Dr Joan Btesh is a neuroscientist with a specialization in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of inflammatory and chronic pain. She has more than a decade of experience doing research both with pharmaceutical companies and academia and in collaboration with both, in relation to the cannabinoid and pain sensory systems.
She has led and developed a drug discovery program for the University of Cambridge based on her PhD research in chronic pain which has raised more than 2 million sterling pounds. Concurrently she established a lab for the University of Cambridge and its commercialization arm at an Open Innovation Center in Stevenage, UK.
She has a Phd in neuroscience from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, and an honors degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Biological Basis of Behavior with a minor in Economics. Joan has received numerous awards including a full scholarship to the University of Cambridge sponsored by HRH Prince Charles and an award for the most outstanding honors thesis presentation at the University of Pennsylvania. Her honors thesis on Cannabinoids was sponsored and carried out at Wyeth Pharmaceutical. Her work has been published in high impact peer reviewed journals, highlighted by the media and has been presented internationally.
Joan is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and nominated for president of the Isthmian (Panamanian) Society for the Study of Pain (AIPED). She is also a member of the movement Science in Panama and its branches Science and Enterprise and Women in STEAM. She is currently a Business Unit Manager and Director of New Project Development for NTX Corp. and a consultant and adviser for neuroscience and cannabis research projects and enterprises in Panama and abroad.