Some of Our Mentors
Todd Snowden Todd holds a BSc in Bioengineering and Pre-Medicine from The Catholic University of America (Washington, USA). Todd is a highly successful international healthcare executive with more than 30+ years’ experience in life sciences companies. He has worked in product management, global sales management and as CEO for companies in molecular diagnostics, laboratory services, and medical devices such as: W.L. Gore & Associates, Interleukin Genetics, and PathoGene. During 2010-2013, he was interim CEO at PathoGene, L.L.C, a start-up molecular diagnostics development company. Currently Todd is founder/principal of Ascent Business Advisors, a strategy consulting/interim management firm he founded in 2008 focused on clinical diagnostics, medical devices and digital health start-up companies.
Mercedes Delgado is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative. She serves as Senior Institute Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Delgado’s research focuses on the relationship between the regional business environment and the performance of inventors, firms, regions, and countries. She examines the role of regional clusters—geographic concentrations of related industries, firms, and supporting institutions —in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and resilience. Delgado has developed new methods for defining and mapping industry clusters and the supply chain economy, providing tools to help firms, practitioners, and policymakers create regional and national strategies. In recent work she explores the interaction between firm location choices through the value chain and firm performance. Delgado’s work has been published in top economic, policy, and strategy journals. She served as a lead researcher on the US Cluster Mapping Project: Mapping a Nation of Regional Clusters
Pepa Barragán is a Regulatory affairs (CMC) and facility compliance (cGMPs) consultant. Former FDA regulator with 15 years of combined (government and industry) experience in multiple aspects of biotechnology products regulation, drug development and research. Direct participation in the FDA approval of 15 biotechnology products (novel and biosimilars). Lead inspector in multiple pre-license inspections in 8 countries. Multilingual and dual (US/EU) citizen. Pepa holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by Complutense University (Spain) and was a visiting research fellow at Harvard (US) and Freiburg (Germany) Universities. She completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications and one biotechnology patent, and has been invited speaker at several scientific and regulatory conferences.
Lourdes Núñez-Müller holds an MBA from IESE Business School, an Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation and Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Granada, Spain where she got her B.S. and M.S. in Pharmacy. She has been a PhD-level healthcare director in Sanitas (Madrid), CH -Werfen (Lexington, MA ,USA) and Biopharmaceutical Corporate Relations Liaison at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA USA). After 5 years in Boston, she returned to Spain as Director of Knowledge Transfer, Internationalization and Entrepreneurship at PTS Granada. EIT Health & EIC Accelerator Evaluator. She has over 20 years of experience providing support for health companies.
Eric Bannon, has over 35 years of experience providing clinical and regulatory support for medical device companies. His expertise focuses on implementing creative regulatory and clinical strategies from development through commercialization, with experience in multiple therapeutic areas including Endoscopy, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Metabolic and Neurovascular Diseases.
Eric is frequently called upon by incubators and accelerators to provide expert clinical and regulatory advice for startup medical device companies. He is the primary author of dozens of 510(k)s, Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) and PMA submissions in the US and related clinical and regulatory submissions in the EU, Australia, and Asia.
Jörg Landwehr is a Managing Partner at ActeaVentures GmbH. He received his PhD for his molecular endocrinology research carried out at the University Hospital Basel. After his post-doc at F. Hoffmann-La Roche, he worked there on competitor analysis, revenue forecasting, project valuation, and market analytics. He then served as BD&L Director at PharmaMar (Madrid, Spain) before co-founding ActeaVentures in 2014.
Gustavo Fuster holds a Degree in Pharmacy from the UCM, an MBA (Biotechnology) from Aliter and studied Law at UNED. He held the position of Business Development and Patents Manager at Genetrix Corp (gaining experience in the field of monoclonal antibodies and adult stem cell technology), was Patents Manager at a Spanish patent attorney firm and Director of the Technology Transfer Office of the Andalusian Public Healthcare System (practical experience in Spanish civil, administrative and commercial law, and in advanced therapies (stem cells and tissue engineering, nanotechnology and gene therapy)). He obtained the title of Spanish Industrial Property Attorney in 2007, the title of European Patent Attorney in 2008 and the CEIPI Diploma in Patent Litigation in Europe in 2011. Currently studying a Master’s degree in bioinformatics and a Computer Engineering Degree (UOC). He joined HOFFMANN EITLE in 2011.
Valerie Vanhooren co-founded ONA Therapeutics, where she serves as CEO. She has held previous positions as R&D Director at ProteoDesign (a spin-off from Princeton University, developing biologics within the immuno-oncology space) and Ablynx (acquired by Sanofi), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of Nanobodies® (proprietary therapeutic proteins). At Ablynx, she led drug development projects from early stage discovery till clinical trials in collaboration with big pharma (Merck, Abbvie etc.). Valerie is Doctor in Science by the University of Ghent, Belgium, and carried out postdoctoral studies at the VIB-Ghent University. She has extensive expertise in immuno-oncology, inflammation and aging research and has published widely in these fields.
Oscar Alegre is a partner at DWF-RCD. He is specialized in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, as well as Intellectual and Industrial property. He regularly advises companies in the technological and biotechnological sector from the conceptualization of the business project to its successful completion. He advises companies during negotiations with investors, the establishment of shareholders agreements and flexible compensation plans, etc. Likewise, Oscar advises public research entities in the definition of their policies on intellectual and industrial property and in the technology transfers process, including the creation of spin-offs. An expert in Life Sciences, technology transfers, public law, TMT and venture capital, Oscar counts on extensive experience advising leading technological companies, multinationals, start-ups, entrepreneurs, universities, research centers, hospitals and governments.
Santiago Lozano is a Graduate in Business Administration by Universidad de Navarra and Master in Finance. Accumulated Management Experience for more than 20 years, first at Industry, later Financial Markets and more than 15 years in Venture Capital (Startups and Tech Transfer Porjects). Associate and Tech Transfer Venture Funds Director at Clave Capital. Evaluator and different funding programmes and collaborator with several Academia Institutions. Currently member in 15 boards of Startups, mainly health sector. We identify projects in a very early stage (even setting up the company), support them with other partners, industrial players and coinvestors, from the very beginning, investing in these new companies, to create value since product development until market positioning.
Maria A. Revieriego
Maria A. Revieriego(Executive Regulatory Consultant and Co-founder of ALLADVICE REGULATORY CONSULTANTS SL). Ex-regulator at the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK as a Pharmaceutical Assessor of registration dossiers. More than 20 years’ professional experience across Europe mainly in Regulatory Affairs and Product Lifecycle Management of Human Medicinal Products in different biopharmaceutical companies and business models. She worked as Regulatory Affairs Head in TiGenix (currently Takeda) where among other projects with ATMP, she was actively involved in the successfully approval of the European Marketing Authorization of Alofisel (first authorization for an allogeneic cell therapy product in Europe). Since April 2019 she established herself as a consultant and has collaborated with Biopharmaceutical Companies and Public institutions in the field of ATMPs. Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Industry Masters.
Jorge Arenas-Vidal is founder and managing partner of the BioSerentia Group, a business accelerator and venture builder in deep tech health operating since 2008. During this period, he founded, invested in and held chairman and interim CEO responsibilities for two biotech startups, advised on corporate strategy and designed deep tech entrepreneurship policies and programs for public and private clients. After working as a laboratory scientist, he began his career as an executive in Arthur Andersen’s Healthcare Practice, then worked as a Director at Vitalia Consulting, which was acquired by former IBM partners. Jorge holds a PhD in Toxicology, University of Navarra, and a Master in BioScience Enterprise from The Cambridge-MIT Institute. Distinguished in BioEntrepreneurship by the University of Cambridge.
Daniel Rico is a Tenured Research Group leader (Lecturer equivalent) at Newcastle University. He is a creative researcher with expert knowledge in molecular biology and bioinformatics. His scientific method is similar to the approach of an artist: he continuously explores new ways to recycle, combine and analyse different types of biological data in order to understand how cells and organisms work. He enjoys working as part of multidisciplinary teams, aiming for synergistic interactions that lead to ideas and discoveries that are not possible to achieve in isolation. He is currently investigating the differences of the immune system in men and women and the genome features that promote translocations in cancer.
Carlos Martín Oviedo
Carlos Martín Oviedo is CFO Chief Financial Officer at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Granada and Associate Professor at the University of Granada. Being graduated in Economics and having a Master degree in business administration Carlos has developed an intense and long career of more than 20 years of work in the field of financial consultancy with a remarked expertise in the analysis of economic and financial viability of companies and projects, financial planning and companies valuation and rating. He is also Associate Professor (PDI) at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Granada, attached to the Financial Economy and Accountancy Department and teaching the subjects of Financial planning and Company valuation. He also got the DEA certification in Advanced techniques of financial and commercial planning, management and control and develop a continuous research activity in these fields.
Concepción Torrejón (Senior Regulatory Consultant and Co-founder of ALLADVICE REGULATORY CONSULTANTS SL). More than 11 years’ professional experience across Europe mainly in Regulatory Affairs within the pharmaceutical industry including the multinational Takeda in London (UK). She worked in Regulatory Affairs in TiGenix (currently Takeda) where among other projects with ATMPs, she was involved in the successfully approval of the European Marketing Authorization of Alofisel (first authorization for an allogeneic cell therapy product in Europe). She has collaborated with Public institutions in the field of ATMPs and also with the Pharmacovigilance department at the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS). Academic research experience in pharmacy.
Jean Luc Henrioul
Jean Luc Henrioul is a Bio-engineer with 33-year international experience in start-ups and SMEs’ creation, early financial consolidation, general management, business & corporate development, marketing & sales. Expertise gained in multi-faceted business and social environments: multinational companies, start-up’s, SME’s, freelance consultancy (work and residency in BE, ES, FR, HU, CI, UK)
Sectors: Pharma biotech & diagnostics, e-Health & Bio-IT, MedTech, Plant Health, Agro-food, Cosmetics, bio-based economy, …
Start-ups’ mentorship with BIC Granada, ES; ACCTiVATe and InnoRate, EU; INRAE, FR; CNRS Innovation, FR, CEA Saclay, FR, Institut Curie, FR, …( > 40 consultancy missions so far since 2002)
Ezequiel Olmos is an Industrial Engineer in the Technical Department of CE Marking at Omologic. His work is focused on specialized advice to manufacturers, entrepreneurs and importers in relation to the application of the requirements of the EU directives of CE Certification for any type of product in the industrial, technological and health sector. Speaker and technical trainer in CE Marking in Omologic for entrepreneurs, Clusters, Accelerators and Business Innovation Centers
Borja Smith consulting director with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences sector. He has worked mainly in consulting companies, in the pharmaceutical industry and in healthcare equipment companies. During this period he has focused his activity on advising companies and public organizations and institutions on issues as diverse as Research, Development and Innovation policies (R&D&I policies), commercial strategy or the development and launch of new drugs. The areas of greatest expertise have been those related to R&D&I policies, development of business strategies (commercial, human resources, logistics) and the conceptualization and definition of business opportunities.
Mari-Luz Bellido is the Head of Operations in Pharmex Advanced Laboratories, a EUGMP certified pharmaceutical and cosmetic CMO. She has +20-years of experience, becoming a qualified generalist capable of understanding and integrating the major functional areas of management, quality, production, and R&D activities, combined with solid scientific foundations. She has participated in multiples projects involving drug discovery and development, in vitro diagnosis, pharma and cosmetic manufacturing. She worked for +7 years as Managing Director of Vivacell, were she led the growth of from a start-up phase as spin-off of University of Córdoba, to become part of an American organization (Emerald Health Sciences Inc). She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, and MBA by ESIC.
Paola Hurtado serves as Head of Strategic Projects and Head of SW Development and Clinical/Lab Data Mgt at Universal DX, an in-vitro diagnostics company developing solutions for making cancer a curable disease, where she leads key corporate projects, connecting R&D with operational and go-to-market activities and brings 15 years’ experience in biotech app development. She serves as Chief Strategy Officer for BostonExO where she is responsible for creating and executing corporate strategic initiatives, driving organizational change and innovation. They leverage exponential technologies along with an abundance mindset to help organizations stay in business and disrupt their industry. She has broad experience mentoring and training start-ups and individuals to bring them to the next level. She holds professional certifications in innovation methodologies and she is an enthusiastic member of Purpose Alliance, Bridge for Billions and OpenExO communities. She holds a MS in Business Administration and Digital Marketing and a PhD in Biotechnology.
Francisco Rico (Legal & Compliance Consultant). Francisco Graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Granada and has 20 years of professional experience as an external consultant to Technology-Based Companies. He is a specialist in the development and implementation of compliance systems for the protection of the technology companies from criminal, financial or cybersecurity threats. Co-Founder and Secretary of the Employers’ Association of Granada technology companies, in 2008 he co-created the MERCURE HUB initiative, which brings together professionals from various disciplines to offer 360º strategic consulting to technology companies.
Managing Partner at HYPERIONup. Bachelor of Economics and Computer Engineer, holds an Advanced Certificate in Senior Management from ST Business School and Master’s degree in Digital Business Management at Barcelona University. Has worked like General Manager in Media sector and like Consultant in Arthur Andersen multinational. He´s Alhambra Venture´s Co founder, the most important investor event in South Spain with more than 1.000 startups analyzed and 200 of them presented to Venture Capital investor. Currently is managing Partner in Hyperionup company specialized in advising to startups in the SEARCH FOR FINANCING, through a team of professionals with extensive experience in the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems. Has a wide experience in holding to the startup management professionalization, providing senior management services and business expansion.
Jose Antonio González
Jose Antonio González Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Granada. Senior Executive Program at ESADE (Madrid) and Executive Program, Innovative Management & Corporate at Babson College (Boston, USA). He has developed a long professional career of more than 28 years in the financial system, Caja Granada, BMN, Bankia, and currently, in Caixabank in the area of territorial communication. He also has academic experience as an associate professor in the Department of Business Organization at the University of Granada and is currently a professor at ESIC Business and Marketing School (Spain) in different master programs (Executive MBA, Financial Management, …) giving training mainly in the areas of corporate finance, business strategy, and entrepreneurship, with extensive experience in academic tutoring of business plans in different postgraduate programs.
Managing Director of Parque Tecnológico de la Salud
Juan A. Muñoz Orellana
Deputy Director OTRI-UGR
Advisor at BIC GRANADA / Agencia IDEA
CIO Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Granada