Opening up technology pathways.

Team


Elena Canetti

Managing Partner, Israel
MBA from Boston University

Elena is an international expert in Technology Transfer. Having completed hundreds of licensing and research deals in the pharmaceutical, high-tech and chemical industries, Elena brings years of experience with tech commercialization in international markets. Prior to co-founding Inveniam, Elena was VP of Research Collaborations at a worldwide renowned Israeli University, where she led the commercialization of promising technologies to international corporations and leading venture capital firms.

Eric Suñol

Managing Partner, Barcelona
PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York

Eric is an experienced entrepreneur, consultant and transaction advisor in different industries, with a special focus in sustainability. Prior to co-founding Inveniam, he worked as a consultant setting up a major Spanish incubator. He has also served in several positions in a power & gas corporation and worked in investment banking.

Albert Cot

Partner, Barcelona
PhD in Bioengineering from the UPC

Albert is an expert in Industrial R&D and industry-academia partnership. Albert is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and was a post-doc researcher at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona. Albert is the current Head of Corporate Venture for Energy and Systems at an infrastructure company.

John Crockett

Partner, Barcelona
MSc in Economics from the University of London

John has extensive experience in competitive funding for NGOs, businesses and research institutions. As Managing Director, he previously helped grow an innovation consulting firm into a leader in writing SME Instrument proposals. John currently leads Inveniam’s public funding division.

Ricardo Schleifer

Partner, Israel
MSc in Bio-Medical Engineering from the Tel Aviv University and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion (both cum-laude)

As a Senior Marketing Manager, Ricardo brings 30+ years of experience in introducing innovative medical & electronic products into new and existing markets. Ricardo has experience in a long list of medical and pharma products and leading technologies as well as Cleantech and Agrotech.

Ignacio Villa

Partner, Barcelona
MBA from ESADE Business School. Post graduate in International Business from the Stockholm School of Economics

Ignacio is an experienced Investment Banker with 20+ years of experience in M&A and Venture Capital. He has advised on 50+ transactions in his career most of which have been cross-border deals. He also has extensive experience in floating Start-ups to the public stock markets, fundraising, and structuring of complex transactions.

Jordi Gamez

Venture Partner, Barcelona
MSc in Corporate Finance from UB

Jordi has extensive experience in M&A and entrepreneurship. He founded and led the fundraising of his own startup, and has worked in M&A, valuation and investing throughout his career. Jordi previously worked at a Big Four Consulting Firm and several private equity firms.

Benito Vera

Venture Partner, Madrid
MSc in Economics from UCM and Senior Executive Program at IESE

Benito has extensive experience in business strategy, investment banking and financial analysis pertaining to the energy and financial sectors. He has held several key positions, such as Director of Analysis and Studies at Gamesa and Iberdrola, Head of Equity Research at Santander, and VP of Equity Research, Energy Team at Citi (London).

Laia Mencia

Associate, Barcelona
PhD in Astronomy from Stockholm University, Sweden

For her PhD in the field of Astronomy, Laia worked on broad-band multi-colour imaging and image analysis to determine supernovae rates. After her PhD and before joining Inveniam’s team, she worked as an English teacher and translator.

Matthew Newman

Associate, Barcelona
MSc in Finance from UPF Barcelona School of Management and a BS in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Matthew has experience creating and implementing, business plans, financial plans and go-to-market strategies. Before joining the team, Matthew was an Investment Intern at Inveready Technology Investment Group and worked for a healthcare services startup in Chicago. 

Nick Chapman

Associate, Barcelona
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh, and MPhil in Smart Grids from the University of Manchester

Nick is an expert in energy engineering and economics, with experience in research, technology development, project management, fundraising and business planning. Prior to joining Inveniam, Nick supported and lead several energy innovation projects in the UK and Spain. He is the author of three IEEE publishes and has presented his research on demand flexibility at a number of major European conferences. 

Oliver Yorke

Analyst, Barcelona
MSc International Business from UPF Barcelona School of Management and a BA in History from Goldsmiths University

Oliver combines his interests in social impact, entrepreneurship and human development with a focus on research, risk analysis, and innovation projects. Prior to joining the firm, he gained a range of diverse experiences working with consulting companies and Social Enterprises, including BlackRock, Deloitte and a range of Social Impact initiatives.

Cristina Vilarmau

Analyst, Barcelona
MSc in Health Biotechnology from CESIF and BS in Biotechnology from UB

Cristina assists the Inveniam team with business plans and go to market strategies in the area of Life Science. Cristina has experience in biotechnology and business and has worked in several research groups related to plant biotechnology and molecular and cellular biology.

German Hernandez

Office Manager, Barcelona
Double degree in International Marketing, and Administration and Finance

Germán supports the Inveniam team with various administrative and organizational tasks. He has extensive experience in project management and customer service.

Estefanía González

Communications, Barcelona
Master’s in Creative Documentary at UPF (enrolled). BA in Communication and Digital Media from Tecnológico de Monterrey

Estefanía is an experienced photographer and filmmaker. She combines creativity, curiosity, and her design skills to help develop the company’s identity and news. Before joining the team, she had worked with film festivals and event companies.

Naia Jiménez

Analyst, Barcelona
BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Universitat de Barcelona 

Naia is a biomedical engineer with healthcare knowledge and an active member of the biomedical engineering group at UB. Before joining the team, she has worked in Hospital Clínic of Barcelona developing a medical device prototype. 

Paolo de Carli

Analyst, Barcelona
MS in SELECT from TU/e & UPC and BS in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano

Paolo combines an energy engineering background with his management and entrepreneurial skills obtained during ESADE courses. He is interested in the development and application of sustainable technologies, from the technological, business and social points of view. Before joining Inveniam Group, he studied in the SELECT double degree master program sponsored by EIT InnoEnergy during which he worked on interdisciplinary projects,  such as the development of a solar-powered water pump suitable for the Sahel region, within international teams.

Advisors


Jesús Purroy

Biotech advisor, Barcelona
PhD in Biology with a PDD from IESE Business School

Jesús is a molecular biologist and entrepreneur focused on addressing social needs through the development of life science-based technology. He worked as Research & Innovation Director and later Scientific Director at the Barcelona Science Park. Jesus has founded two companies and is an advisor to several others.

Alberto Peón

Financial Advisor, Madrid
MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from ICADE

Alberto is an experienced financial professional with a successful track record in investment banking and structured finance. He has held various roles at leading banks and multinationals, including Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Telefonica, and Gamesa. He has also held senior positions in biotech and software start-ups and was closely involved in capital raising.

Amir Cohen

Financial Advisor, Israel
MA in Economics from the Hebrew University and a BA in Economics and Statistics (honors) from Ben Gurion University

Amir has more than 30+ years of experience in Israeli and multinational corporation. He has been the CFO or COO of various medical device and Clean-Tech companies. He has been involved in several transactions including an IPO at the German stock exchange, M&A and spin-off, cost reduction, capacity extension through efficiency increases, and more.

Rafael Rubio

Agri-biotech Advisor, Granada
PhD in Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Resources and a BS Agronomy

Rafael is an expert in ecological research pertaining to agriculture, genetics and plant biology. Rafael has worked with some of the best academic and scientific institutions in the US and Spain. He developed his research at Harvard and Duke University and in the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

Alan Belicha

Biotech Advisor, New York
PhD in Molecular Immunology and a BS in Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Buffalo University

Alan is the Business Development Manager at Mount Sinai (NY, US) and is involved with the health division of the NYC Regional Innovation cluster. He was a consultant for Ascent Biomedical Ventures and an analyst at Grey Healthcare Group.

Xavier Bofill

Biotech Advisor, Washington D.C.
PhD in Biomedical Sciences and graduated with honors in Biology and Biochemistry

Xavier is a Postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) with extensive experience in the field of microRNA biogenesis in tumors and its applications on translational research (shRNAs and CRISPR). He has performed research in several institutions, including the CRG and IDIBAPS.

Nancy Pérez

Cleantech Advisor, Santiago de Chile
MSc in Computer Science from The Federico Santa María Technical University (Chile) and a BS in Computer Science

Nancy has 15+ years of experience in the mining sector as innovation projects leader, having worked at the National Institute of Industrial Property as Deputy Director of the Knowledge Transfer Department. In addition, She held a  key role in the creation of the UDD’s technology transfer capacity.

Mauro Jankelovicius

Commercial Advisor, Brazil
BA in Muisc from the Rubin National Academy of Music in Jerusalem

Experienced in the medical-equipment area. Good knowledge of Latin American markets (Brazil in particular). Expertise in working with Israeli companies in Brazil, 12 years with Elscint as Latin America Manager and 14 years with Given Imaging, first as the exclusive distributor and secondly as the Brazilian subsidiary director.

Oriol Salvatella

Advisor, Barcelona
BS in Industrial Engineering at UPC Barcelona

Oriol is an experienced engineer and finance manager in the energy, water and waste sectors. He leads Energiplan, a specialized consulting firm serving clients in the EU and the Americas. Prior to that, he was the technology director at a Spanish leading private equity firm investing in energy infrastructure in Spain and Latinamerica, and lead the regional R&D and product design in an automotive industry. 

Tally Hershko

Senior Advisor, Valencia
BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion

Tally is a multifaceted medical and biotech product marketing professional with broad-based skills in global product management, project management, marketing, business and product development. With 18 years of experience in the industry, Tally provides a knowledge of business, marketing, data analysis and technology, with successful launches of medical devices into the market.


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