IBEC and TU/e plant the seed of a promising partnership

Eight IBECers were in the Netherlands on 13th and 14th September for the first ever IBEC-ICMS Symposium, ‘NanoSens&Med’.

The event aimed to identify synergies and potential for collaboration between IBEC groups and the researchers of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), a research institute of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Two IBEC group leaders, Vito Conte and Lorenzo Albertazzi, already have dual appointments with ICMS. They opened the symposium by welcoming all participants from the two institutions and presented their research, as did Eduard Torrents, Elena Martinez, Silvia Muro, Nuria Montserrat, Samuel Sanchez and director Josep Samitier, who also introduced IBEC.

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On the ICMS side, managing director Monique Bruining introduced the centre, and researchers Jan van Hest, Menno Prins and Carlijn Bouten presented their work in the areas of nano, sensing and regenerative medicine respectively.

It’s planned that the similarities and complementary aspects of both IBEC and ICMS – their multidisciplinarity, active missions to connect with industry and clinicians, and strong research in nano, materials, molecular devices, supramolecular systems and regenerative medicine – may form the basis of an institutional-level alliance to share people, resources and knowledge.

“This action is part of our new Strategic Plan 2018-2020 in the area of IBEC’s international alliances and positioning in various ecosystems,” says Managing Director David Badia. “This kind of initiative strengthens our collaborations with top-notch centres and positions IBEC in partnership with them.”