We work to turn scientific advances into improvements for society

The ”la Caixa” Foundation believes that the ultimate goal of science and technology is to improve people's lives and help society to progress.

This is why we support research centres that favour technology transfer, i.e. exploit their results and bring them to the market.

BIST, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

The ”la Caixa” Foundation is a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), a centre set up as a result of cooperation between the six top research centres in Catalonia.

BIST promotes cutting-edge research in science and technology in a multi-disciplinary environment of scientific excellence and provides full backing for training and developing scientists.


ICFO, Institute of Photonic Sciences

Director: Dr. Lluís Torner

ICFO is a centre that works on projects aimed at applying leading-edge photonic technologies to gain a better understanding of how illnesses progress and better monitoring of treatment.


IBEC, Catalan Bioengineering Institute

Director: Dr. Josep Samitier

IBEC is a centre devoted to excellent interdisciplinary research on the frontiers of engineering and life sciences. The goal of IBEC is to generate new knowledge by combining areas like nanomedicine, biophysics, tissue engineering and applications of information technology to health.


CRG, Centre for Genome Regulation

Director: Dr. Luis Serrano

The EGA, the European Genome-Phenome Archive, is available at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and at CRG, the Centre for Genome Regulation.

The EGA offers an ongoing archiving and distribution service for all kinds of genetic and phenotypic data for personal identification resulting from biomedical research projects.


IRB, Biomedical Research Institute

Director: Dr. Joan Guinovart

BiomedTec is an in-house programme at IRB Barcelona with the support of the ”la Caixa” Foundation, devoted to validating technologies in their initial stages in all disciplines. The progress of the BiomedTec programme will foster the transfer of scientific results to the market, so improving quality of life for cancer patients.

The first call for applications took place in 2012 and was devoted to cancer. Following the success of this first round of applications, it was widened to include all therapeutic areas. From the second call for applications onwards, it was officially known as BiomedTec.


ICIQ, Catalan Chemical Research Institute

Director: Dr. Miquel A. Pericàs

ICIQ is committed to excellent research on the frontiers of knowledge in two main areas: catalysis and renewable energy. The Institute has two other commitments: transferring knowledge and technology to the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industries, and training the next generation of scientists through high-quality programmes for masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers.