Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia IBECThe Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on bioengineering and nanomedicine, based in Barcelona.

IBEC was established in 2005 by the Ministries of Innovation, Universities and Enterprises and Health of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Today, IBEC’s relationship with UB and UPC researchers continues to operate under a framework agreement signed in 2008. IBEC's mission is to conduct high quality research that, while creating knowledge, contributes to a better quality of life, improves health and creates wealth. The institute has established close links with international research centres, universities, hospitals and industry to exchange talent and develop and implement projects.

The institute currently has 15 research groups as well as 250 researchers and staff from 20 different countries. IBEC's groups and their activities are organized into six research programs:

Cellular biotechnology
Microbial biotechnology, health biotechnology, processes of production of biomolecules, neurobiotechnology, axonal regeneration, prion biology, regeneration of complex structures, biotechnology of cell reprogramming and directed differentiation of stem cells.

Biomechanics and cellular biophysics
Mechanical properties at the cellular and molecular level, cellular biophysics.

Nanobiotechnology
Nanostructures and surface functionalization, hybrid nanostructures, microfluidics, biosensors, bio-chips, lab-on-a-chip, microarrays and biomimetic systems, nanoscale bioelectricity; nanophotonics, single molecule fluorescence techniques, and superresolution optical nanoscopy.

Biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering
Development of materials and structures for biocompatible replacement, tissue formation and technologies for repairing or replacing tissues and organs.

Medical signals and instrumentation
Biomedical signal processing, control and monitoring systems for both treatment and prevention.

Robotics and biomedical imaging
Support systems for minimally invasive surgery and surgical assistance. Obtaining and processing biomedical images at the level of organs, tissues and cells or biomolecules.