Results about: tech transfer
«Spark», a new public-private project created to develop a drug to fight the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia
The goal of «Spark» is to carry out the first preclinical stage of the development of a first-in-class drug that will prevent, stop and reverse the progression of cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and to be able to start first-in-humans trials by 2016
The project, which has just won a 500,000 euro endorsement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance and FEDER funds through the “Retos-Colaboración” (Challenges-Collaboration) subprogram- will be developed by a consortium led by the biotech Iproteos -located at the Parc Cientific de Barcelona- and comprised by the company Ascil-Biopharm, IRB Barcelona, the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the University of the Basque Country
Currently there is no drug targetting the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia, the third most disabling disease even above paraplegia and blindness- according to the WHO and that affects about 24 million people worldwide. It is also the fifth disease with a higher annual cost to society, with more than 35,000 million euros cost only in the Europe Union
IRB Barcelona receives the support of the ERC to develop a test to predict metastasis of colon and liver cancer
Eduard Batlle, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, will head the project “COLOStage”, which has been awarded European funding for technology transfer.
This “Proof of Concept” call has received applications from 128 projects, 28% of which have been granted funding.
“Cafè amb la Recerca” (Research over a coffee), organised by the “Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació”, seeks to offer a meeting point in which research centres, companies, and investors can explore collaboration initiatives.
In the first session of this series, Joan J. Guinovart, director of the IRB Barcelona and Josep Samitier, director of the IBEC presented their research lines to eight managerial representatives from the business and investment sectors.
ICREA researcher Roger Gomis at IRB receives technology valorisation funding from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
This funding seeks to faciliatate the success of technology transfer to the market.