TECNALIA SERBIA

Tecnalia Serbia LTD (TECSR) is a company based in Belgrade that is 100% in ownership of Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, operating as abroad branch with special expertise and excellence in the relevant field of research. This abroad office was founded in 2008 to serve as a technology acceleration unit inside the Health Department providing consulting and research and development services in both basic and applied research, offering transference of technology and knowledge, collaboration with enterprises in the application area, including relevant hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, and verification and development of technologies transferred.

Tecnalia Serbia LTD has been providing services and expertise in a variety of research projects of TECNALIA, spanning from neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation in general, biomedical instrumentation and assistive devices, to biomaterials and electrochemical sensors. In most of those projects Tecnalia Serbia was involved in all the steps of the research process, from the initial idea and preparing of the project proposal, development of electronics and system components, defining the research protocol and preparing experiments, in vitro, in vivo and clinical testing of the system prototypes, data analysis and extraction of relevant results and last, but not the least, dissemination of results. From its creation, Tecnalia Serbia was exclusively working in projects funded by a private venture capital initiative FIK which ended in 2018. Since then it was free to compete for public funding and has gained two grants in 2018, 825339-WEARPLEX (as Tecnalia’s LTP) and 856718-TACTILITY, where it leads the RnD efforts in electrical stimulation systems. The success of the office and the performed research during previous 10 years is best measured by the number of patents and publications, which is 4 and 73, coming from small but highly proficient team.

Personnel of Tecnalia Serbia LTD comprises three PhDs in Electrical Engineering, one MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and 4 Electrical Engineering PhD candidates. Tecnalia Serbia LTD has active research collaboration with three top Serbian Universities and four relevant hospitals and clinics including Neurology clinic, Rehabilitation clinic, Specialized hospital for orthopaedic prosthetics and Sport rehabilitation clinic. Some of the researches in Tecnalia Serbia LDT are working as inhouse consultants, under the modality of natural person with a direct contract.

Tecnalia Serbia LTD is an equal opportunity employer. Current ratio of female/male employees is 50/50.

10 years of experience in research and development of the world most advanced electrical stimulation systems for Health Department of Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation resulted with invaluable experience and knowhow in development of devices and algorithms for transcutaneous electrical stimulation based on multi-pad technology. Design of stimulation electrodes and testing of stimulation systems both in laboratory and in relevant environment are chief among those. Furthermore, the key personnel from Tecnalia Serbia was leading the development in MAXSENS project, which delivered electrotactile feedback system that can provide real-time proprioceptive and sensory information from a multi-DoF hand prosthesis. This expertise is crucial in the project for developing an intuitive feedback interface and a compact system that can convey all the relevant electrochemical and electrophysiological data together with assessed states.

Role of TECSR in the project: 10 years of experience in research and development of the world most advanced electrical stimulation systems for Health Department of Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation resulted with invaluable experience and knowhow in development of devices and algorithms for transcutaneous electrical stimulation based on multi-pad technology. Design of stimulation electrodes and testing of stimulation systems both in laboratory and in relevant environment are chief among those. Furthermore, the key personnel from Tecnalia Serbia was leading the development in MAXSENS project, which delivered electrotactile feedback system that can provide real-time proprioceptive and sensory information from a multi-DoF hand prosthesis. This expertise is crucial in the project for developing an intuitive feedback interface and a compact system that can convey all the relevant electrochemical and electrophysiological data together with assessed states.