• Date: September 25, 2019

Last week, CaixaImpulse Validate participants from across Spain and Portugal gathered in Barcelona for their second week of training. Hosted at Palau Macaya, the teams leading the 21 projects selected in 2019 were invited to join a series of immersive workshops, round table discussions, and plenary sessions, all covering the topic of technology transfer.

Understanding the basic concepts in technology transfer is vital when bringing a biomedical innovation to the market, and so the week kicked off with a plenary session led by expert Tom Hockaday, who headed Oxford University Innovation Ltd from 2000 to 2016.


Tech transfer expert Tom Hockaday delivering his plenary lecture.

Tuesday’s programme was filled with workshops covering key aspects of project management and regulatory environment in drug development, diagnostics, medical devices and e-Health. Among the eight innovation specialists leading these workshops were Albert Giralt from Avinent, Marta Palicio from Biokit, and Origo Pharma CEO Ramón Bosser.

Wednesday morning’s workshops taught participants the importance of formulating IP strategies that maximize the value of their company’s assets. In the afternoon, four experts from the Barcelona health innovation scene—Esther Riambau from UPF Ventures (who we recently interviewed), IBEC’s Xavier Rúbies, VHIR’s Laia Arnal, and Maribel Berges from UAB—shared their perspectives and insights during a round table discussion.

Thursday was another day of informative plenary sessions. Some of the highlights included an introduction to the basic must-knows of marketing strategy, led by Albert Mascarell, and a master talk on important variations in development strategy depending on asset type, by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Joan Heras.


The leaders of the 2019 CaixaImpulse projects at the award ceremony, which coincided with Tech Transfer Week.

On Friday, participants met with their dedicated mentors, discussing progress made since their previous meeting in June, and signposting next steps.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid PhD student José Carlos González, who is part of the team developing the project RoboTherapist, commented, “It was thanks to Friday's one-to-one mentoring session that we were able to develop our specific valorization strategy. By establishing a clear roadmap, we were also made aware of what we need to bring to the table to continue to take full advantage of future sessions.”

In addition to these sessions, and the Immersion Week, which kick-started proceedings back in July, the CaixaImpulse training programme will continue with Financing Week in October, and Go to Market Strategy Week in November.

More programme highlights

October 10, 2019

LightLens: an intraocular lens of the future

Can we restore the focusing ability of the aging eye affected by presbyopia? LightLens is a CaixaImpulse project that aims to do just that.

October 01, 2019

Providing an accurate diagnosis of endometrial cancer

An interview with Eva Colás, leader of the 2016 CaixaImpulse project CEMARK.

September 18, 2019

2019 participants announced: CaixaImpulse takes on 21 new biomedical projects

The 2019 CaixaImpulse projects were officially announced during a public ceremony at ”la Caixa” headquarters in Barcelona on Monday night.