Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH


Innotex Center

INNOTEX Center was founded in 2013 as a result of the integration of CTF UPC, the Intexter Institute and CRIT UPC. The Center benefits from the considerable industrial experience and knowledge of these three entities. INNOTEX Center is a leader in research and development for general industry that draws on years of university-business collaboration in the fields of textiles, toxicology and the environment.

INNOTEX CENTER has cross technological capabilities and experience in the development of projects in three main areas:


• Structure and properties of textile materials.
• Textile biotechnology, enzyme and biopolymer applications to fibres.
• Development and application of elastic filaments.
• Design and construction of prototypes of new yarn, fabric and non-woven fabric structures for fashion, domestic, technical and smart technology uses.
• Use of microcapsules in the spinning process (containing perfumes, medicines, cohesive materials, lubricants, wetting agents, photostabilizers and other products that give the materials specific properties).
• Innovations in the processes of spinning, bleaching, dyeing and finishing.
• Optimization and evaluation of detergents and the application of surfactants and polymers to textiles.
• Construction of textile machinery and measuring and control equipment.
• Analysis of fibres, yarns, fabrics and non-woven fabric structures. Official reports on defects.


• Basic and applied research on environmental aspects: toxicology and microbiology.
• Product safety and formulation according to European directives.
• Detection of biofilms on surfaces, biodegradation of polymers and disinfection strategies.
• Study of cell changes caused by the action of drugs, contaminants and microorganisms.
• Ecotoxicology of chemical and biological contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Physiological and histopathological effects on aquatic organisms.
• In vitro toxicity tests using cells and alternative systems.
• Biochemical and enzyme studies of xenobiotics.
• Development of new toxicity and viability assays.
• Studies of toxicity, bioaccumulation and biodegradation of potential chemical and biological contaminants in industrial products and diverse materials.
• Study and development of biosensors.
• Analysis of specific biomarkers.

INNOTEX CENTER holds over 20 patents, most of which are in use by companies,  and has one spin off.

INNOTEX CENTER produces marketable prototype s, since it has several industrial pilot plants and a machine shop for prototyping. Its approach is interdisciplinary, which facilitates the development of multi-sectoral applications.

For example, INNOTEX CENTER’s developments and technology can be applied in the following industrial sectors:

AeronauticalAutomotiveCeramicsTextile machinery constructionCosmeticsSports and leisurePharmaceuticalEnvironmental analysis laboratoriesMedical and healthChemicalSafety and personal protectionTextile









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Auxiliary subsectors


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Fashion and domestic

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    The project aims to define and validate the molecular biomarkers indicative of contamination in aquatic invertebrates in the Ebro River Delta. Virtually no data exist on molecular biology methods for evaluating the response of biomarkers of exposure and availability in the selected invertebrate species.

  • Rapid assay to study soil contamination

    An ecotoxicological assay to study soil contamination with terrestrial invertebrate species was studied and perfected. A quick and easy test for evaluating the environmental quality of potentially contaminated soil was adapted.


    Study of the technical viability of an assay to assess the environmental quality of potentially contaminated soil (COLTOX).
    The purpose of this project is to conduct the necessary R&D to develop an ecotoxicological assay kit. The assay should offer an easy way to obtain results that enable the rapid assessment or diagnosis of the quality of potentially contaminated soil.
    The kit uses collembola (Folsomia candida) in the dormant stage as an assay organism. The use of the dormant forms, which have no apparent metabolic activity, ensures that the assay organisms will remain available over time to be used wherever and whenever needed. When the assay is carried out, the dormant eggs hatch and are transformed into the indicator organisms whose responses make it possible to determine the contamination status of the tested soil.

  • Evaluation of the toxicity of metal-contaminated sediments during the embryonic development of fish

    The project studies the toxicity of mercury-contaminated river sediments during the embryonic development of fish. The experimental model used is the embryonic/larval study of a small cyprinid, the zebra fish (Danio rerio). As a preliminary step, the fish embryos' capacity to bioaccumulate mercury from both the sediment and water during the first five days of their development (when organogenesis takes place) is determined, as the embryos are highly sensitive to the impact of contaminants during this period.