The BLUEBIO ALLIANCE is a national network that includes all subsectors of the marine bioresources value chain in Portugal. It ranges from raw material producers, R&D units, to biotech SMEs, transforming centers and manufacturers, public sector entities and support companies, up to the final consumer product developers. The BLUEBIO ALLIANCE aims at collectively organizing this value chain, to foster its relations and dynamics, leveraging its SMEs growth and accelerating their internationalization by increasing their outreach and exportations, leading to more jobs and value creation for Portugal.
This initiative is born from the strong will of its founders (Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Miguel Herédia and Joaquim Macedo de Sousa) and the support of Cascais City Council, and has started its activities in February 2015. Helena Vieira is leading this network as Executive Director, backed up by a fully female committed team composed of Elisabete Matos (Soja de Portugal), Helena Abreu (AlgaPlus), Joana Moreira da Silva (3Bs) and Susana Moreira (CIIMAR). Its official launch was on the 9th of April, at Casa de Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais with the support of Portuguese highest governmental representatives.