Hospitals are the ideal place to identify unmet needs and generate ideas for improving the health of  patients and the medical practice they receive.

Our institute includes among its objectives to provide innovative technology solutions to these needs and to ensure the excellence in health care our hospital provides. To do so, the Innovation and Transfer Unit was created in 2010 with the aims of promoting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture among the health professionals at the hospital and transfering its knowledge towards the business sector.

The main objective of Sant Pau’s Innovation and Transfer Unit is to foster a culture based on open innovation and cooperation in R&D, with a straight focus towards market and internationalization.

Our innovation model aims to facilitate the innovation generated by Sant Pau’s professionals, to improve the translational ability of the centre, thereby strengthening its excellence and contributing to its economic sustainability.

The Innovation and Transfer Unit of the Institute provides the following range of services:

  • Management of the technological innovation developed by the Institute, from ideas uptake to its transfer to the market once converted into products or services.
  • To facilitate technological collaboration between our research groups and industry.
  • To support funding for technology development projects.
  • Management of the Institute’s intellectual property.
  • To support the creation of spin-offs and start-ups.

The Institute is member of the ITEMAS Platform, the Medical Technology Innovation Platform, promoted by the Institute of Health Carlos III-ISCIII.




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Innovation Staff

Members of our Innovation and Transfer Unit are:

Miriam Ors Riera
Director of the Technology Transfer and Innovation Unit
Deputy Director of Research Institute

+34 93 553 7869

She studied Industrial Engineering and has been focused on Innovation and Technology Transfer projects within the biomedical field. Coordination and supervision of the innovation process from the design and product definition phase to market launch. Previously to her incorporation at the Biomedical Research Institute – IIB Sant Pau’s Transfer and Innovation Unit, she was Head of the Technology and Transfer Unit of Fundació Parc Taulí.

Natalia Ichaso
Tech Transfer & Innovation Manager

+34 93 553 76 02

Graduated in Biology from the University of Salamanca, she holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the same institution. During her postdoctoral stay in UK at Imperial College London and University of Cambridge, her research focused on the molecular bases of cancer, immunology and metabolic diseases. Upon moving to Barcelona, she complemented her education with courses on intellectual property and quality control, and obtained a Master degree in Leadership and Management of Science and Innovation at the UPF Barcelona School of Management. In 2018 she joined the Biomedical Research Institute – IIB Sant Pau’s Transfer and Innovation Unit, where her aim is to promote and valorise the ideas and inventions produced at the institute.

Beatriz Monsalve-Carcelén
Tech Transfer & Innovation Manager

+34 93 553 78 70

Beatriz holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) with more than 10 years of experience working in academia and industry, both in Spain and UK. She moved back to Barcelona in 2018 to work at the Biomedical Research Institute – IIB Sant Pau’s Transfer and Innovation Unit  as a technology transfer manager. She helps researchers during the valorisation phase, with intellectual property protection as well as defining commercialisation strategies.

Lourdes Gaig
Lawyer/Letrada de la Unidad de Transferencia e Innovación

+34 93 556 59 29

Graduated from Law school and registered at the Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona, legal management of Technology Transfer and Innovation processes, project management, specialised in civil law, intellectual and industrial property, trademarks and patents as well as writing, supervising and following of contracts and agreements related to the management of R+D projects, as well as other subjects. Legal defence, either judicial or extrajudicial in other subjects. In January 2018 she joined the Innovation Unit of Sant Pau to strengthen, promote and legally review innovation projects of Institute.

13 Patent Families (EN):


Other Registered Intellectual Property (Software, Trade Marks, Utility Models and Clinical Scales)


Technology-based companies (2 spin-offs and 2 start- ups)





Technological Transfer Agreements signed with Industry



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