Another IBEC winner nets a Premi PIONER

Maria Valls from IBEC’s Biomimetic systems for cell engineering group has won a PIONER prize from CERCA for her doctoral thesis.

She’s the second ever IBEC winner of one of these prestigious prizes, which since their launch in 2014 have recognised theses with results that are clearly aimed at commercial exploitation.

The jury described her thesis, ‘Development of an advanced 3D culture system for human cardiac tissue engineering’, as having “a high degree of complexity and promising results, which combines different disciplines within the field of bioengineering to create a bioreactor”.

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Maria (front row, far left) received her award alongside the four other winners – from  CRG, IREC, VHIR and VHIO – at a ceremony yesterday in the auditorium of the Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca in Barcelona.

Ariadna Bartra, a PhD student in IBEC’s Signal and Information Processing for Sensing Systems group, was one of four winners of the 2016 edition.