Established in 2005, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a leading-edge multidisciplinary research centre in Barcelona. It conducts excellent interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of basic and life sciences linked with engineering to generate new knowledge and applications by putting together biophysics, cell engineering, nanomedicine, biomaterials, tissue engineering and the applications of information technology to health.Researchers at IBEC participate in innovative work in areas such as bioelectronics, regenerative medicine, and biomechanics, seeking innovative solutions to improve healthcare and quality of life.The institute promotes a collaborative environment, encouraging scientists to explore new ideas and collaborate across disciplines.
This new knowledge has been applied during the last years to the advanced technological challenges (ATCs) such as biofabrication for tailored advanced therapies and regeneration and bioengineered living systems, as well as to the advanced societal health challenges (SHCs) such as bioengineering for cancer diagnosis and prognosis; bioengineering for healthy ageing; bioengineering for rare diseases treatments; and bioengineering against COVID-19, added due to the pandemic outbreak. IBEC has gained global recognition with impactful publications and projects.
IBEC’s 5 Breakthrough Focus Areas:
1-New information and data with advanced microscopy, imaging and biological mapping-G.Gomila,P. Gorostiza,G. Battaglia,I.Marco-Rius,B.Bolognesi,X. Rovira
2-Engineering of molecular systems based on biological self-assembling, synthetic biology and nanomedicine for advanced therapeutic systems-S.Sánchez, S. Muro, E.Torrents, X.Fernández-Busquets,C. Rodríguez-Emmenegger
3-Physical forces in Biology: tissue, cell and molecular mechanobiology-X.Trepat, P.Roca-Cusachs, M.Salmerón-Sánchez
4-Preserving, regenerating and fabricating human organs and tissues: Biomodels and tissue engineering-E. Martínez,E.Engel, N.Montserrat, J.A. del Río, Z. Álvarez
5-Ubiquitous sensors, engineered living sensors and smart data analysis: Bioelectronic and biomedical signal processing-J. Samitier, J. Ramón, R. Jané, S. Marco