Sea4Us is a Portuguese biotechnology startup created in the sequence of the participation of the team in COHiTEC 2013. The company aims to develop novel therapeutic drugs, particularly for chronic pain, a syndrome caused by various pathologies (diabetes, cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, shingles, etc.) and that affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, causing a huge negative impact on society.
Sea4Us’ strategy relies on the study of some marine invertebrates such as sponges, anemones, corals or bryozoans, that, due to the fact of being fixed to the rocks and at the mercy of predators, have developed chemical defense strategies based on the secretion of toxins, many of which act as paralyzing anesthetics or powerful painkillers.
The company is settled in Sagres and is composed by three researchers, Pedro Lima, Filipe Vilas-Boas e Marisa Sousa, and one economist, Hugo Pacheco.