IBEC director Josep Samitier

IBEC director Josep Samitier

It is beyond all doubt that a society can only face the future and improve quality of life by generating new knowledge to develop new solutions or technological improvements to meet the major challenges we all face.

At IBEC, frontier research is combined with specific transfer targets to produce new applied technologies to be used in life and health sciences. We have the versatility to generate excellent research and, at the same time, work with industry to develop new diagnostic or treatment systems.

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Early diagnosis, new therapies based on regenerative medicine, better quality of life compatible with an ageing population, and technological advances to increase efficiency and make healthcare sustainable: these are some excellent examples of areas where IBEC can contribute with its cutting-edge research to generate new technological advances of key importance to innovation. They are challenges which concern us because of their social and human repercussions, but also because they have a significant political and economic dimension.

IBEC has the capacity to write many success stories on healthcare technology, nanomedicine and regenerative medicine, in the spheres of science, technology and innovation, success stories of which we will all be able to feel proud.

Josep Samitier, Director

IBEC Video

IBEC Corporate Video

Short video (Highlights from all three chapters). Length: 00:06:07

1: Introduction. Length: 00:03:57

2: 10 Years of Discoveries. Length: 00:04:21

3: Attracting Talent. Length: 00:04:43

About us

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) conducts excellent interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences in order to generate new knowledge by putting together fields like nanomedicine, biophysics, biotechnology, tissue engineering and the applications of health information technology.

Organigram (Click to enlarge)

Organigram (Click to enlarge)

IBEC was established in 2005 by the Ministries of Innovation, Universities and Enterprises and Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Today, IBEC’s relationship with the UB and UPC researchers continues to operate under a framework agreement signed in 2008.

The institute currently has 22 research groups, 336 researchers and staff from 38 different countries. IBEC’s headquarters and most of its labs are located in the Parc Científic de Barcelona, which offers a highly stimulating biomedical environment in which the institute can work closely with organizations from the public and private sector interested in the biomedical application of nanotechnology. A few of IBEC’s labs are located at other sites, all of which provide the clinical, equipment or collaborative requirements specific to those groups.

IBEC is part of a new wave of research initiatives set up in the last decade, with shared interests and points of view concerning how to advance the frontiers of knowledge in experimental science to benefit clinical and biomedical research. The common denominator shared by these new initiatives is their focus on the enormous challenge of how to make life science quantitative on any scale, taking full advantage of the unprecedented power of the convergence between nano, bio and ICT.

Infographics: 10 Years of IBEC


IBEC arose from the Centre of Reference for Biomedical Engineering of Catalonia (CREBEC), established in 2003 to coordinate the multidisciplinary research activities in biomedical engineering carried out in Catalonia. CREBEC was comprised of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB) of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), the Research Centre on Bioelectronics and Nanobioscience (CBEN) of the University of Barcelona (UB) and the then newly created Laboratory of Nanobioengineering Research.


IBEC was established in 2005 by the then Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprises and the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

UB logo University of Barcelona (UB)
UPC logo Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
salut logo Department of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya
economia logo Department of Economy and Knowledge (formerly Innovation, Universities and Enterprises), Generalitat de Catalunya

Board of Trustees

The governing body of IBEC is its Board of Trustees, composed of members of the four founding institutions. IBEC’s Board of Trustees receives advice from the director of the institute and from the International Scientific Committee.

President Hble. Sr. Josep Maria Argimon i Pallàs Minister of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya
First Vice President Hble. Sra. Gemma Geis i Carreras Minister of Research and Universities, Generalitat de Catalunya
Second Vice President Excm. i Mgfc. Sr. Joan Guàrdia Olmos Rector, University of Barcelona
Second Vice President Excm. i Mgfc. Sr. Daniel Crespo Artiaga Rector, Technical University of Catalonia
Members Sr. Lluís Rovira Director de la Fundació Institut dels Centres de Recerca de Catalunya (CERCA)
Sr. Joan Gomez i Pallarés Director General for Research, Department of Research and Universities, Generalitat de Catalunya
Sra. Aina Plaza i Tesías Director General of Health Planning, Ministry of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya
Sra. Montserrat Llavayol i Giralt Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Health, Generalitat de Catalunya
Prof. Maria Pau Ginebra Molins Full Professor, Technical University of Catalonia
Dr. José Navarro Cid Full Professor, University of Barcelona
Dr. Jordi García Fernández Vice-Rector of Research, University of Barcelona
Sr. Jordi Llorca Vice-Rector of Research Policies, Technical University of Catalonia
Secretary Sr. Josep Maria Alcoberro Pericay CERCA, Àrea jurídica


IBEC’s International Scientific Committee plays a key role in the activities of the institute, focusing especially on the selection and evaluation processes of the research group leaders. The committee is composed of international renowned scientists in different bioengineering fields, as well as prestigious professionals in key areas within the activities of IBEC, such as research results valorization or medical technologies validation.

stupp Samuel Stupp (President) Director, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology, Northwestern University, Chicago (USA)
Karljin Bouten Professor of cell-matrix interaction for cardiovascular regeneration, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Sergio Cerutti Professor in Biomedical Signal and Data Processing, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
lim Lim Chwee Teck Provost’s Chair Professor, Deputy Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore
kamm Roger Kamm Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering and former Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT
Luis de Lecea Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stanford University
persaud Krishna Persaud Professor of Chemoreception, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester
Bernat Soria Director, Departamento de Células Troncales, Centro Andaluz de Biología Molecular (CABIMER)
stevens Molly Stevens Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College
Fiona M. Watt Director, Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, King’s College London
Heiko Zimmermann Managing Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Former members

Charles J. Dorman
Chair of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Jocelyne Troccaz
Dir. de Recherche, CNRS. Equipe GMCAO – Laboratoire TIMC-IMAG. Univ. Joseph Fourier-CNRS
Günter Fuhr
Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (Germany)
Prof. Jean Louis Coatrieux (President)
Professor, Laboratoire de Traitement du Signal et de l’Image, INSERM, Université de Rennes (France)
Prof. Luigi Ambrosio
Director, Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, University of Naples (Italy)
Mr. Léonard Aucoin, M.Ps., M.P.H.
President, InfoVeille Santé Ltée (Canada)
Prof. Paolo Dario
Coordinator, Center for the Research in Microengineering, University of Pisa (Italy)
Prof. Jeffrey Fredberg
Professor of Bioengineering and Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health (USA)
Prof. Bernt E. Uhlin

Director, The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), The Swedish Node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, Umeå University (Sweden)