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The winners with the rector Dídac Ramírez, the president of the Social Council of the UB, Salvador Alemany, CEO of FBG, Jordi Naval and other participants in the act (Photo: UB).

Knowledge transfer in psoriasis, recognized with the Antoni Caparrós Award

The Knowledge Transfer program in psoriasis between the academia and the industry developed by the Translational Immunology Group of the Department of Physiology and Immunology at the University of Barcelona (UB)- based at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB)– has been recognized with the Antoni Caparrós Award, one of the five awards that the UB Board of Trustees and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG) granted this last Wednesday. 


The Translational Immunology Research Group, led by Lluís Francesc Santamaria was awarded for having established a transfer platform between the academia and the industry that helps identify and characterize new biological compounds for drug research in psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

Dr. Santamaria joined the University of Barcelona in 2009 from R+D+i in the pharmaceutical industry and since then has headed more than twenty projects worth more than 1.5 billion euro with major pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and domestic and international spin offs.

The Antoni Caparrós Award was also granted to the program “Binding”, dedicated to children with reading disabilities, an initiative of Josep Maria Sopena, professor at the Deparment of Basic Psychology of the UB.

The winner of the Senén Vilaró Award for best innovative company was Worldsensing, a leading company in wireless technology market for small cities and for the Internet of Things. Founded in 2008, the company has undergoing projects in fourteen countries and an office in London since 2013.

The José Manuel Blecua Award for best article published in a recognized journal in the field of humanities and social sciences written from a PhD thesis was given to a study by Ernest Miguélez, which analyzes geographic mobility of scientists and engineers in Europe from inventors data available at the European Patent Office.

The Ramon Margalef Award from the Board of Trustees for best article published in a recognized journal in the field of experimental sciences and health was given to Leticia Moreira, for her research work on identifying Lynch´s syndrome- the most common hereditary form of colorectal cancer patients- in patients who suffer from this disease.

The award ceremony, chaired by the Rector of the University of Barcelona, Didac Ramirez, featured a lecture by Antoni Esteve, from the chemical and pharmaceutical group Esteve and president of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation. The event also featured presentations by the Chairman of the UB Board of Trustees, Salvador Alemany, and the Director General ofFBG, Jordi Naval.