Eng. MSc. Carlos Arias (Administrator).
Mr. Arias is the manager and a partner of the company.
BSc. Chemical Engineer at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (1982). Likewise, he finished an MBA (1984-1987) at the Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia) and in 2003, a diploma in International Business Management at the Sergio Arboleda University (Bogota, Colombia). In 2009, he enrolled in the Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain).
He began his career as a process engineer in Monómeros Colombo Venezolanos S.A. (a petrochemical complex for the production of caprolactam and compound fertilizers) in Barranquilla, Colombia. Subsequently, he formed the Group for the Development of New Projects and Products at the same company and was involved in all stages of development (from the identification of new products or initial ideas, to the production and marketing). He also led projects to produce potassium nitrate via constant ion exchange (1.8 million U.S. $ investment and a capacity of 6,000 TMA), production of calcium phosphate for animal feed through a technology imported from Japan and built a 35,000 TMA -plant (14.7 million U.S. $ investment). Mr. Arias also has an extensive management experience of over 20 years in different industries, trades and services in Colombia.
Mr. Carlos Arias has a representative, design, and business strategy and development role in IMICROQ.
Dr. Sergio Martínez Montequín (Electrochemical and Microsystem Production).
BSc. Chemistry at the University of Oviedo (Spain). He worked at the same University as a research fellow, during three years, in the immunoanalysis with electrochemical detection field. Later, he did his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof. P.N. Bartlett. His doctoral thesis was based on the improvements in the performance of reference electrodes in commercial screen printed sensors for the detection of glucose, at MediSense (now Abbott Laboratories, UK). Later, he worked on practical aspects of technology transfer at Nanotecture (UK). While working at this nanotechnology company, Dr. Martinez focus his work on developing and commercially exploit the new technology related to new nanoporous materials electrodeposited for energy and sensors applications. Furthermore, he also worked duringtwo years in the R+D+i Department of Central Lechera Asturiana, carrying out trials of new products manufactured at pilot plant and production scale.
As part of the R+D+i team of IMICROQ, Dr. Martinez is responsible for development of the screen printed microsystem, as well as for the optimization of the electrochemical signal detection system of the prototypes being developed by the company.
Dr. Katia Uliaque Cugat (Microbiology and Molecular Biology).
BSc. Biology, Agri-Food and Biotechnology speciality (University of Barcelona, 1998) and Biochemistry (University Rovira i Virgili, 2000). Immediately, she joined the Research Unit of Lipids and Atherosclerosis at the same University, where she undertook her doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Med. Rosa Solà Alberich. Her thesis was based on the implementation of kinetics using stable isotopes to study in vivo in humans the effect of various diets on lipid metabolism. This thesis was done in collaboration with Prof. Muriel Caslake and Prof. Chris Packard, University of Glasgow (UK). From 2007-2009, Dr. Uliaque was a Postdoc at this same University, as responsible for a project funded by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and TMRI Scotland to implement new biochemical and biophysical techniques for identification of cholesterol metabolism biomarkers. In addition, Dr. Uliaque completed a postgrade in Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics (University of Barcelona, 2006) and worked as a scientific consultant at Gendiag S.L. and as a student in practice at Uriach S.A..
As part of the R+D+i team of IMICROQ, Dr. Uliaque is responsible for the area of Microbiology and Molecular Biology.