Six of the ten start-ups with the greatest future potential according to the Economics participate in the Industrial Doctorates

Experts from the start-up ecosystem have selected ten hidden gems of entrepreneurship for L'Econòmic, six of which are developing Industrial Doctorate projects.

Every year, the weekly L'Econòmic celebrates the edition of the selection of the best emerging companies in the Catalan industrial ecosystem. In this eleventh edition, a list of ten recently created companies has been chosen that meet the characteristics to succeed in the near future.

Experts from various fields, including the technology, biomedical and industrial sectors, have selected business projects that promise rapid expansion. This election seeks to highlight initiatives with great growth potential. The specialists have carefully evaluated the activity of each company, its degree of innovation, the profiles of the project leaders, as well as the initial funding and successive investment rounds.

The chosen projects are presented as key drivers of development and competitiveness in their respective sectors. The experts of this edition are Miquel Martí, general director of Tech Barcelona; Isabel Amat, director of innovation at Reig Jofre (participant in the Industrial Doctorates Plan with 12 strategic research projects); Ramón Martín, advisor to BStartup at Banco Sabadell; Oriol Pascual, director of S2 Xpeed; Mercè Tell, general partner of Encomenda Capital Partners, and Maribel Berges, entrepreneur and expert in biotechnology.

Of the different start-ups identified by L'Econòmic in the article "Not even the most seductive projects find talent", we would like to highlight six that participate in the Industrial Doctorates Plan with various strategic, collaborative and applied research projects:

1. LuxQuanta. Two industrial doctoral projects in collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPF): "Quantum distribution of cryptographic keys for long communication distances" and "On-chip cv-qkd systems". LuxQuanta is a spin-off of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), which has positioned itself at the forefront of international research in digital communications security, a critical area in Europe in the midst of a geostrategic race. Its continuous quantum key distribution (CQKD) technology constantly generates cryptographic keys and monitors for the presence of intruders, improving system accessibility, stability, and integration.

2. KOA Biotech. An industrial doctorate project in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB): "Design, characterization and validation of biosensors for the development of a yacht device for the continuous monitoring of aquatic pathogens". KOA Biotech, a spin-off of Pompeu Fabra University initiated by a group of PhDs in Biology, offers digital, autonomous, on-site testing technology for fish farms to reduce fish mortality. An innovative technology that will revolutionize fish health and the economy of fish farms, and reduce their environmental impact worldwide.

3. Nuage therapeutics (Nuage tx). An industrial PhD project in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine Foundation (IRB Barcelona): "Study of the molecular basis of selectivity of molecules directed to intrinsically disordered proteins in biomolecular condensates". Nuage Therapeutics, a biotechnology start-up founded in 2021 in Barcelona, aims to transform advanced scientific discoveries into a technological platform to develop effective treatments for cancer and other incurable diseases. Born as a spin-off of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona and the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), it focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), traditionally inaccessible but associated with several uncovered diseases. Its innovative technology allows these proteins to be transiently ordered to make them susceptible to drug inhibition, combining principles of biophysics and cell biology to identify therapeutic molecules that modulate PID.

4. Insylo. An industrial doctorate project in collaboration with the Open University of Catalonia (UOC): "Big data for the optimization of the feed distribution chain on animal production farms and a second with the University of Girona (UdG): "Methods and techniques for the reconstruction of volumes of stored materials and inference of weights“.  Insylo, a deeptech company from Girona, is revolutionising animal fattening farming through digitalisation. Its technology integrates 3D imaging, sensors and mathematical algorithms to automate the replacement of feed silos, thus improving efficiency and management in the livestock sector.

5. Nimble Diagnostics. An industrial doctorate project in collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC): "Development of the nimble system for the early identification of structural and pathological issues with implanted stents in cardiovascular patients". Nimble Diagnostics, a spin-off of the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the University of Barcelona (UB), has developed an innovative medical device that monitors stents using microwaves, a technology that can save thousands of lives.

6. Oniria Therapeutics. Two industrial doctoral projects in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (UB): "Modulation of the activity of the epigenetic enzyme tet2 as a novel strategy to overcome cancer persistence" and "Design, synthesis and biophysical characterization of tet2 inhibitors". Oniria Therapeutics, located in the Barcelona Science Park, is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to precision oncology, fighting against the persistence of cancer, one of the main causes of mortality. Founded in 2021, this spin-off has overcome the difficulties in attracting specialized talent by expanding the search for professionals internationally.