Cristina Garmendia Joins Universidad Europea’s Advisory Council

Cristina Garmendia, former minister of science and innovation and president of the COTEC Foundation and the Genetrix bio-technology group has joined the Advisory Council of Universidad Europea. As a member of the Universidad Europea Advisory Council, Garmendia joins a group of renowned professionals that have come together to help position Universidad Europea among the top institutions in terms of community integration and in creating links between academia and employers.

Garmendia completed an undergraduate degree in biology, with a specialization in genetics, and a doctoral degree in molecular biology at the Severo Ochoa National Center for Molecular Biology. She also earned an MBA at the IESE Business School at Universidad de Navarra. 

She served as minister of science and technology for the government of Spain from 2008 to 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was president and founder of the Genetix bio-technology, founded in 2000. She is a co-founder of the YSIOS group. She has also served as president of the Spanish Association of Bio-companies and as a member of the board of directors of the CEOE group. 

Following the end of her term in the government, she returned to YSIOS and Genetix, where she helped create the Spanish-German bio-technology initiative SYGNIS. She also founded the micro-satellite company Satlantis and the advisory group Science and Innovation Link Office (SILO). 

In addition to her work on Universidad Europea’s Advisory Council, she is a member of the advisory council for the Foundation of African Women (MXA), the administration council of Fenosa, and is a member of the advisory committee of the Productive Transformation Program of the Colombian government.  Her work and entrepreneurial vision have been recognized with numerous awards for research and innovation and she will be a great addition to the institution’s advisory council.