IRB Barcelona has put in place structures to ensure that the Institute delivers on the full promise of its potential.


The IRB Barcelona Board of Trustees, or Patronat, is the governing body of the Institute and is responsible for overseeing research activities, approving the operating funds and ensuring that the annual goals are met. The Board is composed of nine members and is chaired by the Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.



Jordi Baiget
Minister of Business and Knowledge
Government of Catalonia


Antoni Comín
Minister of Health
Government of Catalonia


Joan Elías
University of Barcelona


Francesc Subirada
General Director for Research
Department of Business and Knowledge
Government of Catalonia

Domènec Espriu Climent
Vicerector of Research
University of Barcelona

Francisco Ciruela Alférez
Rector's delegate for strategic research actions
UB representative at LERU
University of Barcelona

Rafael Pardo
President of Fundación BBVA

Juan Modolell
Centro de Biología Molecular - CSIC

Jerzy Duszynski
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Warsaw, Poland

The scientific work of IRB Barcelona is regularly assessed by an External Advisory Board which comprises 15 leading international researchers in biomedicine. Its main task is to provide guidance in shaping our research and related activities.


Dr. Joan Massagué, chair
Sloan Kettering Institute
New York - USA

Dr. Dario Alessi
University of Dundee
Dundee - UK

Prof. Dr. Annette G. Beck-Sickinger
Institute of Biochemistry
Leipzig - Germany

Dr. Michael Czech
University of Massachusetts
Worcester, MA - USA

Dr. Anne Ephrussi
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Heidelberg - Germany

Dr. David M. Glover
University of Cambridge
Cambridge - UK

Dr. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero
Derio - Spain

Dr. Johanna Joyce
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)
New York, NY - USA

Dr. Carlos López-Otín
Universidad de Oviedo
Oviedo - Spain

Dr. Thomas Muir
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ - USA

Dr. Luis F. Parada
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX - USA

Dr. Dinshaw J. Patel
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York - USA

Dr. Gertrud Schupbach
Princeton University
Princeton – USA

Derek Tan

Dr. Derek Tan
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York - USA

Dr. Alfonso Valencia
CNIO (Spanish Cancer National Research Centre)
Madrid - Spain

Business Advisory Board members at IRB Barcelona

Members of the Business Advisory Board visiting IRB Barcelona. From left to right, Remi Droller, Joël Jean-Mairet, Eva Méndez, Thomas von Rüden, Maria Freire, Pau Bruguera, Laia Crespo, Carlos Plata, Begoña Carreño-Gómez.

Pau Bruguera
Chief Technology Officer

Begoña Carreño-Gómez
Head Search & Evaluation Primary Care. Global BD&L
Novartis Pharma AG

Laia Crespo
Investment Manager
Ysios Capital

Remi Droller
Managing Partner
KLS Partners

Maria C. Freire
NIH Foundation

Joël Jean-Mairet
Managing Partner and co-Founder
Ysios Capital

Eva Méndez
Drug Discovery Advisor

Carlos Plata
Chief Scientific Officer

Thomas von Rüden
Investment Consultant

Shailendra Vyakarnam
Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge