We are glad to announce that Graça Raposo, one of the first scientists worldwide who recognized the biological role of Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) in human biology, has joined our Advisory Board. Commonly referred within experts as “the mother of exosomes”, Graça Raposo has been extensively recognized in the field, and received many distinctions such as the CNRS Silver Medal 2012, Descartes Huygens Price Royal Dutch Academy and French Academy of Sciences 2013, and a Special Achievement Award 2018 by the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles. She is a Principal Investigator at CNRS, deputy Director of the Department of Cell Biology, Director of the Training Unit at Institut Curie, and has published more than 200 papers in per-reviewed journals.
Exogenus Therapeutics CSO, Joana Correia, recognized that “it is an honor to have Graça Raposo as Scientific Advisor. She is one the most experienced researchers worldwide in the area of EVs and human biology, especially in the context of the skin. As we approach the Clinical Development phase of development for our lead product Exo-Wound for skin regeneration, her expertise and scientific background will be essential. Importantly, she will also provide instrumental support for the development of our pipeline of products based on EVs technologies.”
About Graça Raposo, PhD
Leading researcher in the area of Extracellular Vesicles, Graça received her PhD in 1989 in Membrane Biology and Immunology at the University of Paris VII where she specialized in electron microscopy and membrane biology. From 1990 to 1995 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Immunology Center in Marseille and then in the Department of Cell Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is a Principal Investigator at CNRS since 1995, deputy Director of the Dept of Cell Biology and Director of the Training unit at Institut Curie. Her major research interests focus on the biogenesis and functions of exosomes and lysosome related organelles with implications in neurodegenerative disorders, lysosomal diseases and cancer. She has pioneered studies on exosomes secreted by immune cells but also other cells. Her group also started to unravel the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating the biogenesis of melanosomes, the lysosome related organelles of epidermal melanocytes, studies that open a new avenue to modulate skin pigmentation in health and disease. In 2012 she was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal and in 2013 the Descartes Huygens Price from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. Since 2015, she is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).