Gonçalo Teixeira´s team and Manuel´s team secured the first and second positions, respectively! at PepperSchool 2018 held in Carry-le-Rouet, Marseille.


2014

 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant awarded to Cecília Roque

Prof. Cecília Roque was awarded with a Starting Grant from the ERC to fund the project " SCENT: Hybrid Gels for Rapid Microbial Detection". The research team will develop bioinspired nose sensors as a fast and needle-free method of microbial detection.

See below the ERC Press Release and what the MEDIA are saying abaout this award. 

                            


Click here to listen to an interview with Prof. Cecília Roque in Antena 1 radio, about this project (in Portuguese, only).

You can also learn more about this project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL-H0FBQrzM



 TRAVEL AWARDS

Travel grant to Susana Palma for the attendance of the 10th International Conference on Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers, held in Dresden (Germany), from 10th to 14th of June, 2014.

2013

 TRAVEL AWARDS

Travel award to Ana Margarida Dias for the attendance of ESF-EMBO Symposium - "Molecular Perspectives on Protein-Protein Interactions" held in Pultusk (Poland) from the 25th to the 30th of May, 2013.

2012

TRAVEL AWARDS

1. Travel award to Susana Palma for the attendance of the 9th International Conference on Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers, held in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) from the 22nd to the 26th of May, 2012.

2. Travel award to Íris Batalha for the attendance of the HUPO 11th Annual World Congress, held in Boston, Massachusetts, between the 9th and 13th of September 2012.

2011

 Award HOVIONE SHIC´11
"First Honorable Mention", sponsored by Hovione, to
Ana Cecília Roque, Ana Sofia Pina, Íris Batalha and Susana Palma.

 Award to Telma Barroso
"Young Investigator Award", sponsored by Hoffman-La Roche, Pharmaceuticals Division (at Affinity 2011, the 19th biennal meeting of the Society for Molecular Recognition, Tavira, Portugal).

2010

 Award to Telma Barroso
Award "Programa Gulbenkian de Estímulo à Investigação" in the area of "New Materials in Chemistry", conferred by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, to the project entitled "Selective Immunoaffinity Devices: A New Alternative to Blood Treatment".

 Award to Ana Sofia Pina
Best poster presentation at ISPP 2010 Meeting, sponsored by DECHEMA (Bologna, 2010).

 Award to Íris Batalha
Best poster presentation at ESBES 2010 Meeting, sponsored by Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals (Bologna 2010).


2009

 Award to Ana Cecília Roque
"Prémio de Mérito Científico UNL-Santander Totta - Edição 2009/2010", in the area of "Sciences and Engineering", conferred by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Banco Santander Totta to the project "Peptidomimetics on Magnetic Beads for Bioseparation Processes" in collaboration with Dr. Olga Iranzo (ITQB, UNL). 

Click here to see the video


 Award to Ana Sofia Pina

"Young Investigator Award", sponsored by Hoffman-La Roche, Pharmaceuticals Division (at the 18th Biennal Meeting of the International Society for Molecular Recognition, Reykjavik, Iceland).


2006

 Award to Ana Cecília Roque
Award "Programa Gulbenkian de Estímulo à Investigação", in the area of "Sustainable Chemistry", conferred by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian to the project entitled "Miniaturised Combinatorial Libraries of Rationally Designed Ligands".

Click here to listen to an interview with Prof. Ana Cecília Roque about this award.