A new Living Lab

Healthcare LivingLab Catalonia is an iniciative boost by LEITAT Technological Center and aims to be a key partner for the development and validation of new solutions in the Healthcare sector.

A regional initiative with global view

Our LL was constituted as a result of the evolution of the innovation platform called Innointegra, coordinated by the Terrassa City Government (Ajuntament de Terrassa), who gives priority to the health projects and coordinates the Healthcare Innovation Lab Orbital 40. Starting with this regional initiative and being part of the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLLS) we envisioned to be the LivingLab of reference.

Focused on Innovation

Our Living Lab is formed by three big university hospitals and a technological center developing Innovation and Development projects that are oriented towards the market and focused on four principle areas: Healthy Ageing, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthcare Management and Disruptive Technologies applied to healthcare.


The Healthcare LivingLab Catalonia is managed by Manel Balcells i Díaz, M.D. PhD. and Health Commissioner at LEITAT Technological Center.

The LivingLab has a steering committee to assure the appropriate development of the platform and solve possible inconveniences. Representatives of the fourth members are present in the committee led by LEITAT.

LEITAT is a Technological Center, member of the TECNIO (Catalan Trade and Investment Agency) and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government, that aims to collaborate with companies and institutions by adding technological value, both to products and processes, and focuses its activity on research, development and industrial innovation (R+D+2i). As a Technological Partner, the Centre is clearly committed to adapting and transforming the technological challenges into economic and social value. Since its foundation in 1906, LEITAT has prioritized its vocation of proximity by strengthening the principles of professionalism and respect to people and environment at the same time, LEITAT promotes the implementation of industrial innovation strengthening modernization of the productive structures and the development of new high technology value products in many different sectors. LEITAT provides flexible management in an “Open Innovation” as collaborative and cooperation driving force for technology transfer.

Manel Balcells i Díaz

Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Specialist in Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Sports Medicine. Degree in Healthcare Management from EADA and Higher Business Management Program (PADE-IESE). He is currently Acting General Manager at Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa, as well as, Director of R+D+i Group CST – Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa, Health Commissioner at LEITAT Technological Centre. He is also Vice-President at Consorci Salut i Social de Catalunya. He has been Medical Director at Hospital General de Granollers and Director of Strategy and Coordination of the Catalan Health Department. He has been Minister of Universities, Research and Information Society and Executive President at BioCat. He is member of the Advisory Council to the President of the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) and is member of various scientific societies and academies.

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