IBEC welcomes three new Associated researchers

Three new Associated researchers have affiliated to IBEC this year. Professor Jordi Alcaraz joined last January and both professors Carlos Alemán and Jordi Puiggalí this past April.

Associated researchers are university professors seconded to IBEC who are working on topics that are of interest or complementary to our research areas. They participate in IBEC’s scientific strategy, academic activities and support initiatives, and have the option to submit project proposals and papers with IBEC affiliation. Recruitment is carried out according to several criteria such as scientific excellence and alignment with IBEC’s institutional strategy. Associated researchers are approved by the International Scientific Committee, which evaluates their performance on a regular basis.

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José Antonio del Río presents the results about his research at the 20th Symposium of “La Marató de TV3”

José Antonio del Río, group leader of the Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology group at IBEC, presented at the 20th Symposium of “La Marató de TV3”, the results of his research on neurodegenerative diseases boosted by the funds of “La Marató” in 2013.

During the event, which took place this weed at the “Institut d’Estudis Catalans”, it has been made public the results of the 79 research teams that have carried out the 44 financed projects by the 2013 edition of this program. A set of achievements targeted to design new tools of prevention and diagnostic, as well as new therapeutic approaches to improve the quality and life expectancy of the patients that suffer a neurodegenerative disease. .

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IBEC’S Nano Robots presented at the European Research Council

Research Professor Samuel Sánchez presented last March 3rd in Brussels the new generation of NanoBots and BioBots developed in his research group at Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in Barcelona.

The presentation took place during the European Research Council (ERC) Seminars. The audience was composed of scientific personnel of ERC, as well as a general audience from the European Commission.
With the title “Nanobots to 3D BioBots as future tools in robotics and medicine” Professor Sánchez presented during his seminar, fundamental aspects of catalytically powered nanoparticles -also called nanobots-, their applications in environmental remediation and also in future smart nanomedicine.

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IBEC organises the fifth reSearch4Talent open doors edition

More than fifty undergraduate and master students attended yesterday’s reSearch4Talent at IBEC, the fifth time we’ve opened our doors to young scholars interested in a scientific career.

Held in the Dolors Aleu room of the Barcelona Science Park, the event started with a welcome and presentation about the institute from IBEC’s talent and education deputy and Group Leader Elena Martínez, followed by specific information about applications and admissions from Carolina Marí Head of the HR department. To finish with the presentations, Harishankar Balakrishnan PhD at IBEC, shared his experience as doctoral student and did a brief presentation of the PhD Committee, which was set up in 2013 to enable students to have a voice in the running of the institute and to organize events of their own.

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ERC President visits IBEC

The President of the European Research Council, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, visited last May 15th the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).

The event was inaugurated by IBEC’s Director, Josep Samitier, who presented an overview on the cutting-edge research carried out at the institute in the fields of bioengineering and nanomedicine.

Afterwards, ERC Grantees working at IBEC had the opportunity to explain the impact of ERC grants on their professional careers and established a dialogue with ERC President on the past, present and future of the European Research Council.

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IBEC co-organizes the informative session “Individual Actions Marie Skłodowska-Curie 2019”

The past 14 of May was held at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) the informative session “Individual actions Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA), call 2019 “.

The session, co-organized by the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the European Office of FECYT and the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), brought together more than 100 assistants between project managers and researchers. The conference, inaugurated by Professor Josep Samitier, Director of the IBEC, started with the participation of Cristina Gómez, National Contact Point of the European Office of the Ministry MICIU, and with Aïda Díaz in representation of AGAUR.

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IBEC receives the TECNIO seal to promote technology transfer to companies

The IBEC among the six Catalan centers that have received the TECNIO seal this year. This accreditation allows SMEs and companies to identify centers that offer differential technology and increase innovation rates.

The Government of Catalonia has accredited the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) with the TECNIO seal. ACCIO – the Agency for the competitiveness of the company, under the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge -, has accredited this year six new centers with this seal.

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IBEC is a partner in four out of five 2018 BIST Ignite Grants awarded to multidisciplinary research projects

Four projects coordinated by 2 group leaders and 2 researchers from IBEC have been successful in gaining funding through the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology’s IGNITE call.

The BIST Ignite Programme is a mechanism to foster multidisciplinary research among the BIST members. Its goal is to promote new collaboration between its partners, facilitating the exchange of knowledge among different scientific fields and exploring new approaches. The projects that can be eligible for the grants must pursue the exploration of new questions and technological challenges through novel multidisciplinary approaches. The selected projects are granted with 20.000€ each and researchers will have 8 months to develop their projects.

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The second edition of IBEC’s Faster Future programme will be dedicated to the fight against Parkinson

The programme IBEC Faster Future, an initiative that aims to help accelerate research projects that are close to tackling major challenges in health, will enable the development of a new antibody that will be the base of a therapeutic product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The Faster Future program campaign “Let’s tackle Parkinson”, which is launched today and will remain open to donations until the 30th of April, has the aim to raise 50,000 € needed to accelerate this research, seeking to obtain favourable results within a year and a half.

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12th Annual Conference of Biomedical Research Technology Platforms

The Spanish Platform for Nanomedicine (NanoMedSpain) coordinated by Josep Samitier, director of IBEC, has participated once again in the Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research that took place in Madrid during the days 5 an 6 of March.

This yearly conference, organised by the four national platforms Farmaindustria, Asebio, NanomedSpain and FENIN -Innovative medicines, nanomedicine, sanitary technology and biotechnological markets- where the main issue was how to boost biomedical research hubs in Spain. During the morning of the 5th of March, the directors of each platform presented a summary of their activity during 2018, after which their invited speakers gave talks. This year, NanomedSpain has invited Per Matsson, president of EIT Health Scandinavia and CTO at Thermo Fisher Scientific Immunodiagnostics whose speech was entitled “Innovation in health: from biomarker discovery to implementation”.

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