IBEC is one of five “benchmarks in pioneering research projects with great economic potential”, according to the bank, which has allocated €2.5m over two years to promote and stimulate research in Catalonia and boost the economy. The other participating institutions are ICIQ, ICFO, IRB and CRG.
In front of an audience including Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Jaume Lanaspa, director general of the Fundació ”la Caixa”, representatives of each institution outlined the results of their projects, which span the fields of photonics, biomedicine, chemistry, bioengineering and genomics and are taking the first steps towards commercial exploitation.
IBEC’s project, “Sistemes de diagnòstic i teràpia basats en la integració de noves tecnologies nano bio info i cogno” provides the Strategic Research Innovation Initiative (SRI2) within which the institute’s three ‘flagships’ – Nanomedicine, Cell Engineering and Intelligent Healthcare – are framing their interdisciplinary projects.
“With this agreement, Obra Social “la Caixa” and the government ratifies its commitment to research and innovation in a situation like we have at present, where the economic situation is especially weak, to continue supporting the research of excellence of our region and open new avenues to generate wealth,” said Lanaspa.
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