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Director of InnVitro is one of the most influential scientists Globally by Stanford University

The InnVitro team is very proud to recognize our Founding Partner and Scientific Director, Ph.D. João Antonio Pêgas Henriques as one of the 1000 most influential brazilian scientists globally. This international recognition results from a life dedicated to developing science and technology in Brazil.

The publication "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" was prepared by Editora Elsevier BV and the renowned Stanford University (USA), in which a publicly available database containing over 100,000 leading scientists can be found (access here). The list is based on severe metrics of publications and citations in scientific articles and features scientists who are relevant in science classified in 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields.


Henriques, as he is known in the scientific community, is from Pelotas, RS. Pharmacist and Biochemist graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (1969; 1970), Master in Biophysics from the Institute of Biophysics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ (1974), and Docteur D'Etat es Sciences Naturelles - Institut Curie, Biologie - Univesité Paris XI - France (1981), did a Post-Doctorate in Microbiology at the W. Goethe Universität - Frankfurt/BRD Germany (1989).


Henriques began his academic career at the Federal University of Pernambuco – UFPE, in RECIFE (1973), and returned to UFRGS in 1983, where he worked as Full Professor in the Department of Biophysics until 2003 when he retired. After retirement, he contributed to the Postgraduate Programs at the Lutheran University of Brazil – ULBRA, the Biotechnology Institute of the University of Caxias do Sul – UCS, and the University of Vale do Taquari – UNIVATES. Currently, he continues at UFRGS as a Retired Invited Professor, contributing to numerous research groups, in parallel with his activity as Scientific Director of InnVitro.


Henriques is a Level IA Researcher – CNPq has published more than 340 full-length scientific articles in scientific journals, with more than 9700 citations. He supervised more than a hundred scientific initiation students trained almost 80 masters and more than 80 doctors. Along with other scientists from InnVitro's technical staff, he worked on several national and international projects. Dedication to science and interaction with several scientists naturally led João Antonio Pêgas Henriques to be nominated for the Brazilian Academy of Science in 2007.


In addition to being a notable scientist, Henriques is constantly involved with government agencies and scientific societies, helping to consolidate scientific research in Brazil. He served as an advisor to CNPq, CAPES, and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). João Antonio Pêgas Henriques was the first president of the Brazilian Society of Environmental Mutagenesis, Carcinogenesis and Teratogenesis, having received several honors from this society for his relevant contribution. João Antonio Pêgas Henriques is an Associate Member of the Brazilian Societies of Genetics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics. He was a member of the Advisory Committee - BF (Biophysics, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pharmacology) of CNPq, National and Binational Director of the Brazilian-Argentine Biotechnology Center (MCT/CNPq), Representative of the Biological Sciences Area I CAPE (2001-2003), Member of the State Council of Science and Technology (RS) and President Director of FAPERGS. He was a Full Member of the Biotechnology Committee – CNPq from 2014 to 2016. He is a consultant and reviewer for international journals in toxicological genetics, pharmacology, and cellular and molecular toxicology.


With the restlessness of an always active mind, Henriques understood that he needed to give another type of return to society, creating a laboratory to provide services in genotoxicity in the 1990s, being a pioneer in the provision of service in the area of evaluation of the genotoxic potential of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and environmental samples, working according to the principles of Good Laboratory Practices - GLP, being until today a national reference in the subject.


In 2014, after more than 20 years of working together in the field of toxicology, João Antonio Pêgas Henriques, Phd, Izabel Vianna Villela, Phd, Miriana da Silva Machado, PhD, and Miriam Benicio da Fonseca, MsC, founded InnVitro Pesquisa & Desenvolvimento, a support and management company that excellence in toxicology available to the national industry.


Indeed, the diversity of experiences and the quality of the publications of InnVitro's Scientific Director João Antonio Pêgas Henriques were recognized in the inclusion of his name in the list of most influential authors of 2021 by Editora Elsevier BV and Stanford University (USA).



The entire team of scientists and employees at InnVitro is very happy for this honor and recognition given to Henriques. An example of a professional, who overflows knowledge for the development of the scientific community, but mainly for the social and economic growth of the country.


We appreciate your audience!

See you later.

Miriam Benicio da Fonseca, MSC



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