• IBEC
  • IBEC
  • IBEC

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

IBEC

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a research center which carries out excellent interdisciplinary research at the highest international level which, by creating knowledge, helps to improve health and quality of life and generate wealth. IBEC’s research groups conduct research at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences and cooperate with industry and clinicians on the development of new systems for diagnosis or treatment. Beneficiaries of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia include universities, research centers, the scientific community, the business sector that drives research in bioengineering, and society in general.

Excellence and recognition awards
  • 2015 – “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal from the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation (MINECO), Spain.
  • 2015 – “Human Resources Excellence in Research” seal from the European Commission.
  • 2014 and 2015 – IBEC’s Communications and Outreach Unit won funding for a year of outreach activities under FECYT’s call “Convocatoria de Ayudas para el fomento de la cultura científica, tecnológica y de la innovación 2014”.
  • 2014 – IBEC was accepted into FECYT’s Red de Unidades de Cultura Científica y de la Innovación (UCC+i), a network of centres accredited for their contribution to scientific culture.
Director of the center
Josep Samitier

Josep Samitier

Josep Samitier is the director of IBEC and full professor in the Physics Faculty (Electronic Department) in the University of Barcelona (UB). From February 1984 to June 1985 he was a research fellow at the Philips Electronic Laboratory in Paris. From March 2001 to June 2005 he was Deputy Head of the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), and in 2003 he received the Barcelona City Council Award in the area of technology. He is the coordinator of the Spanish Platform on Nanomedicine and the president of the Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER).

Renowned researcher
Elisabeth Engel

Elisabeth Engel

Elisabeth Engel got her PhD in 2003 in bone metabolism diseases in medical school. She was awarded a postdoc fellowship in biomaterials from the Ministry of Science at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) for bone tissue regeneration and since 2010 has been associate professor at this university. She was appointed principal investigator of the group of Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies at IBEC in September 2012. Her research interests include the preparation and design of materials and scaffolds for in vitro and in vivo fundamental studies, and a further focus is the provision of useful tools to assess mechanisms that govern cell behavior in regenerative medicine. She has published around 80 papers in JRC journals and many invited lectures, and received the Barcelona City Council Award for her technological research. Her group conducts several transference and translational projects with pharma and biomedical device industry partners, and participates actively in European projects.

The project

Feel like a real scientist by building bioactive scaffolds using the methods and techniques that are used by researchers working in tissue and organ regeneration. Test your scaffold’s ability to induce angiogenesis, a crucial property for the successful regeneration of tissues, and for the organ replacement of the future.