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hugo gamboa

Hugo Gamboa

President and CSO

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hugo Gamboa founded Plux in 2007 together with 4 other partners and has grown the company from an individual research project to product medical device company with growing international sales and research seeking second round of financing. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. His thesis entitled "Multi-Modal Behavioral Biometrics Based on HCI and Electrophysiology" presents new behavioral biometrics modalities which are an important contribute for the state-of-the-art in the field.). From 2000 to 2007 he was a Professor at Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, where he taught in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In recognition of his work by the European Biometric Forum, he was among the three finalists of the EBF Biometric Research Award 2007. In 2008 he was the winner of the Portuguese National Award “Futuras Promessas” ISA/Millennium BCP, granted to the best PhD thesis on Physics, Electronics, Informatics or Biomedical Engineering fields.
filipe silva

Filipe Silva

Chief Engineering Officer

MSc, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Msc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (specialization area: Energy) from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. He develops since 2004 low level hardware and software for wireless biosignals acquisition within PLUX. Since 2001, he his a researcher and senior developer at Instituto de Optimização Aplicada (Lisbon), where he developed a software application for planning of electrical energy distribution networks. Between 2000 and 2001 he was manager of the system at the Network Studies Department of Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A. (REN). In 1997 he was awarded with the first prize at the Galileu IV creation and invention contest. In 1996 he developed a software for the Portuguese Institute of Quality (IPQ – Instituto Português da Qualidade) that allowed the automatic synchronization of the PC's internal clock with the Universal Coordinated Time maintained at IPQ.
hugo silva

Hugo Silva

Chief Innovation Officer

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), he is Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX, a researcher at the IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações since 2004, and a Professor at EST/IPS – Escola Superior de Tecnologia do Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal since 2016, where he teaches courses in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Biomedical Technologies. In 2012 Hugo was a visiting researcher at the Computational and NeuroEgineering Labority (CNEL) from the University of Florida. His work has been distinguished with several academic and technical awards such as the the “alumniIPS” career award in 2018, the 1st place at the Ordem dos Engenheiros Young Engineer Innovation Award in 2015 with the project “BIT: Biosignal Igniter Toolkit”, the 1st place at the Venture Day Lisbon in 2013 with the project “Vitalidi: Your Heart (h)as a Key!”, the selection as a semi-finalist to the Engadget Expand NY Inset Coin competition in 2013, the Life Sciences Award in 2010 at a venture competition co-promoted by the MIT, and the "Caixa Geral de Depósitos Award'' from 2003 to 2005 for recognized academic merit. More recently, he has been actively working (i.e. having fun) towards making the world a bit more physiological through BITalino, an open source software and low-cost hardware toolkit, that allows anyone from students to professional app developers, to create cool projects and applications with physiological sensors.
rui falcao

Rui Falcão

Degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering

BSc in Computer Engineering by the New University of Lisbon, he is the founder and stakeholder on I.Zone SGPS, SA, where he is managing the business units of I.Zone Interactive Media and Internacional. He was founder and Administrator of Autor, Tecnologias Multimédia and resposible for the organization and process that lead to the sale of the company to the Oni Communications group. He was also co-founder and Administrator of Eduweb SGPS SA, and several other technological companies;
As a lecturer, he was an Invited Teacher at Aveiro University and Portucalense University in the areas of Multimedia in Training. He was a founding member and Director of the Portuguese Association for the Promotion of Multimedia in Portugal (APMP - Associação para a Promoção da Multimédia em Portugal). Currently is Member of the Board of the Christian Association of Entrepreneurs and Managers (ACEGE - Associação Cristã de Empresários e Gestores), and of the Luso-Brazilian Entrepreneurs Club.
He was an Invited Teacher at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia, lecturing courses in the area of Systems Engineering.
caixa capital

Caixa Capital

Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Manager

Caixa Capital – Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A., is on of the investment banking platform of CGD Group (Grupo Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.), the largest Portuguese banking group and with a solid background on the financial system. Caixa Capital operated as the CGD Group’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Manager, and is currently the Portuguese market leader in this industry, with a portfolio of €500M.
Caixa Capital invests in projects with certified economic feasibility, throughout a broad range of business sectors, which present sustainable growth potential, clear competitive advantages and a well defined business strategy. It is also crucial for promoters to demonstrate strong management abilities with a relevant track record of past performance. Caixa Capital’s investment activities extends across the corporate life cycle, and aim at providing creative financing alternatives to meet the business development needs of its portfolio companies.


manuel pacheco

Rita Cristóvão


Degree in Economics

Degree in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics (NSBE) and specialization in healthcare management. More than 15 years of experience as executive manager in the healthcare business sector.
jose lopes

José Lopes

Financial Manager

Degree in Financial Analysis

Degree in Management at Universidade Internacional, post graduate in Financial Analysis at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG-UTL), Master degree in Social Economy at Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE-IUL). He worked as financial director at I.ZONE group, financial consultant and accountant at Grant Thornton, accountant and treasurer at Oni Telecomunicações SA, and financial controller at Autor.

Advisory Board

david rose

David Rose

MIT Media Lab researcher

Product designer, Serial entrepreneur

David Rose (@DavidRose) is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information.  David is the CEO at Ditto Labs an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objectsfocuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Prior to Ditto, David founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens, and Express Scripts. He founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology: embedding internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. David holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMAcovered in The New York Times, WIRED, The Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report.