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A NEW SURGICAL SUTURE SYSTEM HAS BEEN
PATENTED

 

A group of Innotex Center researchers, led by José Antonio Tornero PhD., has developed a device for automatic suturing of the large intestine (anastomosis) in surgery for colon cancer and other illnesses. The system, called Insewing, was developed as part of the ECHORD European Project. It works with absorbable suture material rather than the metal staples that are currently used, which may cause intestinal stiffness and obstruction. The device can be used in colon cancer operations, in which the affected part of the intestine frequently needs to be resectioned and the healthy ends sutured together. Collaborators in the project include the UPC Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC) and the Hospital de la Vall d'Hebron. The new system is patented and available for commercialization.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PARTICIPATION IN THE BIO INTERNATIONAL
CONVENTION 2013

 

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) participated in the BIO International Convention held in Chicago on 22–25 April. CREB UPC presented two recently developed technologies: an in vitro electroporation system, and an electromechanical stimulation system for cells to ensure that they remain in a healthy state.

 
 
 
 
 
 

teknoCEA HAS BEEN FOUNDED

 

CITCEA UPC has founded teknoCEA, a new spin-off company that provides electrical energy engineering services to meet corporate needs and aid the industrialization of already developed technologies. The initiative helps to forge closer links between the development of knowledge and the market. Through this new company, CITCEA UPC designs will be marketed in the areas of power electronics, automation, renewable energies, microgrids and smart grids.

 
 
 
 
 
 

TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM ON CLUSTERS

 

On 23 April, the Center for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) took part in a symposium organized by ACC1Ó on Clusters as a tool to increase competitiveness and the role of TECNIO. CD6 UPC presented its successful experience as part of SECPhO, the photonics cluster of which it is founding member.

 
 
 
 
 
 

CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION IN MEXICO

 

In collaboration with CANACINTRA (the Mexican National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry), the Industrial Equipment Design Centre (CDEI UPC) organized the First Industrial Innovation Conference in Mexicali (Mexico). The aim of the conference was to highlight the importance of innovation for companies and to describe the experience of CDEI UPC as an example of successful university-business collaboration. Other participants included representatives from the Mexican organizations ProMéxico and CONACYT and from Mexican industrial companies in the agrifood, medical rehabilitation, aerospace and energy sectors.

 
 


CIT UPC ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
 

PARTICIPATION IN DENTAL FORUM 2013

 

CIT UPC took part in the Dental Forum (FDM) 2013, which was held on 11–13 April in Barcelona. FDM is a trade fair for the dental sector that is attended by dentists, dental hygienists and dental technicians and the public administrations involved in this sector. Several meetings were held with companies interested in technology applications developed by the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Division from CREB UPC.

 
 
 
 
 
 

MEETING BETWEEN CIT UPC & CITA-UB

 

On 17 April, the first meeting was held between the research groups in CIT UPC and CITA-UB. The aim was to promote knowledge exchange and to create a shared space for collaboration, so that joint research, development and innovation projects can be undertaken in the areas of medical, health and quality of life technology.

 
 
 
 
 
 

PARTICIPATION IN FEMCAT’S 2013 UNIVERSITY -
BUSINESS PROGRAM

 

CIT UPC participated in the Seventh Edition of the University-Business Program (on 24, 25 and 26 April) organized by Femcat to strengthen ties between the corporate world and the university and to find new ways to collaborate. On this occasion, visits were made to three Catalan companies: Lamigraf, Grupo Alimentario Guissona and Cafés Novell.

 
 


RESEARCHERS
 
 
 
 

PARTICIPATION IN THE EUROPEAN DATA FORUM 2013

 

Josep Lluis Larriba Pey PhD., Director of the Data Management Group (DAMA UPC) gave a presentation at the European Data Forum 2013, held in Dublin on 9 and 10 April. The presentation was on the Linked Data Benchmark Council (LBCD) European project, which is coordinated by DAMA UPC. The aim of the LBCD is to create a benchmark that allows the market to assess RDF and graph technology products.

 
 
 
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INFORMATION OF INTEREST

 

 
 

CREATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE CLUSTER OF CATALONIA


On 30 April, the Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia was formed to highlight and increase the competitiveness of the automotive industry, as a driver of the Catalan economy. The Cluster, which is promoted by the Regional Government of Catalonia, will encourage and take advantage of synergies among its members to boost interaction between the science and technology field, the production sector and the automotive sector. The main members of the cluster are SEAT (a company that has had a Company Chair at the UPC since 2007), NISSAN, GESTAMP, FICOSA and DOGA. Together, these companies have a turnover of 10 billion euros and employ 18,300 people.

 
 


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