Rui L Reis

Rui L Reis

Rui L. Reis is 48 years old and was born in Porto, Portugal (PT), where he still lives. Rui L. Reis PhD, DSc, Hon. Causa MD. is a Full Professor of Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells at the Department of Polymer Engineering, School of Engineering of University of Minho (UM). He is the Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Minho, Braga & Guimarães, Portugal. He is also the Director of the 3B’s Research Group - Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics at the U. Minho in Portugal (www.3bs.uminho.pt), and the Director of the PT Government Associate Laboratory ICVS/3B´s. Both 3B´s and ICVS (Institute of Health and Life Sciences) are research units of Excellence, as evaluated by international panels of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He is also, since 2000, the main responsible for LABMAT, the general materials characterization Lab. of U. Minho. Furthermore he is the President/Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the company Stemmatters that he has founded as a spin-off of the 3B´s Research Group. As a result of that, he was awarded the 2007 START award (created by the bank BPI and Microsoft), one of the major innovation awards in PT. Rui L. Reis is the CEO of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM) that has 22 partners from 13 different countries. He directs the correspondent European Economic Interest Group (EEIG), being the main office registered in Portugal. The headquarters of this Institute are located in AvePark, Taipas - Guimarães, Minho, Portugal, in a 3600 m2 state of the art unique facility fully designed for research in the TERM field. This building is also the home of the 3B´s Research Group since July 2008. The installation of the 3B´s and the headquarters of the Institute at AvePark were awarded the main innovation award for Northern Portugal (Prémio Novo Norte - Norte Inovador 2009) by the Northern Portugal regional coordination committee (CCDR-N) in May 2010. The same project was awarded the Grand Prize New North (Grande Prémio Novo Norte 2009) for best good practice in Northern Portugal for 2009 in all areas of activities. Rui Reis was also, from 2003-2009, Head of R&D for the Holding Corticeira Amorim SGPS, the world leading cork industrial company that is part of one of the major Portuguese controlled business groups with operations in around 100 countries world-wide. Rui L. Reis education background includes: (i) a graduation in Metallurgical Engineering, U. Porto, Portugal, 1990, (ii) a Master degree by research on Materials Science and Engineering - Biomaterials - obtained in a joint program of the six major technical Universities in Portugal, awarded by U. Porto, Portugal, 1994 (iii) a PhD on Polymer Engineering - Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, U. Minho, Portugal, degree that was prepared in co-operation with Brunel University, London, UK, 1999, (iv) a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree on Biomedical Engineering - Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, by U. Minho, Portugal, 2007. Rui L. Reis has been involved in biomaterials research since 1990. He has worked several periods abroad, in different Universities and companies and has been responsible for several co-operation programs with Universities in UK, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Ireland, Singapore, USA, Canada, South Korea, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand. He has been the co-coordinator of four major EU research project, funded under FP6 of the European Commission. One of the main projects was the STREP “HIPPOCRATES” that had a 3 MEuros budget. He also coordinated the only European Network of Excellence (NoE) on Tissue Engineering, “EXPERTISSUES”. This highly funded NoE (budget of around 7.3 MEuros) was composed by 22 partners, several being industrial, from 13 countries, and is continuing to

Affiliations and Expertise

3B's Research Group, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine