About Us

OUR MISSION

The design and development of biomarker-based assays for early diagnosis of cancer and novel monoclonal antibodies for targeted therapy in oncology.

OUR VISION

Consolidating the use of auto-antibodies in blood as biomarkers for the early diagnosis of cancer and developing non-invasive screening tests to efficiently monitor the population at risk.

Developing novel monoclonal antibodies against cancer-cell targets related to metastasis progression, to increase the survival rates of patients having poor prognosis.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

The team combines solid expertise in cancer research and scientific management with financial experience. The management board is composed by industry leaders and senior scientists highly specialized in strategic business and technological areas required for the successful discovery and development of new drugs and biomarker-based diagnostic assays in oncology.

ProAlt´s financial partner Grupo Senegal Parques 21, S.L., a family company dedicated to the promotion and investment in real estate projects, gives to ProAlt administration and accounting support, providing its financial expertise in creating and managing new businesses.

Juan Ignacio Imbaud, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Biochemist, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and PADIIT2 degree – Senior Management Program of Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer Institutions – by IESE Business School. Leads the company since its creation in 2006 and built-up the Therapeutics, Diagnostics and CRO/CMO business units. More than 15 years of experience in biotechnology industry and diagnostic laboratories, combining management activities with business development, research direction and fundraising.

Thomas Zürcher, PhD

Project Leader in Therapeutics

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Studies and Ph.D. in Virology and Immunology. Project Leader of the Therapeutic unit at the company. More than 25 years of experience in academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry as molecular biology expert, and research and business leader in the field of virology, vaccine development and oncology. CEO and CSO previous expertise at Formune SL and Chimera Pharma (Spain). Group and project leader at GlaxoSmithKline (UK) in the past.

RESEARCH TEAM

Juan José Bernal, PhD

Senior Researcher

Biological Sciences Degree and Ph.D. in Biology. More than 20 years of experience in biotech companies in Spain combined with strong academic training and stays in research centres of excellence. Expert in virology, immunology, vaccines, protein expression in heterologous systems and purification, phage-display and diagnostic prototypes developments. He joined the Company in 2011 and leads the Diagnostic unit since 2015.

Carmen Aizpurua, PhD

Senior Researcher

Pharmacy Degree and Ph.D. in Pharmacy. Strong expertise in immunological techniques with focus in monoclonal antibodies generation and immunoassays development (ELISA and Hand-Held Immunoassays). She joined ProAlt in 2010 and her work is focused in the design and implementation of the strategies for antibodies generation and manufacturing and their further application in the development of custom-made immunoassays.

Hugo Cartagena Lirola, PhD

Senior Researcher

Bachelor of Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics. Post-doctoral training in different European laboratories combined with the creation of a Molecular Biology Department in a Spanish biotech company devoted to the development of IVD diagnostic products for human diseases. He joined the Company in 2015 and develops multiplex-based immunoassay and data analysis algorithms for cancer diagnosis.

Elena Iglesias, PhD

R&D Project Assistant

Forest Engineering Degree and PhD in Forest Engineering. Management and technical direction skills. Broad expertise in companies and institutions focused on nature protection and environment impact studies, having being involved in several projects related to railway infrastructures, roads, waterworks, energy production, mining activities, waste processing, among others. She joined the Company in 2016, supporting R&D project activities.

Javier Robles Sebastián

Predoctoral Fellow

Biotechnology degree and Master in Biomolecules and Cell Dynamics. He joined the Company in 2020 and his research will focus on studying the cellular mechanisms of tumor metastasis and the effect of anti-cadherin RGD antibodies on this process. He owns a Degree for Animal Experimentation class B and C. He is involved in the evaluation of the therapeutic antibodies in cells and in animal models, to assess their therapeutic efficacy.

Adriana Gómez Iglesias

Laboratory Technician

Research Laboratory Technician in Molecular Biology. More than 13 years of expertise in ProAlt acquiring a broad and solid knowledge in recombinant protein and antibodies manufacturing, purification methods design and implementation, including further characterization of the manufactured biological products. Quality Assessment skills combined with stocks management and scientific equipment maintenance.