- Xavier Gallego
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Jointly organized by EIT Health, EIT Raw Materials, and EIT Food, the Business Idea Competition helps to improve cross-sectoral innovation performance in EIT RIS countries along the following thematic areas: 1) Food, 2) Health, and 3) Raw Materials.
The program consisted on a 6 days Business Planning Bootcamp and 35 hours of mentoring by an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, which has provided Dr. Juan Francisco Delgado and Xavier Gallego with the tools to get started on building a business. Taby Diagnostics, a project aimed to provide the society with a highly sensitive blood test to early diagnose liver cancer, was selected to participate in the competition based on the strength of its entrepreneurial idea, its impact to the sector, and its growth potential. The project is based on a technology, developed at Parc Taulí University Hospital, that modifies the conformation of tumor associated antigens to facilitate their recognition by autoantibodies. The conformational change makes these antigens suitable to be used as a very sensitive and reliable tool to early diagnose several types of cancer.
The final was held in Budapest on November 16th, and consisted on a pitch elevator in front of investors, corporate partners, representatives of the Government, EU representatives, EIT and partners of EIT Health, EIT Food, EIT Raw Materials. The jury panel was composed of 4 international expert members who selected Taby Diagnostics to be awarded with the 3rd prize. The prize of €5,000 will be used to further validate the technology.
Dr. Juan Francisco Delgado and Xavier Gallego consider that winning this competition, not only contributes to fundraise the project, but to obtain international recognition and to give visibility to the project and Institution.
I am currently the Head of Innovation and Business Development at Parc Taulí Foundation. Since I finished my bachelor degree in Biology I was working as a scientist in several research institutes. I got my PhD in neuroscience at the Center for Genomic Regulation and then I moved to Colorado for a postdoc at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. After moving back to Barcelona I decided I wanted to quit the lab and start working on helping other researchers to transform basic research into new and useful healthcare applications for the society. I consider myself an entrepreneur and open-minded person, always thinking on new solutions to solve problems in the healthcare field.All stories by: Xavier Gallego
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