Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.
Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.
In terms of antimicrobial resistances, we believe that the world not only needs better antibiotics but also better diagnostics that can detect ‘bad bugs‘ quickly and reliably. At Roche, scientists are working hard on the next generation of antibiotics and also on creating new and better diagnostic tests. Through excellence in science and engineering, we lead the discovery, development and delivery of medical solutions that improve care along the patient journey.
The Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS) is part of Pompeu Fabra University, a leading Spanish university. MELIS integrates innovation in education and research excellence and has been recognised as a “María de Maeztu” Unit in 2014 and in 2018. MELIS research programs' cover all areas of biomedical research, gathering a wide spectrum of knowleadge production and transference within the university. Besides, MELIS is strategically located within the Barcelona’s Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a large scientific infrastructure that gathers together several public research centres and it is close to the Hospital del Mar. This location fosters the collaboration with other research centres and the translation of basic research to the clinics.
Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera is a reference for the promotion of talent, educational support, and stimulation of the scientific, technological and environmental vocations. Science Academy is the Foundation's training proposal with a wide variety of scientific programs designed to meet the challenges of a new era. We work with excellence, rigor and passion to promote the critical spirit, curiosity, creativity, innovation and empowerment of thousands of children, young people and professionals in Catalonia and around the world.
The Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI, Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació) is a private entity created in 1986 that disseminates research and innovation among society to promote scientific culture, scientific and technical vocations, public-private partnerships and entrepreneurship in this field.
Together with the Joan Oró Foundation, both organizations are organizing and promoting activities to commemorate Joan Oró, one of the most important scientists of the 20th century, who devoted his career to the study of the origin of life and discovered the abiotic synthesis of adenine in Houston. With his work, he has made significant contributions to various space missions, including NASA’s Apollo and Viking missions.
The Government of Catalonia officially declared 2023 as Joan Oró Year. The Winning Team for the Detecting Alien Life Challenge will be given the Joan Oró Award, which will be presented by the Joan Oró Foundation and FCRI during the Closing Day.
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between the "la Caixa" Foundation, academic institutions and government bodies to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.
ISGlobal is a consolidated hub of excellence in research that has grown out of work first started in the world of health care by the Hospital Clínic and the Parc de Salut MAR and in the academic sphere by the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. Its working model is based on the generation of scientific knowledge through Research Programmes and Groups, and its translation through the areas of Education and Training and Analysis and Global Development.
Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.
HABILIS is an educational content platform that was born after the merger of the cooperatives Abacus and Som* la cultura de tots, two leading organizations in Catalonia in their respective sectors: that of the distribution of innovative and quality educational products, and the of the creation of editorial content, with titles such as Sàpiens, el Petit Sàpiens, El món d'ahir, Descobrir, Cuina i Arrels.
The MELiSSA Pilot Plant is an external laboratory of the European Space Agency located at theCampus of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The MELiSSA Pilot Plant is a facility of the MELiSSA project, and it is a unique site in Europe for the demonstration and integration of regenerative life support technologies for Space. The MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) project aims to develop a regenerative life support system for long-term human missions in Space, such as a base on the Moon or Mars
On behalf of the BIST-MMRES Science Hack 2023 team, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our partners, sponsors, and collaborators for their invaluable support. Your contributions, both financial and through mentors, awards, and organizational support, have been instrumental in making this hackathon a reality. We couldn't have done it without you! Your dedication to promoting science education and innovation is truly appreciated. We are looking forward to working with you all and making this hackathon a great success. Thank you again for your support!