Ignasi Belda, 2014 FPdGi Business Award

Awarded for being a young entrepreneur with a solid academic background who is launching his professional career in the field of biomedicine and technology with great effort, determination and innovative capacity and for his clear international vocation which is a living reflection of the real situation facing entrepreneurs in today’s global society.

Ignasi Belda Reig (Alcoy, 1979) graduated in Computer Engineering from the Ramon Llull University and holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence applied to the design of drugs from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). His doctoral thesis was chosen by the UPC as one of the 10 best theses on Information Technology of the decade and, while he was writing it, Belda was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of the University of Illinois (USA) and in the British-Swedish multinational AstraZeneca. In 2007, a year before completing his PhD, he participated in the launch of Intelligent Pharma (IP), which allowed him to transfer the ideas arising from his scientific studies to industry through a company with a strong scientific-technological character.

Belda has also played a fundamental role in setting up cutting-edge companies in the scientific-technological sector, such as SOM Innovation Biotech (2009) and BioCloud Research (2010). In 2011 he opened a subsidiary of the company Intelligent Pharma in the USA with the aim of internationalising the parent company. Both Ignasi Belda and some of these business initiatives have so far received a dozen awards for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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