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Start-up generation

Santiago Esteban y Laura Nevola

Santiago Esteban and Laura Nevola

CEO and CSO, co-founders of IDP Pharma

Santiago Esteban holds a PhD in Chemistry (University of Valencia) and has focused on computational methods to study proteins at research centers in Spain (IRB, BSC) and abroad (Germany and the Netherlands).

Laura Nevola has an undergraduate degree in medical chemistry and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Science (University of Rome). Her specialty, which she has developed at the University of Rome, Yale University and the IRB Barcelona, is developing molecules to modulate protein function.

Gloria Calderón

Gloria Calderón

CEO and cofounder of Embryotools

Gloria Calderón holds a PhD in Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has worked in assisted reproduction for more than 30 years. She was a member of the team that performed the first successful in vitro fertilizations in Spain, at the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona. From 2000 to 2013, she was the main internal scientific advisor for the IVI group (assisted reproduction clinics).

hugo Peris

Hugo Peris

CEO and Co-Founder, Loop Therapeutics

After years of working in the pharmaceutical industry in countries like New Zealand and China, Hugo Peris –member of the 4th generation of Laboratorios Salvat– threw himself into entrepreneurship in 2015 and moved to San Francisco to devote himself fully to his company Loop Therapeutics. He also recently founded Spiral Therapeutics, which develops products to prevent deafness. 

Alberto e porciani

Alberto E.Porciani

CEO, Top Doctors

With an MBA from IE Business School Madrid and a degree in Economics from the University of Turin, Alberto held senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry and health sector for 15 years before becoming one of the co-founders of Top Doctors in 2012.


Antoni Riu

Managing Director, Galgo Medical

Antoni studied telecommunications engineering and has always been interested in business, consulting and strategy. His professional career has been marked by change, starting at Atos Origin, then the UOC –managing their research center–, PAU Education and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). It was at the UPF where he met the other co-founders of Galgo Medical.

Laszlo Baz Braingaze

Laszlo Bax

Co-founder and CEO of Braingaze

Graduated as an Industrial Design engineer in 1991 at the Delft University of Technology, Laszlo applied what he learned about innovation and New Business Creation as a strategy consultant in The Netherlands. In 2002 he came to Barcelona to set up his own consultancy firm in the area of innovation and RTD strategy: Bax & Willems. That firm now employs about 20 people full time from different countries and disciplinary backgrounds. Since 2013 he is "doubly entrepreneur", so he spents a part of his time as co-founder and CEO of Braingaze.