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Cristina Areste Solana

HEAD INNOVATION UNIT, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya

Cristina Areste Solana

Speaker Bio

She is currently Head of the Innovation Unit in UPC, and leads and coordinates the tech transfer and innovation strategies within the TTO in UPC, in coordination with the UPC’s Research and Innovation Strategic Plan. She has a wide knowledge of the University, and research and tech transfer system, and a broad understanding of the science and technology system of the region, its agents and the relationships between them. In her current position she has acquired skills in managing teams and public and private tech transfer and innovation funds and programs.

She is an expert in detecting and evaluating technological opportunities, defining and implementing strategies for creating value from opportunities, and establishing strategies to create spin-off based in knowledge results and establishing industrial protection strategies in patent and licensing. She is also a specialist in providing programs to support start-ups and spin-off in their consolidation, growth and internationalizatioN