Board of Directors

Dimas Tadeu Covas

Dimas Covas

President of Instituto Butantan and President of the Board of Trustees of Fundação Butantan

Graduated in Medicine from the University of São Paulo (1981), Master (1986) and Doctor (1993) in Medicine from the same institution, Associate Professor at USP since 1999. Currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Ribeirão Preto Medical School - University of São Paulo, President-Director of Fundação Hemocentro and Regional President of the Hemocentro de Ribeirão Preto (Regional Blood Center). Director of the Brazilian Association of Hematology, Hemotherapy and Cellular Therapy, member of the American Society of Hematology and the European Hematology Association, he is one of the members of the São Paulo State Coronavirus Contingency Center.

Rui Curi

Rui Curi

Executive Director of Fundação Butantan

Graduated in Pharmacy-Biochemistry from the State University of Maringá (1980), holds a Master’s (1982) and a Doctorate (1984) from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of São Paulo, where he worked as a Full Professor until 2016. Best known for his pioneering work on leukocyte metabolism and the control of immune function and inflammatory response (immunometabolism). Visiting Researcher at the Department of Biochemistry and the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford, England; the School of Medicine at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. Member of the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he was awarded by the Simon Guggenheim Foundation and Scopus/CAPES for his scientific achievements, recognized as a Distinguished Fellow at Curtin University, in Perth, Australia, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of Maringá.

Raul Machado Neto

Raul Machado Neto

Director of Institutional Strategy

Graduated in Agriculture from University of São Paulo’s “Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture (1973), with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, USA. Worked as Full Professor, Head of the Zoology Department, President of the Research Commission, and Vice-Director of ESALQ/USP. As Coordinator of ESALQ/USP’s Inter-American Development Bank Program, he created the Support Center for Research in Electron Microscopy Applied to Agriculture and served as its first coordinator. He was also a member of USP’s University Board, President and Coordinator of USP’s Undergraduate Research Program (PIBIC-CNPq-USP), Research Vice-Provost, advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the first president of USP’s International Cooperation Office. Served as Visiting Professor in the Agriculture Food Research Council, England, and as Guest Professor in the Biotech Center of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal of Scientific Achievement by the Governor of the State of São Paulo. He is currently an advisor to the presidency of the São Paulo Research Foundation.

Cintia Retz Lucci

Cintia Lucci

Director of Strategic Projects

Economist graduated from the Catholic University of Santos, Master in Philosophy of Science, with a specialization in Philosophy of Economics, from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, in France, and Administration, with a specialization in Business Economics, from the School of Economics, Management, Accounting and Actuarial Sciences at the University of São Paulo. She holds a Doctorate in Decision Making in Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, with a university extension course in Management at the Claude Bernard University Lyon 1. She is a member of the Institut Jean Nicod.

Paulo Luis Capelotto

Paulo Capelotto

Director of Legal Strategies

Bachelor of Law from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, specialized in Law and Master in International Law and Business from Stetson University, USA. A 32-year experience at the Attorney General's Office of the State of São Paulo, having retired as Chief Attorney of the Legal Consultancy of the Secretary of State for Education. Acted as Administrative Director of the agency Invest SP.

Reinaldo Noboru Sato

Reinaldo Noboru Sato

Director of the Administration Department

Graduated in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and in Law from the Faculdades Integradas de Guarulhos, specialized in Health Management from the Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences. A civil servant since 1980, he has held positions such as Coordinator, Departmental Technical Director, Cabinet Technical Advisor, Technical Director, State Health Fund Manager, Budget and Finance Manager, Pharmaceutical Assistance Manager, and Chief of Staff at the Sao Paulo State Department of Health.

Gilberto Guedes De Pádua

Gilberto Guedes De Pádua


Graduated in Business Administration from Centro Universitário Moura Lacerda and Hospital Administration from the University of Ribeirão Preto, specialized in Public Health from the Ribeirão Preto Medical School - University of São Paulo, and Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence from the University of Rio de Janeiro. Founder of the Ribeirão Preto Blood Center Foundation, he held the positions of Administrative Director and Management Coordinator of the institution. Civil servant of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School, he stood out in several areas, such as coordinator of the Budget Planning Group for Evaluation and Performance of the HC and as a member of the State Planning Commission of the São Paulo Hemorrede (Blood Network).