1 July, 2020

New recruits

As the project evolves, the team does coherently.

Aortyx has added four members to the team: a Project Manager, two research scientists and an engineering intern.

Our new Project Manager is Dr. Verena Blume, a Biologist with vast experience in creating scientific content and science communication to audiences with different backgrounds. She is responsible for grants management and media communications.

Germán Febas joins the team as Research Scientist. Germán, soon-to-be PhD in Bioengineering, has significant experience in biomaterials and development of medical devices. As a specialist in electrospinning, he will support the team in all tasks related to patch and adhesive manufacturing.

Dr. Inés Moreno will join the team in September. Inés has extensive experience in tissue regeneration, tissue engineering and imaging. After two very successful post-docs at Max Planck and Queensland, she joins Aortyx as a Research Scientist to work on the biological response to our patches.

Francesc Canalejo is an Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering who has performed a verysuccessful internship in the Engineering Department. He has rapidly integrated and contributed to optimising our deployment system. We hope he comes back after his Erasmus in Politecnico de Milano.

We are grateful for the labour developed by Idan Bar-Shay and Bruno Perales. We wish them the best in their coming career challenges!

25 June, 2020

Aortyx and IQS receive the Retos-Colaboración grant

The Spanish Government supports R&D companies and research centers through different programs within the Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020.

Aortyx and IQS continue to partner in the development of our new generation of endovascular devices to treat aortic diseases. The Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación has granted more than 750k€ in a grant-loan combined funding scheme. The grant is a new demonstration of the project’s strength, relevance, and reputation within the Spanish ecosystem.

The grant will secure IP protection, results dissemination, regulatory progress and will support the addition of more staff to both IQS and Aortyx to continue delivering better solutions to aortic disease patients.

15 June, 2020

Noemí Balà finalist of the “Explain your thesis in 4 minutes” competition

The Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRI) and 11 Catalan universities organize the competition “Explain your thesis in 4 minutes”. With the support of the Catalan Government, this event contributes both promoting research spreading and turning back science to society.

It is focused on PhD candidates who are challenged to explain their investigation to a general audience in a maximum time of 4 minutes with a plain vocabulary and easy-to-understand structure.

Noemí Balà, co-founder of Aortyx, presented her thesis “Disseny d'un dispositu mèdic pel tractament de les disseccions aòrtiques” won the Universitat Ramón Llull (URL) semifinal and represented the URL at the Final competition on June 25th, 2020. Find the presentation here: 

10 June, 2020

Aortyx, semi-finalist in the EIT Health Catapult

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) launched Catapult, its flagship pitch competition and training program. Aortyx has been selected as one of the 14 Medtech startups that will compete at the semi-final.

Catapult offers prizes to the winners of the competition, but also high-quality pitches and business training to facilitate access to international investors. We aim at using the training to win the competition and attract leading experts and international investors.

1 June, 2020

CaixaImpulse Consolidate funds endovascular patches for aortic diseases

Bioresorvable endovascular patch research project from Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) has been awarded one of CaixaImpulse Consolidate grant among the 40 European research projects presented. This programme, promoted by the “La Caixa” Banking Foundation, drives the transformation of scientific knowledge into services, products, or businesses that create value in society. 

Our CEO, Dr. Martorell has led this project since 2015 at Vascular Engineering and Applied Biomedicine group at IQS. Along with the rest of the project’s core team: Dr. Riambau, Dr. Borrós, and our CTO Ms. Balà, they are focused on transferring innovative technology applied to vascular diseases.

CaixaImpulse Validate 2017 was the cornerstone to transform this research project into a spin-off, Aortyx, so we expect CaixaImpulse Consolidate to be the cornerstone to reach the clinical stage. This recognition reinforces the research project’s strength and disruptive innovation solution for aortic diseases through the collaboration between IQS and Aortyx.

The 24 months’ fund will be assigned to Non-GLP development to reach a design freeze before starting GLP development towards the clinical experimentation with the First in Human trials. Meanwhile, it will be needed to secure funding IP costs and production.

CaixaImpulse Consolidate, which grants up to 300k€ and mentoring training, will help to continue to fix the patch commercialisation objective in 2024.

1 March, 2020

Claus per emprendre en Tecnologies Mèdiques

The first edition of “Claus per Emprendre en Tecnologies Mèdiques”
took place in February at the IQS School of Engineering in Barcelona.
Biocat and IQS Tech Factory joined efforts to create this 4-days
course. It gathered experts and entrepreneurs experienced in medical
technologies and digital health from all over Catalunya. The aim was to
provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how to build a medical
or technological start-up.

Noemí Balà, one of the co-founders of Aortyx, was invited to
participate in the inaugural session. It was a great opportunity to
overview new trends and market positioning, but more importantly how
to go from clinical need and a technological idea to market and exit.
The course, aimed at students and young researchers, presents the
failures, successes, problems and satisfaction that entrepreneurs
enjoy and suffer along their uncertain journey.

10 January, 2020

The team evolves

New year, new incorporation to our team! On January 8th a new member was added to our crew. Idan Bar-Shay is the new preclinical and clinical manager at Aortyx. He is well experienced in adhering to clinical protocols, training medical staff, and helping to identify and monitor company’s needs. 

He studied at the University of Haifa from 2006 to 2009 a Bachelor of Biological Sciences, and then obtained the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2010-2014) degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

His work experience began as a Veterinary Technician in 2012. In 2016, he joined Boston Biomedical Associates in Israel, focused on clinical studies preparation, development and submission. He also implemented medical research methods for collecting high-quality quantitative and qualitative data. 

He came to Barcelona in 2018 to join Anaconda Biomed as a clinical specialist in Anaconda BioMed, where he was engaged in protocols, clinical staff training and investigation, before joining Aortyx. His background and experience make him an important addition to our team. We look forward to a successful venture.

Our most recent team member is Bruno Perales de Rocafiguera, a senior-year undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering who joined in March. He will be our intern for four months supporting the R&D engineering team, simulating and optimizing the behaviour of our Nitinol deployer. We are happy to have him learning by our side and looking forward to his contribution.

Last but not least, Júlia López has accepted a new career opportunity and joined the project managing team at Oryzon Genomics. We wish her success in this new adventure!

29 December, 2019


Aortyx has been supported by the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) through its NEOTEC program. The objective of this program is to support newborn technology-based companies, helping them with non-dilutive funds to continue developing their technology and adding value to their projects. Aortyx has been awarded the maximum funding amount, 250,000 €.

20 December, 2019

Seed round closed

Aortyx increased its capital with a seed fund of 650,000 € led by Genesis Ventures. This seed round started in February 2019, initially aiming for 300,000 €. The excitement from the investors and the updated cash needs made our round the 14th in Spain in 2019 and the highest without Venture Capitals nor Crowdfunding platforms.

Our CEO and co-founder, Jordi Martorell, states that achieving this round of funding is a recognition of the trust placed by our investors in our daily work and the main objective of Aortyx: saving lives. 

This capital raise has been key to starting animal testing and fixing our commercialization objective in 2024. Likewise, we have already started the industrialization process of our prototype and put in motion our quality management system to comply with ISO 13485.

Learn more in the following links:

Aortyx amplía capital en 650.000 euros con una ronda liderada por Genesis Ventures

CATALUNYA.-Aortyx amplía capital en 650.000 euros con una ronda liderada por Genesis Ventures

15 December, 2019

Aortyx receives an ENISA

ENISA is a public institution that offers soft loans to promising Spanish start-ups during their initial stages, when private capital is hard to raise. Being funded by ENISA is not only a great opportunity to raise capital, but also a sign of quality that can generate traction to attract new investors. Aortyx was given a participative loan of €175.000 to fund their business plan.


The ultimate solution for aortic diseases

The ultimate solution for aortic diseases

The ultimate solution for aortic diseases

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