Magnomics is committed to delivering the next generation of portable in-vitro molecular diagnostic devices for the detection of biological markers.

Nanotech for Life Sciences

We are now prototyping the final device after having secured funding. Stay tuned for future developments.

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We Are Magnomics

Magnomics is a start-up focused on delivering the next generation of fully portable, easy to use in-vitro molecular diagnostic devices.

Our novel proprietary technology is centred around on-chip DNA extraction, amplification and magnetic detection. It is a lab, on a chip.

Magnomics therefore provides a fast and portable solution for bacterial detection, identification and antibiotic resistance profiling, making use of a single, small fluid sample.

With broad applications in both human and animal health, as well as in food safety, Magnomics will initially address a key veterinary problem: the detection of bovine mastitis causing pathogens in milk, an ailment affecting dairy cows all over the world.

Product characteristics:

Identification of bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes

Results obtained within 3h

No need for specialized personnel


Multiple pathogen identification in a single run

Market applications:

Human Health

Food safety


Based on proprietary technology that includes, on the same chip:

Sample preparation (bacteria separation, lysis and DNA purification)

PCR amplification

Magnetic detection



We are now prototyping the device after having secured funding. Stay tuned for future developments.




Our Awesome Team

Our five founders come from diverse backgrounds, perfecty complementing each other to achieve a well rounded team profile.

João Miguel Santos Pereira

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Filipe Arroyo Cardoso

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Sofia de Medina Aires Martins

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José António Henriques Kuan Germano

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Verónica Cristina Baião Martins Romão

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João Miguel Santos Pereira

João Miguel Santos Pereira

Chief Executive Officer

João has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and a PhD in Brain imaging from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. He worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, was the co-founder of several start-ups in the United Kingdom, ranging from web 2.0 to high-tech telecommunications and was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, focusing on medical signal processing. João is also the winner of several innovation awards in the United Kingdom (including Cambridge University, Imperial College, and London Business School), and was nominated one of most promising young entrepreneurs in the UK in 2010 by “The Spectator” magazine.

Filipe Arroyo Cardoso

Filipe Arroyo Cardoso

Filipe received his PhD in 2011 in Physics engineering (“Design, integration and optimization of magnetoresistive sensors for biological applications”) from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. From 2011-2014, he was a post-doctoral fellow at INESC-MN working in magnetoresistive sensors for biomedical applications and non-destructive testing. Filipe is author of over 30 peer-review papers in high impact factor scientific journals. During this period, he was the advisor of masters and PhD students, and coordinated the INESC-MN team on two European projects and one Portuguese project.

Sofia de Medina Aires Martins

Sofia de Medina Aires Martins

Sofia received her BSc in Biotechnology engineering from Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon in 1999. In 2002 she received her MSc in Biochemical Engineering and in 2008 received her PhD in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. She then conducted her postgraduate studies from 2009-2014 in collaboration projects between IST and INESC-MN focusing on nanotechnology and microfluidics combined with biological sensing ranging from DNA and protein detection to cell identification and cellular signalling in microfluidics.

José António Henriques Kuan Germano

José António Henriques Kuan Germano

José obtained his MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, in 2006. In 2011 he concluded his PhD at the same institution with the thesis: “A Hand-held Microsystem for Biological Analysis – Electronics, Signal Acquisition and Processing for Information Extraction”. He was a Lecturer at ISCTE-IUL, from February 2010 to March 2012. He had been a researcher at INESC-ID since 2006 and member of the INESC-ID scientific council since 2011 until he started working full time in Magnomics in 2016. José was the principal investigator in three INESC-ID projects and supervised several MSc theses and scientific research grants. He is the author of more than 15 papers in international peer review journals and 20 communications in international meetings. He is also one of the inventors of three PCT applications. José participated in 6 national research projects and in 2 international projects.

Verónica Cristina Baião Martins Romão

Verónica Cristina Baião Martins Romão

Verónica received her PhD in 2009 in Bio-nanotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and has an MSc in Biotechnology Engineering from the University of Algarve (2001). Between 2009 and 2014 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL, Braga), working on the development of spintronics integrated biochip platforms for biomedical, food and environmental applications. At INL, Verónica was in charge of setting up and managing the central microbiology laboratory and the clean-room bio-bay, including the automatic spotting machine. She was also responsible for the supervision of several PhD students and co-authored over a dozen peer reviewed scientific journals.





Horizon 2020 SME Instrument - Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument, which offers seamless business innovation support to help high-potential SMEs to develop groundbreaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition.

SME Instrument Phase 1 #735952 — MAGTEST — H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017/H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017: Magnomics was the proud recipient of this highly competitive grant, worth €50.000, to further its knowledge of the animal health and dairy industries, in order to assess the viability of the product and business plan across a number of fronts (IP, legal, regulatory, and market).


QREN (Quadro de referência estratégico nacional 2007-2013) - QREN was a Portuguese incentive program operating under the European Community Policy aiming at an increased competitiveness of Portuguese economy by valuing knowledge, science and technology, social inclusion and sustained development.

QREN Project Nº 38886 GENANALYZE: Magnomics was granted financial incentives totalling 324.502,35€ to develop, in partnership with Biocant, an integrated platform for sample processing in microfluidics, compatible with molecular nucleic acid analysis. The project was successfully executed between 1/01/2014 and 30/06/2015 and opened the doors to more projects to come.


Failure is not an option

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Our Product

Magnomics provides a portable and affordable PCR device that requires no training to operate. The product integrates sample preparation, amplification and DNA detection within a single disposable cartridge using microfluidics, making use of a novel magnetoresistive DNA sensing technology that can detect multiple pathogens in a single run. Test time from sampling to results is only a few hours. Our first application will be a "cow side" bovine mastitis test, targetting key pathogens and related resistance mechanisms.


Fast (under 3h)

Easy to use (no training)



ID multiple bacteria and resistances


Contacts and Address



Parque Tecnológico de Cantanhede,

Núcleo 04, Lote 2

3060-197 Cantanhede | PORTUGAL