Xavier Barril's research focuses on the discovery of bioactive molecules through a combined use of computational and experimental techniques. His group also develops new computational tools for drug discovery and strives to improve the fundamental understanding of molecular events involved in pharmacological response. Prof. Barril received his Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2001 for theoretical studies on the molecular recognition processes. He then joined Vernalis (Cambridge, UK), where he was involved in a range of drug discovery projects. In 2005 he was appointed ICREA Research Professor and went back to the UB. Prof. Barril has co-authored 90 scientific publications and 11 patents. In 2011 he co-founded Minoryx Therapeutics to develop allosteric pharmacological chaperones as new treatments for rare diseases. In 2018 this activity was transferred to Gain Therapeutics where Prof. Barril acts as part-time CSO.