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Vitor Santo

Vitor Espirito Santo is a Senior Scientist at JUST focused on the planning and implementation of the clean meat program in the company, from early stage cell line selection and characterization to early bioprocess optimization. He has more than 10 years of experience in the development of cell-based models and therapies (primary cells, cell lines, stem cells) for biotechnology applications: (i) Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (tissue regeneration, differentiation of stem cells); (ii) Disease Modeling (target validation, recapitulation of healthy and disease tissue events in vitro); (iii) Process Development (stem cell expansion and differentiation, bioreactor cultures, upscale production of cell-based products); (iv) Precision Medicine programs (isolation of cells from patients’ tissues, personalized therapy approaches). Vitor has a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and PhD degree in Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, both obtained at University of Minho in Portugal. Prior to JUST, Vitor worked briefly at Immunocore (UK) for the development of immunotherapies for cancer research. He also worked for 5 years at iBET (a private biotechnology institute) in Portugal as a Senior Scientist, where he led small teams of scientists, managed and implemented translational medicine programs with local hospitals for precision medicine approaches, and implemented bioreactor culture platforms for the culture of disease cell models as part of a collaboration with AbbVie (Chicago). By pursuing these projects, Vitor secured both public and private funding for the execution of these projects. Vitor was also an invited lecturer in Master and PhD programs of several Portuguese Universities, lecturing in topics of drug delivery, biomaterial design, stem cells, and cell models for pre-clinical research, among others.