Hugo GamboaPresident & 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 SilvaMSc, 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 SilvaPhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering
PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), he is Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX and a researcher at the IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações since 2004. In 2012 Hugo was a visiting researcher at the Computational and NeuroEgineering Labority (CNEL) form the University of Florida. His work has been distinguished with several academic and technical awards such as 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.
Rui FalcãoDegree, 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 CapitalPrivate 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.