Meet the iRaise lecturers

These are the lecturers that will provide the key elements for the adoption of innovation

Value Based Procurement Director of AQuAS.

MSc in Electronic Engineering and BioEngineering from Politecnico di Milano and Certified in Business Administration by Manchester Business School.

She coordinated DECIPHER, the very first cross-border pre-commercial procurement in mHealth, she was AQuAS IP of INSPIRE, a coordinated support action aimed to evangelize public procurers, industry players, policy makers and investors on pre-commercial procurement/ public procurement of innovation and she is now actively contributing to ANTI-SUPERBUGS pre-commercial procurement, RITMOCORE public procurement of innovation, PiPPi, a community of practice around public procurement of innovation and led by the European University Hospital Alliance and oncNGS pre-commercial procurement in the domain of NGS test for solid tumours and lymphomas (DECIPHER, INSPIRE, ANTI-SUPERBUGS, RITMOCORE, PiPPi and oncNGS, received or are receiving EC co-funding).

Moreover she was the coordinator of UP-rAISHe Education Programme (2020 edition of iRaise and co-funded by EIT Health), member of the Board of Directors of the VPH Institute , expert reviewer of EC H2020 projects and the Impact Program of CIMTI 

Economist, PhD in Medicine and Surgery, MPH, and MSc Health Policy and Management.

She is currently Director of the Catalan Health System Observatory, at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia. She has previously worked as Lecturer in Health Economics at King’s College London & London School of Economics, as part time consultant for The World Bank, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and at the Barcelona local health administration.

She is an active member of the Spanish Health Economics Association. Moreover, she has been recently appointed member of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, established by the European Commission. She has expertise in economic evaluation and applied econometrics, and has lead and coordinated research groups.

Her main interests are around the areas of economic evaluation, assessment of public policies, health capital, and the contribution of health services to population health, areas in which she has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Ramon Maspons


Chief Innovation Officer

Since 2010 Chief  Innovation Officer at  Agency for Healthcare Quality and Evaluation of Catalonia (AquAS).

MSc in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), Executive Master in Public Administration. He  holds a Diploma of Advances Studies in innovation and research management. Ramon has more than ten years’ experience in hospital and medical innovation and more than twenty  years of experience in international funded research projects, mainly EU projects.

He has held positions as Deputy Secretary of Strategy at Catalan Ministry of health from 2004 to 2009, as Scientific Director of Fundació Parc de Salut for 6 years, as Strategics Project  Unit Director  of Biocat for 4 years, as  Strategic Planning Director of Granollers City Council for 6 years, and as Director of IALE Tecnologia, a spin-off company of Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) for 10 years.

He was Assistant Lecturer of innovation and technology management at Business Administration  Department,  Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) from 1993 to 1997 and since 1997 he is visiting researcher of technology monitoring and knowledge management at some Spanish universities. He is a guest lecturer at several educational centres, workshops and symposia.

He  has vast experience of running PCP/PPI processes, in particular identifying and translating unmet healthcare needs into real-world products via demand-led open competition.  Ramon is leading the Regional MasterPlan on Public Procurement of Innovation and precommercial public procurement, and is also involved in the several Public Procurement EU funded projects.

Director of Innovative Technologies for Health and Wellbeing at ITACA Institute in UPV

With more than 20 years expertise in digital health. PhD in telecommunications engineering from UPV. Member of the Academic Board for the interuniversity Master on Biomedical Engineering at Valencia. Coordinator of the cluster Healthy Living, which combines six different R&D university groups working in the field from different approaches.

Since 1998, his research focus is telemedicine, e-health and e-inclusion, especially on the provision of home health care services through ICT and the concepts of the patient empowerment and the citizen as health co-producer. He has participated in more than 80 EU, national or regional funded projects (from IV till Horizon2020 and taken part in more than 40 research agreements with companies, dealing most of them with health care and social services making use of ICT.

He has published more than 120 publications in national and international journals and has participated in several seminars and conferences as invited speaker. Member of several international scientific congress committees. Conference cochair of the IEEE Biomedical Health Informatics 2014. Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks and the IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics. Cofounder of 2 SME IT health related companies.

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Carlos Bezos, Director of the Institute for Patient Experience since 2016. IEXP is the benchmark in Spain for patient experience. He has worked with leading hospitals and laboratories, as well as on several European technological innovation projects. Previously, he held various positions in healthcare quality, e-health at senior level, as well as in organisational development in the automotive industry.

Managing Director at TICBioMed.

Mr. Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has successfully applied, managed and justified multiple research projects, both at his current position and as the Managing Director of IMET (spin-off ICT company specialized in cancer and clinical knowledge management). Prior to these roles, he worked at SAP AG (Germany) in the Research and Breakthrough Innovation department as a Developer; at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) as a post-doc Researcher in Semantic Web; and as a Senior Researcher at MINEIT (Web Mining company in Belfast). He has been appointed as an SME Instrument coach, and has been an evaluator and reviewer of EC research projects.

Certified innovation manager (ISO) and strategic director of measurement for sustainable transformation at RISE.

He has a MSc in Innovation and Technology Management and has worked as a Business Design Mentor for Google in their Design Sprints and a guest lecturer at Oxford University in outcomes design. He is also the Head of Societal Wellbeing at RISE, the deputy board member at Effekfullt (impact metrics association) and is spearheading systems practices, impact markets and outcomes contracts in multiple programs and projects.

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