12 July 2017 Bringing technological innovations to market



The development of an optical medical device carried out by the research group led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Turgut Durduran receives LLAVOR funding from GenCat. The Generalitat de Catalunya has announced the results of a the Llavor call, a program that aims to provide seed funding for innovative projects with market potential in the early stages of technological maturity.

The project submitted by ICFO’s Medical Optics research group led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Turgut Durduran has been one of the projects to receive funding from this program. Entitled “ Portable device for non-invasively measuring blood flow”, the project has the goal of developing a novel, compact diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) system that enables the safe and non-invasive measurement of microvascular blood flow. It also intends to conduct business development activities, by evaluating commercialization scenarios for maximum market penetration, identifying and developing strategies for protecting intellectual property, and bringing the device from the lab to the market by building a demonstrator.

Clearly aiming to help ensure that new knowledge and technologies produced in research centers in Catalonia are translated into economic growth for society, the LLAVOR initiative assists scientists in the early stages of commercialization of new technologies, generating business models, conducting commercial and technological feasibility analysis, designing concept testing, etc.

The “LLAVOR” (Seed) program is partially funded by the Regional European Development Fund administered by GenCat.