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Subtilis Biomaterials, a spin-off of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), won the 2015 EmprenedorXXI Award.

This Catalan firm, which designs and manufactures synthetic biomimetic bone grafts, will receive a €5,000 cash prize and a business-acceleration course at the University of Cambridge, specially designed for entrepreneurs from around the world, called Ignite Fast Track.

The EmprenedorXXI awards are promoted by “la Caixa” and granted jointly with the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through Enisa (Spanish National Innovation Company), in recognition of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Spain. In Catalonia, the awards are coordinated by the Barcelona City Council through Barcelona Activa.

The main aim is to identify, recognize and accompany innovative start-ups with high potential for growth in Spain, selecting the best in each of the 17 autonomous communities. Over the 8 editions of the awards, 218 business projects have been recognized from among more than 3,900 participants.

One of the finalists in this edition was UsMIMA, a start-up that came out of the d·HEALTH Barcelona - MOEBIO program promoted by Biocat and inspired by the Stanford University Biodesign Fellowship. UsMIMA has developed a wearable medical device that is controlled by centralized software and simulates therapeutic massage as a non-pharmacological solution to combat chronic constipation without side effects.

The other finalists in the 2015 EmprenedorXXI Awards were Agricolum, a cloud application to control one or more farms using GPS; First Vision, which is developing a wearable sports-broadcast system; and Mint Labs, a cloud management platform to analyze, view and manage images of the brain. 

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