Ramon Poo is president of Miami-based Altira, Inc., a plastic container manufacturer.
Born in Spain and raised in Cuba, he came to Miami in 1961 and earned a degree in engineering from the University of Miami in 1967.
Poo became personally aware of the tragedy of living with diabetes when his four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1. Working with the DRI’s Scientific Director, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, he has designed and built a device used in islet cell transplantation. Known as the Ricordi Chamber, this vital piece of equipment makes islet transplantation possible and is being used by researchers worldwide. Poo’s company produces this life-saving instrument and distributes it at no charge.
He continues to work closely with the scientists at the DRI to design and manufacture other pieces of equipment that will help to improve the processes needed to further diabetes research.
With his wife, Cristina, the couple are Distinguished Humanitarians of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), and the entire Poo family continues to support many of the organization’s fundraising efforts.