"Nature itself hides a vast amount of information beyond what is visible. By harnessing and efficiently processing this information, a new era in health, security and decision-making is emerging. With the immense support of the KTT unit at ICFO, we are now ready to launch a mass-deployable solution that will bring a technology that until now was only available in the lab, to society."

— Dr Antonios Oikonomou

QURV spun out of ICFO in July 2020 after developing for more than six years in ICFO’s KTT Launchpad. Their wide-spectrum image sensor technologies and integrated solutions, including 10 patent families at the time of the company’s constitution, enable enhanced computer vision applications, addressing the expanding needs of an autonomous and intelligent new world. Their graphene/quantum dot image sensors platform technology allows operation from the visible to the short-wave infrared (SWIR) range and can be integrated with current CMOS low-cost, high-manufacturability processes.

The incubation has received support from the Government of Catalonia, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain, the European Research Council, the Barcelona City Council and the Castelldefels City Council, the European Regional Development Funds allocated to Generalitat de Catalunya for emerging technology clusters devoted to the valorization and transfer of research results (GraphCAT 001-P-001702) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649953.

Qurv emerged from ongoing collaborative research at ICFO between the Functional Optoelectronic Nanomaterials group and the Quantum Nano-Optoelectronics group led by ICREA Professors at ICFO Drs Gerasimos Konstantatos and Frank Koppens respectively, both founding members of Qurv. Stijn Goossens helped develop this technology from its earliest stages as a research engineer at ICFO and will continue as Qurv’s CTO. Antonios Oikonomou, Qurv’s CEO, holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK and joined ICFO’s KTT unit in 2018 as a business developer working together with the rest of the team to develop the business plan and relevant roadmaps for the constitution of the spin-off.

Signature of company incorporation: L. Torner, E. Pola (ICREA), A. Oikonomou, S. Goossens, F. Koppens, G. Konstantatos, and S. Carrasco
Proof of concept CMOS integrated wide-spectrum image sensor chip.
CTO Stijn Goossens presented developments of Qurv's technology at the Graphene Pavilion, Mobile World Congress 2016-2019