Biosfer Teslab, a spin-off company of the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV) operates in the field of in vitro diagnostics to provide analytical services to study and monitor alterations in lipid metabolism and its associated cardiovascular risk.
Biosfer appeared with the aim of reducing the time between the basic scientific results and their future application in patients and of becoming a reference company at European level in the analysis of biofluids using the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) high-performance technology.
As a result of this vocation, the “Liposcale” test was born, which revolutionizes the characterization of the lipoprotein profile (particles that transport lipids through the blood stream), allowing a direct and rapid determination of the size and number of particles of the main classes of Lipoproteins (VLDL, LDL and HDL), as well as the concentration of particles of nine different subclasses, without having to fractionate the plasma.
Since August 2014, Laboratorios Rubio, a family-owned pharmaceutical company specialized in therapeutic solutions for low’prevalence diseases, has been part of Biosfer Teslab’s social capital, enabling the industrial development of the Liposcale® test with the aim of launching the test at a European level. In addition, Rubió Laboratories are the national and European marketers of the Liposcale® test.
Likewise, at Biosfer Teslab we are committed to constant technological innovation to always provide the best service to our customers. Our extensive experience in NMR has allowed us to expand our service portfolio and also offer the characterization of low molecular weight metabolites in intact serum, the glycoprotein test in intact serum, lipidomics in serum and characterization of aqueous metabolites for cell cultures, cell media and tissues (both animal and human).
Provide services of analysis of fluids and biological tissues by NMR and develop medical software, to help and facilitate to the health professionals and the scientific community to study, diagnose and treat metabolic disorders in order to advance in knowledge and improve the health of people.
To be a benchmark biotechnology company, well connected to the key actors that are involved in the international biomedical research network, and committed to innovation and continuous improvement.
We are scientists experts in nuclear magnetic resonance and bioinformatics. We understand that each experiment is unique and therefore we attend to our clients in a personalized way, both the questions and doubts that may arise from the beginning of the experiment to the publication of the results. We have great experience collaborating with different research groups in a wide range of pathologies as our publications show.
Nuclear magnetic resonance is a high throughput technique. We work constantly to reduce analysis time in order to offer competitive prices. In this way, the client benefits from our innovation and we can offer an affordable tool for research projects.
In addition, we offer customization of statistical analysis, which can include from descriptive analysis, univariate analysis, multivariate analysis, to correlation analysis, predictive models, pattern recognition or epidemiological studies. In order to help the client in the interpretation of the results, we can also perform custom graphic design, differentiating us from a classic analysis service.
Biosfer Teslab S.L. is a spin-off of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and Institut de Recerca Sanitària Pere Virgili (IISPV) founded in December 2013 in Reus (Tarragona). Its creation is the result of the results obtained during the research of Dr. Roger Mallol and Dr. Nuria Amigó in the framework of his doctoral theses. The founding partners of the company were the researchers Dr. Mallol, Dr. Amigó, Dr. Correig and Dr. Masana, together with the URV and IISPV institutions.
Since August 2014, Products and Technology (P&T) (a subsidiary of the Catalan pharmaceutical company Laboratorios Rubió) has become part of the social capital of Biosfer, enabling industrial development and the introduction of new diagnostic tests in the clinic through a more consolidated business infrastructure, knowledge of the market and an extensive commercial network.
Metabolomics Platform is a research infrastructure created by the URV and the CIBERDEM. In addition, it is part of the IISPV. The Metabolomics Platform is managed by Prof. Xavier Correig and aims to develop metabolomic techniques and apply them in the fields of biomedicine and biotechnology, based on scientific collaboration with other research groups or as service provision. The Metabolomics Platform is the research environment where the doctoral theses of Dr. Mallol and Dr. Amigó were developed. This fact facilitates communication between both entities, benefiting synergy and collaborations
COS and Eurecat
The omic Sciences Center (COS) is a technological platform for scientific and technical support to researchers and companies in the area of metabolomics, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and correlated histopathology. This center, created by the URV and managed by Eurecat, is a unique scientific and technical infrastructure equipped with the most advanced technologies in metabolomics and proteomics, complemented by transcriptomic validation technologies, genomics and biomarkers.
Within the collaboration agreement between Biosfer and the URV, the university offers the company access to COS equipment, which is equipped with the latest technologies available in metabolomics and proteomics, including all existing technologies, and configured in various ways to solve different matrices and problems that allow Biosfer to identify all types of metabolites in complex samples in an integrated and, above all, complementary way.
INCLIVA and CSIC
Biosfer Teslab has signed a collaboration agreement with INCLIVA (Institute of Health Research of the University Clinical Hospital of Valencia) and another with the CSIC of Madrid in relation to a joint scientific development plan and the use of its NMR equipment in the characterization of lipoproteins in the clinical area
Biosfer Teslab collaborates with the Andalusian Center for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND), a mixed nature center of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment, and the University of Malaga, conceived as a space of research excellence in nanomedicine. This center is part of the Andalusian Research Program in Nanomedicine, one of the three research programs in Advanced Therapies of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, together with the Research Program in Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, and the Clinical Genetics and Genomic Medicine, and this center has equipment in which the lipoprotein Liposcale® Test has been validated.
Biosfer Teslab is also a partner in different clinical and scientific collaboration agreements. Biosfer collaborates with the Spanish Society of Nephrology and with the Spanish Society of Arteriosclerosis, with the aim of continuing to innovate and allow the MRI to be a valuable clinical tool for the advancement of personalized medicine.
Grants and Financial Resource
These are the financial resource that Biosfer Teslab have obtained.
Industrial doctoral Plan Fellowship
BIOSFER TESLAB, SL supported by CDTI under the NEOTEC Operational Programme is implementing the Development of new in vitro test based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for an early detection of cardiometabolic diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
BIOSFER TESLAB, SL supported by CDTI under the PID Programme is implementing the Development of a prediction test for cardiometabolic disease, based on the advanced molecular profile using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and machine learnig techniques.
BIOSFER TESLAB, SL with the support of ACTION in the frame of the Operative Program FEDER Catalonia 2014-2020 has carried out the “DEVELOPMENT And VALIDATION OF ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC TEST Of INFLAMMATION And INSULIN RESISTANCE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR RISK USING NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE” (RD15-1-0013).
Biosfer Teslab, along the project, has developed a system of prediction, using of advanced prediction tests, with the aim to improve the evaluation of cardiovascular risk and to identify those individuals with residual cardiovascular risk that would remain undiagnosed with classical risk factors.
In particular, the company has developed a glycoprotein test and a LMWM test – that includes, branched amino acids -, as they have been identified as inflammatory markers and involved in insulin resistance processes, respectively.
The Agency for the Competitiveness of the Company, ACTION, aiding to industrial research centers and experimental development, has granted Biosfer Teslab with an amount of 67,728.97 €.
This aid is programmed in the axis 1, “Boost research, technological development and innovation”, specific objective OE 1.2.2, “Transfer and spreading of technology and cooperation between companies and universities or other research centers”, line of action “Collaborative R+D projects” under the framework of the FEDER Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 822273.
ENISA: It is a public company – dependent of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, via the General Directorate of Industries and small and medium-sized enterprises – that, since 1982, is also actively involved in the financing of innovative and viable business projects.
These are the awards that Biosfer Teslab has won. All of them have the main goal of promote new companies and jobs in the territory.
Premis Reus Empresa
Jove Cambra Internacional Catalunya
Diputació de Tarragona – Premis Emprèn 2014
Premio anual a la Innovación de la Fundación Alberto Elzaburu
2º Premio del Tarragona Open Future
Innovate SME: Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness awards the company Biosfer Teslab as a certified innovate sme.
ISO 9001:2015 : Biosfer Teslab have the ISO 9001 Certification approved by TÜVRheinland.
ISO 13485:2016: Biosfer Teslab have the ISO 13485 Certification approved by SGS