About Us

We are an optical tweezers company based in Barcelona, Spain. We have recently moved to our new facilities, close to the University of Barcelona campus.

IMPETUX team is composed of a balanced mixture of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs, with a clear commitment to convert  frontier scientific advances into cutting-edge commercial technologies.

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Vision and Mission

IMPETUX is a young, flexible company open to collaborate with its customers and suppliers to face their challenges and find together solutions to their needs through the development of equipment based on scientific excellence.

Our main mission is to transfer to the society, the results obtained from cutting-edge scientific research conducted along the past 7 years at the  Optical Trapping Lab – Grup de Biofotònica (BiOPT) of the University of Barcelona as high valuable technological solutions.

The efforts done together by public institutions as well as by the investigators themselves have led to a valuable and innovative technology, which will be able to satisfy actual needs from the scientific world.

Therefore, our main objectives are to cover those needs as well as to be able to respond to the challenges that the actual optical tweezers users are facing.

We trust and desire that our contribution may help to stimulate optical tweezer’s use in fields such as biotechnology, medicine, nanotechnology, etc. Our vision is that this technology will become a key and fundamental tool for future scientific achievements in these fields.

Values

The set of core values that walks us towards our challenges and describe our way of working and interact with our environment is basically based on confidence, respect, humility, responsibility and coherence in everything we do.

Confidence in our collaborators and our capabilities to face the challenges, respect for everyone and the environment, responsibility in front of our commitments, maximum consistency between what we say and what we do as individuals and as an organization too, and of course, committed and innovative in covering our customers needs.

Managing Team

ARNAU FARRÉ FLAQUER

ARNAU FARRÉ FLAQUER

Strategy and Research

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Prior to that, he has been an invited researcher at The Simon Fraser University in Canada, and has published 11 articles in several scientific journals. Moreover, Arnau is the author of two patents and have also authored ten contributions to scientific international conferences.

He received both a Bachelor in Physics and a M.Sc. in Biophysics from the University of Barcelona. Recently he has also received a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University with a thesis entitled:

 “Momentum measurements of single-beam traps and quantitative holographic experiments: two sides of the same coin”, which is the basis of the IMPETUX technology.

In 2012 joined the entrepreneurship program Bioemprendedor XXI. After that and during 2013 has also received an Executive Master in Innovation from Industrial Organization School in Madrid.

ELISABET ROMEU CODINA

ELISABET ROMEU CODINA

Finances and Administration

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Prior to that, she has been managing  R&D Projects in the corporate world for nearly 10 years. During this time she has been responsible for project definition, planning, execution control , deadlines and budgets. During those years she has also had the opportunity to collaborate with the ISO 9001 implementation and therefore working under its processes and requirements. From the R&D department of a laser technology company, she has had the opportunity as well, to organize a working group devoted to the improvement and organization of the manufacturing processes.

In 2002 she received a Bachelor in Physics from the University of Barcelona. In 2004 she received a Master’s Degree in Applied Climatology from the same university with the thesis entitled “The Influence of the solar activity in the Iberian peninsula rainfall”.

In 2008 she received a Master’s Degree in Physical Engineering, with the thesis entitled “A multibeam laser resonator study”.

In 2016 she received a Master’s Degree  in Business Administration (MBA) from EAE business school in Barcelona.

FERRAN MARSÀ SAMPER

FERRAN MARSÀ SAMPER

Product Development

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He received both a Bachelor in Physics from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s Degree in Photonics from UPC-UAB-UB-ICFO. His thesis entitled: “Highly stable holographic dumbbell combined with accurate force measurements through back-focal-plane interferometry” was awarded by The Catalan Physics Society with the prize “Jordi Porta i Jué 2012”.

In 2012 joined the entrepreneurship program Bioemprendedor XXI. After that and during 2013 has also received an Executive Master in Innovation from Industrial Organization School in Madrid.

ORIOL NOS ÀGUILA

ORIOL NOS ÀGUILA

Product Manufacturing

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He obtained in 2012 his Physics PhD on the development of thin film silicon solar cells  from the University of Barcelona where he graduated in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Physics Engineering. He joined the French research center CEA-INES in 2013 as a research engineer in the heterojunction silicon solar cells group.

With 8 years experience in semiconductor physics engineering, he has participated in several international scientific conferences with over 15 scientific articles published in peer reviewed journals and is author of 3 patent applications. He has participated in various European (CHEETAH, HERCULES) and Spanish (MICROSIL08) research projects.

Advisory Board

MARIO MONTES USATEGUI

Advisory Board Member

Mario, Co-founder of Impetux,  is  an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Optics of the University of Barcelona. He is also co-leading the Optical Trapping Lab – Grup de Biofotònica (BiOPT) research group.

Prior to that, Mario has been a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Hybrid Vision Lab, Automation, Simulation & Robotics Division, in NASA’s Johnson Space Center (Houston, USA), where he developed artificial vision systems for the International Space Station (ISS). He has also been an invited researcher in the Physics department of the Graduate School of Science at the Tokyo University in Japan where he had carried out studies in the molecular motors field.

He is the author of more than 40 publications in several international scientific journals and has done a set of contributions to books and publications. He is the co-inventor of 2 patents as well as the author of more than 90 contributions to national and international meetings and scientific conferences.

Mario holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona.

HECTOR MARTIN

Advisory Board Member

Héctor is Co-founder and CEO of the company Small-e Technologies. Founder of Arboliza XXI, S.L.. Prior to that, He has been a researcher at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Germany and programmer at companies like La Caixa and Gas Natural. He has also been an investment fund manager for 8 years at Banc de Sabadell. He has a bachelor degree in Physics, has a postgraduate in Financial Mathematics and He is Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Executive MBA for ESADE.

ALBERT TARANCÓN

Advisory Board Member

Albert Tarancón (Barcelona, 1979) is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group of the Advanced Materials for Energy Department at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC). Albert received his M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2001) and M.Eng. in Materials Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007). From 2002 to 2007 he was involved in his Ph.D. in Physics on the ”Strategies for Lowering the Temperature in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells” at the University of Barcelona. After two postdoctoral stays at the University of La Laguna (2007) and the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona- CSIC (2008-2009), Albert Tarancón joined the Catalonia Institute of Research in Energy (IREC) at the end of 2009 as a senior researcher (Ramón y Cajal felowship). His research interest is primarily concerned with materials for alternative energy technologies and their applicability in powering portable devices. In particular, Albert Tarancón is developing Solid Oxide Fuel and Electrolysis Cells (SOFC/SOECs), micro-Thermoelectrical Generators (µ-TEGs) based on silicon nanowires, all-solid-state Li-ion batteries and micro-SOFCs.

OSCAR GIL

Advisory Board Member

Oscar is the Executive Director, Technology Design & Strategy, GRM Analytics at BBVA. He is in charge of risk technology tools, in the holding risk area: Design and development of new tools for all the risks business areas in BBVA group. Previous to that he was the Executive Director, Processes Suport, Global Markets Risk Unit (GMRU) at BBVA too being responsible of technological tools and methodology that supports the area of assessment and risk for treasury in wholesale banking in the BBVA group.

Scientific Collaborators

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