Associate Director at Barcelona Supercomputing Center
After having led the Government of Catalonia Directorate General for Research (2011-2015), PhD in Computer Science Josep Maria Martorell has returned to his roots in academia as deputy director of a center of excellence just like those the administration is looking to promote: the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
Frank Koppens is a physicist and leads the Nano-Optoelectronics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He recently acted as science and technology coordinator for the space Mobile World Congress 2016 devoted to the material he has based his career on, graphene.
Also a physicist, Turgut Durduran leads the Medical Optics group at the same research center and works closely with the top Catalan hospitals.
Associate professor and director of the Stanford Biodesign Global Exchange Program
After spending two years at PATH, an NGO focused on creating innovative solutions in the health arena for developing countries, Anurag Mairal has returned to Stanford, where he is an associate professor and director of the Stanford Biodesign Global Exchange Program. He is also a member of the d·HEALTH Barcelona Advisory Board.
Josep Lluís Sanfeliu is a founding partner of Ysios Capital, a venture capital fund specializing in the biomedical sector. Their second investment vehicle in this sector hopes to reach €100 millions.
José Antonio Mesa is director of investment at Caixa Capital Risc, which invests in innovative sectors, including the life sciences. After the investment period finished on its first vehicle in the sector, Caixa Innvierte BioMed II aims to continue driving biotechnology companies in Spain.
Director of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
Born in Asturias, Silvia studied physics in her native land before getting her PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She did her postdoc work at Harvard and Boston University before taking up her current position as director of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Office at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). In 2006, she decided to come back to Barcelona to tackle the challenge of forging a path for technology transfer at the ICFO.
From Perugia (Italy) to director of EIT Health Spain. Marco Pugliese studied veterinary sciences in Italy and specialized in neuroscience in Barcelona. In 2006, he co-founded Neurotec Pharma, a spin-off of the University of Barcelona that develops new treatments for diseases of the central nervous system, and has since worked as business development manager in the Innovation Unit at the VHIR for the past year. Now, Pugliese is excited about his latest challenge: heading up EIT Health Spain.
CEO of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
Montserrat Vendrell hung up her lab coat (CSIC, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, New Jersey, EUA) to foster science from an office. She holds a PhD in Biology from the UB and a postgraduate business-management degree from IESE and, now, will hand over the reigns of Biocat and the Barcelona Science Park to become the first director of the new Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, which brings together six of the top research centers in Catalonia.