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Start-up generation


Jordi Martorell and Noemí Balà

CEO and CTO, Cofounders of Aortyx

Jordi Martorell studied Chemical Engineering at IQS and did his master’s and PhD work at IQS and MIT. He has been the youngest professor at the IQS School of Engineering for 5 years and, since 2017, the head of a research group. Noemí Balà studied Chemistry at the UB and has a master in Pharmaceutical chemistry from IQS. While doing the final project for her master’s degree, at IQS and MIT, she started working with Jordi. After that, she started the PhD program, continuing with the same line of research, the basis for starting up Aortyx in 2018, where they are currently CEO and CTO.


Marta Barrachina

CEO and co-founder of ADmit Therapeutics

Marta Barrachina has a PhD in Biochemistry from the UB and an MBA, having spent 20 years in biomedical research leading competitive projects, directing PhD dissertations and experimental masters. She has always included a translational approach in her research, which is clear in the 6 patents she holds. In 2018, she founded ADmit Therapeutics a spin-off of IDIBELL where she is the CEO.


María Eugenia Martín Hidalgo

CEO and co-founder of ColorSensing

María Eugenia has a degree in industrial engineering and business organization, worked two years at industrial companies and six in project management providing incubation services for start-ups at the UPC. She quit her job to join d·HEALTH Barcelona, the program promoted by Biocat to train healthcare entrepreneurs. Through a contact in the program, she met a researcher at the UB and, after exploring the possible commercial applications for the technology he was developing with his research group, they decided to create the company ColorSensing, as a spin-off of the UB. 



Jascha Blobel

CEO of Molomics

With Chemistry studies from the University of Munich and a PhD in Biochemistry from the IRB Barcelona, Jascha Blobel worked as a business developer in pharma for 5 years before realising his dream of creating a next generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) biotech company at the beginning of the AI boom. He’s the CEO of Molomics.


Flavia Wahl

Cofounder of iBreve

Flavia Wahl holds a Master's Degree in Business with a focus in Psychology and she combines over 10 years of experience in technology and digital health. Before founding iBreve she worked for Google in Dublin and Boston. She was named in Forbes among the top 50 Women-Led Startups Disrupting HealthTech and was winner of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur for Dublin City.


João Curado

Founder & CEO of Flomics

After studying Bioinformatics in the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, João Curado arrived in Barcelona in the end of 2009 to pursue his PhD in Computational Biology at the CRG. During those years he founded the Innovation Forum, a network that helps scientists to give the first steps in business creation. In the intersection of both experiences Curado realized there was an opportunity to translate his scientific knowledge to the clinical practice and he started working in what today is Flomics.