Rob Surgical Systems S.L.

FOUNDERS

Dr Alícia Casals
President

Industrial engineer and professor of architecture and computer science at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Her field of research is in robotic systems, assistance and surgical applications. She directs the Robotics and Vision Group at the Centre for Research in Biomedical Engineering (CREB-UPC). She is currently chair of the IEEE-EMBS Biorobotics Committee and of the Science and Technology Section of the Institute for Catalan Studies.

Dr Josep Amat
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

PhD in Industrial Engineering and emeritus professor of architecture and computer science at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is advisor to the Robotics and Vision Group at the CREB-UPC. From 1991 to 2006 he was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Institute for Catalan Studies and the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. His current research focuses on robotic surgery.

Jaume Amat
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Telecommunications Engineering Degree from Ramon Llull-La Salle University, PDD from IESE and a Leadership Program from Auckland Business School. Since 2000, he has been directly involved in the creation of several companies in the field of biomedicine. He is currently vice-president of the CataloniaBioHT business association and a faculty member of Biocat's program to accelerate healthcare entrepreneurship in Barcelona.

Dr Manel Frigola
Board member

PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Since 2002 he has been a lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering at the UPC. Associate researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Catalonia from 2006 to 2016, where he focused his research mainly on surgical robotics and artificial vision. He is currently part of the Group at the CREB-UPC.


TEAM

M. Àngels Sanchez
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Chemistry Degree from the University of Barcelona (UB), Master in Quality Management and postgraduate studies of Operations and Supply Chain Management. She has been working in the medical devices industry since 2000 and has been promoted to various positions directly involved in designing, developing and industrialising of class III medical devices.

Idan Bar-Shay
Preclinical & Clinical Research Manager

Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). He has been working in the medical devices industry since 2016 and has been integral in various successful pre-clinical and clinical trials and commercial medical device approval in Israel, Spain and USA. He joined the Rob Surgical team in December 2020.

Joan Basomba
Design Manager

Computer Science Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). From 2007 to 2013, he worked on several research projects within the Department of Systems Engineering, Automation and Industrial Computing (ESAII) of the UPC. His research was focused on computer vision and surgical robotics applied to laparoscopic surgery.

Mònica Cuesta
Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Barcelona (UB). She has over 14 years of quality management, quality assurance and regulatory affairs experience in the medical device industry, managing all aspects of regulatory compliance in Europe and USA.

Dani Nieto
Development Manager

Chemical Engineering Degree from the UB and postgraduate studies of Operations and Supply Chain Management. From 2002 to 2013, he worked in product development for medical devices, and in the automotive and photovoltaics industries. He has experience in all stages of product design, development and certification for class III medical devices.

Montse Valea
Administration Manager

Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Barcelona (UB). She has over 25 years of administrative experience. For the last 14 years she has worked for R&D companies in the biomedical field under GMP and GLP rules. She joined the Rob Surgical team in 2014.

Xavier Giralt
R&D Engineer

Industrial Engineering Degree and graduate studies specialising in Vision, Control and Robotics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Since 2003 his professional career has focused on medical robotics. Since 2017 he has been working in product development at Rob Surgical, as well as lecturing part-time at the UPC.

Carlos Bernal
R&D Engineer

MSc in Electronics from the UPC. For the last 10 years he has been involved in several R&D projects as a hardware engineer. His expertise focuses on motor controllers and biotechnology. He has in-depth knowledge of electronics design, EMC, embedded systems, highly-integrated and high-density designs, and thermal management.

Luis Ramirez
R&D Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Degree and Master in Automated and Robotic Production from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). From 2002 to 2012, he worked on several industrial process automation projects, as well as on developing and manufacturing equipment for the metallurgy sector. Since 2009, he has focused on projects related to robotics.

Abel Velasco
R&D Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He conducted research and published a paper on double-skin façade buildings, focusing on thermodynamics and energy efficiency in Mediterranean climates through finite element analysis. He has experience in product design and high-level customer support in the 3D printing industry.

Enric Fernandez
R&D Engineer

MSc in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). In 2012, he worked as a PDI technician for an R&D project at the UPC. From 2012 to 2019, he continued his research at the CTTC, mainly in the fields of geodesy and precise positioning, integrating sensors such as GPS, inertial sensors and atomic clocks. His main software skills are in C++.

Sebastian Meneses
R&D Engineer

Electronic Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). For the past years, he has been working as a hardware and testing engineer in the R&D department at biomedical companies. He has experience in electronics design, embedded systems, microcontroller programming, electronics laboratory instrumentation and testing.