CIT UPC participated in the first meeting of the fourth edition of the Open Innovation Forum. A programme that puts companies that pose technological challenges in contact to research groups of the BioRegion to provide solutions. The meeting was held on July 14 online. In total, 70 participants, including companies and problem-solvers (research centres and technology centres) signed up and 30 meetings were held to resolve the 15 innovation challenges that companies had posed. The challenges were in six areas of knowledge: Health and Life Sciences, Food, Chemistry, Energy and Resources, Industrial Systems and Mobility.
Biocat General Director Jordi Naval and ACCIÓ Chief Executive Officer Joan Romero participated in the welcome session, which was held online, given the pandemic situation of Covid-19. Also through a video, ACCIÓ Senior Consultant Pep Orellana summarised the calls for grants that are now open that companies can apply for.
The Open Innovation Forum is organised by CIT UPC, Biocat, Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, UPF Ventures, and UAB Research Park, with the collaboration of ACCIÓ, Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Barcelona Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), University of Girona (UdG), Rovira i Virgili University (URV), Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), R+D+I Network Energy for Society (XRE4S), the Catalonian Reference Network on Food Technology (XaRTA) and the Biotechnology Reference Network (XRB). Collaborators in this edition are: CSIC, IISPV, IRB IREC, UdG, URV, VHIR, Catalonia Bio & Health Tech, XRE4S and XIA.
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