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Alumni – Marc Benet, BioEmprenedorXXI 2014

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The former student of Technical Engineering in Industrial Design Marc Benet is one of the members of usMIMA, the winning start-up of the BioEmprenedorXXI 2014 award for developing one wearable medical device that simulates therapeutic massages to threat the chronic constipation.

usMIMA emerged out of a HEALTH BCN programme and is formed by four entrepreneurs with multidisciplinary profiles: Marc Benet, technical engineer in industrial design and a Master’s Degree in design engineering, Immaculada Herrero, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Àngel Calzada, telecommunications engineer, and Markus Wilhelms, Doctor of Molecular Microbiology.

usMIMA has won the best biological enterprise award of the year with this project, which appeared in collaboration with the Institut Guttmann neurorehabilitation centre. The four members participated in a two-month clinical immersion in order to get to know the needs of patients and they detected that those affected by constipation do not talk about the issue and that the impact on their quality of life is significant.

After approximately 300 interviews with people affected by it and health professionals, the former student of ELISAVA and his team started to work in order to offer a non-pharmacological, non-invasive and without side effects solution for those who suffer from chronic constipation. Thanks to the money of the prize, UsMima foresees the development of one prototype for March of 2015.

Bioemprenedor XXI is a programme that supports the creation of companies in the field of life sciences in its broadest sense: biotechnology, biomedicine, medical technologies and the food and agriculture sector. This initiative is promoted by different representatives with a relevant role in the sector: “la Caixa”, Barcelona Activa and Biocat.

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