Innovation Projects

<p>Institució Cerca</p>

The Premi Pioner seeks to recognize researchers at CERCA centres who, in the last 18 months, have defended a doctoral thesis that has a clear orientation towards launching or strengthening a technology or product of industrial or commercial interest or that can make a significant contribution to the development of public policies. In 2015, Benjamí Oller, former PhD student in Prof. Ernest Giralt’s lab, was awarded this prize for his thesis, entitled “From bee venom to blood-brain barrier shuttles. Development of minimized apamin derivatives for brain delivery of antibodies and other cargoes”.

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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.

 

VALUNI 2015 aims to encourage action plans of marketing units to promote technology commercialization via the licensing of patents and/or creation of technology-based companies. Furthermore, it seeks to strengthen technology projects and marketing activities in order to ensure effective technology transfer to the productive sector. The Innovation Department was granted this funding for the project INNOVal 2015.

 

<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.

IRB Innova 2015, the strategic plan for transfer activities at IRB Barcelona, has received funding for four years from the Ministry of Economy and Competiveness through the INNCIDE 2011 Programme. This programme aims to promote knowledge transfer through strengthening Technology Transfer Offices.

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.