Mission

The mission of Pragmatic Diagnostics SL  (PDX) is to help life science companies develop new assays where immunometric technologies are integrated with appropriate analytical platforms in a streamlined and efficient manner, adding values to its customers’ R&D investment

Vision

To become a major technology transfer player and R&D-partner for the international IVD-industry.

Ensure Transfer

For each project, the required documentation will be prepared to ensure transfer from development to production and to facilitate regulatory submissions, compliant with ISO13485:2012 and FDA.

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow

You remain in control of the project as at the end of each phase, a design review will be held to ensure that the project milesones are still valid and are being achieved. Our experience and knowhow allow us to accelerate time to market assay with high profitability for our clients

For each phase, where PDX is responsible, the required documentation will be prepared to ensure transfer from development to production and to facilitate regulatory submissions, compliant with ISO13485:2012 and FDA.

Scientific team

Dr Sergi Gassó Pons

Dr Sergi Gassó Pons

Owner & CEO

Dr Sergi Gassó has more than 15 years in the medical device sector, with the majority of his career spent in progressively senior management positions in the R&D field of IVD reagents. Prior to founding Pragmatic Diagnostics, he has served as Alere Toxicology plc (UK, former Concateno) Head of Immunoassay R&D for three years, being responsible for the Biochemistry of the Alere™ DDS®2 Mobile Test System.

Carolina Moral Pérez

Carolina Moral Pérez

Project scientist

Carolina is Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Organic Chemistry, with a Master of Science (MSc), Experimental Organic Chemistry. Carolina previoslyworked in Crystax Pharmaceuticals, Developing and implement of biochemical assays for compound screening, where she after was Responsible for the laboratory security and organization. Carolina has also worked in Oryzon Genomics, as a Research Scientist, Developing and implement of biochemical assays for compound screening using a variety of detection formats (fluorescence intensity, fluorescence polarization).

Almudena Pérez Arias

Almudena Pérez Arias

Project scientist

Almudena is a veterinarian with expertise in molecular diagnostics and development of point of care diagnostics in either industry and government institutions. She worked in The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), in York (United Kingdom), as a research assistant, having designed primers to develop rapid tests to detect human pathogens in the food chain. She was also involved in molecular diagnosis for phytosanitary and quality food certificates. Besides, Almudena has also worked in Abingdon Health, in York (United Kingdom), as R&D Assistant developing Lateral Flow Devices to be manufactured under ISO 9001 and 13485.

Dra Carme Pastells

Dra Carme Pastells

Project scientist

Carme Pastells holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Barcelona. She has been involved in several projects developing immunodiagnostic approaches for infectious disease. She is an expert in antibody development, protein chemistry and immunoassays development. She was also a visiting scientist at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI; La Jolla, CA, USA), California Institute of Technology (Caltech; Pasadena, CA, USA) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Florence, IT).

Dra Susana Liébana

Dra Susana Liébana

R&D scientist

Susana Liébana holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Sensors and Biosensors Group at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her expertise relies on the integration of nanobiomaterials into biosensors for diagnostic and food safety applications. She worked for two years as a project leader for Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd. based at The Gwent Group (UK) within the European Marie Curie ITN PROSENSE. She was also visiting researcher at Philips Research, Eindhoven (The Netherlands); Biosensor Research Laboratory, Bath (UK), and Xeptagen SpA., Venice (Italy).

Dr Xavier Serra

Dr Xavier Serra

Project scientist

Xavier graduated with a BSc in General Biology (Genetics), a MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Biochemistry at the Univeritat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Xavier has over 15 years experience in R&D and industrial biotechnology production. In Biokit S.A. (1999-2006) he designed and developed purification methods of proteins (infectious diseases and plasma proteins) and its scaling-up for suitable pilot plant production for IVD. In 2006 he was engaged at DRO Biosystems S.L. (2006-2008) as Downstream Processing Manager where he also gained experience in GMP manufacturing. In 2008-2009 Xavier joined the Telstar Projects S.A. team in the Quality and Pharmaceutical Technology Dept. for the conceptual design of facilities and giving support the Engineering Dept. Getting back to the R&D at the UAB (2011-2015), Xavier has collaborated with the veterinary pharma company HIPRA S.A. in the development of porcine and bovine vaccines.

Dra Anabel Lermo

Dra Anabel Lermo

Project Scientist

Anabel Lermo is a research scientist with demonstrated experience in the field of In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD), skilled in the design of complex platforms for immunoassay sensing. She holds a PhD in Chemistry (Honoured) from the UAB of Barcelona. Her thesis was focused on the design of biomolecular approaches in electrochemical biosensing devices for alimentary field, being author of 13 articles published in specialized international journals. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Analytical Chemistry Division UAB as a leading researcher of investigation projects for immunoassay development applied to biosensor design in the alimentary and clinical fields. Then, she joined Biokit (a company of the Werfen group) for 7 years, developing chemiluminescent immunoassays for automated platforms in the field of infectious diseases. Her activities were mainly focused on the optimization of key component formulation and analyser assay parameters, transferring the reagent to production, generating all the documentation required for verification, validation and registration of the product in various regulatory agencies (CE, Shonin and CFDA).

Alexandre Andújar

Alexandre Andújar

R&D technician

Alexandre Andújar is a laboratory analist with triple titulation like technician: Analysis and control, synthesis of farmaceutic forms and enviromental chemistry. He worked for UPC of Tarrassa developing DNA assays with qPCR for the detección of Waddlia Chondrophila. He has also worked for Nono3 developing systems of residual water descontamination with 0 enviromental impact.

Elisenda Rodón

Elisenda Rodón

Project technician

Elisenda has a long experience as a laboratory technician. She worked for more than 14 years in Balague Center, performing analytical tests in diagnostics and pharmacologics. She has also worked in Biokit, involved in the research and development of products.

Ester Alburquerque

Ester Alburquerque

Lab technician

Ester is studying an Associate Degree and she is working as a lab technician in PDX.

Carlos Rodríguez

Carlos Rodríguez

Lab technician

Carlos is a laboratory technician with double titulation, clinical diagnosis and telecommunications. He started in 2003 as an assistant and then as a technician in the laboratory of Serologia del Banc de Sang i Teixits. He has also worked in the microbiology department of the Mutua de Terrassa Hospital. His experience in R & D begins in 2011 in the chemi-luminescence department of Biokit, developing chemiluminescent immunoassays for automated platforms in the field of infectious diseases.

Administration and finance

Dra Nuria Cerdà Costa

Dra Nuria Cerdà Costa

Quality Assurance.

Núria has a bachelor’s degree on Biochemistry and a PhD on Biotechnology. She was also a Visiting Scientist in other institutes such as European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), in Germany, or the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Proteolysis Group from the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona, actively collaborating with other research organisations and private companies. She recently obtained an Expert Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management and Promotion in the Company.

Anna Garriga

Anna Garriga

Administrative accountant

Anna is a professional widely formed in accounting, international trade and management secretarial. He has over 30 years of experience exercising management functions and accounting, working for various companies.