Gate2Brain technology seeks to increase the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of treatments for brain disease.
It is based on a research line developed at IRB Barcelona and breakthroughs made jointly with the University of Barcelona and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute - Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.
The company has been launched with the support of the Mind the Gap Programme run by the Botín Foundation, which will provide an initial investment of €500,000 and management support through an expert advisor.
Ona Therapeutics, a spin-off from IRB Barcelona and ICREA, was founded by researchers Salvador Aznar-Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren in 2019. The company focuses its activity on the development of a new medicine for the treatment of metastatic cancer.
The venture capital funding round has been headed by Asabys Partners, through its Sabadell Asabys division, and has involved the participation of Alta Life Sciences, Ysios Capital, FundPlus (Belgium) and BPI France (France)
This is the largest private funding round closed for a start-up in Spain.
Nostrum Biodiscovery, a spin-off from IRB Barcelona and the BSC-CNS, focuses on computational simulation to design new drugs and biotech molecules for the market.
The Senén Vilaró Prize is given each year by the “Consejo Social” of the UB and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation to the best innovative company.
The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, through the State Research Agency, has awarded the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) €237,500 to carry out the project “Fostering IRB Barcelona internationalisation and H2020 participation” (IRBInterH)”, an action supported by the “Europa Redes y Gestores-Europa Centros Tecnológicos 2019” call (Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020).
The IRBInterH project will boost internationalisation, one of IRB Barcelona´s strategic goals. Likewise, it will also strengthen the participation of the institute in H2020, one of the key internationalization actions identified by the...
The economics newspaper Expansión Catalunya has echoed the forthcoming publication of the results of a clinical assay of the MAF-Test, a diagnostic test for breast cancer patients developed by Inbiomotion, a spin-off from IRB Barcelona set up in 2010 by the researcher Roger Gomis. The results are expected to be out in November. This test may have the capacity to identify those breast cancer patients who would benefit from treatment with bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used to treat non-metastatic breast cancer, but whose administration can in many cases be counterproductive. If the results are positive, it is hoped that this test will reduce mortality...
The weekly supplement Dinero of La Vanguardia has published an article about Ona Therapeutics, the spin-off created by IRB Barcelona, ICREA and the researchers Salvador Aznar-Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, with funding from Sabadell Asabys. Based on results published by Aznar in the journal Nature in 2017, the company aims to find a new treatment for metastatic cancer. “We found that the cells that give rise to metastasis are “addicted” to fats, and we envisaged developing a product, an antibody, that can block the protein responsible for fat uptake in these cells and thus combat their proliferation,” explains the researcher.
L’Econòmic, the weekly supplement if the local newspaper El Punt Avui, has pinpointed Ona Therapeutics, the new spin-off from IRB Barcelona, as one of the ten Catalan start-ups with greatest projection. The company, which was founded by IRB Barcelona, ICREA, and the researchers Salvador Aznar Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, with funding from Sabadell Asabys, focuses on the development of a new drug for the treatment of metastatic cancer.
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Israel Ramos is a drug discovery professional specialised in in vitro assay development support to research programs and compound characterisation. With his more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, he is currently working at the at IRB Barcelona Innovation department as Technology Transfer Consultant. Israel provides support to IRB Barcelona researchers by giving advice about the applicability of potential drug candidates based on IRB Barcelona discoveries.
“Pharma companies have changed their model of working, and now are more open to collaboration. They are...
La Vanguardia and Expansión Catalunya, among other media, have devoted an articleto Ona Therapeutics, the new IRB Barcelona spin-off that has completed a seed financing round of 1.5 million euros, invested entirely by Sabadell Asabys. With this injection of capital, the spin-off created by IRB Barcelona, ICREA and the researchers Salvador Aznar Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, will start up activity with the development of a new drug for the treatment of metastatic cancer.
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It is estimated that one in four people will require brain treatment at some point. While there are drug candidates for most diseases of the brain, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses an impassable obstacle for most of these compounds and a bottleneck for the delivery of drugs that could cure these patients.
In the Peptides and Proteins Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Dr. Meritxell Teixidó headsa line of research that, after 10 years, has led to the development of a technology called Gate2Brain. This patented technology consists of three...