Proinsulin invention. Flora de Pablo.
Credit: "Supermujeres, superinventoras. Ideas brillantes que transformaron nuestra vida", Lunwerg Editores
12 Mar 2018
Dr. Flora de Pablo, mentioned in the book "Supermujeres, Superinventoras"

The book "Supermujeres, superinventoras. Ideas brillantes que transformaron nuestra vida" was presented in Madrid on March 7th, 2018. It has been written and illustrated by Sandra Uve and published by Lunwerg Editores.

The book tries to pay tribute to more than 90 women inventors, who in most cases have not gone down in history. The book mentions their inventions and their difficulties to develop them and it is aimed at people of any age, although it places special emphasis on making these women visible and turning them into feminine references for girls, who lack these examples during their education.

In the illustrated book, made partly from public patent data, the contributions of 12 Spanish women stand out, among which Dr. Flora de Pablo is highlighted, who co-directs the group "3D Lab: Development, Differentiation and Degeneration" of the Department of Molecular Biomedicine of the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas.

Dr. de Pablo is a co-author of several patents but the book highlights the use of proinsulin for the development of a neuroprotective pharmaceutical composition. The finding that proinsulin, the precursor of insulin, delays the loss of vision in animal models of retinitis pigmentosa was the result of work done over several years by the group led by Dr. de Pablo and Dr. Enrique J de la Rosa, in collaboration with the groups of Dr. Pedro de la Villa (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) and Dr. Fátima Bosch (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).

The PCT patent was published on June 26th, 2013 and are listed as co-inventors Dr. Enrique J. de la Rosa, Dr. Patricia Boya -both working at CIB- and, in the first phase, the predoctoral researcher Silvia Corrochano.




More information (in spanish):
Telediario, RTVE, min 42:30 : link
Superinventoras, las mujeres que han transformado nuestras vidas: link
Sandra Uve: "Las niñas necesitan referentes femeninos que no sean personajes de Disney": link