Innovation projects

Innovation projects

The type of high-risk/high-gain research at the frontiers of knowledge that the ERC promotes often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial and societal applications. The ERC is committed to ensure the full exploitation of the excellent, useful ideas it funds. The Proof of Concept funding helps ERC grant-holders bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation.


This programme contributes for R&D of excellence in research centres through the engagement of highly qualified human resources as technical support for R&D+i activities, thus maximising the potential of the existing infrastructures. It also promotes the participation of these institutions in European projects.


A collaborative project on brain cancer run by the IRB Barcelona and the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) has received one of the funding concessions of the first call of the “Prova’t” programme, specific for Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA) and funded by the “Generalitat de Catalunya” and ERDF resources.

Launched by the Botín Foundation, the “Mind the Gap” Technology Transfer Investment Programme supports the development of products and services that arise from lab bench results. IRB Barcelona has been awarded two “Mind the Gap” projects: “COLOSTAGE”, which is led by Drs. Eduard Batlle and Elena Sancho and aims to develop a diagnostic test for patients at risk of metastasis, and “NOSTRUM DRUG DISCOVERY”, a drug design platform headed by Dr. Modesto Orozco. The IRB Barcelona projects, two of the three chosen by the Foundation in 2012, will receive 500,000 euros each, as well as management, coordination and consulting support for two years.

BiomedTec is an IRB Barcelona internal programme supported by the Obra Social la Caixa and devoted to validate early-stage technologies from all disciplines. The development of the BiomedTec programme will foster the transfer of scientific results to the market, thus improving the quality of life of patients with cancer.

The first call was in 2012 and devoted to cancer. Due to the success of this first call, applications were broadened to all therapeutic areas. From the second call onwards it was officially denominated BiomedTec.

The Innovation Department is working to assure the continuation of the programme for the forecoming years.

IRB Barcelona Spin offs

Spin offs

Inbiomotion is a Barcelona-based personalized medicine company incorporated in 2011 with the goal of developing biomarkers that predict bone metastasis to improve the cancer patient’s quality of life.

Iproteos is a biotechnology company focused on the research and development of new therapeutic strategies based on peptidic protease inhibition. Iproteos is developing peptidic protease inhibitors for the treatment of CNS diseases.

Omnia Molecular (Omnia) designs and develops antiinfectives targeted at difficult-to-treat infections. Lead compounds are synthesized and optimized using a proprietary technology platform and are proven effective in several biological assays. Final proof of concept is conducted in animal infection models.


17 Sep 2015

The Spanish Association of Fundraising (AEFr) has announced the winners of the 5th edition of their annual fundraising awards, during the

16 Sep 2015

Physicians currently have no tools to help them detect which breast cancer patients will suffer metastasis to the bone, a process that occurs in 15-20% of cases.

30 Jul 2015

Meritxell Teixidó, associate researcher with the Peptides and Proteins Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and Núria Bayó, postdoctor

23 Jul 2015

Various media have echoed the appointment of Montserrat Vendrell as director of the recently formed Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

Collaborations with Private Entities

Licensing Opportunities

BIOMEDTEC - A novel incubator platform for in-house early stage projects
This new projects supports Proof-of-Concept development for in-house early-stage projects covering different therapeutic areas.




Cristina Horcajada
Head of Innovation
Tel: +34 93 40 31193