"I realized that an electronic device, which I was designing for controlling our experimental setup actually had some commercial potential. From that moment on, ICFO's continuous support was crucial for making the company a reality and for our early success"

— Dr. Marc Almendros

Signadyne Spain S.L. was spun out of ICFO in February 2011. The new high tech company set up house at ICFO LaunchPad, and positioned itself in the field of virtual instrumentation. SIGNADYNE is devoted to developing and commercializing high performance electronics in the field of control, test and measurement, with applications in scientific research and industry. The company received financial support from Caixa Capital Risc, the venture capital arm of "la Caixa" and Fitalent, everis Group's Investment Fund. In July 2016, Signadyne was acquired by Keysight Technologies, the American company that is world leader in test and measurement solutions.

The ICFOnians behind this venture are Dr. Marc Almendros and Mr. Néstor Oliverio. Marc, Signadyne’s CEO, obtained his PhD at ICFO in September 2010 with a Thesis on Long-Distance Quantum Communication under the supervision of Prof. Jürgen Eschner. He also obtained an MBA from ESADE in 2011. Néstor worked as a research engineer at ICFO before helping to found Signadyne as its CTO.

Marc with ICFO's director, Prof Lluís Torner, in the official signature of the tech transfer agreement
Marc with ICFO KTT's head, Dr. Silvia Carrasco in a moment of the company launching
Signadyne's stand at CLEO Europe 2011
The Signadyne team