A boost for science research groups

The Barcelona deep Tech Node has awarded a total of 225,000 euros to five university science research groups, selected by a specialised jury. The goal of the ‘proofs of concept’ is to speed up the maturing process for tech solutions being developed by these groups, which seek to address major problems for society such as climate change, droughts and cures for illnesses.

05/01/2024 10:17 h

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The idea is also to facilitate access to funding for these projects, speed up tech development and shorten time frames to get solutions onto the market. Market studies will also be conducted, patents formalised, projects presented to investment forums and more.

Barcelona Deep Tech Node is a municipal alliance to drive innovative tech projects. Besides Barcelona Activa, the alliance is made up of the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University and the Open University of Catalonia.

These member institutions have signed a new agreement to provide continuity for the initiative to drive science and tech start-ups over the next four years and renew their commitment to provide support and backing for the deep tech ecosystem.

The projects selected for the proofs of concept are:

  • ResisChip, a project to develop new technology for swiftly and accurately detecting bacterial resistance through a quick test. ResisChip offers a new detection method combining a highly sensitive fast-detection ribonucleic acid chip with an antibody patented by the group, enabling the detection of thousands of bacterial species and resistant genes based on clinical samples. The project is headed by Albert Quintana and his team from the Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology at the Institute of Neuroscience (INc-UAB), with the collaboration of the Institute for Research and Innovation Parc Taulí.
  • Neuroresolució, a project to develop a new therapeutic strategy for treating traumatisms that affect the central nervous system and degenerative diseases. The researcher Rubèn López Vales, with the Neuroplasticity and Regeneration Group from the Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology at the Institute of Neuroscience (INc-UAB), are studying how to develop a neuroresolutive therapy for injuries and illnesses affecting the central nervous system.
  • N2B2, a project to switch heating and cooling systems on and off in optimum time frames through predictive control. To achieve this, the system needs historical data from four parameters over a period of one year. N2B2 is a closed solution so once the bot has completed the learning process, the system works autonomously, although adjustments can be introduced to increase the accuracy of the prediction, based on the real use of the building where it is operating. The main researcher is Miquel Casals Casanova, with the team from the Building Research and Innovation Group (GRIC) from the UPC.
  • CP4C, a technology project focusing on the treatment of bone cancer and the regeneration of tissues through liquids treated with plasma-gas (PTL). This innovative treatment is less aggressive but highly efficient for eradicating cancer in bones, with the possibility of regenerating bone tissue affected after the surgical removal of tumours. The technology is being developed by the team from PlasmaMedLab, at the UPC, headed by the researcher Cristina Canal Barnils.
  • Hyperractivity, a project offering an innovative solution to the treatment of wastewater through a tubular electrochemical reactor for the decontamination and disinfection of water. The main researcher is Ignacio Sirés Sadornil, with the team from the Electrochemical and Environmental Materials Lab (LEMMA) at the UB.


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