Our Team

Meet our team
Josep Lluís Falcó
Josep Lluís Falcó
Natalia de la Figuera
Natalia de la Figuera
Jordi Ortiz
Jordi Ortiz
Joan Carles Fernández
Joan Carles Fernàndez
Mireia Samitier
Mireia Samitier
Berta Tenas
Berta Tenas
Marta Grau
Marta Grau
Víctor García Reinoso
Víctor García
Alonso López-Villalón
Alonso López-Villalón
Elena Dapía
Elena Dapía
Blanca González
Blanca González
Rafael Sáenz de Tejada Gómez
Rafael Sáenz de Tejada
Andrea Requena
Andrea Requena

Josep Lluís Falcó

Josep Lluís Falcó

Cofounder, CEO and Business Development Director
josep.lluis.falco@genesis-biomed.com

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

Josep Lluís has 20 years’ 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 on healthcare strategy, technology transfer, fundraising of start-up companies, business development, marketing, market access, reimbursement and regulatory affairs.

Josep Lluís has founded four companies. He currently serves as board member for three start-up companies and he is mentor of several entrepreneurs. In addition, in the last five years he has been involved in 19 private fundraising processes and he has contributed to raising 67 million euros for his clients.

The projects Josep Lluís has been involved in are based on small chemical entities, biologicals, diverse medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. The therapeutic areas where he has recently worked are oncology, the central nervous system, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, traumatology, HIV, microbiome, antibacterials and immunomodulation. He has a complete knowledge of drug/device development, having worked in the discovery, preclinical and clinical phases, as well as marketing and post-marketing.

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

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

Natalia de la Figuera

Natalia de la Figuera

Cofounder and COO
natalia.delafiguera@genesis-biomed.com

PhD in Chemistry, Master in Project Management.

PhD in Chemistry, Master’s degree in Project Management, PMP® Natalia has worked in the academic sphere (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 in different positions in areas as project management, regulatory affairs, R&D and quality, among others.

The main therapeutic areas she has been involved in are oncology, the central nervous system, anti-inflammatories, antibacterials, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular.

Since 2015 she has focused mainly on project management, broadening her knowledge of economic and administrative monitoring and control, requesting changes and the dissemination of project results.

During her last job at the FSJD (Fundació Sant Joan de Déu) she was involved in publicly funded projects, some of them collaboratives, allowing her to work in another health environment.

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

Jordi Ortiz

Jordi Ortiz

Quality Director & Senior Consultant
jordi.ortiz@genesis-biomed.com

Jordi Ortiz. MSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry field (Universitat de Barcelona, UB). Higher Education in Quality Management, ISO 9001 (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC).

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 2021 he finished his advanced course in quality management at UOC.

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 an extended experience in several management positions in regulated analysis laboratories and as 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 Acute 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 a passionate of biomedical innovations of academic origin in order to accelerate their transition to the market. Customer focus, Leadership, People engagement, Process-based approach, Improvement, Evidence-based decision making, and Relationship management are his main drivers.

Joan Carles Fernández

Joan Carles Fernàndez

Planning Director & Senior Consultant
joan.carles.fernandez@genesis-biomed.com

Joan Carles Fernàndez. Doctor in pharmacy, with a PhD in organic chemistry, MSc in chemistry, and a BSc in pharmacy, on the analytical/clinical side, (Universitat de Barcelona). He has done postdoctoral work in  organic chemistry (Exeter University, UK) and 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. He also has experience in combinatorial chemistry and the preparation of corporate libraries for HTS campaigns (Almirall-PCB unit, and Evotec OAI, Oxford, UK).

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

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

Joan Carles joined 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.

Mireia Samitier

Mireia Samitier

Knowledge M. Director & Senior Consultant
mireia.samitier@genesis-biomed.com

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

Mireia has more than 4 years of experience in the research industry, as she started her professional career in IDIBELL (Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge), Hospital Clínic and IBEC (Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya).

In IBEC, Mireia worked for three years as research assistant in various stem cell projects in the field of heart and kidney differentiation and regeneration.

She joined GENESIS Biomed in June 2018. During these years, she has worked in several projects in the areas of oncology, infectious diseases and ophthalmology, among others.

Since her incorporation she has gained a vast experience in Business Plan preparations, market analysis, regulatory and development plans, financial and strategic plans, private fundraising and technology transfer.

Mireia has also a deep expertise in European Projects in which she has been involved during these years at GENESIS Biomed.

She is an enthusiast of biomedical sciences and delighted to help them to accelerate their entrance to the market.

Berta Tenas

Berta Tenas

Senior Consultant
Berta.tenas@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (Universitat de Vic, 2020) and Master in Technology and Management of Biotech companies (CESIF, 2021).

Berta has experience in the field of research, as she has worked at the Department of Chemistry at UAB (Barcelona), at the Neurosciences Research Area at VHIR (Barcelona) or at Sciensano (the Belgian National Institute of Public Health in Brussels).

At Sciensano, Berta worked as a scientific research assistant studying the effects of particular matter (PM) exposure on lung inflammation, where she acquired both scientific and personal skills.

After her degree, Berta completed an MSc in Technology and Business Management to discover another field of biotechnology, the business sector. Afterwards, Berta joined GENESIS Biomed in January 2021.

During these years working in consultancy, she has gained experience in the development of strategic plans (both for companies and institutions), in the development of business plans and in providing support in technology transfer, among other skills.

Berta also works in the GENESIS Biomed’s investment fund, GENESIS Tech Transfer Boost, where she analyses the most attractive investment opportunities in the healthcare sector.

Berta is passionate about life sciences and is eager to help all entrepreneurs and institutions to move their projects forward.

Marta Grau

Marta Grau

Senior Consultant
marta.grau@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biology (UB – Universitat de Barcelona, 2021) and MSc in Management of Biotech companies (CESIF, 2022).

Marta is graduated in Biology from the University of Barcelona and specialized with a master’s degree in health biotechnology from CESIF school in Barcelona.

She has experience in the field of research, as she did her final thesis studying the neurogenerative capacity in tadpoles after a spinal cord injury at the Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona. She also worked in the quality department of a chemical laboratory (Alcoholes Montplet).

After graduating, she specialized with a master’s degree at CESIF. Throughout the master’s degree, Marta learned the business aspects of the healthcare sector. The master’s degree gave her the knowledge that she now applies daily at GENESIS Biomed where she joined in March 2022, eager to learn more about the world of bio-business to help new companies achieve their goals.

Since joining the company, she has acquired extensive experience in the preparation of business plans, market analysis, regulatory and development strategies, and financial and strategic plans. Marta also has experience in European projects as she has participated in several projects during this time at GENESIS Biomed. Marta is passionate about Life Sciences and is eager to help the industry’s stakeholders in any way she can.

Víctor García Reinoso

Víctor García Reinoso

Consultant
victor.garcia@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology and Biology (UdG – University of Girona, 2021) and MSc in Management of Health Biotech Companies(CEU-ASEBIO, 2023).

Biotechnologist and biologist with previous research experience in the field of astrobiology and neurobiology, collaborating with the Department of Environmental Sciences at UdG and the Systems Neurobiology Group at IBBTEC. At the end of his double degree, he completed a MSc in Management of Health Biotech Companies (CEUASEBIO) at CEU-San Pablo (Madrid). Through all this, Victor has improved his personal and professional skills, especially those oriented towards the link between science and business.

Víctor joins GENESIS Biomed in September 2022. In his role, he has been involved in preparation of business and strategic plans, as well as contributing to the formulation of effective fundraising strategies for diverse companies and institutions. He is eager to continually improve his business and entrepreneurial skills, ensuring that he remains an asset in the life science landscape.

Alonso López-Villalón

Alonso López-Villalón

Consultant
alonso.lopez@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biology (UAM-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2021) and MSc in Technology and Management of Biotech companies (CESIF, 2022).

Biologist with experience in both laboratory and research assistance. He completed his last degree year, including his Bachelor´s Degree Project, in Stockholm University. The project was about Toxoplasma gondii infection and consequences in human nervous system. At the end of his degree, he completed a MSc in Technology and Management of Biotech Companies at CESIF (Barcelona).

Alonso joins GENESIS Biomed in March 2022. This last year working as a consultant has allowed him to gain experience in the development of business, strategic, marketing and financial plans. Eager to develop business skills to combine them with his scientific knowledge in the company.

Elena Dapía

Elena Dapía

Consultant
elena.dapia@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (Universidad de Oviedo, 2021) and MSc in Molecular Biology applied to Biotechnological Enterprises (Bioenterprise) at Universidad de Granada

Biotechnologist with experience in research and technology transfer. Her final degree project was developed in the fields of molecular biology and virology, creating a recombinant virus in order to study the behavior of the calicivirus.

Elena joins GENESIS Biomed in September 2022. Her experience in an Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit aroused her curiosity, and now she is excited to help bioenterprises to find, and occupy, their place in the market.

Blanca González

Blanca González

Communication Manager & Consultant
blanca.gonzalez@genesis-biomed.com

Pharmacy Degree (University of Barcelona, 2019) and MSc in Biomedical Sciences (Radboud University, The Netherlands, 2022)

Pharmacist with experience in both clinical and community Pharmacy. She carried out her final degree project at the University of Helsinki (Finland), where she did bio-screening of anti-virulence compounds against Uropathogenic E. coli. During her Biomedical Science master, she collaborated in the development of an in vitro 3D skin model to study S. aureus infections in the skin microbiome of atopic dermatitis patients (Radboudumc, The Netherlands), and she contributed to the development of an NK cellular model to study genetic variants present in patients with immunopathology (Karolinska Institute, Sweden).

Blanca joins GENESIS Biomed in December 2022. With her background in biomedical and health sciences, she is enthusiastic to develop business skills and help early-stage R&D projects.

Rafael Sáenz de Tejada Gómez

Rafael Sáenz de Tejada Gómez

Consultant
rafael.saenz@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Pharmacy (UAX- Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, 2021) and Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Management at Universidad de Navarra | IESE Business School.

Pharmacist with experience in business & investment analytics. During his undergraduate studies he gained scientific knowledge, organizational, and communicational skills. His Master’s, taught through the Case Method, allowed him to think more critically, become adaptable when facing diverse situations, be customer-focused and work thoroughly to achieve his goals. Working for a Biotech consulting firm, has allowed Rafael to acquire decisive knowledge within the business management chain, business plan, patient support and strong dynamic skills. His final master’s degree project was focused on molecular farming.

Rafael joins GENESIS Biomed in January 2023. Eager to improve people´s health by combining his scientific and business knowledge.

Andrea Requena

Andrea Requena

Consultant
andrea.requena@genesis-biomed.com

BSc in Biotechnology (UVic- Universitat de Vic, 2021) and Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Management at Universidad de Navarra | IESE Business School.

Biotechnologist with experience in bioinformatics research. Selected for a Scholarship in the Banco Santander Explorer Program, based on management and business. Her Master’s degree gave her a global vision of the pharma-biotech sector and taught her how to work in a diverse environment. Working for a Pharmaceutical consulting firm has allowed Andrea to acquire a critical vision within products business case, competitors’ analysis, epidemiological models, market analysis, KOL’s management, and strong adaptive capacity. Her final master’s degree project was focused on obesity and iron deficiency.

She joins GENESIS Biomed in February 2023. Eager to change and impact patient’s life by combining her scientific and business background.