The Innovative Companies Forum (FEI) recently celebrated the seventh edition of the 2019 Innovation Awards. The awards ceremony, which highlights organizations’ commitment to innovation, recognized the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), a BIST centre, as an Innovation Support Agency.
The FEI award recognizes IBEC’s contribution to the field of innovation and its work in promoting several innovation-related initiatives, which were also highlighted during the awards ceremony:
– IBEC promotes the creation of technology-based companies which take shape because of scientific research. So far, IBEC has promoted the creation of three companies. Rob Surgical Systems, which dates the furthest back, is working to get the robotic systems necessary for minimally invasive surgery into operating rooms.
– IBEC encourages collaborations between companies and research centres through the development of projects and joint activities, such as the “Open Innovation Lab”, a public-private initiative open to companies and investors interested in launching a new R + D unit with a clear market objective and who want to do so collaboratively, benefiting from the knowledge, facilities, equipment and collaborations IBEC offers.
– IBEC promotes the creation of strong international alliances, such as with the European Institute of Knowledge and Technology (EIT). This community has a budget of € 2,100M and brings together more than 150 European partners from universities, research centres, and companies that promote health innovation.
David Badia, IBEC Executive Director said during his acceptance speech that “With IBEC’s scientific-technological capacity, we want to contribute to the innovation and development of the medicine of the 21st century. The FEI award confirms that we are headed in the right direction.”
Badia also noted that IBEC is accredited as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence and is dedicated to the field of bioengineering, with the objective to perform research studies but to also promote the application of those studies in the field of medicine, health, and quality of life.
More information can be found on the IBEC website.