Maria Pereira leads the Innovation Hub at TISSIUM. She co-invented TISSIUM adhesive polymer technology while a PhD student at Prof Jeff Karp’s Laboratories at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Boston, MA, US). She has been recognised for her research by MIT Tech Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35” in 2014, as well as Forbes in its “30 under 30” selection in healthcare in 2015. Dr Pereira holds a PhD in bioengineering from the MIT-Portugal programme and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).