Oscar Ramos is researcher and integrated member of CBQF (Centre of Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry) since 2018.
Recently, in Nov. 2023, he has assumed the role of Senior researcher at Biorbis (Porto, Portugal). In this capacity, he oversees and leads pioneering projects in food innovation, sustainability, circular economy, agriculture, and advanced materials.
In 2018, Oscar took on a senior researcher and R&D Program Manager role at the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP) and Amyris Inc., (a public Californian synthetic biology biotech company), within a collaborative project named “Alchemy”. Over five years, he spearheaded the early-stage development of sustainable and innovative formulations, as well as clean-label products derived from by-products of the fermentation industry. These developments found application in the fields of Food, Cosmetic, Personal Care and Biomedical industries. Concurrently, he oversaw multiple R&D projects connected to the primary research he directed, facilitating communication between the R&D facilities in Porto (Portugal) and the decision-making headquarters in San Francisco (USA). This role demanded strong multitasking skills, creative problem-solving abilities, and effective management of various business facets, encompassing marketing, funding, and sales.
In 2012, he joined the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and started work as a Postoctoral researcher, focusing on creating sustainable micro- and nano delivery systems designed to protect and control the release of biomolecules within food products. Simultaneously, he played a key role in the co-founding of Blendera Food Solutions, a startup venture headquarters at UPTEC (Porto, Portugal) focused on the designing of pioneering solutions aimed at prolonging the freshness of perishable food items. This endeavor provided valuable leadership experience, involving team management, direct client interactions, and the cultivation of strategic thinking, critical problem-solving and strong interpersonal skills.
In 2007, driven by a strong intellectual curiosity, Oscar started a PhD at ITQB/Nova University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), working in collaboration with CBQF/Portuguese Catholic University (Porto, Portugal). His research focus involved the creation of sustainable edible coatings derived from agro-industrial by-products, intended to extend the shelf life of food products. This experience honed his exceptional adaptability, problem-solving and creative skills.
As Microbiologist and researcher at Portuguese Catholic University in 2005, he pioneered innovative systems, including films and coatings, aimed at enhancing the nutritional qualities of food while simultaneously extending its shelf life. This marked the beginning of a journey dedicated to cultivating open-mindedness and creativity in the pursuit of new skills and breakthroughs.
He has (co)-authored 4 patents, over 60 scientific publications in refereed international journals, 2 books, 12 chapters and over 60 communications in national and international conferences; he (co)-supervised 1 post-doctoral, 5 PhD (2 as Supervisor) ,11 MSc and 15 undergraduate students.
Boasting over 17 years of expertise in the realm of innovation, Oscar's journey began with academic applied research and seamlessly transitioned into entrepreneurship and industry involvement, encompassing both B2B and B2C sectors in national and international scenarios. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded numerous R&D projects in collaboration with diverse industry partners, acting as a vital bridge between the academic and industrial sectors. This pivotal role has been instrumental in transforming conceptual ideas into market-ready products and securing competitive funding.