Doctor in Biology and PDD at IESE, after a few years as a researcher in molecular biology Jesús Purroy was the Scientific Director of the Parc Científic de Barcelona. Àvida Biotech is the second biotech startup he co-founds. He has been involved in other entrepreneurship projects as a mentor or consultant. He devotes part of his time to communication of science in the form of books and lectures.
Maria Pau Ginebra is a professor at the UPC and an associate researcher at the IBEC. In 2013, she co-founded Mimetis Biomaterials, a spin-off of the UPC that is developing new biomaterials for bone regeneration. She is the only Catalan among the twelve finalists for the 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators, which will be awarded in June.
Co-Founder, CEO-CFO and Financial Chief of MJN Neuroserveis
Salva Gutiérrez is an economist and has a degree in Business Administration and Management. He is an investment and equity manager, with more than 25 years of experience in family offices. In 2012, with David Blánquez and Xavier Raurich, he founded MJN Neuroserveis, motivated by the daughter of one of the founders, who has epilepsy. They’ve developed a device to predict seizures in patients with this condition.
Cristian Pascual has a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Esade and the Carlson School of Management. For 18 years, he held various executive positions at large companies in a variety of sectors. Then, in 2011, he founded Mediktor with Oscar García-Esquirol, a physician, intensive care specialists and medical soul of the project. “Now I am completely focused on revolutionizing the healthcare world,” says Pascual. Plus, he has been a business angel for the past 12 years and is involved in roughly 15 start-ups.
“My childhood, my education and my professional career have always been tied to software development,” says Ray G. Butler, founder and CEO of Butler Scientifics. Ten years ago, he began taking this knowledge to the world of scientific research as director of R&D for a company in the sector. He rounded out his profile with an executive MBA. “This training,” he recognizes, “really helped me understand the complex web of business and the vital importance of human relationships with clients, collaborators, partners and investors.”
PhD in Medicine and specialist in Allergies at Hospital Vall d’Hebron. She combines this with work on a research project on anaphylaxis for the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She is also an associate professor in Immunology at the IQS School of Engineering at Ramon Llull University. She is passionate about innovation and research and was selected to participate in the Imagine Creativity Center Silicon Valley program where, alongside doctor of internal medicine Adrià Curran, she co-founded Adan Medical Innovation, of which she is now CMO.