Geared up to boost transfer

The Innovation Department. From left to right, Delia Zafra, Tiago Botelho, Cristina Horcajada, Alba Olivares.

The Innovation Department. From left to right, Delia Zafra, Tiago Botelho, Cristina Horcajada, Alba Olivares.


IRB Barcelona promotes research valorisation and commercialisation thanks to a grant from ACCIÓ.

Through the last VALUNI call launched by ACCIÓ 2015, the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) awarded funding to the IRB Barcelona's Strategic Research Commercialisation Plan, named INNOVAL. Seeking to encourage action plans developed by innovation departments to promote technology commercialisation in universities and non-profit organisations in Catalonia, this grant has been award to the Innovation Office in recognition of the activities undertaken during 2015.

VALUNI grants are assigned to the final phases of technology transfer, namely the valorisation and commercialisation of research through the creation of spin-offs and patent licensing opportunities. The Innovation Office has reviewed several technologies, produced technology offers, and launched their promotion among companies that may be interested in marketing them. “Support from ACCIÓ has allowed us to speed up the process for promising technologies in oncology, chemistry and biocomputation,” explains Alba Olivares from IRB Barcelona’s Innovation Office. The grant also allows the Innovation Office to attend fairs devoted to technologies and to develop due diligence, negotiation and licensing processes.

Furthermore, the VALUNI grant has allowed the Innovation Office to launch the “Entrepreneur-in-residence” Programme, an activity headed by Dr. Marc Ramis, an expert in valorisation and technology transfer. This initiative seeks to foster entrepreneurial culture, define best practices regarding entrepreneur roles, and identify new spin-off opportunities.