João Ventura Fernandes is Director of Technology Development and Licensing at Hovione Technology. He is a mechanical engineer, holds a PhD in Engineering Design and is an inventor and patent holder. He has acquired significant experience in product development across the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. He has previously worked in jet-engine design at Volvo Aero and Rolls-Royce and joined Hovione in 2014, becoming a developer of inhaler technology and a licensor of intellectual property. He has taken a leading role in developing, licensing and marketing the new PowdAir capsule-based inhaler and in the expansion and promotion of Hovione Technology’s product portfolio.