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Josep Gatell

CEO of Swan Medical

He has a degree in Industrial engineering and an MBA from IESE. He worked for the Werfen group for 25 years, as general manager of the Group Hospital, and has started up several companies that manufacture and/or distribute products in the medical sector since 2003: Nefro-Ión (2003), Cardiolink (2004), Ilerimplant (2005) and Swan Medical (2016).

Josep Gatell: "Entrepreneuring is living every day with no option of being bored"


Swan Medical manufactures a sterile single-use device that improves lighting, which is often insufficient, in hard-to-reach or shadowed areas of the surgical field. It is an LED ring on a flexible cylindrical base that can easily be attached to the tip of most surgical instruments, putting the light 2-3 centimeters from the intervention point and giving surgeons a much better view than any other solution on the market. The idea, from two surgeons at Can Ruti with the support of Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol, addresses the need to see more and better that arises in many open surgeries. So, Josep Gatell highlights, it helps reduce the anxiety of operating without being able to see well, ensuring more precise surgical work and making operations less risky.


Why did you want to be an entrepreneur?

Starting up a new company is like setting off on a journey without being sure where it will take you. Above all, it's exciting because you discover unknown situations, some frustrating and others wonderful. It's living every day to the fullest, with no option of being bored.


What is the most important strategic decision you’ve made so far?

Surrounding myself with valuable people and making them the center of the project.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don't retire if you still have energy!


And now what? What milestones do you want to achieve in the short term?

To keep working to expand Swan Medical internationally and add a second innovative product.