Spin off companies

Although this is by no means expected from ICREA researchers, it so happens that sometimes they hit on something that shows promise of becoming a powerful new technology, but it seems impossible to develop that further without significant investment of time and money. In these cases, many choose to explore the option of creating a spin-off company dedicated to the concept.

List of spin off companies

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    SixSenso Technologies SL

    Supported by the Institute de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) and ICREA.
    Entrepreneur: ICREA Research Professor Valerio Pruneri.
    Born in Ocotober 2020.

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    SixSenso Technologies SL

    SixSenso Tech is a spin-off from ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences which is based on research performed by the Optoelectronics group led by ICREA Prof. Valerio Pruneri. 

    SixSenso engineers are working towards the creation of high impact sensing technology platforms. These solutions are designed to be extremely accurate, portable, cost-effective, and easily integrable within a process stream for real-time measurements. The project aims to address very relevant sensing challenges in various industries in the water sector. 

    Our main objective is to develop commercially viable solutions to support your specific sensing challenge. 

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    Treellum Technologies SL

    Supported by the Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ) and ICREA.
    Entrepreneur: ICREA Research Professors Julio Lloret, Ruben Martin and Paolo Melchiorre.
    Born in July 2020.

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    Treellum Technologies SL

    At TREELLUM TECHNOLOGIES SL we create advanced technological tools for scientific research. Our mission is to provide the research community with reliable photoreactors to ensure reproducible experiments.

    Nowadays, novel synthetic processes fulfilling green chemistry approaches and efficiency are highly required. The field of photocatalysis has attracted increasing interest among the scientific community and the chemical industry due to its low cost and attractive efficiency compared with standard approaches. More importantly, photocatalysis allows new synthetic pathways and molecules not possible through other methodologies. However, the lack of reproducibility and scalability of photochemical processes limits the application of these powerful reactivity procedures.

    Currently available commercial photoreactors are limited and not adapted to the different emerging fields of chemical research and industry. For instance, the current commercial batch photoreactors do not control the light intensity and temperature, resulting in poor experiment reproducibility. This is even more problematic in reaction scale-up processes, which slows down the synthetic methods' innovation and applicability. The poor control over the reaction parameters is also a significant difficulty in the transferability to industry, in which tight control about the composition of synthesized products is mandatory. Thus, there is a need for photoreactors offering exquisite control of reaction parameters, such as light intensity and temperature, to ensure reproducibility, and there is no commercial solution so far.

    Treellum Technologies applies patented technology to offer first-class photoreactors that will boost the spread of photochemistry in academia and industry. Treellum Technologies first photoreactor consists of 16 reaction-vials distributed in four independent groups. Its circular design provides a constant magnetic stir to the temperature-controlled reaction vials (with a -20 to 80 ºC range). Each vial is irradiated by an independent wavelength customizable LEDs set, allowing to modify the intensity of light for each experiment. These features give chemists a versatile tool that finally offers the reproducibility needed for photo-chemical experiments to do excellent science. With Treellum Technologies research can span the range of scenarios to obtain detailed information: from running kinetic or mechanistic studies of reactions to molecule screening for drug discovery or lead generation.

    The target sector of photoreactors involves the global photocatalyst market, which is forecasted to grow at a rate of 11.2% from USD 2.32 billion in 2019 to USD 5.23 billion in 2027. Nowadays, Treellum Technologies main target national, Europe (particularly UK and Germany) and USA markets. But, we are also evaluating the Asian market, in particular China and Japan.

     

    Treellum Technologies aims to develop, manufacture and sell cutting-edge technological instruments and tools for research while considering the research community needs for precise instruments, expanding our current product portfolio.

    Further information:

    [1] Lloret-Fillol et. al. (2017) patent WO2018220008A1 (2020) EU patent EP3612300

    [2] Lloret-Fillol et. al. (2020) USA patent US16/618,349

    [3] www.treellumtechnologies.com

    [4] A. Call, C. Casadevall, F. Acuña-Parés, A. Casitas, J. Lloret-Fillol Dual cobalt–copper light-driven catalytic reduction of aldehydes and aromatic ketones in aqueous media Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 4739-4749

    [5] N. Alandini, L. Buzzetti, G. Favi, T. Schulte, L. Candish, K. Collins, P. Melchiorre

    Amide Synthesis by Nickel/Photoredox-Catalyzed Direct Carbamoylation of (Hetero)Aryl Bromides Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 5248–5253

    [6] Cong, F.; Lyv, X. Y.; Day, C. S.; Martin, R. Dual catalytic strategy for forging sp2-sp3 and sp3-sp3 architectures via beta-scission of aliphatic alcohol derivatives

    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 20594

  • VIRTUAL BODYWORKS

    Supported by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and ICREA.
    Entrepeneurs:  ICREA Research Professors Mel Slater and Mavi Sanchez-Vives
    Formalised in December 2015.

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    VIRTUAL BODYWORKS

    Virtual Bodyworks S.L. founded by Mel Slater and Mavi Sanchez-Vives is a spin-off company from ICREA/UB/IDIBAPS. The investigator from UB Dr Bernhard Spanlang is also a partner in the company. The objective of Virtual Bodyworks S.L. is to apply immersive virtual reality in the context of health improvement, both physical and mental. To this end the company has developed several prototypes and applications that have been tested and evaluated in our incubator, the EVENT Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments in Neuroscience and Technology Lab) as well as by professionals from various institutions.

    The development has been funded so far by ERC Proof of Concept to MS (System for Embodied Relational Experiences, Project No. 620256) and FIPSE (Foundation for the innovation and future development of health in Spain) to MVS-V. A further ERC Proof of Concept to MS has recently been retained for funding and is currently under negotiation.

    Until recently immersive virtual reality was confined mainly to the laboratory due to the fixed nature and cost of the equipment installation. However, based on new consumer level hardware the company has acquired the capability for our virtual reality system to be moved ‘out of the lab’ into society.  A virtual reality system has many different components that need to be integrated and the company owns software that does this integration across multiple devices, facilitating the development of applications.

    Virtual Bodyworks S.L. won the first ever given prize to a virtual reality application by The App Date, in December 2015. This was for an application called ‘Freud-me’ that provides an immersive tool for people to give themselves counselling about personal problems from the perspective of another person, for example, in this case Dr Sigmund Freud (http://www.freud-me.com).

    An application of the technology under commercialisation by Virtual Bodyworks S.L. is currently on display at the CCCB in Barcelona in the exhibition in the exhibition ‘HUMANS+’ (http://www.cccb.org/en/exhibitions/file/human-/129032). This shows an interactive virtual environment that is simultaneously shared by others where people carry out tasks together. It illustrates the power of virtual reality both to transform a person to another space and to work collaboratively with people who physically remote, and yet are represented in a shared virtual world.

    Virtual Bodyworks SL has been selected  for participation in the accelerators ESADE EMPENTA and MUNICH RE.