Carina Dos Santos

Business Development Associate

Carina is the Business Development Associate at Smart Separations. Before joining the company, she worked as a translational research manager at Action on Hearing Loss and University College London, liaising globally with academics, biotech and pharma companies, clinicians, investors and patients to promote innovation. Carina negotiated and established partnerships to accelerate innovation in the hearing loss therapeutics sector and managed a non-dilutive fund of £300k/year to fund projects from academia and small and medium enterprises. Prior to this, Carina worked in IP protection, carrying out prior art searches and due diligence processes for the Technology Transfer Office of Imperial College London.

Carina is a PhD with ten years of international experience in different areas of biomedical research: human reproduction, malaria infection, cell and molecular biology and hearing loss. She has also been involved in the implementation and management of social projects and networking organizations in Portugal, France, Argentina and UK.

Get to know Carina

Name a favourite scientist, inventor or researcher and tell us why you like them?

Leonardo da Vinci, for his endless curiosity.

What do you think is the most interesting area of research for the future? (Yes, it’s broad).

Personalized medicine: the end of one-size-fits-all model.

Tell us one of your favourite quotes?

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails” , William Arthur Ward.

What gadget or piece of technology are you most excited by?


If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put it?

Sanitation systems in developing countries.

Which book have you given away the most. Why?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot; although based on an example of life sciences it is so pertinent to data science today! Can science be allowed to advance at any ethical cost?

I love the passion and the team work, the impact and the motivation, the enthusiasm and the disruptive innovations.

Carina Dos Santos

Fun Filtration Facts

Juice with or without pulp/bits? (i.e. filtered or unfiltered)

Without, please filter it!

Do you filter your coffee? If so how do you take it? (moka pot, espresso machine, french press etc.)

Not filtered and preferentially with milk.

Where/what was the best water you ever tasted? (i.e. tap water in Lisbon or Volvic water etc.)

Luso water/Água do Luso.

What’s the freshest air you’ve ever experienced? (i.e. on a mountain in the Pyrenees).

Glencoe, Scotland.

If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put itIf you had to get rid of one tiny particle, which would it be? (i.e. cat hair, pollen)


If your air purifier had to emit an odour instead of absorbing them, which smell would you choose?

Smell of soil after raining.