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Antoni Riu, Managing Director

Toni brings to Galgo Medical over 15 years of experience in organization and business development, public-private fundraising and project management.

Toni has been actively involved in the set-up of new initiatives, such as the IN3 of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) becoming its first managing director, and contributing to the organizational and business development of companies, such as GEC SL and PAU Education SL where he held the positions as Business Development Director and Director of Strategy, respectively. Most of the professional assignments required the conceptualization and deployment of public-private partnerships and to strategize and achieve its financial consolidation. Toni has been instrumental in raising more than €30m in funds from private and public sources, particularly from the European Commission.

He worked at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) for four years as Manager of the biomedical imaging and simulation technologies research group.

Jacobo Gil de Biedma, Business Development Director

Jacobo has founded several Medical IT companies and brings more than 25 years in marketing and sales experience with a wide knowledge of the Medical Imaging market worldwide. As founder and CEO of ALMA IT Systems (Barcelona, Spain), an enterprise devoted to the development and sales of medical imaging software products, he managed to sale in 5 years more than 3.500 licenses worldwide, signing agreements with the leading international market players.

Dr Ludovic Humbert, Director of the Musculoskeletal Unit

Ludovic brings to Galgo Medical his expertise in musculoskeletal modeling, and his seminal work 3D modeling from 2D images. He leads the Musculoskeletal Unit, which develops software solutions (3D-DXA) from medical imaging for musculoskeletal disease management.

Ludovic has a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from University Arts et Métiers ParisTech (2004). He holds a PhD in Biomechanics (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, 2008). His PhD thesis was carried out at the Laboratoire de Biomécanique (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France) in collaboration with the Laboratoire de recherche en Imagerie et Orthopédie (Ecole de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Canada). From 2009 to 2012 he led the research team in Musculoskeletal imaging of the CISTIB group at UPF. He has published 9 journal publications, more than 30 publications/abstracts from international conferences and is co-inventor on two PCT patents. He has been involved in several EU and Spanish/French public funded projects, in particular MySpine (FP7-ICT-2009-6-269909) and VERTEX (RD10-1-0034).

His current research and development interests include 3D anatomical and biomechanical modeling of musculoskeletal structures from medical imaging, with a particular focus on hip and spine modeling for application in osteoporosis management.

Xavi Planes, Chief Technology Officer

Xavi brings to Galgo Medical over 12 years of experience in software engineering, medical imaging and computer vision. During the last years, Xavi was the leader of the software development for medical imaging of the GIMIAS framework at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where he worked for 6 years. He brings this experience to Galgo Medical to apply it to industrial and medical applications.

Xavi Planes was the architect of GIMIAS framework, a software platform for fast development of clinical prototypes that has been adopted by several EU (FP6 and FP7) and Spanish projects. Xavi has extensive expertise on software analysis and design, C++ language development, technical user support and project management. He has a degree in Computer Engineering (2001) from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.

The GIMIAS Development Team he led originated within the UPF group and specialized in software development to solve biomedical research problems and bring them to the market. The 10-member team applied GIMIAS to the needs of clinical departments and the medical industry to produce applications in the medical domains of cardiology, angiology, orthopedics and neurology. The group participated in numerous European and Spanish public projects, listed below.

Dr Ignacio Larrabide, Director of the Vascular Unit

Ignacio brings to Galgo Medical extensive experience in computational modelling of the vascular system and minimally invasive endovascular treatment. He lead the development of the Fast Virtual Stenting method. He leads the Vascular Unit, which develops software applications for the medical device industry.

During his Doctoral studies he contributed in the HeMoLab group at Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica - LNCC/MCT, RJ - Brazil (National Laboratory for Scientific Computation). He led a research team within CISTIB at UPF focused on Image-Based Technologies in Vascular Modelling and Hemodynamics. Up to date, he authored and co-autored more than 20 publications in top journals and more than 50 papers in international conferences in his field of research, in collaboration with multidisciplinary research teams (engineers, medical doctors, physicists, software developers). He been involved in a number of public funded projects, such as @neurIST (FP6-ICT-3-027703), euHeart (FP7-ICT-2007-1-224495), MSV (FP7-ICT-2009-4-248032), VPH-SHARE (FP7-ICT-2009-6-269978), cvREMOD and previously CDTEAM. His current research and development interests include all aspects of medical image processing, morphology characterization, virtual medical device modelling, and medical software development.

Ignacio received his degree in Software Engineering (2003) at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina (UNICEN) and his PhD in Computational Modelling (2007) at LNCC/MCT, Petrópolis, RJ - Brazil.

Dr Luis Serra, Director of the Image-Guided Planning & Interventional Unit

Luis brings to Galgo Medical over 20 years of experience in the development of medical applications, specifically using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies and applying them to neurosurgery and recently to arrhythmia treatment. He was a key person in the development of the Dextroscope and its commercialization. At Galgo he leads the Image-Guided Planning & Interventional Imaging Unit, which develops medical imaging solutions for interventional and surgical planning.

Luis Serra co-founded Volume Interactions Pte Ltd (VI) in 2000, a spin-off company from Kent Ridge Digital Labs in Singapore. VI commercialized the VR Dextroscope technology applying it to neurosurgery and radiology creating products for pre-operative planning and image-guided surgery. Luis served as Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for the company’s strategy, relationship with hospitals and industry and for its Intellectual Property portfolio, managing its 40 patent family portfolio (Luis was co-inventor in 18 of these patents). The company was acquired by the Bracco Group in 2002, and had operations in Europe, China and the USA, employing 60 people.

Luis returned to Barcelona in 2010 to join the CISTIB group at the UPF as Chief Technology Officer. At the UPF he led the software engineering team to develop arrhythmia planning tools in collaboration with the Arrhythmia Department of the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona.

Luis Serra has a PhD / MSc in Electrical Engineering (1987) from the University of Bradford (UK) and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering (1982) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.

Hector Fernandez, Senior Software Engineer

Héctor has been working as a scientific developer at UPF for the last two years. He brings to Galgo Medical his experience on Medical Imaging Software Development and Medical Data Analysis.

He holds a degree in Particle Physics and optoelectronics from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2003). He also received a Certificate of Advanced Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid for his work on optical properties of metal nanoparticles, non-linear optics and ultrashort laser pulses at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) 2003 to 2008.

Hector also has a broad experience working in the private sector as an analyst on predictive mathematical models (2008-2011). He was leading a project with Telefonica.

During his stay at UPF he has been working both on national and european projects such as VPH-Share and cvRemod, where he led the software development of tools for DataBase selection, classification and similarity search of aneurysms and the integration and release of the clinical prototypes.

Yves Martelli, Senior Software Engineer

Yves has been working as a scientific developer at UPF for the last five years. He brings to Galgo Medical his extensive experience on medical imaging algorithm and software development.

He holds a Post Graduate diploma in Biomedical engineering from the University of Nice, France. He worked for the last ten years in the domain of medical imaging software in different kinds of environment such as hospital, company and university. He has experience in different management methodologies, the latest being Agile/Scrum, used during the early stages of the development of GIMIAS. At the UPF he participated in projects such as euHeart , VPH-NoE and the commonTK collaboration.

Martin Steghöfer, Senior Software Engineer

Martin has been working as a scientific software developer at the UPF for the last five years. He brings to Galgo Medical his experience on high-performance computing, numerical algorithms and software development.

Martin holds a degree in computer science from the University of Passau, Germany. In the UPF Martin has been working on the technical groundwork for the research on cardiac modelling and simulation. His contribution mainly relates to electrophysiological and mechanical simulations using finite element methods and their implementation for high-performance machines with distributed memory architecture. He has also participated in the development of the GIMIAS platform. Martin was involved in several publicly funded national and european projects, including euHeart, VPH-Share, CDTEAM and RICORDO.

Additionally...

The team has broad experience in industry contracts as well as RDT-public funded programs having been involved in the following EU-projects:


In the context of Spanish public RTD funding, the team has been involved in the Spanish CDTI funded projects cvREMOD and previously CDTEAM, among other national and regional for R&D&I. The team has also significant international research experience, in particular in Singapore and Asia.