Antoni Matilla is the founder of the spinoff Biointaxis as well as Director of the Neurogenetics Research Unit at the Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol (IGTP). He is a researcher, doctor and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in research and business management in Catalonia, United States and United Kingdom. Since 1990, his research has focused on understanding and curing hereditary ataxias, a group of minority hereditary neurodegenerative diseases that have no cure so far.
Joan Bertran is a textile engineer, specializing in technical fabrics. In this field, he has worked in the aeronautics, automobile, renewable energy and, most recently, biomedical sectors. He has been director of operations and a member of the executive board at international textile companies. He has a master in Operations Management and an MBA. When a friend’s daughter died of cancer, he was inspired to become an entrepreneur in biotechnology.
Marta Guerrero is the cofounder of Retinset, a spinout of Medical Mix that focuses on developing retina treatments. She holds a PhD in pharmacy and has worked at multinational pharmaceutical companies, giving her a deep global vision of the various aspects to take into account when developing new drugs. She moved into entrepreneurship because that is how innovative scientific projects reach the market and can have an impact on society.
Pau Rodríguez is the CEO of Methinks AI, a startup founded in 2016 and based at Pier01. He is an industrial engineer and has an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is a member of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome, an organization working to find solutions to the challenges facing humanity. Pau has also been a professional rugby player: “In rugby everyone has a different profile, you work as a team and it’s important to trust your teammates...It’s similar to entrepreneurship.”
Eva García Ramos is the founder of WIVI Vision. She has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and, among other positions, was director of Gamesa Siemens –a leading multinational corporation in the wind energy turbine sector– and has been on the board of several companies. Her experience with her mother’s neurodegenerative disease, which was detected through her sight, pushed her to launch her project as an entrepreneur in the vision technology arena.
Natalia Adler holds a master in Human Rights from Columbia University and a French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude and with the highest honors. She spent over 14 years with UNICEF in Africa, Central and South America, and in the US. She has conceptualized and led the Data Collaboratives initiative with NYU’s GovLab and other partners, which leverages data from companies like Bloomberg, Telefonica and Microsoft to tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges, including epidemics, suicide or migration.