From left to right, Jordi Sanmartí, manager of the society; Enric Bertran, José Luis Andújar and Esther Pascual, professors of the UB; Antonio Onteniente, managing partner of the society, and M.Carme Verdaguer, representative for CIC-UB
The spin-off Advanced Nanotechnologies, SL has been formally created. In the next four years it will develop an innovative surface treatment that will be able to be applied to the automobile sector, among others.
The UB has become part of Advanced Nanotechnologies, SL through the Group Innovative and Scientific Cultures (CIC-UB), and has signed a license agreement with Advanced Nanotechnologies, SL through the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG).
The new spin-off of the UB has been enhanced by Enric Bertran, professor of the UB’s Department of Applied Physics and Optics and responsible for the Consolidated Research Group of Physics and Engineering of Amorphous Materials and Nanostructures (FEMAN). Esther Pascual and José Luis Andújar, professors of the same department and members of FEMAN and of the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona (IN2UB) also take part in the project, together with Antonio Onteniente, who holds a degree in Physics for the UB and who has a wide experience in the automobile sector as international projects director; he currently is the managing partner of the enterprise Ontledge, SL.
The importance of the sector in which Advanced Nanotechnologies will work is reflected in the data gathered from 2010, when 78 million vehicles were manufactured all over the world and in the fact that the car manufacturing industry has grown 3.5% since 1997.
The UB becomes part of the spin-off through CIC-UB, the society of the UB Group aimed to manage the participation of the University in the spin-offs of the UB. CIC-UB was created in 2003 and takes part in Enantia, Genmedica Therapeutics, Biocontrol Technologies, Neurotech Pharma, ImmunNovative Developments, Iproteos and Advanced Nanotechnologies. The goal of CIC-UB is to promote the creation of technological-based enterprises that enable to obtain an economic and social return on the UB Group and on society, as well as to create highly qualified employment.
FBG, which is the centre for the Transfer of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation of the UB Group, has supported the project of Advanced Nanotechnologies helping to define its business plan and has signed a license agreement with the new enterprise. FBG applies around 22 and 25 patents annually and approximately creates two and five technological enterprises per year. It is the technological springboard of the UB and has the support of ACC1Ó, the Catalan business competitiveness support agency.