António Ornelas-Soares works as Senior Quality Assurance Manager at Catalyze. He is an entrepreneur with international experience in the start-up, implementation and management of business ventures in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors internationally.
He has a B.S. in Biology, a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and has conducted research at The Rockefeller University, New York, USA, on the genetics of antimicrobial resistance. He has also co-authored several scientific papers and guided several MSc. students through their thesis as advisor or co-advisor.
For the last 25 years António has been actively involved in strategy and international business development activities both at biotechnology and life sciences companies. He co-founded several companies where he held top management and has established business alliances and partnerships among leading companies in the Life Sciences and Health sectors that have led to new products and technological developments. He also pursued an international career in market-leading organizations such as Merck and VWR International, where he was directly responsible for the expansion of new business segments to the Portuguese and Spanish markets from the Barcelona office.
Today António Ornelas-Soares is a Senior Advisor and Board Member for several Biotech and Medical Device Diagnostic companies. He also acts as an expert for the European Commission on scientific and business innovation programs and has been responsible for the successful fundraising of over 10 Million Euro in Venture and non-dilutive funding for several start-ups in the last couple of years.