Leadership

Rita Barcia, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Development

Dr. Barcia joined Sentien in 2016, bringing 20 years of experience in life science research and biotechnology, primarily focusing on the development of Mesenchymal Stem Cells as cell therapy products. She has held positions of scientific leadership in several European Biotech startup companies, most recently ECBio, S.A., a mesenchymal stem cell therapy company, where she served as Head of R&D for six years. Dr. Barcia has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and has broad scientific expertise in cellular biology, cell therapy, immunology, transplantation, therapeutic antibody development for oncology applications and vision research. She earned her BSc (Honors) and PhD degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the University of the West of England, UK, and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School.