MMS 2017 delegates visit IBEC

On Wednesday a group of 30 delegates from the 23rd World Smart Systems & Micromachine Summit (MMS 2017) paid a visit to IBEC to find out more about the institute’s activities.

MMS 2017, which has been taking place in Barcelona since Monday, has the special topic of “Micro and Nano systems for Smart Cities applications” this year. It attracts 80 representatives from more than 25 countries annually, and was first organized in 1995 by the Micromachine Center in Japan.

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Third annual reSearch4Talent event

Forty undergraduate and master students attended today’s reSearch4Talent at IBEC, the third time we’ve opened our doors to young scholars interested in a career in science.

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 director, Josep Samitier, followed by specific information about applications and admissions from Ciara Boter of the HR department.

After the Careers Fair at midday, which was a chance for participants to mingle and chat with IBEC’s researchers, the visitors enjoyed some tours of selected labs.

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Third general assembly of HT Cluster

Last week IBEC attended the 3rd general assembly of the Health Tech Cluster, an alliance of industry, research centres and other bodies working in the health technologies sector in Catalonia.

Established in 2015 with the support of the Catalan government, the HT Cluster counts IBEC and most of hospitals, as the Hospital Clinic among its research and clinical partners. They’re joined by businesses such as Avinent, Vecmedical and Sibel to contribute to the Cluster’s aim of promoting and developing innovative solutions via public-private partnerships to improve the quality of life for patients.

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IBEC is bioprinting partner in major 3D printing hub in Catalonia

IBEC is to be part of a multi-million euro 3D printing infrastructure in Catalonia that was presented at a press conference today at La Pedrera.

The Global 3D Printing Hub, which will receive up to 28 million euros from the Generalitat by 2020, will aim to consolidate Catalonia as a world leader in 3D printing, one of the key technologies in industry 4.0.

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Small is beautiful

During the last two days IBEC has been taking part in 10alamenos9, the second Festival of Nanoscience, at CosmoCaixa museum in Barcelona.

Funded by FECYT, the festival is taking place simultaneously in Barcelona, Saragossa, Bellaterra, San Sebastian and Madrid, and aims to highlight the importance and impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
IBEC’s contribution to the programme of exhibitions, workshops, seminars and contests included a Nano Workshop in collaboration with Il·lustraciència, talks by Gabriel Gomila and Samuel Sánchez, and a workshop on drug delivery.

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IBEC-mentored student wins prize for research project

One of IBEC’s mentees under the BATX2LAB programme was a prize winner last Wednesday at the initiative’s annual ceremony to award the best research projects.

In BATX2LAB, organised by the PCB and CatalunyaCaixa, researchers working in the science park are assigned as tutors to secondary school pupils who are starting their A-level/Baccalaureate research projects. It enables participating students to carry out their research in a ‘real’ lab environment and with the support of an experienced scientist.

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Liposomes image is Pinacoteca winner for April

An image from Xavier Fernandez-Busquets’ Nanomalaria joint unit has been selected as Image of the Month for April 2017 for the Pinacoteca de la Ciencia, a competition run by the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM).

The cryo-transmission electron microscope image of liposomes being assayed for the encapsulation of drugs targeted to red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum was a result of Xavier’s ongoing collaboration with artist Marc Cirera.

SEBBM’s Pinacoteca de la Ciencia, sponsored by Eppendorf, showcases the best photos sent by the society’s partners month by month.

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IBEC researcher’s ERC project highlighted in Madrid exhibition

This weekend Javier Ramon’s European Research Council-funded project, DAMOC, was one of eight highlighted in a special exhibition in Madrid to mark the ERC’s tenth anniversary.

Alcobendas’ Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (MUNCYT) displayed the most “outstanding” projects led by researchers in Spain as part of a full weekend of activities to celebrate the first decade of the prestigious funding body, which was launched in 2007 by the European Union and has funded nearly 7,000 researchers, among them six Nobel Prize winners.

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Samuel receives Premi Nacional de Recerca al Talent Jove

Yesterday IBEC group leader and ICREA research professor Samuel Sánchez was one of the five honorees at the ceremony of the Premis Nacionals de Recerca 2016 of the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació (FCRI).

Samuel received his Young Talent award from president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont, Minister for Business and Enterprise Jordi Baiget, actress Silvia Bel, and FCRI president Antoni Esteve at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya.

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This week IBEC is attending BIO-EUROPE SPRING, the premier partnering conference that brings together the “who’s who” from biotech, pharma and finance in Europe.

Taking place at the CCIB convention centre today, tomorrow and Wednesday, BIO-EUROPE SPRING will welcome more than 2400 attendees from 1400 companies from more than 45 countries.
IBEC’s Technology Transfer head Xavier Rubies will be there for the three days presenting the institute’s portfolio of patents and technologies to look for partners, attending company presentations and networking.

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