EU Head of Regulatory Affairs & Technical Director, Clever Leaves
Rita Prazeres has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon’s University, Portugal. Regulatory Affairs Specialist by the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Order (College of the Speciality of Regulatory Affairs) and Post-graduated in GMP for Medicinal Cannabis from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lisbon’s University & Military Laboratory.
Rita has more than 20y in Pharmaceutical Industry, having experienced many different company ‘environments due to several Mergers & Acquisitions. More than 14y as Director of Regulatory Affairs, Market Access and Pharmacovigilance of Actavis & Aurobindo Pharma Groups, responsible for Registration of medicinal products, Price & Reimbursement, Pharmacovigilance, Portfolio management and Intellectual Property Management.
In 2019, Rita embraced a new challenge in the Medicinal Cannabis as EU Head of Regulatory Affairs & Technical Director at Clever Leaves Portugal. Responsible for the licensing activities of the company in Portugal, overseeing Quality Compliance (Quality Assurance & Quality Control) and Cannabis Regulatory framework in Europe.
Olga Melero Morales
Sales Manager Spain at Ionisos Ibérica
Olga Melero Morales, has a university degree in Chemistry from UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and a master in Marketing and Sales from ESIC Business and Marketing School. She’s also a Radioactive Facility Supervisor issued by CNS (Consejo de Seguridad Nacional).
Olga has been working for Ionisos Ibérica for the last 20 years in several departments, first as validations and quality control responsible, later as customer support and finally as Sales and business development manager of Ionisos in Spain.
Marta Rodríguez Vélez
Associate Consultant at Azierta
Marta Rodríguez Vélez is a Biologist, Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Industry and Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
During her 20 years of professional career, she has always been engaged with the pharmaceutical industry, being involved in research projects, clinical trials and, during her last 17 years, as consultant for pharmaceutical companies, with a high expertise in Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance and Quality Assurance in the industrial area.
During the last 5 years she has led several Medical Cannabis projects globally, acting as a consultant and project manager, helping companies to understand the applicable regulation and to align their business strategy with the regulatory strategy. She was Director of the MedCannHub by Azierta, from which she managed projects in various areas related to the medical cannabis industry in Europe and Latin America. She’s now Associate Consultant for Azierta.
She is member of the board in the Spanish Association of Industry Pharmacist (AEFI), speaker in courses and conferences and associate professor in Pharma Business Schools.
Marta’s role is to advise Life Science companies to guarantee their compliance with existing regulations and to lead the continuous improvement of their teams and systems.
Scientific Advisor for Different Companies and Founder of Egret Bioscience
One of Canada’s foremost cannabis geneticists, Philippe Henry a former professor of evolutionary genetics, his broad interests in biodiversity and conservation has led to numerous scientific initiatives.
An expert in predictive chemotyping, he is interested in bringing transparency, consistency and traceability to the cannabis and psychedelic space.
Henry is the former CTO at Digipath Labs Inc. (Las Vegas, NV), CSO at VSSL Enterprises Ltd. (West Kelowna, BC), VP of R&D at the Flowr Corporation (Lake Country, BC), he is the founder of Egret Bioscience Ltd. (Kelowna, BC), Shaman Distribution Inc. (Vancouver, BC). and Akitig Mushrooms Inc. (Armstrong, BC) as well as the Swiss entity Ch4 Supply Sarl. (Leysin, CH).
Philippe also serves as a scientific advisor to Amma Ventures LLC (New York City, NY and Medellin, CO), The Emerald Flower Farm Inc. (Kelowna, BC), Island Genetics Inc. (Ladysmith, BC), and Lighthouse Genomics Inc. (Vancouver, BC).
CEO of Stepwise Pharma & Engineering
Aldo Vidinha, CEO and Founder of Stepwise – Pharma & Engineering, internationally experienced leader with over 14 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry in areas such as Engineering, Validation & Qualification, GMP Compliance, Quality Assurance and Manufacturing.
Co-founder and former COO of Holigen, a Portuguese GMP Medicinal Cannabis licensed producer.
Project lead for CapEx projects up to €18 million in major international pharmaceutical players.
Expert in Medicinal Cannabis industry, that has led and delivered a fully licensed Medicinal Cannabis company and facilities.
Highly driven and motivated leader experienced in business strategic thinking, building High Performance Teams and business consulting (executive and governance levels).
Responsible of the Introduction of New Products & Microbiological Control Department at LEF
Sara Figueiredo has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. She is currently developing a doctoral project in the scope of three-dimensional printing of medicines at FFUL, in collaboration with LEF – Infosaúde and Research Centre of Egas Moniz.
She started her professional activity as laboratory technician at Quality Control & Stability department in LEF – Infosaúde. During the period of 2018 to 2021, Sara Figueiredo assumed the supervisor role in the same department.
Nowadays and since 2021 she is responsible of the Introduction of New Products & Microbiological Control department at LEF, in which all analytical activities in the scope of Medical Cannabis are carried out.
Additionally, she is author of scientific communications and publications in congresses and scientific journals. Her academic experience also includes the role of teacher in technical-scientific courses from 2016 to the present.
Pharma Business Unit Manager at Stepwise Pharma & Engineering
Nuno Rebelo dos Santos is Pharma Business Unit Manager at STEPWISE – PHARMA & ENGINEERING.
Chemist with a post-graduation in business administration has over of 15 years of experience in multinational chemical and pharmaceutical industries, from API development to drug product manufacturing.
Quality Assurance professional with vast experience in the shopfloor, production, auditing, inspection and in leading the approval of pharmaceutical units by national and international health authorities.
Project Manager for Drug Product activities with world’s top 5 Pharmaceutical player.
Experience in Medicinal Cannabis, API, oral and parenteral Drug Product industries.
Quality Consultant Manager at LEF
Graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Coimbra’s Faculty of Pharmacy, Fábio Teles has been doing his career on Pharmaceutical Industry, more specifically on Quality Assurance field.
After completing his master’s degree, Fábio started his work life in Labesfal – Fresenius Kabi Portugal, in Quality Assurance Unit – Personnel Qualification and then moved to Tecnimede to integrate Group Quality Unit.
Now, Fábio is the Quality Consultant Manager of LEF, where support medicinal cannabis players to get their authorizations, implement their quality systems and be in compliance with all legislation and good practices, in order to help them on achieving their goals.
Quality Consultant at LEF
It was at LEF that Catarina Serra began her professional pharmaceutical career, three years ago.
Graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lisbon’s Faculty of Pharmacy, with a certification in Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory by the American College of Toxicology (ACT), Catarina has also a Biomedical Sciences bachelor from Coimbra Health School, having always wanted to work in health sciences.
Nowadays, Catarina integrates LEF’s consultancy team, being responsible for providing a toxicologically driven viewpoint in the elaboration of risk assessments and in supporting the implementation of quality systems for the pharmaceutical industry and more specifically, cannabis-based companies.
Qualified Person of Tilray Portugal
André Neves, Qualified Person of Tilray Portugal, has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a post-graduation in Pharmaceutical Technology from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Coimbra University, and specialist title in Pharmaceutical Industry by the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Order (College of the Speciality of Pharmaceutical Industry).
André developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry in manufacturing management functions specializing in manufacturing processes and associated quality requirements of medicines, medical devices, nutraceuticals and cosmetics in a wide range of pharmaceutical dosage forms.
Since 2018 at Tilray, in the role of Qualified Person, André participated in the establishment of the company in Portugal, implementation of the pharmaceutical quality system and obtention of the GMP certifications, and currently ensures the release of cannabis products to patients around the world.
Founder of Doctor Bit, CSV Lead Convatec and Board Member of ISPE Portugal
Flavio Kawakami, IT Professional with 30+ years’ experience, worked for several Fortune 500 companies and since 2001 in the Life Sciences Industry, founder of Doctorbit Consulting in 2005 and until June 2022 has helped companies on achieving compliance and increasing productivity through the smart usage of technologies.
In June 2022 Joined Convatec, a UK based Medical Devices company.
Instructor, speaker, Board member of ISPE Portugal and Chair of ISPE Portugal GAMP Community of Practice.
Co-Founder of Muvu Technologies
Tiago Peralta Santos is the Co-founder and CEO of Muvu Technologies. Tiago holds a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NOVA University of Lisbon, where he was a researcher at UNINOVA-CTS, a leading research center in AI and IoT.
In 2015, Tiago founded Muvu Technologies to transform the industrial sector with cutting-edge technologies to improve productivity and reduce waste.
Tiago is also the Head of Product of the RAILES platform, a Smart MES (Manufacturing Execution System) that helps manufacturers digitize processes in the industry through real-time monitoring of production systems. Tiago is on a mission to bring all Industries to the 4.0 era.
Lead Auditor and Certifier of Control Union Certifications
Ruty Spier has developed the Israeli Standards for Medical Cannabis (IMC-G.A. P) together with a team of other experts and also, the global Standards for Medical Cannabis CUMCS-G.A.P, CUMCS EQUIVALENCY IMC-G.A.P.
She is the Lead auditor of CUMCS-G.A.P, Certifier of CUMCS EQUIVALENCY IMC-G.A.P
Ruty is involved in building seminars for medical cannabis for growers, Internal auditors, and Control-Union auditors.
Lecturer at international conferences for medical cannabis
Practical biology expert of fruits and vegetables with expertise in testing and standardization.