Dr. María J. Vicent received her Ph.D. degree in 2001 in chemistry on solid supports from University Jaume I Castellón after several scientific stays in Prof. Fréchet’s lab. at University California, Berkeley (USA). Then, she moved to more biomedically oriented research, initially with a Spanish company Instituto Biomar SA., and subsequently at the Centre for Polymer Therapeutics with Prof. R. Duncan after the award of a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, María joined Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF) as research associate through a Marie Curie Reintegration contract and was promoted to her current position, head of Polymer Therapeutics Laboratory at CIPF, in 2006. Currently, she is the scientist responsible for the Screening Platform and also coordinates the Advanced Therapies Program at CIPF. She is the coordinator of the Valencian Community Strategy on Innovative Medicines becoming one of the Specialist site in the ERIC EU-OPENSCREEN.
Her research group focused on the development of novel nanopharmaceuticals for different therapeutic and diagnostic applications, in particular Polymer Therapeutics for unmet clinical needs and has been funded by national and European grants (several acting as coordinator including a recently awarded ERC Consolidator grant-MyNano) from academia as well as industry (funding ≈6M€). María received several prizes including the IVth and the IXth Idea awards, co-authored 100 peer reviewed papers (h index: 34; ≈4000 citations) and 8 patents, 2 of them licensed to the pharmaceutical industry and a third one used as foundation of the spin off company ‘Polypeptide Therapeutic Solutions SL’ in 2012. She is widely invited to talk in recognized international conferences (several plenaries and Keynote lectures). She was the Spanish President of the Spanish-Portuguese Chapter of the Controlled Release Society up to end 2013 and the chair of key conferences on the nanomedicine field such as, the International Symposium on Polymer Therapeutics: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice. She is the chair of this key conference since 2008. María is member of the editorial board of key journal in the field including Adv. Drug Deliv Rev, J. Control Rel., Nanomedicine:NBM, Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterial Sciences, Mol. Pharmaceutics or Adv Polym Sci. María has already supervised 9 PhD students and 9 more are ongoing, many through different competitive grants.