Vanessa Sardinha


Business and Strategic Relations

Vanessa joined INL in September 2023 as a Business and Strategic Relations Officer, specializing in industrial liaison activities, EC research funding advisory, and grant application support.

She previously served as Project developer at Innovayt A/S (2017-2022) and as Innovation Consultant at Indielayer Unipessoal, Lda (from 2022 -2023). In these roles, Vanessa excelled as a soft funding consultant, facilitating funding acquisition for research centers, universities, and comapnies across Europe; and, crafting grant applications within diverse Life Sciences fields. Her expertise extends to funding programs like Horizon Europe, Horizon 2020, EUREKA, and national funding sources (Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Dutch).

Vanessa holds a PhD in Health and Life Sciences (Neurosciences) from the School of Medicine at the University of Minho, with her thesis centered on the impact of gliotransmission on higher cognitive functions. She also earned a MSc in Rehabilitation, Biomaterials, and Biomechanics from the Mechanical Engineering School at the University of Minho, with a focus on Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering.

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