QUIBIM, which stands for Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers in Medicine, is a company founded to fulfill a mission to “improve human health by applying advanced and innovative image processing techniques to radiological images in order to detect the changes produced by diseases and drugs in the body.” It is a spin-off of a Spanish research center, La Fe Health Research Institute, located in Valencia. The focus of this company is on bridging the gap between artificial intelligence (AI), advanced computational models, and radiological images. The company aims to “measure changes produced by a lesion or by a pharmacological treatment, offering additional quantitative information to the qualitative approach of radiology.”
The institute was the brainchild of several radiologists and bioengineers, including Angel Alberich and Prof. Luis Martí-Bonmatí. Angel is a Spanish bioengineer who is making extensive efforts in integrating artificial intelligence in the field of radiology and medical imaging. His research efforts have helped him establish a prominent identity in the field of medical imaging, imaging biomarkers, and artificial intelligence. Angel is not just a researcher but also a professor and author.
After graduating from La Salle Benicarló, he entered the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2002. He graduated with a Telecommunications Engineering degree with a specialization in electronics in 2007. It marked the start of a career as a researcher. He joined the La Fe Health Research Institute as an R&D engineer. He later acquired the position of Scientific-Technical Director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Group at the same institute.
While he was working as an R&D engineer, he entered the Polytechnic University of Valencia again to complete his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. During his, Ph.D. Angel began working on his thesis, “morphometric and mechanical characterization of trabecular bone from high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging.” His research work was commendable, and his thesis received the Best Ph.D. Award by the university in the area of ICT. It also received the Best Scientific Paper Award by the European Society of Radiology. The thesis caught the attention of these institutes due to his advances in the application of engineering to the study of cardiovascular remodeling.
The year when he completed his Ph.D., he was promoted to the position of coordinator of biomedical engineering at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón. It was just another achievement in his career, and the next year, he received the European Pro-Academy Prize award as member of Luis Marti-Bonmati’s lab by the European Round Table Foundation.
His contributions as a researcher cannot be overlooked as he has built the ground for future researchers in the field of medical imaging and artificial intelligence. His research career is dominated by more than 60 scientific articles, each of which has appeared in prestigious international journals. In addition to this, Angel is the author of more than 80 communications to international congresses, also was an editor for two international books, including “Imaging biomarkers. Development and clinical integration” and “Fundamentos de física médica.”
He has authored 15 book chapters. Along with this, his portfolio also includes inventions of three patents. Throughout his thirteen-year long career, he has participated in a large number of research projects and clinical trials.
Angel’s portfolio is vast, the reason why he is under the spotlight in his field and was appointed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as one of the young innovators under the age of 35 in 2015.
While contributing to the research sector, he also serves as collaborating professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. His focus at this institute is upon end-of-career projects, dissertations, doctoral theses. He is also the professor of Advanced Medical Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Valencia.
Angel Alberich teaches seminars in the Master of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Zaragoza and the Master of Advances in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology of the University of Granada. To present, Angel is serving as an active member of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (EUSOMII) and member of the e-Health Committee of the European Society of Radiology. He is also part of the Official College of Telecommunications Engineers as a member of the management team. The self-taught researcher has three kids, but that does not stop him from contributing to the advancement of radiology and medical imaging.