Meet Our Exceptional Founders: Uniting Visionaries, Achievers, and Innovators!

Our team at PURR.AI consists of three qualified co-founders: Irina Moreira, PhD; José Macieira, BEng and MSc; and Nícia Rosário-Ferreira, PhD. With diverse educational backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, business, and finance, we are at the forefront of scientific advancements.

Together, we unlock the power of artificial intelligence to accelerate drug discovery, revolutionize treatment, and shape the future of medicine. Join us on this groundbreaking journey as we reshape the possibilities of healthcare and save lives.

Irina de Sousa Moreira , PhD, is a trailblazer in the biomedical field, known for pioneering innovative computational methods and solutions to unravel the complexities of molecular systems. Her academic journey spanned continents, reflecting her commitment to advancing science globally.

Irina holds a degree in biochemistry (2003) and a PhD in Chemistry (2008), both from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Porto. Her international journey began with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, USA from 2008 to 2009. During this period, she contributed significantly to the field of biophysics.

Continuing her pursuit of excellence, Irina became a Marie Curie Fellow in Chemistry at the Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands, from 2016 to 2018. This international experience enriched her perspective and allowed her to collaborate with leading experts in this field.

Her insatiable thirst for knowledge led her to earn a master’s degree in Mathematical Engineering in 2020, further solidifying her expertise.

Currently, Irina serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Life Science at the University of Coimbra, a position that she has held since 2019. She is not only an academic but also a mentor, having guided over 20 students, ranging from undergraduates to PhD candidates, in their academic journeys. Additionally, she takes on the role of coordinator in the prestigious Master’s program in Computational Biology at the University of Coimbra.

Throughout her career, which may be short in years but not in impact, Irina published more than 70 scientific publications in high-impact-factor journals, secured substantial funding, exceeding 2.5 M€, for critical academic research projects, contributing significantly to the advancement of biomedical science.

Nícia Rosário-Ferreira , PhD, a mind at the forefront of biotechnology, computational biology, structural studies, and artificial intelligence (AI). Nícia’s journey embodies innovation and expertise in these fields.

Nícia’s academic journey commenced with a bachelor’s degree in Forensic and Criminal Sciences at the Health Sciences Superior Institute – North Branch of Oporto in 2011. She demonstrated exceptional dedication and was awarded the Best Student Acolade upon completing her BSc in 2014. Driven by a passion for pioneering research, Nícia pursued a Master’s degree in Analytical Clinical and Forensic Toxicology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto. Since 2015, Nícia’s dedication has led her to become the founding associate of the Portuguese Association of Forensic Sciences.

As part of her doctoral journey as a PhD student at RMBLab, part of the Chemistry Department at Coimbra University, Nícia, delved deeper into computational biology, structural studies, and AI, specifically exploring the structure-to-function axis concerning non-structural protein 1 of the influenza virus. She was also involved in various AI and structural projects.

José Macieira , MSc and BEng, is a seasoned professional with an impressive track record demonstrating a commitment to maximizing the value of multimillion-dollar assets for various industry stakeholders. As an experienced consultant and business owner, he is passionate about harnessing the potential of cutting-edge technologies to improve humanity.

José Macieira holds an Honours BEng in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University, London, and an Executive MBA in Air Transport Management from Lusófona University, Lisbon. With nearly two decades of experience, José collaborated with industry-leading OEMs, financiers, and operators worldwide, working on projects on all major continents. This journey enriched him with invaluable multicultural exposure and diverse skill sets. José is not only an entrepreneur with his own consultancy firm but also a partner in an aviation compliance business.