Pioneering research management since 1994
About Us

A multidisciplinary team with complementary background that combines experience, dynamism, commitment and extensive knowledge of the sector

25+
years of experience
500+
Million Euro of funding managed
The Team

For a company like ours, talent is the most important asset. I am very proud of our current team – you’d be hard pressed to find a better, more committed and dedicated group of professionals that consistently get outstanding results in the variety of initiatives that we are asked to manage. They all excel at representing the values of Synapse: flexibility, dynamism, focus, quality, creativity. Their complementary backgrounds, wide experience and capacity to adapt allow us to provide holistic support to very different multi-stakeholder partnerships that necessitate leading solutions to their complex problems in order to achieve their full impact.

It is a truly unique team that is always willing to go the extra mile to fulfil each project’s potential, and that continues to amaze me every day.


 Carlos Díaz CEO & Founder

Carlos Díaz - CEO & Founder
Wide experience in complex distributed project management, evaluation methods, business planning and knowledge management. His work focuses on strategic and technical management of biomedical research, software development and validation. Consultant for public and private institutions on proposal preparation and management of R&D initiatives. Teaches courses in strategic project management for a variety of organisations.  

University degree in Economy and Business Administration (Extraordinary Award), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
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Carlos Díaz
CEO & Founder
Sandra Pla - COO & Head of Research & Development Projects
Wide experience in providing project management services to a wide number of international initiatives including monitoring of project activities, resourcing and capacity control, quality procedures and risk management. Deep knowledge of budgeting and auditing procedures. She is also experienced in coordinating scientific advice procedures and requests to regulatory entities.

University degree in Political and Administration Sciences and Master in Public and Social Policies, Johns Hopkins University.
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Sandra Pla
COO & Head of Research & Development Projects
Elena del Rey - Head of Business Development & Services
Extensive knowledge in legal and procedural aspects such as governance, confidentiality and IPRs, elaboration and negotiation of multi-stakeholder collaboration agreements, conflict resolution, setting up of legal structures and production of legal documents.

University degree in Law, Master in European Studies, and Postgraduate in Regional Strategy and Competitiveness.
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Elena del Rey
Head of Business Development and Services
Mª Carmen Montes - Head of HR
Deep knowledge in the development and implementation of tools for monitoring and managing team productivity. Senior technician in occupational risk prevention ergonomics and applied psychosociology. 

University degree in Nursing, Specialty in Occupational Health and Master in Human Resources Management.
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Mª Carmen Montes
Head of HR
David López - Head of Finance
Expert in finance corporate management and deep knowledge in auditing procedures and requirements.

University degree in Social Sciences, Postgraduate in Accounting, Master in Financial Management, Master in Finance. He completed the Executive programme in management control and is Chartered Controller Analyst.
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David López
Head of Finance
Iñaki Díaz - Head of Communication
Extensive background in branding and communication activities for multiple clients. Wide experience in creating marketing assets using different multimedia formats, tools, and technologies.

University degree in Advertising and Public Relationships, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Postgraduate degrees in Digital Design and Design for Innovation Strategies, Istituto Europeo di Design.
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Iñaki Díaz
Head of Communication
Montse Camprubí - Senior Project Manager
Wide experience in managing and coordinating complex research projects as well as acting as community manager, including the development of internal communication mechanisms to promote communication dynamics.

Highly skilled in financial and administrative aspects of EU funded projects.

University degree in Translation.
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Montse Camprubí
Senior Project Manager
Estefanía Callado - Senior Project Manager
Wide experience in managing and coordinating complex research projects as well as monitoring processes for drug development compounds. Highly skilled in EU funded projects with deep knowledge on financing, control resource procedures and  earned value assessment.

University degree in Business Administration and Master in Leadership and Management of Science.
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Estefanía Callado
Senior Project Manager
Inari Soininen - Senior Project Manager
Vast experience managing R&D research centres and leading multidisciplinary teams. Extensive knowledge in EU project management and managing large consortia. She is also experienced in coordinating the sustainability phase of several EU funded projects.

University double degree in Law & Political Sciences, and Executive MBA.
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Inari Soininen
Senior Project Manager
Lewis Killin - Senior Project Manager
Wide experience in the setup and co-ordination of clinical trials in neuroprogressive conditions. Expertise in the management of national research cohorts, registers, and databases. Comprehensive knowledge in the development and use of project management tools to monitor and assess project objectives, targets and milestones.

PhD in Psychology, with an academic background in cognitive neuropsychology and environmental risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease.
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Lewis Killin
Senior Project Manager
Nathalie Bofarull - Senior Project Manager
Deep experience in managing international projects and understanding of the Pharmaceutical Industry. Knowledge in the coordination of feasibility procedures for the development of RWE studies requested by regulatory entities.

BSc in Biology (University of Barcelona). Master degree in “Basic fundamentals of oncogenesis” (University of Paris VI) and Master in Business and Administration (ESG Paris).
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Nathalie Bofarull
Senior Project Manager
Cristina Aguilera - Senior Project Manager
Research background in Molecular Biology, Oncology and Genomics in basic and clinical research developed in top academic institutions and in major pharmaceutical companies. Vast international experience, used to work in multicultural and multifunctional environments and managing multidisciplinary teams.  Extensive experience managing and coordinating R&D research centres, distributed research projects and public-private partnerships.

PhD in Biomedicine with a PostDoc in the London Research Institute.
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Cristina Aguilera
Senior Project Manager
Andrea Martí - Junior Project Manager
Expertise in managing complex research projects with strong scientific data analysis and communication skills. Extensive background in medicinal chemistry, drug delivery, gene therapy, and oncology. 

BSc in Chemistry, MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and PhD in Bioengineering.
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Andrea Martí
Junior Project Manager
Noemí Manero - Junior Project Manager
Biological scientist with expertise in cancer research, molecular biology and immunology. Knowledge in data analysis and communication skills.

BSc in Biomedicine, MSc in Translational Research in Cancer and PhD in Biomedicine.  

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Noemí Manero
Junior Project Manager
Núria Subirats - Executive Assistant
Extensive knowledge in supporting the administrative activities of large European research projects and highly skilled in executive assistance, including coordination of major events. She is also experienced on supporting the development of communication tools and materials for EU funded projects.

University degree in Tourism.
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Núria Subirats
Executive Assistant
Esteban Di Falco - Web Developer
Wide experience in web development for a variety of clients.

University degree in Industrial Engineering and Degree in Web development.
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Esteban Di Falco
Web Developer
Expert advisors
Richard Tischler
Communication Advisor
Richard Tischler - Communication Advisor
Senior communications / PR professional who has built and led regional corporate communications teams at major global companies in the healthcare, financial services, food & beverage, and packaging sectors contributing to positive business results through efficient internal / external communications, and crisis management.

B.A.Political Science.
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Johan van der Lei
Scientific Advisor
Johan van der Lei - Scientific Advisor
Expert on the development, evaluation, use, and impact of computer-based patient records and decision support. Research on understanding the requirements for successful introduction of information and communication technology in medical practice.

Ph.D. Medical Informatics.
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Scott Boyer
Senior Advisor
Scott Boyer - Senior Advisor
Expert in predictive models of biological endpoints, data mining, chemical genetics, and human adverse event modelling. Founder and CEO of Klaria. Co-founder of the Computational Toxicology group within the Swetox.

Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology.
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Saira Ramasastry
Senior Advisor
Saira Ramasastry- Senior Advisor
Founder of Life Sciences Advisory, focused on public-private collaborations for the biopharmaceutical industry. Lecturer for the Bioscience Enterprise Program and council for the Cambridge Judge Business School.

B.A. in Economics, Advanced degrees in MS&E.
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