Innovation Projects

The Innovation Department is an accredited TECNIO agent in the category of Developers and Technology Enablers.

The TECNIO seal is awarded by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ, and identifies key technology providers and facilitators in Catalonia. This seal supports the most qualified agents involved in technology transfer; allows companies to access advanced R&D to develop new products and services; increases the scope of technology projects by finding the most suitable technology partners & suppliers; and helps raise competitiveness and technological innovation capacities.

VALUNI 2016 aims to promote the commercialization of projects and technologies by supporting key activities that facilitate the licensing of patents and/or creation of technology-based companies. Two projects promoted by the Innovation Department were awarded in 2017: “Colostage Technology” and “Gate2Brain – transport de molècules al cervell”.

Gínjol is a new patent fund set up by CERCA, an organization belonging to the Government of Catalonia that supervises, supports and facilitates the activities of research centres in Catalonia. IRB Barcelona received funding for the two projects submitted by Innovation Department in the first call for application launched at the end of 2016. Two patents at IRB Barcelona were awarded in the first Gínjol call: “Oncoselective mechanism for gene or viral therapy”, and “A novel and promising new target against Alzheimer’s disease".

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.

 

<p>la caixa fundacion</p>

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.

<p>botin fundacion</p>

The Technology Transfer Programme, run by the Botín Foundation, offers research groups financial and management resources with the aim to ensure the dynamic and effective transfer of knowledge to society and the productive sector. Two IRB Barcelona researchers, namely Drs. Modesto Orozco and Joan Guinovart, were awarded funding through this initiative few years ago. More recently, in 2013 and 2014, respectively, Drs. Eduard Batlle and Raúl Méndez joined this prestigious programme. In 2015, Dr. Salvador Aznar Benitah was also invited to participate in it.

 

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.