Montserrat Vendrell has over 10 year experience in biomedical research both in Spanish institutions (CSIC) and international companies (Roche Institute of Molecular Biology). She has been involved in the creation and development of Barcelona Science Park (1997-2007; 2014-2015) as deputy general manager and later, general manager. She was CEO of Biocat for 8 years (2007-2015). She has also been the first director general of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (2015-2017). Montserrat chaired since its birth until 2015, the Council of European Bioregions. She is member of the Board of EADA Business School and RACC. Dr. Vendrell holds a PhD in Biology from University of Barcelona (1991), a master degree in Science Communication from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, 1997) and an Executive Degree in General Management (IESE Business School, Barcelona, PDG-1-2007). She is now General Partner at Alta Life Sciences, a new venture capital investment firm in the field of life sciences in Barcelona.