novembre 18, 2021

BIST and GRAPHCAT push novel technologies at PUZZLE X

PUZZLE X, a forum for entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and deep tech professionals to discuss ground-breaking ideas, share their vision and promote new technologies and inventions, closed its doors today.

Held on November 16-18 together with the Smart City Expo World Congress, the event registered a high participation of attendees and proved very successful. GraphCAT members where among the exhibitors with a booth which attracted the attention of attendees.

 

 

After three busy days of presentations, roundtable discussions and flash talks, today concluded PUZZLE X, an innovative event dedicated to frontier materials and their role in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Integrated in the largest Smart City Expo World Congress, PUZZLE X held a dedicated stage and an exhibition space for companies and research institutes to present their technologies and show prototypes. It took place at the Fira de Barcelona (in Hospitalet de Llobregat) from 16 to 18 of November 2021.

The aim of this event, organized by AMPT (Advanced Material Pandemic Taskforce) and supported by the Government of Spain, Generalitat de Catalunya and Ajuntament de Barcelona, was to provide a space for professionals of frontier materials and smart technologies to meet and create a bridge between different worlds: research, entrepreneurship, venture building, and corporate innovation. All this in a context in which societal impact, sustainability and a better future are central values and goals.

GraphCat and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) where present with a 20 sqm stand in the exhibition area devoted to the GRAPHCAT project. In this exhibition space, various members of the involved institutes and spin-off companies took turns to provide information and give a demonstration of the technologies on display to visitors and potential customers. The GraphCAT/BIST “crew” included Clara Barreneche, Head of Innovation & Business Development of BIST, Dr Virginia Greco, Àlex Argemi and Joana Pi-Suñer from the ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, Dr Pablo Pomposiello and Dr Claudia Nieva, from the ICN2 Business and Innovation Department, Ylenia Almar, officer in the ICN2 Competitive Funding Department and Project Manager of GraphCAT, Dr Amador Pérez, from the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices, and Dr. Alastair Cunningham, Project Portfolio Manager at ICFO.

 

On Wednesday 17 November, a roundtable discussion on Graphene in Catalonia was introduced and chaired by Prof. Garrido, who is also ICN2 Deputy Director, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group and CSO of INBRAIN Neuroelectronics, a spin-off company of ICREA and the ICN2. The other panellists of this discussion on applications of graphene in four key fields –biomedical devices, electronics, materials and membranes, and energy— were Dr Nina Carretero, from the Catalonia Energy Research Institute (IREC), Dr Anibal Pacheco-Sanchez, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Prof. Pedro Gomez-Romero, leader of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, and Josep Sanfeliu, from Asabys Partners. Later in the same morning, ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi, leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, gave a flash talk on nanotechnologies for diagnostics developed by his team.

In this exhibition space, various members of the involved institutes and spin-off companies took turns to provide information and give a demonstration of the technologies on display to visitors and potential customers. The GraphCAT/BIST “crew” included Clara Barreneche, Head of Innovation & Business Development of BIST, Dr Virginia Greco, Àlex Argemi and Joana Pi-Suñer from the ICN2 Marketing and Communication Department, Dr Pablo Pomposiello and Dr Claudia Nieva, from the ICN2 Business and Innovation Department, Ylenia Almar, officer in the ICN2 Competitive Funding Department and Project Manager of GraphCAT, Dr Amador Pérez, from the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices, and Dr. Alastair Cunningham, Project Portfolio Manager at ICFO.

Meant to be a space for different stakeholders to meet and share knowledge and visions, with its varied programme and its modern format and design, PUZZLE X attracted not only entrepreneurs and investors, but also students and young scientists interested in learning more about cutting-edge technologies and disruptive ideas. The stands full of customers and the sessions always packed with attendees are a proof that this event was a success and will be proposed again in the future.

 

See you there next year!