CEO & Founder
Judit has over fifteen years' management experience working with leading pharmaceutical companies in an international context, mostly at Ferrer International. Her professional experience has covered the entire value chain of concession business: quality, manufacturing, R+D, planning, procurement, logistics, sales, marketing, and strategic business development. In the last 10 years her dedication has been exclusively to the business development of new products, markets, and partners. Judit holds a degree in Chemistry, a MSc in Applied Clinical Research in Health Sciences, and a MSc in Biomedical Research in Public Health. She has also completed a PMD in IESE Business School and a postgraduate program in leadership, communication, and foreign trade in ESCI.
Our extraordinary team
Executive Director & Investor
Salvador is an economist from the University Pompeu Fabra with an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is an experienced senior executive with a demonstrated history of working in the media (Diari Ara), consulting (McKinsey), lite science (Aurora Medicine) and financial services (Goldman Sachs) industries. He is focused on strategy, partnerships, and fundraising.
Marketing & Communications
Claudia M. holds a Master’s in Corporate Communication Management from the University of Barcelona and executive master’s marketing & sales program at ESADE. She has more than five years’ experience in helping companies to develop (inter)national B2B and B2C marketing and business development strategies. She is currently focused on designing global business strategies and boosting the internationalization processes for companies.
Claudia N. holds a BSc in Biotechnology, a MSc in Biomedical Research, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She has more than five years' experience managing research projects related to skin products with translational potential, with special focus in safety and efficacy studies, to bring cosmetics and dermo-pharmaceuticals to market. She is focused on the coordination and management of the scientific area of the company.
Ángel M. Valdivielso
Chemistry Project Manager
Ángel (PhD in Organic Chemistry) has extensive professional experience in R+D departments (more than 7 years) in several fields such as medicinal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, material chemistry (including energy storage applications), flow chemistry and unconventional synthetic methods. He is leading the discovery, optimisation and manufacturing of new active ingredients for sun protection.
Process Development Manager
Joan holds a BSc in Chemistry, a MSc in Organic Chemistry and PhD in Systems Chemistry. He has conducted several research projects mainly in the field of Supramolecular Chemistry (CNRS in France and LMU in Germany) involving organic synthesis and conformational investigations. He was also QC innovation leader (GP Pharm) and now he is focused on process development.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Cathy has more than 7 years' experience as executive assistant. Before joining Roka Furadada, she worked as EA to the CEO at Havas Group, an international media agency listed in the París market. Befare her stint at Havas, she worked for ten years in Cuatrecasas, a law firm, giving support to the Barcelona Head Office Manager.
Cathy holds a degree in Business Administration, and speaks Catalan, Spanish, French and English.
Adriana S. Maddaleno
Adriana holds a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona. She has experience in testing for photoprotection, photo-toxicity, and in vitro analysis to assess the toxicity of drugs and compounds that absorb UV. Currently, she is working as a researcher at the University of Barcelona carrying out the safety and efficacy evaluation of Roka's products with in vitro models.
José J. Villaplana
Researcher, Analytical Chemistry
Jose Joaquín is a chemist from the University of Alicante and holds a MSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. He has experience in nanoencapsulation of active components, and he is a researcher at the University of Barcelona focused on the chemical analysis of Roka's products.
Researcher, Organic Chemistry
Cristina holds a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Organic Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. She has experience in synthesis of small molecules, peptides, oligo-nucleotides and bioconjugates. Currently, she is working as a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the aim to synthesize novel UV filters for Roka.
María Pin Nó
Bio-Based Product Synthesis Specialist
María holds a BSc in Chemistry, an MSc in Supramolecular Chemistry and PhD in Organic Chemistry. She has three years’ experience in the development of pine-based material for the commercialisation of sustainable monomers and the knowledge transfer between academia and industry. Currently, she is working at Roka on the synthesis of sunscreen ingredients through green methods.
Senior Researcher in Cosmetic Applications
Irene graduated in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona. Her interest in galenic development started during an internship in hospital pharmacy, where she had to prepare formulas for patients. This experience, along with her concern for skin pathologies, made her focus her career on skin health, and she completed a Master’s degree in Cosmetics and Dermopharmacy at CESIF. After completing her studies, she worked for several years in the R&D department developing cosmetic formulations, mainly for sunscreen products. She is passionate about galenic development and sun protection.
Researcher in Cosmetic Applications
Laura has a BSc in Pharmacy and a MSc Cosmetics and Dermopharmacy. She has worked in several areas within the cosmetics industry: Regulatory, R&D and Clinical studies, where she has always been in direct contact with sunscreen products. She is currently working as a researcher looking for the different cosmetic applications and photochemical characterization of Roka’s products.
Arturo graduated in Chemistry from the university of Alicante and he holds a MSc in Organic Chemistry. He has four years’ experience in the pharmacological industry, where he worked on an extensive variety of organic synthetic reactions and the subsequent characterisation of organic molecules. Currently, Arturo is working as a researcher on the optimization of the synthesis of Roka’s products.
Analytical Chemistry Scientist
Alba holds a BSc in Chemistry from UAB and a MSc in Applied Chromatographic Technics from University of Girona. She has more than five years’ experience working in pharmaceutical laboratories with GMP regulatory experience with chromatography and other several instruments for physical-chemical characterisation both in QC and R&D departments. Currently, Alba is working focused on analytical development and Roka’s Quality System.
Sònia has a Business degree and over 20 years’ experience in financial management. She is also a specialist in comprehensive management software tools, like SAP. Before joining Roka, she worked at Danone for ten years, first in Customer Service and later as Accounts Payable Manager for the entire Danone Group in Spain. Then she spent nine years at Wanzl Group as the company’s invoicing and administration manager.