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Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (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 conducting research at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences, helps to improve health and quality of life and generate wealth.

IBEC’s research groups investigate in 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 IBEC include universities, research centers, the scientific community, the business sector that drives research in bioengineering, and society in general.

Excellence and recognition awards
  • In 2017: joined the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).
  • In 2015: awarded with the “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of Spain.
  • In 2015: awarded with the “Human Resources Excellence in Research” seal by the European Commission.
  • In 2014 and 2015: IBEC’s Communications and Outreach Unit awarded with 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”.
  • In 2014: 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

Javier Ramon

  • Junior Group Leader at IBEC, expert in the development of biosensors and immunoassays, new biomaterials, integration of nanotechnology in stem cell research and tissue engineering.
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Associate researcher and Assistant Professor in at Hyogo University and Tohoku University in Japan.
  • Presentation of the in 25 scientific conferences both nationally and internationally
  • Publication of 47 scientific papers.
  • Award of the Ramon y Cajal fellowship and European Research council starting grant to develop multi-organ-on-a-chip devices to study diabetes diseases.