For more than fifteen years, the Botin Foundation has maintained a firm commitment to Spanish science and its ability to contribute to the development of the country. In order to promote the transmission of knowledge from the laboratory to society, the Foundation pursues a profound change in mentality and a firm commitment from all those involved.

The Botin Foundation operates in the field of biomedical research, accompanying research institutions and their scientists throughout the entire knowledge value chain, so that it translates into greater social well-being and economic wealth.

In addition, the Foundation acts as a promoter of business initiatives based on life and health sciences originating in the academic environment.


Information about the area of Science

Find out about all the courses of action and programmes in the “Science” area of the Botin Foundation.

Technological Transfer

Technological Transfer

A programme whose objective is the professionalisation of transfer tasks from the moment of detection of the idea to its commercialisation.

Programme Mind the Gap

Programme Mind the Gap

Boosting biotechnology entrepreneurship to enable technologies with commercial potential to generate social and economic development.

Science Team

Science Team

Meet the team of professionals specialising in the management of technology transfer and biomedical R+ d+i.


Opinions about Science

"The support of the Botin Foundation in technology transfer has been essential for our work in the development of orphan drugs in the field of cell and gene therapy for rare diseases that affect the blood. An important milestone of our close collaboration is the strategic alliance with the biotechnology company Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., which will make it possible to take our developments to patients ".

DR. JUAN BUEREN. Director of the Division of Innovative Hematopoietic Therapies CIEMAT):

"The Botin Foundation Technology Transfer Programme, of which I have had the privilege of being a part in recent years, has had a transformative effect on my research group. It has offered us a broader vision of the work we do, without losing our ability to make fundamental discoveries. It has also taught us to value more and better our work and its importance to society. "

Researcher and Director of the National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO):

"If a few years ago they had told me that today I would be collaborating with chemists to generate new antitumor drugs, that I would sign an agreement with a multinational pharmaceutical company to find new drugs and that I would be an advisor to a major American biotechnology company, I probably would not have believed it. And even less that I would do it with the same interest that I dedicate to basic research. And that both activities, in addition to being compatible, complement each other. This is what Fundación Botin has meant to me ".

Researcher for the Centro de Regulación Genómica, Barcelona:

"Participation in the Botin Foundation's Technology Transfer programme gave me a new vision of the process of converting knowledge into wealth. Those principles inspired the launch of the technology transfer unit at IRB Barcelona."

Researcher and Director of the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica, Barcelona:

"For my research team, belonging to this programme is like opening a window from which to contemplate the possible applications to the productive and social sector of what we do in the laboratory. The professionals of the Foundation provide us with a different and complementary vision, teaching us to think about how to transfer our discoveries to society for the benefit of its citizens. This unique support fosters our creativity in areas that we have never contemplated. "

DRA. ISABEL FARIÑAS. Researcher at Valencia University:

"The help from the Botin Foundation has had a transforming effect on our group with profound and lasting consequences. The financial contribution has allowed us to tackle complex technological challenges, such as cell therapy. I consider the programme's emphasis on the transference component of the research to be especially valuable, with conceptual and methodological support to the groups. This programme, unique in Spain (and part of Europe), is changing the mentality of scientists and institutions"

Researcher and Director of the Instituto de Biomedicina, Sevilla:

"The Technology Transfer programme is not only being of great importance to transform the transfer of my research group, but it is also serving as a key instrument in the transformation of the transfer throughout the Pompeu Fabra University."

DR. FRANCESC POSAS. Pompeu Fabra University:

"My interaction with the Botin Foundation opens the doors to a world that I considered alien, that of knowledge transfer, and gives me the necessary knowledge to know where to start transferring our research to society."

DR. ÓSCAR FERNÁNDEZ-CAPETILLO. National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO):