Yesterday, the Innovative Companies Forum (“FEI”, in Spanish) celebrated the seventh edition of the 2019 “Innovation Awards”. The awards ceremony, which aims to highlight the commitment to innovation of organizations, companies and researchers, recognized the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia’s (or “IBEC”) “Innovation Support Agency”. David Badia, executive director of the institute, received the award during the ceremony, which took place in Madrid.
During his acceptance speech, Badia noted that IBEC is accredited as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence and is dedicated to the field of bioengineering, with the objective not only to study, but to also promote the research’s application in the field of medicine, health and the improvement of people’s quality of life.
From 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.
David Badia, Executive Director of IBEC
The FEI award recognizes IBEC’s contribution in the field of innovation and its work in promoting several innovation-related aspects, 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 soon.
-IBEC encourages collaborations between companies and research centers 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 the European Institute of Knowledge and Technology (EIT)’s community of knowledge and innovation. This community has a budget of € 2,100M and brings together more than 150 European partners from universities, research centers and companies that promote health innovation.
The FEI is a non-profit association which aims to shed light on the value of R + D and innovation, and the essential collaboration between companies, universities, and public and private entities for the promotion of innovation. The association aims to contribute to promoting a culture of innovation in all areas related to knowledge creation in order to stimulate knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship and cooperation.