Spanish press summary (from 3 june to 20 july)

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Spanish press summary (from 3 june to 20 july)

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Spanish press summary (from 3 june to 20 july)

  1. 1. Sara Cebrián | Science and Innovation Attaché Iberia| sara.cebrian@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6357 Ana María Román | Science and Innovation Iberia| anamaria.roman@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6362 British Embassy Madrid | Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259D, 28046 Madrid UNCLASSIFIED S:POL (RESTRICTED)Science & InnovationANA MARÍASIN Press SummaryAna's Press SummarySpanish Press Summary (From 3 June to 20 July).doc SPANISH MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND COMPETITIVENESS ALLOCATES €5.5M FUNDING TO CONSOLIDATE SPANISH TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness launches €5.5M call for the creation and consolidation of technology platforms in Spain. There are currently 40 technology platforms, which bringing together around 5,000 organizations, play a key role in promoting innovation amongst research centres and businesses. Spain Science and Innovation Press Summary From 3 June to 20 July 2014 Policy news + info >> FOODEXPERTS AWARDED WITH ‘INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION 2014’ Foodexperts is a Spanish technology company specialising in quality control and risk assessment for the fruit and vegetable supply chain. The company also provides online services for retail markets, aimed at distribution chains, importers, exporters and producers in the agri- food sector who need to monitor products on sale. This distinction was given by International Procurement & Logistics, the biggest single importer of produce into the UK and owned by industry giant Walmart. A SPANISH ENGINEER WINS EUROPEAN INVENTOR AWARD OF THE YEAR Spanish engineer José Luis López has received an award from the European Patent Office (EPO) as the author of the 2013 best invention in Europe. He has designed a revolutionary wheel-to-rail contact control system for the railway transport company Talgo. This technology entails an extraordinary improvement for driving stability and passenger comfort, even on high-speed trains. + info >> + info >>
  2. 2. Sara Cebrián | Science and Innovation Attaché Iberia| sara.cebrian@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6357 Ana María Román | Science and Innovation Iberia| anamaria.roman@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6362 British Embassy Madrid | Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259D, 28046 Madrid SPANISH COMPANY PATENTS A SMARTWATCH THAT MEASURES BLOOD SUGAR WITHOUT AN EXTRACTION ImasD Tecnología is a Spanish engineering company that has patented a watch that not only monitors glucose levels, but also measures blood oxygen and takes a patient’s pulse. The system gently heats the user’s skin in order to almost imperceptibly open pores. A microscopic drop of fluid is released into the pores and then later recovered, thereby capturing the necessary data about the patient. THE SPANISH VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY IS EXPERIENCING SPECTACULAR GROWTH The Spanish videogame industry recorded revenues of €313.7 million in 2013, an increase of 130% over the previous year. Exports have been especially high in the European and North American markets. In 2013 Spain had a total of 330 companies operating in this space. The industry sales forecasts sales will reach €723.6 million over the next three years. Technology Health “MADE IN SPAIN” THERAPY INCREASES CHANCES OF SURVIVING ADVANCED BREAST CANCER Spanish oncologists have led research on a new therapy that increases chances of surviving advanced breast cancer by 35 percent. A total of 250 centres in 19 countries (9 hospitals in Spain) and 808 women with HER2 positive metastatic cancer took part in the study. This new Roche drug (pertuzumab) is one of the most important therapeutic innovations in the past 15 years. + info >> SPANISH RESEARCHERS DISCOVER MORE THAN 40 MELANOMA-SPECIFIC GENES THAT DETERMINE AGGRESSIVENESS The discovery by Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) researchers will help to identify unique aspects of melanoma that could contribute to determine the risk of developing metastasis in patients with this disease. It explains why a drug is being used to selectively attack the melanoma tumour cells. Melanoma is one of the worst, most metastatic cancers known today. + info >> + info >> + info >>
  3. 3. Sara Cebrián | Science and Innovation Attaché Iberia| sara.cebrian@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6357 Ana María Román | Science and Innovation Iberia| anamaria.roman@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6362 British Embassy Madrid | Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259D, 28046 Madrid UNCLASSIFIED S:POL (RESTRICTED)Science & InnovationANA MARÍASIN Press SummaryAna's Press SummarySpanish Press Summary (From 3 June to 20 July).doc + info >> AERTEC SOLUTIONS PRESENTS VIDEOGAME TECHNOLOGY PROJECT APPLIED TO UK AEROSPACE INDUSTRY The Spanish company Aertec Solutions has unveiled the project ‘Digitizing Expressions for Manufacturing Optimization’, which aims to analyze videogame technologies and find new practical applications for them that can be adapted to the industrial aerospace sector. The project also includes developing technological demonstration units and prototypes that can validate the new technology. The final product will be sold worldwide by Aertec Solutions. THE SPANISH TOP SEEDS LAB ACCELERATOR JOINS THE GAN GLOBAL NETWORK The Spanish firm Top Seeds Lab has been invited to join the Global Accelerator Network, which enables the world’s top accelerators to share technological services. GAN is an accelerator network for tech startups which can only be joined by invitation. The alliance with GAN will let its participants have access to an expanded package of technology services worth $500,000, as well as to a vast number of highly experienced international mentors. + info >> + info >> THE FIRST ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT ISLAND With its new hydro-wind power plant, El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, has become the world's first island to achieve energy self-sufficiency from renewable energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 18,700 tonnes and saving €1.8million every year. An investment of €65million has turned it into a global green energy pioneer. Estimates are that around 1,000 islands across the world could use the same supply model, which is based on a hydro power and wind power combination. Energy + info >> MADE IN SPAIN TECHNOLOGY MAKES BREAKTHROUGHS IN CLEAN ENERGY STORAGE The European Union’s storage project, which includes the participation of Spanish companies Endesa, Televent, Isotrol e Ingeteam, has proven that it is possible to store electricity produced by renewable energy. This is beneficial for both the electricity generation system and for the environment. + info >>
  4. 4. Sara Cebrián | Science and Innovation Attaché Iberia| sara.cebrian@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6357 Ana María Román | Science and Innovation Iberia| anamaria.roman@fco.gov.uk | TEL: 00 34 91 714 6362 British Embassy Madrid | Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259D, 28046 Madrid Infrastructure THE US SETS ITS SIGHTS ON SPANISH HIGH- SPEED RAIL The US Head of Transportation Policy signed a collaboration agreement with Spain’s Minister of Public Works and Transport during his visit to Madrid last June. Under this agreement both countries consent to cooperate on infrastructure related issues. Spain has the world’s second largest network of high-speed railways, behind only China, spanning over 3,000 km. The US Secretary for Transportation, Anthony Foxx, visited Spain in order to study the country’s experience with high-speed railways. + info >>

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