12 April 2013 “la Caixa” Obra Social and the Generalitat support prototype projects

€2.5 million investment towards projects with market potential from five research centers of excellence. The Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia, Spain) and “la Caixa” Obra Social are investing 2.5 million euros over two years in research and innovation by funding five technology transfer projects at five different research centers of excellence. The goal of the program is to promote and stimulate research in Catalonia as well as to boost the economy.

Prof. Valerio Pruneri, leader of the Optoelectronics group at ICFO, will lead one of the selected projects with the aim of creating a set of prototypes, patents and intellectual property around the technology of micro-structured optical surfaces for consumer markets. The target markets are the microelectronics, the consumer electronics (tactile displays and rigid) and the point-of-care biosensing markets. While these applications and the corresponding devices may appear totally different from each other, they have in common solutions based on micro-and nano-structured optical surfaces.

Researchers from the Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB), the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ), the Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), and the Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG) have also been granted support for research projects as part of this important effort to move research from the laboratory to market.

On Friday, 12 April, presentations on the initial results of all five projects were presented by the researchers in an official presentation presided over by the Honorable Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of the Economy and Knowledge of Catalonia, Mr. Jaume Lanaspa, Director-General of “la Caixa” Foundation, Antonio Castellà, Secretary of Research and Universities in the Department of Economy and Knowledge of Catalonia, and Dr. Enric Banda, director of Science, Research and Environment at “la Caixa” Foundation.