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The Science to Business (S2B) Concept Challenge is a TBDO initiative that celebrates the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among CRG researchers. Finalists of the S2B Concept Challenge 2016 edition were evaluated by a committee consisting of two industry experts, two investors, a CRG group leader, and a member of the Technology and Business Development Office (TBDO). The evaluation committee awarded the MicrobioMx project, of which they greatly appreciated the scalable business model and the straightforward path to market of the future CRG spin-off.
MicrobioMx will offer commercial grade services in the expanding market of metagenomics analysis of living organisms and their environments, backed by the CRG group leader and ICREA research professor Toni Gabaldón’s know-how in the sector of metagenomics and by Pedro González’s business and technical experience in the field of metagenomics services.
“The business model we proposed assumes low initial investment and fixed operational costs, allowing the company to reach sustainability and stability in a short period of time and to evolve accordingly to income generated through its sales and from participating in national and European public-private partnerships and consortiums,” explains Toni Gabaldón. In parallel, MicrobioMX will foster fruitful R&D collaborations with research institutes and hospitals, to start building its own IP portfolio and create value for its shareholders.