Founder Members:


Education: He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Madrid (UPM) (1996), and Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the Institute of Material Science (ICMM) belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (2000).

Current Position: He is Deputy Vice-Rector for Innovation, group leader of the Optics, Photonics and Biophotonics at the Center for Biomedical Technology CTB-UPM, and associate professor at the Applied Physics and Material Engineering Department of Industrial Engineering School (ETSII-UPM).

Professional Experience: He worked as: R&D engineer at Laser Section of TPyCEA at the Spanish Ministry of Defense and responsible for RAMAN spectroscopy service Lab at ICMM-CSIC. He was process engineer at Lucent Technologies Microelectronics during 4 years, Spanish representative in the 5th and 6th European R&D Framework Programme at the Center for Industrial Technology (CDTI), Sub-director of RTD projects at Nanophotonics Technology Center at Technical University of Valencia and Head of European Communities Unit at CSIC.

Research and innovation achievements: He has led and participated in 11 European and in 12 National research projects as well as other R&D initiatives. He is author/co-author of more than 50 scientific publications, which have been cited more than 1200 times, and more than 70 communications to congresses. He is also inventor of 6 patent applications. In addition, he is also founder of Bio Optical Detection, a spin-off company (BIOD S.L.) from the UPM, which develops optical Point-of-Care devices.

Dra. MARÍA FE LAGUNA received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry (1999) at the Polymer Institute from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, and has been working there from 1999 to 2007. Currently, she is professor in the Applied Physics Department at ETSII of Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and Science Research of the same University at CTB. Her research interest is focused on polymer materials, surfaces modification for biological applications and development of micro-nanophotonic structures for biosensing. She has participated in more than 15 research projects and has about 35 papers in international journals of material science area: Macromolecules, Polymer, Journal of Membrane Science, etc, indexed in ISI-JCR. She has made two patent applications. She has participated in several congresses of materials.

Dr. RAFAEL CASQUEL  is Industrial Engineer and assistant professor in the Applied Physics Department at ETSII of Technical University of Madrid (UPM). He is founder member of BIOD and his Doctoral Thesis is framed in the development of the BIOD core technology. He belongs to the Optics, Photonics and Biophotonics researchers group of the CTB at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Dr. Eng. FRANCISCO JAVIER SANZA received Ph.D. degree from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (2015), IT Engineer degree in 2008 (Universidad de Navarra, Spain), a M.Sc. in Photonics in 2009 (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and an M.Eng. in Laser Technology in 2011 (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). His research is mainly focused on micro and nano-fabrication and characterization of optical biosensors and development of optical platforms for IVD. He is also founder of BIOD S.L. Nowadays he is in charge of the Technical Direction of BIOD since January 2017.

Eng. JUAN FRANCISCO ARQUERO received a degree in telecommunication engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1989. He has a broad experience in industrial sectors and in creating innovative companies. He was Head of Business Development for Domotics at Telefónica España S.A. for six years. After this experience he created several SMEs companies and business initiatives such as BIOD, where is acting as General Manager and legal representative for managements activities. He is also cofounder of BIOD S.L.

Dr. CARLOS MOLPECERES. Member of the BIOD team from its origin, Prof. Molpeceres holds his PhD from the Technical University of Madrid, aMsSc from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a title of European Laser Engineer from the Technical University of Vienna. His research activities have been focused in the field of industrial applications of high power lasers, and he has an important experience in technological transfer to industry due to his activity as Technical Director in the Laser Centre of the Technical University of Madrid from 1998. His current research activities include laser processing of materials at micro and nanoscale for energy applications (mainly PV industry), leading some national projects in this area, and novel approaches for laser material processing at very high intensities. He is author of a number of papers indexed in JCR, has more than one hundred contributions to international scientific meetings, and is co-inventor of three patents. On the other hand, he combines these activities with his teaching position as Professor at Technical University in Madrid.

Dr. MIGUEL MORALES is promoter of the BIOD concept. Prof. Morales holds Physics Degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. He has worked in Laser Processes since 1997 and currently he is permanent research staff member and R&D Team Leader in simulation of laser processes at CLUMP. He has been teaching at the University for several years. He has participated in several national and EU projects. He has made several contributions to international conferences (EMRS, CLEO, etc.) and is author of a number of articles in international journals indexed in ISI-JCR. He has also made four patent applications.

Dr. CARLOS ANGULO BARRIOS received the degree of Ingeniero de Telecomunicación from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in 2002- He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University from 2002 to 2004, where he developed novel Si-based nanophotonic devices. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Senior Research Associate at the Nanophotonics Technology Centre (NTC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV). In 2006 Dr. Barrios returned to UPM where he s a tenured Associate Professor, leading research on Si-based integrated photonics at the Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectrónicos y Microtecnología (ISOM). Dr. Barrios has been principal investigator for several projects, including an EU project (SABIO); he holds several patents, including the slot-waveguide, and has published in top science journals such as Nature.

DAVID LÓPEZ-ROMERO has received a Master's degree in Physics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Advanced Diploma related to processing and technology for electronic and photonic devices at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Since 2004 he has worked as clean room engineer gaining a high degree of expertise in laboratory and processing techniques including optical lithography and nanolithography, wet and dry etching (inductively coupled plasma and reactive ion etching), physical/chemical vapour deposition (PVC and CVD), vacuum technology, mask design and various semiconductor characterization methods (to study optical, electrical and structural properties of materials and devices). He has experience with different materials (e.g. III-V compound semiconductors, graphene...). His activities also include the responsibility of the management and maintenance of clean rooms. Previously, he was research assistant at the UPM. As additional information, he has coauthored 14 publications and participated in 6 research projects.

Prof. LAURA M. LECHUGA. received her PhD in Chemistry from the University Complutense of Madrid in 1992. She is Full Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) & CIBER-BBN. Since 2013 she is a Distinguished Visiting Professor (PVE) at the Dept. of Microwaves and Photonics, School of Electrical and Computer Sciences, University of Campinas (Brazil) and Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) since 2014.

Prof. Lechuga is the Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain). The principal focus of her research program is the technological development of photonic (plasmonics and silicon-based) biosensors, their integration in the portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application for clinical and environmental diagnostics. She has published over 200 articles, book chapters and proceedings, has 8 families of awarded patents at European, US or international level, and has presented her work in more than 300 invited talks. She was the driving force for the establishment of one spin-off company in 2004 (SENSIA, S.L.) and co-founder of another spin-off in 2010 (BIOD, S.L.).

Prof. Laura Lechuga is associate editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal and associate editor of the J. Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier). She is a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and member of the European Optical Society (EOS). She is a member of Permanent Steering Committees for the Advanced Study Course on Optical Chemical Sensors (ASCOS) and Europt(r)ode Conference Series.

She has received several prizes and recognitions as the Prize of Physics, Innovation and Technology from the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and BBVA Foundation in 2016.

Prof. ÁNGEL MAQUIEIRA received the M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1973, doing Specialization in Food Science and Technology studies at the CSIC in 1974-75. After, he received the Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Valencia in 1980. Since 1975, he has reached a teaching position at the Department of Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is currently full Professor of Analytical Chemistry. He is a member of the Molecular Applied Chemistry Research Institute and co-head of the Chemical Signal and Measurement in Chemistry Research Group (SYM). Research interest topics include development of immunochemical methods, screening methodologies for organic pollutants, study of biosensors and automation, developing of bioMEMs. The newest study topic is related with developing microarraying protocols operating on compact disc supports. Dr. Maquieira is currently participating in competitive research projects in the bioanalytical field. He has co-authored more than 150 papers published in SCI journals. He referees for different scientific journals as AnalyticaChimicaActa, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Sensor and Actuators or Analytical Chemistry. He is member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.

María José Bañuls received the European Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Valencia, Spain (2004). In 2004 joined the Universitat Politècnica de València as a post-doctoral researcher.  From 2009, she is an Associate Proffesor in the Department of Chemistry at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. Her research interest is focused in chemical modification of polymeric and inorganic materials for biosensing, especially for the development of microarray methodologies to be applied in Genomics and Proteomics. She has co-authored about 45 papers in international journals and 112 contributions in congresses; she has been involved in 24 relevant research projects, four of them funded by the EU, and holds 5 patents.

Prof. ROSA PUCHADES was born in Valencia, Spain, on November 30, 1955. She received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Valencia in 1977 and 1982, respectively. Since 1979, she has been with the Department of Chemistry at Polythecnic University of Valencia, where she is currently Professor of Analytical Chemistry and member of the SYM research Group (Institute of applied molecular Chemistry). Her research interests include automation of analytical methods, sample treatment methodology, development of immunochemical reagents, set-up immunoanalytical methods, screening methodologies for organic pollutants and biosensors, behaviour of bioreagents in organic media, microarraying, development of new supports for microarrays, study of new tracers for biosensing, mainly. She is currently participating in several research projects in the analytical and bioanalytical field. Dra. Puchades has co-authored more than 150 papers in international journals and conferences. She has participated as reviewer for Talanta, AnalyticaChimicaActa, Food Technology and Biotechnology Review, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. She is also member of the Spanish Society of Analytical Chemistry and the American Chemical Society. At present she is the Coordinator of International Relations in the ETSIA School (UPV).

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