About us

We are a multidisciplinary team that provides support to researchers and innovators, both from the institution itself and to abroad, accompanying the entrepreneur on the journey from the conception of the idea to the generation of products or services capable of generating improvements in the results for the patients of the National Health System.

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The Innovation Unit of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos carries out its activities within the organizational framework of the San Carlos Health Research Institute (hereinafter IdISSC). Dr. Luaces is in charge of its direction, with Dr. Julio Mayol serving as the Principal Investigator of the Innovation, Surgery, Pharmacy, and Neuroengineering research group.

The Unit originated from an initiative of the Carlos III Health Institute, which created the Network for Innovation in Medical and Health Technologies (ITEMAS) in 2010, as part of the Thematic Networks of Cooperative Research in Health (RETICS). The aim was to promote health innovation, change the knowledge transfer model, and encourage collaboration between healthcare companies and medical professionals to develop new technologies for better patient care.

Since 2013, the network has evolved from ITEMAS into the Platform for Innovation in Medical and Health Technologies (ITEMAS), and later became part of the ISCIII Platforms for Support of R&D&I in Biomedicine and Health Sciences, of which we are a member as PT23/00122.

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Julio Mayol
Catedrático UCM Director Grupo de Investigación
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María Luaces
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Joan Cháfer
Medical Advisor
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Mila Merino
Communications Manager Journalist
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Macarena Torrego
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Laura Llorente
Biomedical Engineer
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Jorge Nieto
Biomedical Engineer
Concha Diego
Administrative support
Enrique Caso
Innovation Manager
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We give great importance to our dissemination activities, among which our Incubator of Ideas stands out:

The Incubator of Ideas is an initiative of the Unidad de Innovación of the IdISSC whose objective is to stimulate the creation and development of more and better innovation and health projects in an open innovation model. Our incubator aims to be a unique exchange forum, a living platform that enriches both speakers and attendees and that gives rise to new ideas, projects and alliances.

Services we offer:

Apart from the services related to the support for innovation, in the Unit there are two teams specialized in projects:

  1. Smart Health Consulting: consultancy, advice and project management:
  • Participation in multidisciplinary innovation projects.
  • Management and coordination of strategic alliances, contact and links with scientific networks.
  • Search and capture of financing opportunities in the area of health I+ D
  • Advice on clinical knowledge and know-how.

  2.Smart Health Lab: conceptualization and development of ICT projects:

  • Conceptualization of apps that meet needs.
  • Development of apps that solve needs not covered.
  • Data mining in repositories.
  • Development of Decision Support Systems in diagnosis and treatment based on clinical practice guidelines.
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Smart Health Center

Since 2018, we have been driving the establishment of the Smart Health Center, an inclusive meeting point aimed at facilitating the development of innovative technological projects. It is open to both public and private collaboration and is also oriented towards providing specialized training for professionals, ultimately aiming to enhance patient safety. As of 2023, it has become a reality.

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