Marta studied Biochemistry followed by a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, which she completed while trying to setup her own spin-out.
In 2012 she moved to Barcelona, Spain and joined Hospital Clinic Business Development Unit as an Innovation Manager where she did technology assessment for IP protection and licensing as well as managing the IP portfolio. She later moved to IESE Business School to coordinate the Centre for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management, where she lead a team of researchers working 5 large European Commission projects (total budget >€17M), with a focus on market analysis and development of new business concepts and models for the implementation of health technology innovations.
Marta joined University College London in the beginning of 2016 as a Senior Business & Innovation Manager to support the School of Life and Medical Sciences. At UCL, she has initiated and managed strategic industrial collaborations, identified and negotiated licensing opportunities (6 and 7 figures), provided support to spin-off creation and defined innovation strategic directions for UCL Institutions. In parallel, she hold a role of Innovation consultant at ITQB NOVA in Portugal where she worked to raise the awareness on technology transfer through seminars and meetings with PIs and implemented new innovation processes.
In September 2019 Marta returned to Portugal to head the new Innovation Office (shared IGC-ITQB NOVA) as part of the Oeiras City Council strategy for Research & Innovation in the region.