Our Team

Meet our team
Josep Lluís Falcó
Natalia de la Figuera
Gisela Gallego
Jordi Ortiz
Joan Carles Fernàndez
Berta Borràs
Anna Miró
Mireia Samitier
Mariona Costa
Alberto Rodríguez
Teresa Bau

Josep Lluís Falcó

Founder and CEO
jlfalco@genesis-biomed.com

Doctor in Chemistry (Institut Químic de Sarrià, 2001) and MBA (UB, 2007)

Josep Lluís has 20 years of experience in the biomedical sector. He has worked for big pharma companies (Sanofi), mid-size pharmas (Ferrer Grupo), small biotechs (Hospital spin-off), Tech Transfer Offices (Fundació Bosch i Gimpera) and consulting firms (Antares Consulting and Asphalion). He has also been associate professor at IQS.

His experience is based in Healthcare Strategy, Technology Transfer, Fundraising of start-up companies, Business Development, Marketing, Market Access, Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs.

Josep Lluís has founded 4 companies. He currently serves as board member for 3 start-up companies and he is mentor of several entrepreneurs. In addition in the last 4 years he has been involved in 6 private fundraising processes and he has contributed to raise 33,5 million euros for his clients.

The projects in which Josep Lluís has been involved are based in small chemical entities, biologicals, diverse medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. The therapeutic areas where he has recently worked are Oncology, Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Traumatology, HIV, Microbiome, Antibacterials and Immunomodulation. He has global knowledge of drug/device development, having worked in Discovery, Preclinical and Clinical phases, Marketing and Post-Marketing.

He takes part of programs such as Caixa Impulse and EIT Health programs, participating as reviewer, mentor and professor.

The entrepreneurial spirit runs through his veins. He has founded GENESIS Biomed to help other entrepreneurs and research centers in their current projects.

Natalia de la Figuera

Managing partner and COO
ndelafiguera@genesis-biomed.com

PhD in Chemistry, Master in Project Management, PMP®

Natalia has developed her professional experience both in academic (CSIC Madrid and Barcelona) and in the pharmaceutical industry: big pharma (Fresenius Kabi, Sanofi, Lilly, Merck-Serono), mid-size (Almirall, Palau Pharma) and start-ups (Ojer Pharma, ImmunNovative Developments, Enantia).

She has worked i different positions in areas as project management, regulatory affairs, R&D and Quality among others.

The main therapeutic areas on which she has been involved were oncology, central nervous system, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, autoinmune diseases and cardiovascular.

From 2015 she has been focused mainly in project management, broadening her knowledge on economic-administrative monitoring and controlling, changes request and dissemination results of projects.

During her last job in the FSJD (Fundació Sant Joan de Déu) she was involved on public funding projects, some of them collaboratives, allowing her to acknowledge another health environment.

She joins GENESIS Biomed in April 2019. She is passionate of improving health and quality life for patients.

Gisela Gallego

Project Director
ggallego@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (Universitat de Vic, 2011) and Master in e-Health (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2015).

Gisela has two years of experience in the Technology Transfer and Innovation Office at the Research Institute of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, where she developed her with skills on IP management and business development. At Sant Pau, she worked with projects in the therapeutic areas of oncology, neurology, cardiology, traumatology, epigenomics and digital health, among others.

She also has over three years of Project Management experience mostly in e-Health hospital projects, in which she has simultaneously worked both from public institutions and private companies at the Research Institute of the University Hospital of Vic and ISERN Medical Telecom, an ICT SME in the health sector.

During this three-year period, she also acted as QMS Responsible at ISERN, gaining expertise in international standards and regulations and general functioning of SMEs in the healthcare sector.

She joined the consultancy team at GENESIS Biomed in September 2018, seeking to contribute with her passion about e-heath and biotechnology in helping entrepreneurs bring innovation to society.

In July 2020, in line with the strategical expansion of the company, she assumes the role of Project Director of the company.

Jordi Ortiz

Senior Consultant
jortiz@genesis-biomed.com

MSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry field (Universitat de Barcelona)

He completed his Master Thesis in Cation-induced aggregation and fusion of N-acyl-N-methylphosphatidyl-ethanolamine liposomes and continued his research by studying the lipid-protein interaction.

In 1994, he joined the pharmaceutical industry and has occupied several positions, always in the R&D area (from Discovery to Clinical phases). He has worked in Sanofi, Ferrer and Spherium Biomed. In this last company he has hold the position of Senior Project Manager working in several projects from the discovery phase until the clinical research phase.

He has extended experience in several management positions in regulated analysis laboratories and as a project manager with both large and small molecules.

During the last years, he has been working in Autoinmune Diseases, Muscle recovery, ALS, Oncology Mucositis and Acutie Kidney Injury.

Jordi has also a deep expertise in European public fundraising and in Business Development activities, all of them related to the projects in which he has participated.

He joins GENESIS Biomed in March 2019. He is passionate of biomedical innovations of academic origin in order to accelerate their translation to the market.

Joan Carles Fernàndez

Senior Consutant
jcfernandez@genesis-biomed.com

Joan Carles Fernàndez. Doctor in pharmacy, PhD in organic chemistry, MSc in chemistry, BSc in pharmacy, analyticalclinical orientation, (Universitat de Barcelona). Postdoctoral chemist in organic chemistry (Exeter University, UK). Postdoctoral chemist in medicinal chemistry (Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK)

Joan Carles has over 18 years experience as a medicinal chemist at Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) providing research services for Almirall and Esteve pharmaceuticals, working on different projects within the following areas: oncology, respiratory (asthma, COPD), chronic and neuropathic pain among others, also he has experience in combinatorial chemistry and the preparation of corporative libraries for HTS campaigns (Almirall-PCB unit, and Evotec OAI, Oxford, UK).

After all these years in drug discovery, he became an experienced senior leader with a proven track record of supporting successful drug discovery programs, developing teams and successful people, and gained an extensive experience in dealing with several decision-making groups of computational chemists, biologists and pharmacologists, which professionally transformed him into an interdisciplinary scientist.

Furthermore, he has a broad background experience and formation in hospital pharmacy and analytical laboratory: haematology, biochemistry, hormonal, microbiology (Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu). He is an energetic team player who works well with co-workers and colleagues and strives for success.

Joan Carles joins GENESIS Biomed in July 2020, with his passion for research in biomedical science and the drug discovery process, his main aim as a scientific consultant is to provide support and help to startups, entrepreneurs, biotechnology-related institutions, foundations and companies to develop innovative solutions in health for all.

Berta Borràs

Consultant
bborras@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2012), BSc in Biochemistry (Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, 2013) and Master in Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2015).

Berta has worked for 2 years at the Tech Transfer Office of IDIBELL (Institut d’investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge). Her fields of expertise are project management, fundraising and technology transfer. Previously, she worked as an intern at some R&D laboratories (Esteve, Charité, Humboldt University of Berlin and IMIM).

She joins GENESIS Biomed in May 2018. Science is her passion and she seeks to help entrepreneurs start their own business.

Anna Miró

Consultant
amiro@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Universitat de Lleida, 2018) and Master in Management of Biotech companies at CESIF.

Anna has experience as a research assistant in some different areas (biophysics, neuroscience and pathological anatomy) in laboratories belonging to University of Pécs (Hungary), Universitat de Barcelona and HUAV Lleida. She developed her final dissertation in IDIBAPS (Barcelona) studying the role of nutrigenomics in the progression of type 2 diabetes.

She is currently attending a Master in Management of Biotech companies (CESIF), acquiring all the necessary knowledge to develop her skills in the sector. Anna joins GENESIS Biomed in March 2019. She is willing to assist entrepreneurs in the stablishment of their new innovative companies.

Mireia Samitier

Consultant
msamitier@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biology (Universitat de Barcelona, 2013) and Master in Genetics and Genomics (Universitat de Barcelona, 2014).

In the lasts three years Mireia has worked as research assistant in various stem cell projects in the field of heart and and kidney differentiation in IBEC (Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya).

She joins GENESIS Biomed in June 2018. She loves science and looks forward to support the creation of new start-ups in the biomedical field.

Mariona Costa

Consultant trainee
mcosta@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology(Universitat de Barcelona, 2019 and Master in Management of Biotech companies at CESIF

Mariona studied Biotechnology and is currently attending a Master in Management of Biotech companies at CESIF in order to assist the establishment and growth of small biotechnological companies She performed her final degree project in the Spin off DBGen Ocular Genomics where she performed tasks related to the optimization of Inherited Retinal Disorders’ genetic diagnose.

She joins GENESIS Biomed in January 2020 She is passionate of Life Sciences and looks forward to support spin off and start up creation.

Alberto Rodríguez

Consultant trainee
arodriguez@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (Universitat de Barcelona, 2019 and MSc in Technology and Management of Biotech companies (CESIF 2020 )

Alberto has experience as an undergraduate researcher in laboratories belonging to the University of Cologne
( He developed his Bachelor ´ s Thesis in CECAD ( studying ubiquitin and its effect on cellular regulation and homeostasis under stress conditions, under the supervision of Dr Mafalda Escobar Henriques Dias Eager to acquire and develop his career in Biotech based companies’ management he is attending to a Master ´ s Degree in Technology and Management of such companies at CESIF

Alberto joins GENESIS Biomed in January 2020 With his scientific background he looks forward to help in the development of spin off and start up companies,considering technology transfer as a tool of innovation.

Teresa Bau

Communications Manager
tbau@genesis-biomed.com

Degree in Journalism (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), postgraduate course in Medical Communications (Universitat Pompeu Fabra ), Translation Studies at Universitat Autònoma and University of Glasgow and Digital Marketing in ESADE

Teresa has over 15 years experience as a reporter and communications specialist, mainly working for the healthcare sector, with a focus on digital health In the last years she has worked for organizations such as Novartis, HIMSS Europe, Patient Power, UOC eHealth Center, UpToDate, Among Doctors, Mobile World Capital.

Teresa’s areas of expertise include digital communications, social media, communications strategy, content production, digital marketing, media relations, PR, Patient Engagement She has a large network of contacts in the health sector at a national and international level She is a member of the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication and the Journalists College

Teresa joins GENESIS Biomed in January 2020