Dr. Filomena Freitas
Filomena Freitas is a Senior Researcher at the Biochemical Engineering Group (BIOENG), at UCIBIO-REQUIMTE, FCT-UNL. She has completed a PhD in Biological Engineering by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) in 2004. She has developed research on the development of upstream and downstream processes for the production of value-added microbial products, including polysaccharides and polyhydroxyalkanoates, as well as intellectual property development and technology transfer. Special focus is also given on the biological valorization of agro-industrial wastes/byproducts, aiming at implementing sustainable bioprocesses. She has over 5 papers published in international peer review journals, 7 book chapters and 5 International Patents, which have recently been granted in several countries. She has participated in several projects in collaboration with Industry Partners. Her tema was awarded for the most innovative project at the Solvay & Hovione Ideas Challenge Prize (2008).