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.
  • Perform technology vigilance (TV) to know the state-of-the-art and to be aware of market trends. This knowledge allows us to analyze, value and make decisions with less risk and to anticipate changes. Some of the sources of TV are:

VT reports of the Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office 

Bioregion reports from Biocat


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Innovation Team

Members of our Innovation and Transfer Unit are:

Miriam Ors Riera
Head of the Technology Transfer and Innovation Unit and Associate to the Direction of Research

699 099 853

Industrial engineer by training, she is specialized in innovation and technology transfer projects in the biomedical field. Thus, in the coordination of the innovation process from the definition and design phase of the product to the market launch. Until her incorporation to the Transfer and Innovation Unit of the Research Institute of the Hospital de Sant Pau-IIB Sant Pau, she was responsible for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Fundació Parc Taulí.

Jana Iscla Bosch
Strategic Innovation Manager

682 563 102

Licenced in Biotecnology (UVic, Barcelona) and with a Master in Business Administration within the life science industry (CBS, Copenhaguen), Jana has developed her career towards the combination of science and business. With more than five years of experience between Denmark and Spain in business development within innovative environments, she is now leading the Innovation Strategy department on the IIB Sant Pau’s Transfer Office. In her new position, she will be responsible for the process of transforming cutting-edge research into innovative assets for the biomedical market and society.

Natalia Ichaso Jimenez
Tech Transfer & Innovation Manager

682 033 621

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.

Alba Arroyes Morón
Tech Transfer & Innovation Manager

619 955 440

Graduated in Biotechnology (molecular mention) from the University of Barcelona in 2020. In 2021, she completed a postgraduate course in "Management of research projects for the development of new drugs" and a Master in Project Direction and Management (IMF Business School), which has allowed her to develop her scientific knowledge in the area of project management and support. In her position, her aim is to promote and valorise the ideas and inventions produced at the institute.

Eric Armenteros López
Tech Transfer & Innovation Manager

699 043 226

Holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry, he has more than 5 years of experience in strategic consulting focused on the development and commercialization of new drugs. With a solid scientific background, as a consultant, he developed the capabilities for the management and coordination of international projects. He has extensive knowledge in the regulation of medicinal products in both the EU and the US. In 2024, he joined the Transfer and Innovation Unit to offer, promote and streamline innovation projects from the Institute's professionals.

28 Patent Families of which 13 have been transferred to the market:

11 in the cardiology area –> 3 licensed

8 in the oncology area –> 4 licensed

7 in the neurology area –> 4 licensed

2 in the gynecology area –> 2 licensed

12 Intellectual and Industrial Property Registers:

– Software
– Brands
– Utility models
– Clinical scales

4 Active Technology-Based Companies:

Glycardial logo Company focused on the development of a novel in vitro diagnostic device for myocardial ischemia. The technology is based on the detection of Apo J-Glyc in blood as a biomarker for the early diagnosis of cardiac ischemia and the prediction of patient’s evolution after an ischemic event.
Exheus Exheus is a solution that analyzes gene expression using Artificial Intelligence to determine what is happening in your body at any given time.
ivestatin At Ivestatin Therapeutics we aim to become the world leader in innovative therapeutic solutions in the reduction of ischemic damage.
nanoligent The mision is to improve the life of patients by designing new medicines that selectively target the cells affected by disease. With this approach we develop treatments that are more effective and have fewer adverse effects than classical drugs.

The Institute actively participates, through strategic alliances, in the innovation and technology transfer ecosystem established at the national and international level. Some of them are:


CataloniaBIO & HealthTech | Connecting companies Barcelona Health Hub - Asociación tecnológica
ecrin scren
bib EATRIS - European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine - Oficina de Proyectos Internacionales
itemas redtransfer
ERIC Home - Regic
cimti_logo Hub de Innovación Pediátrica · i4Kids | Innovación | Institut de Recerca SJD
Red de Innovación de Nuevas Tecnologías en Salud Mental (TECSAM) | Innovación | Institut de Recerca SJD ICFO

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