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Josep Escaich

Josep Escaich

General Manager and CEO of Bioibérica

An agricultural engineer by training, he has worked at Bioibérica, one of the oldest biotechnology companies in Catalonia, for 25 years. He joined the company in 1988 working in research, sales and the international market. In 1993, he was named deputy general manager and in 2003 took on his current role at the helm of the company as general manager —and since 2012, CEO as well. From this position he transmits the essence of industrial tradition but with a view to always go one step further and innovate.


Dr. Joan Seoane and Judit Anido

founders of Mosaic Biomedicals (with Dr. Josep Baselga)

Seoane is one of the most renowned Catalan scientists in oncology. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from UB and is an ICREA research fellow. After working at various European and North American laboratories, he joined the Cell Biology Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He currently heads up the VHIO Translational Research Program. Anido holds a PhD in Biology from the UB and has spent more than 10 years carrying out translational cancer research at the VHIO. She studied an MBA at Duke University (USA) in 2010 and has business experience at Genentech.

Josep Castells

Dr. Josep Castells

executive president of Inkemia IUCT Group

He is one of the top Catalan experts in white or industrial biotechnology. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from UB and a postdoc in Organic Synthesis from the University of Berkeley. He was a professor in the UB Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Chemistry. He also advised companies from the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors through Escola Sant Gervasi. He created the online company CatWorld in 1996, which years later was acquired by British multinational Claranet. He founded the Institute of Science and Technology, which later became the Inkemia IUCT group.

Jordi Marti

Dr. Jordi Martí Pi-Figueras

Former general manager of Amgen Spain-Portugal (1991-August 2012)

From surgeon to executive at one of the top global biopharmaceutical companies. He was the heart and soul of Amgen’s subsidiary in Spain and Portugal, created in 1990 in Barcelona with only three people leading the project. After a long period as director of sales, in 2003 he was named general manager of the company. After 21 years, he has left the company which is now fourth in R&D of all Amgen subsidiaries in the world and first in western Europe, with 7% of all European sales and a team of 250 professionals (50% scientists).


Dr. Roderic Guigó

Co-head-researcher for the ENCODE project, head of the CRG Bioinformatics and Genomics Group and professor at Pompeu Fabra University

He is one of the most world-renowned Catalan scientists. He has participated in various international projects to analyze genome sequencing: identifying genes, automatically extracting information from databases, analyzing protein sequences and molecular evolution. He moved to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he did a postdoctoral fellowship and began to delve into issues related to genome analysis. He has worked as a research at the Hospital del Mar Research Institute and has coordinated the Bioinformatics and Genomics program at the Center for Genomic Regulation.


Dr. Bruce Tromberg

Director of the University of California Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic and keynote speaker at the B·Debate and ICFO “Advancement of Laser for Medicine” debate workshops

He focuses on the development and applications of new optical techniques, using lasers, for non-invasive screening of physiological processes in tissues and cells. He is currently Director of the University of California Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, as well as Principal Investigator in the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program at this center, which receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California College of Medicine. He has published more than 300 papers and holds 14 patents.


Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius

CEO and Principal of KaosPilots (Biocat knowledge partner)

He heads up one of the top schools in entrepreneurial training in the world: KaosPilots, in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. He is an expert in leadership and management, entrepreneurship, business development, strategy and investment. He likes to get involved in creating new companies and see dreams come true. As the principal and CEO of KaosPilots, he faces challenges and works constantly to improve the overall performance of the school. He gives conferences around the world, most recently for TED and at Bizbarcelona. He is a music lover, and an Elvis fan in particular.


Dr. Jordi Camí

director of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation and scientific leader for the debate workshop “Good Practices for Fostering Transformative Research for Health and Life Sciences” on the B·Debate 2012 calendar of activities

He is a professor of Pharmacology at the UPF, director of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park and of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation. He specializes in neuroscience and drug abuse. He fostered the creation of the Institut Municipal d’Investigació Mèdica de Barcelona, the Center for Genomic Regulation, the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona and the PRBB. He has been honored with the Government of Catalonia Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit, the City of Barcelona Award and honorable mention in the Reina Sofia Research Awards.


Toni Massanés

director of the Alícia Foundation and speaker at the "Science in the kitchen" series of lectures organized by B·Debate, the Technology Museum of l’Empordà and Girona Casa de Cultura

Gourmet, director of Alícia since it was created in 2003, lecturer and food critic for a number of Catalan and international media outlets. Charismatic and dynamic speaker. He directed the inventory for the "Corpus Culinari Tradicional Català" (Corpus of Traditional Catalan Cuisine) and has written books on cooking and food culture. He is also the head of scientific direction for the culinary encyclopedia "La nostra cuina" (Our Cuisine). Recognized with the Ignasi Domènech award, the Nadal medal for gastronomic merit and the Juan Mari Arzak award or gastronomy and the media.


Pau Planas

CEO of Biokit

Pau Planas is an industrial engineer with more than 20 years’ professional experience in activities related to technological and business management in the scientific, industrial and biomedical arenas. He has managed Biokit since 2008 and previously held executive positions at NTE Sener and start-up e-MedicalMonitor. He believes that innovation, internationalization, operational excellence and talent are key to ensuring the future development of the biotech business. He was Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Space Sector Industries (ProEspacio) from 2005 to 2007.