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19 Jul

Mechanical Characterization of soft biological tissues - Nanbiosis
Mechanical Characterization of soft biological tissues

The experimental study of the mechanical properties of biological tissues is of vital importance. Thorough research into themechanical response of biomaterials is the basis for the creation ofmodels which can accurately reproduce the mechanical behavior ofsuch materials. Adequate mechanical characterization of tissue materials is of paramount interest to the clinical simulations, diagnostic and tissue engineering fields – where the tissue structure, in contrast to classical mechanics application fields, is just simply a biological tissue. In order to obtain their material properties, classical engineering testing techniques have been applied to biologicalmaterials. To reproduce the mechanical behavior of these kinds ofmaterial, many[...]

16 Jan

U12-Nanostructured liquid characterization unit
Characterization of nanomedicines

The quick development of nanotechnology and its application in medicine have generated new alternatives for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases thanks to the novel methods of preparation, modification and characterization of nanomaterials. The knowledge about the behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular level has allowed the creation of tools and processes to observe manipulate and control biological structures on a scale between 100 and 10,000 times smaller than a mammalian cell. Nanomedicine is defined as the application of nanotechnology in view of making a medical diagnosis or treating or preventing diseases. It exploits the improved and often[...]

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17 Sep

Prof. Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS: Olivier Kahn Plenary Lecture speaker at the ICMM 2018

Prof. Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS has been honored with the Olivier Kahn Plenary Lecture given at the 16th International Conference on Molecule-Based Magnets (ICMM 2018), held on September 1-5, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For further information: click her[...]

14 Sep

Label-free DNA-methylation detection by direct ds-DNA fragment screening using poly-purine hairpins

Prof Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 4 Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit, has led the research whose results have been published by Biosensors and Bioelectronics  with the title  “Label-free DNA-methylation detection by direct ds-DNA fragment screening using poly-purine hairpins” Cancer diagnosis continuously evolves due to the better understanding of tumorigenic processes. DNA-methylation is consolidated as an effective biomarker for cancer prognosis and diagnostic even in tumors of unknown origin. The reversibility of this epigenetic mechanism also places it as a high-profile tool for the development of more sophisticated and personalized therapies. Current methodologies, such as bisulfite conversion or PCR amplification, rely on complex[...]

07 Sep

JUMISC OBTAINS TWO INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE LAPAROSCOPIC SURGEONS SOCIETY HELD IN NEW YORK

Dr. Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo,  Assistant Director of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Director of JUMISC, has attended the multidisciplinary Congress organized by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), held in New York from August 29 to September 1, where he has presented scientific communications with very innovative results in the specialty of urology. At the annual meeting of this Scientific Society, international specialists related to minimally invasive surgery meet, with the aim of increasing knowledge of laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery. The papers presented by Dr. Francisco M. Sánchez Margallo, have received the Harrith M. Hasson[...]

06 Sep

A new pathway for the prevention of metastasis in colorectal cancer in humans is open: a nanomedicine that selectively eliminates metastatic stem cells

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U18  Nanotoxicology Unit and U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP) at the Biomedical Research Institute of Sant Pau (IIB Sant Pau), of the Hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau, of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Center for Biomedical Research in Network (CIBER) have published an article in one of the most prestigious international scientific journals in the field of Molecular Medicine, EMBO Molecular Medicine. This article demonstrates the efficacy of the  nanopharmaceutical  that selectively removes metastatic stem cells in animal models of colon cancer. The new drug works like a[...]

05 Sep

NANBIOSIS Unit 27 at VPH2018: VIRTUAL PHYSIOLOGICAL HUMAN 2018

The VPH Conference 2018 is taking place in Zaragoza 5-7 September offering an exciting program of state-of-the art science & engineering in computational (bio)medicine, ranging from foundational research on multiscale modelling of human (patho) physiology, via underpinning research on data science and infrastructures for the virtual physiological human, to clinical applications with participation of NANBIOSIS U27. High Performance Computing Esther Pueyo  is charing the Session 3A: Cardiovascular modeling: from simulation to clinical outcome, Some of the outcomes are presented by Jesús Fernández-Bes: A Bayesian Filtering methodology to identify key drivers of ventricular repolarization variability (Jesus Fernandez-Bes, David Adolfo Sampedro-Puente and Esther Pueyo)  Virtual Physiologica[...]

04 Sep

Nanoplasmonic biosensor device for the monitoring of acenocoumarol therapeutic drug in plasma

As a result of the collaboration carried aout by two units of NANBIOSIS, U4. Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit and U2. Custom Antibody Service (CAbS), it has been developed a compact and simple nanoplasmonic sensing device based on gold nanodisks for the rapid monitoring of acenocoumarol, using highly specific polyclonal antibodies produced against the drug Acenocoumarol (Sintrom®) which implies: A label-free nanoplasmonic device for the rapid monitoring of acenocoumarol in plasmaD. Direct quantification in real time requiring low sample volume is achieved. Non-specific interferences from plasma are minimized using the developed methodology. Excellent accuracy has been observed measuring blind plasma samples. Potential to be implemented as a POC devic[...]

29 Aug

COURSE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF FUNCTIONS A, B AND C IN RODENTS, LAGOMORFOS, CARNIVORES, PIGS AND SMALL RUMINANTS

On November 2th-30th, Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón, partner of NANBIOSIS, organizes a theorical and practical course:  “Course for the performance of functions a, b and c in rodents, lagomorfos, carnivores, pigs and small ruminants”. Some researchers of NANBIOSIS Units at JUMISC, will transmit their knowhow and experience to the attendees. The course objetives are to provide adequate training to researchers in the science and welfare of the laboratory animal, as well as the use of bloodless methods of euthanasia that will be carried out with experimental animals in accordance with current legislation and existing recommendations. This course, onc[...]

27 Aug

Recombinant proteins production: optimization strategies.

On October 24th-26th, Aula Científica, in collaboration with IBB, organizes a theorical and practical course on “Recombinant proteins production: optimization strategies“. Some researchers of NANBIOSIS Unit1 Protein Production Platform (PPP), will transmit their knowhow and experience to the attendees, as José Luis Corchero, Rosa Mendoza Moreno and Neus Ferrer Miralles, Scientific Director of the Protein production planform of ICTS NANBIOSIS. The course is aimed at researchers and laboratory technicians from universities, hospitals, companies and research centers who are interested in the expression, production and purification of recombinant proteins with de objectives of analyze and design strategies for the improvement in the expression,[...]

25 Aug

Conversion of Biomolecules into pharmaceuticas Leads using nanovesicles

Nathaly Segovia, Scientific coordinator of NANBIOSIS U 6, Biomaterial Processing and naostructuring unit, explains in this video what the objective of her unit , the services they offer and their technologies  in the field of drug delivery.[...]

24 Aug

Peptides, targeting units and drug conjugates

Miriam Royo, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 3 of NANBIOSIS explains in this video the expertise of the unit in the preparation of difficult peptides (Cyclid and polycyclic peptides, stapled peptides and dificult peptides, depsipetides, natural products and libraries, peptidomimetic libraries, peptides as antigens or adjuvants, tarjeted drug conjugates, etc… as well as therapeutic agen-PEG-targeting unit conjugates[...]

23 Aug

Advanced methods of continuous production of Nanomaterials

Victor Sebastian, researcher of  NANBIOSIS Unit 9 Synthesis of Nanoparticles Unit, explains the production technologies in continuous (Microfluidic systems liquid phase or pyrolysis activated by laser, gas phase in which the nanoparticles are produced)[...]

22 Aug

Micro and nanotechnologies for the release of biotechnological products

José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 10, Drug formulation, talks in this video about Micro and polymeric nanoparticles, lipid nanoparticles, non-viral vectors for gene therapy and scaffolds for cell therapy and regenerative medicine and bio 3D printing &nbs[...]

20 Aug

Nanoparticle uptake and in vivo estimates of therapeutic efect and toxicity

Ramón Mangues, Scientific Dierctor of unit 18 of NANBIOSIS, Unit of nanotoxicology, explains in this video some of the animal models used in the unit for preclinical validation of nanoparticles, especially of application in cancer[...]

17 Aug

Biodistribution, safety and efficacy studies of pharmacological release nanotechnological systems

Ibane Abásolo, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U20, explains in this video the studies of biodistribution, safety and efficacy of nanotechnological systems of pharmacological liberation that are developed in this unit and , overall, their expertise and differentiation in the sector in the evaluation of nanosystems (with certification ISO 901-2015)[...]

16 Aug

Use of Nanomedicine in preclinical studies and animal models

In this video, Beatriz Moreno Lobato, Head of Unit 19 of NANBIOSIS, Clinical Tests Lab and head of the Animal Modeling Service and Clinical Analysis Laboratory of CCMIJU, gives a talk about the use of Nanomedicine in preclinical studies and animal models. Models of type I and II diabetes, cutaneous ulcer models, animal models in ophthalmology, urology models, cartilage defect models or bone defects models and cardiovascular models such as mycardial infarction in pig that Beatriz explains in more detail, as well as implantation of surgical material in combination with adult stem cells[...]

14 Aug

Testing medical devices and drugs GLP Compliance

En este vídeo Jose Francisco Guillen Caro, Responsable de garantía de calidad del CCMIJU presents the Jesús Usón Minimum Invasion Surgery Center in Cáceres and, especially, the UMISC units that integrate NANBIOSIS, as well as the services and tests they perform, which are certified as GLP[...]

13 Aug

NANBIOSIS develops on demand projects and cutting edge biomedical solutions.

In this video, Jesús Izco Ex. Director of NANBIOSIS, presents NANBIOSIS as one of the 29 ICTS that currently make up the national ICTS map. It consist consists of 27 units grouped into five platforms  which ofer their services under a single contact point and develops on demand projects and cutting edge biomedical solutions in different biomedical applications such as biosensors, live image, contrast agents, therapeutic agents, regenerative medicine, drug delivery, among others.   &nbs[...]

10 Aug

NANBIOSIS Youtube channel: new video-presentations and informative capsules about NANBIOSIS activity

NANBIOSIS makes available its youtube channel with informative videos about the ICTS-NANBIOSIS and the activity of some of its research units and platforms, as well as its Cutting-edge Biomedical Solutions and Nanomedicines Cascade Characterizations NANBIOSIS youtub[...]

09 Aug

Manuel Souto received UAB PhD Extraordinary Award

Jaume Veciana and Imma Ratera (NANBIOSIS U6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit) have supervised Manuel Souto’s PhD thesis entitled “Multifunctional Materials based on TTF-PTM dyads: towards new Molecular Switches, Conductors and Rectifiers”. The School for Doctoral Studies, together with UAB Alumni, organises an event every semester for the award of PhD degrees and PhD special prizes. With 66 PhD programmes, the UAB is one of the leading Catalan universities in the production of theses and generates approximately a third of the doctoral theses that are defended in the Catalan university system each year. The PhD special prizes confer value to theses which have received the qualification of excellenc[...]

08 Aug

Involvement of Cellular Prion Protein in α-Synuclein Transport in Neurons

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U7 Nanotechnology Unit are coauthors of the article “Involvement of Cellular Prion Protein in α-Synuclein Transport in Neurons” by Molecular Neurobiology The cellular prion protein, encoded by the gene Prnp, has been reported to be a receptor of β-amyloid. Their interaction is mandatory for neurotoxic effects of β-amyloid oligomers. In this study, we aimed to explore whether the cellular prion protein participates in the spreading of α-synuclein. Results demonstrate that Prnp expression is not mandatory for α-synuclein spreading. However, although the pathological spreading of α-synuclein can take place in the absence of Prnp, α-synuclein expanded faster in PrPC-overexpressing mice. In addition, α-synuclein[...]

06 Aug

How to optimize strategies to produce recombinant proteins?

Researchers of NANBIOSIS  U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP), organize a course on production of recombinant proteins together with  Aula Científica whose objective is to analyze and design strategies for the improvement in the expression, production and purification of recombinant proteins in heterologous systems. For  further information[...]

03 Aug

Nanopatterns of Surface-Bound EphrinB1 Produce Multivalent Ligand–Receptor Interactions That Tune EphB2 Receptor Clustering

Researchers  of NANBIOSIS U7. Nanotechnology Unit, are coauthors of the article “Nanopatterns of Surface-Bound EphrinB1 Produce Multivalent Ligand–Receptor Interactions That Tune EphB2 Receptor Clustering” published by NanoLetters, ACC Publications. The authors present a nanostructured surface able to produce multivalent interactions between surface-bound ephrinB1 ligands and membrane EphB2 receptors. They have created ephrinB1 nanopatterns of regular size (<30 nm in diameter) by using self-assembled diblock copolymers. Next, they have used a statistically enhanced version of the Number and Brightness technique, which can discriminate—with molecular sensitivity—the oligomeric states of diffusive species to quantitatively track the EphB2 receptor oligomerization process in real time. The results[...]

02 Aug

Science and welfare of the Laboratory animal: New theorical and practical course by JUMISC

From the JUMISC, partner of NANBIOSIS it is been organized: the first edition of the “COURSE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF FUNCTIONS A, B AND C IN RODENTS, LAGOMORFOS, CARNIVORES, PIGS AND SMALL RUMINANTS”. This course has the following characteristics: • Total duration: 98.5 hours, from November 2 to November 30, 2018, with a semi-face-to-face format and mandatory face-to-face practices on November 26, 27 and 28, 2018. • Cost: € 300 • 25 Places by strict order of registration. The course is already authorized by the Rural Environment Training Service of the Junta de Extremadura. In addition, accreditation has been requested by[...]

01 Aug

The PRO-NANBIOSIS II Network of Excellence begins its execution

The PRONANBIOSIS II Network of Excellence ICTS 2017 SAF2017-90810-REDI, granted by the Spanish Minitry of Science to NANBIOSIS, begins its activity planned for two years. Networks of Excellence favor the development of networks of research groups aimed, in this case, to promote the general coordination of ICTS or Distributed ICTS, as is the case of NANBIOSIS. This Network will give continuity to the previous PRONANBIOSIS Network, which ended on July 31st. The main purposes of the Network are: – to consolidate its unified management model, – to boost its internationalization and strategic positioning – to promote a complete cascade service for nanomaterials[...]

31 Jul

Advanced encapsulation technologies

Researchers of NANBIOSIS  U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit, organize a course on advanced encapsulation technologies together with the Consorci Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo Barcelona (CUIMPB) – Center Ernest Lluch whose objective is to provide attendees with the basic concepts about micro and nanoencapsulation techniques,including fundamentals and methods of preparation, as well as new applications in the chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical fields, among others. For  further information and program[...]

30 Jul

Artificial 3D Culture Systems for T Cell Expansion

Scientists of NANBIOSIS U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, have recently pubished an article  in the ACS Omega  about the design 0f 3D platforms specific for T cell culture to improve the current T cell  expansion systems to introduce new in vitro models and facilitate the broad use of ACT in the clinics. Adoptive cell therapy, i.e., the extraction, manipulation, and administration of ex vivo generated autologous T cells to patients, is an emerging alternative to regular procedures in cancer treatment. Nevertheless, these personalized treatments require laborious and expensive laboratory procedures that should be alleviated to enable their incorporation into the clinics. With the objectiv[...]

27 Jul

Nano-carrier to release drugs into damaged cells

Senescent cells are damaged cells that do not perform their normal roles anymore but that are not dead –hence they are commonly known as zombi cells. These cells interfere with the functioning of the tissue in which they accumulate. Senescence is a cell program that is triggered by many types of damage and senescent cells are present in many diseases. They accumulate in diverse types of tissues during aging, thus contributing to the progressive deterioration associated to aging. Eliminating these zombi cells is one of the challenges facing science today. In the Cellular Plasticity and Disease lab headed by the ICREA researcher Manuel Serrano at[...]

26 Jul

Strong Ministerial Support to NANBIOSIS ICTS

Spanish Goverment  has granted a “Network of Excellence”: ICTS 2017 SAF2017-90810-REDI”, with the maximum funding of 89,700 euro to consolidate the unified management model of NANBIOSIS, to boost its internationalization and strategic positioning as well as to promote a complete cascade service for nanomaterials characterization. The two years lasting project has been granted within the frame of the National Programme for Fostering Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research. This Excellence project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, will consolidate and promote the One Stop Shop model of NANBIOSIS, which facilitate to public and private centers of research and companies[...]

25 Jul

Resemblance of the human liver sinusoid in a fluidic device with biomedical and pharmaceutical applications

Scientists of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS are co-authors of the article “Resemblance of the human liver sinusoid in a fluidic device with biomedical and pharmaceutical applications“, recently published  by Biotechnology and Bioengineering.  The fabrication of Exoliver was performed by the platform of Production of Biomaterials and Biomolecules of the ICTS, more specifically by the “NANBIOSIS,” Unit 8. Maintenance of the complex phenotype of primary hepatocytes in vitro represents a limitation for developing liver support systems and reliable tools for biomedical research and drug screening. We herein aimed at developing a biosystem able to preserve human and rodent hepatocytes phenotype in vitro based on t[...]

24 Jul

The general consul of France meets with NANBIOSIS researchers

The general consul of France in Barcelona, ​​Mr. Cyril Piquemal visited the IBB UAB facilities last July 18, to find out about the research that is being carried out and, in particular, explore possible collaborations in nano-pharmacy development projects. During the visit, the Consul of France in Barcelona was received by Màrius Martínez, Vice President of International Relations at the UAB; Maite Paramio, Deputy Vice President; Ivan Martínez, vice president of Research; Salvador Ventura, director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and Antonio Villaverde, head of the IBB Nanotechnology Unit-NANBIOSIS  U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP) Next, the mayor visited[...]

23 Jul

Interferometric nanoimmunosensor for label-free and real-time monitoring of Irgarol 1051 in seawater

As a result of a collaboration in the context of the EC-FP7 program OCEAN 2013, NANBIOSIS Unit 2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) and  Unit 4. Biodeposition and Biodetection,  the research groups coordinating this NANBIOSIS Units have recently published an article titled “Interferometric nanoimmunosensor for label-free and real-time monitoring of Irgarol 1051 in seawater” in the scientific magzine  iosensors and Bioelectronics. The CIBER-BBN-ICN2 group  Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications, led by Prof. Laura Lechuga has developed the immunosensor that is described in the article using immunoreactive, produced in the group of  Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics Group (Nb4D), led by Prof. Pilar Marco, with the collaboration of CAbS,[...]

22 Jul

Nanomedicine to fight against the spread of cancer

Nanoligent, S.L., the company stablished on March 2017 by professors Dr. A. Villaverde and Dra. E. Vázquez from NANBIOSIS Unit 1, professor Dr. M. Mangués from NANBIOSIS Unit 18, and entrepreneur Dr. M. Rodríguez is highlighted in la Vanguardia. More information here &nbs[...]

18 Jul

Seminal plasma influences the fertilizing potential of cryopreserved stallion sperm

Beatriz Macías García, researcher at  NANBIOSIS U23. Assisted Reproduction,  is co-author of the article “Seminal plasma influences the fertilizing potential of cryopreserved stallion sperm”, publish by the Journal Theriogenology.   Seminal plasma (SP) contains proteins that may influence cryosurvival and prevent capacitation-like changes due to freezing and thawing. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of adding pooled SP from “good” (GF) or “bad” (BF) freezer stallions on sperm cells’ fertilizing ability. “Good freezers” refers to stallions that usually produce ejaculates which can withstand cryopreservation, whilst “bad freezer” stallions produce ejaculates which cannot tolerate the freezing process. A heterologous zona binding assay with in vitro matured[...]

17 Jul

NANBIOSIS researcher Iñaki Ochoa, interviewed in the Heraldo de Aragón criticizes the administrative obstacles to science imposed by law.

Scientists of NANBIOSIS in the University of Zaragoza participated in the assembly held las week that put on the table the risks of applying rules in an incoherent way and without taking into account the reality of the work that researchers develop. The Spanish public contrat law prevents the University to spend more than 15,000 euros per provider per year, which complicates the purchases of material. The scientists ask that this legislation not be applied More than three hundred researchers  have signed a manifesto in which they denounce that some provisions of the new Spanish law on public contracts prevent them[...]

16 Jul

Gold/Silver/Gold Trilayer Films On Nanostructured Polycarbonate Substrates For Direct And Label‐Free Nanoplasmonic Biosensing

Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U4. Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit is coathor of the article “Gold/Silver/Gold Trilayer Films On Nanostructured Polycarbonate Substrates For Direct And Label‐Free Nanoplasmonic Biosensing” published by Ultrasmooth gold/silver/gold trilayer nanostructured plasmonic sensors were obtained using commercial Blu-ray optical discs as nanoslits-based flexible polymer substrates. A thin gold film was used as an adhesion and nucleation layer to improve the chemical stability and reduce the surface roughness of the overlying silver film, without increasing ohmic plasmon losses. The structures were physically and optically characterized and compared with nanostructures of single gold layer. Ultrasmooth and chemically stable trilayer nanostructures with a surface roughness <0.5 nm[...]

15 Jul

Mimicking physiological O2 tension in the female reproductive tract improves assisted reproduction outcomes in pig

Francisco M. Sánchez-Margallo, Assistant Director of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Coordinator o NANBIOSIS U23. Assisted Reproduction,  is co-author of the article “Mimicking physiological O2 tension in the female reproductive tract improves assisted reproduction outcomes in pig”, publish by the Journal Molecular human reproduction The research has been carried out with the participation of the NANBIOSIS  Assisted Reproduction Lab that has  a 120 m2 laboratory, small animal surgery, clinical analysis support, etc. and it is featured with two intracitoplasmatic micromanipulation equipment of the latest generation with IMSI, Laser and Oosight system, embryo biopsy systems, vision systems of the mitotic spindle, with flow cabinets with stereo-microscopes and heated plates, incubators[...]

13 Jul

Manuel Doblaré, Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS, SEMNI Award O. C. Zienkiewicz

The Spanish Society of Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI) has awarded the SEMNI O. C. Zienkiewicz prize to Professor Dr. Manuel Doblaré. The SEMNI O. C. Zienkiewicz Award is the highest award given by this company and recognizes, in this case, both the undisputed scientific curriculum of prof. Doblaré as his permanent contribution to the good functioning of this society, of which he has been a founding member and member of its executive committee until 2007, having also organized the Congress of Numerical Methods in Zaragoza in 1996. The prize will be given during the Congress of Numerical Methods to[...]

12 Jul

JUMISC, partner of NANBIOSIS has hosted PICCOLO Project Face-to-Face Meeting.

During two days meeting, the PICCOLO consortium 4th face to face meeting has taken place. Project partners reviewed the current state of the development, results, deliverables and future actions. Inspired in the experimental setting up of the JUMISC, one of the most interesting topics in this meeting was the pre-clinical discussion about the validation plan of the PICCOLO prototypes. The PICCOLO consortium analysed both laboratory and pre-clinical trials that will start at the end of this year. Some detailed protocols and preliminary results of the experimental models for these trials were presented as results of a close collaboration between clinical and technological partners. It has been a great[...]

11 Jul

Jesús Santamaría, interviewed in the Cadena Ser Radio, denounces the bureaucratic barriers that hinder research.

Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 9, Synthesis of Nanoparticles Unit, denounces the bureaucratic obstacles of the Law of Contracts, which are paralyzing the investigations whenever it is necessary to buy material or hire personnel.  His research against cancer, which received one of the most powerful European funding of more than two million euros, is stranded because of this rule, which requires to take out any purchase over 15,000 euros. “You can not do research like that,” Santamaría said. “In other countries there are no obstacles and we have to compete with them” With the entry into force on March 9 of[...]

10 Jul

Biomaterials as signal-releasing platforms

Scientists of the CIBER-BBN and IBEC reserch group Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies, led by Miguel Angel Mateos-Timoneda and Elisabeth Engel who run NANBIOSIS U5. Rapid Prototyping Unit,  have  published a review of the state-of-the-art in biomaterials for skin healing that proposes a move towards more personalized, in situ therapies. Skin wound healing repairs and restore tissue through a complex process that involves different cells and signalling molecules that regulate cellular response and the remodelling of the extracellular matrix. Publishing in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, the article begins by summarizing recent advances in therapies for healing that combine biomolecule signals such as growth factors and cytokines wit[...]

09 Jul

NANBIOSIS Unit 14 of Cell Therapy receives the Research Excellence Accreditation

Dr. Javier García Casado, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 14, of Cell Therapy, has been awarded  by the General Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation, belonging to the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, the accreditation of research excellence of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura in the field of Life Sciences, which includes the research areas of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences, Pharmacology and Physiology, Food Science and Technology and other related fields. The accreditation, which is valid for 4 years, is the recognition of Javier García Casado’s research career, highlighted by his contributions[...]

08 Jul

New cover ACS Sustainable Che. Eng. by Scientists of NANBOSIS U9

Scientists of NANBIOSIS Unit 9 Synthesis of Nanoparticles Unit are coauthors of  of the New cover ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. Sustainable Production of Drug-Loaded Particles by Membrane Emulsification. Albisa A, Piacentini E, Arruebo M, Sebastian V, Giorno L. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2018, 6 (5), pp 6663–6674 March 13, 2018. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00401. IF: 5,951[...]

07 Jul

Stimuli-Responsive Functionalization Strategies to Spatially and Temporally Control Surface Properties: Michael vs Diels–Alder Type Additions

NANBIOSIS Unit 6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring and Unit 3 Synthesis of Peptides collaborate in a research whose results are published by The Journal of Physical Chemistry B Stimuli-Responsive Functionalization Strategies to Spatially and Temporally Control Surface Properties: Michael vs Diels–Alder Type Additions Adriana R. Kyvik, Carlos Luque-Corredera, Daniel Pulido, Miriam Royo, Jaume Veciana, Judith Guasch, and Imma Ratera The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2018 122 (16), 4481-4490 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01652 Stimuli-responsive self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are used to confer switchable physical, chemical, or biological properties to surfaces through the application of external stimuli. To obtain spatially and temporally tunable surfaces, we present microcontact printed SAMs of a hydroquinone molecule that are used[...]

06 Jul

Josep Samitier, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 7, Panelist in a round table about the current situation of biomedical research

Last month NANBIOSIS Unit 7 Nanotechnology Unit Scientific Director Josep Samitier was one of the panelists in a round table organised by the Cercle de Salut, an association devoted to improving the health system so that it may respond adequately to the challenges posed by society. In the discussion at the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) entitled ‘L’excel·lència en la recerca, reptes immediats’, Josep and the other participants – ISGlobal director Antoni Plasencia and IrsiCaixa director Bonaventura Clotet – discussed the current situation of biomedical research in Catalonia. In particular, the hot topic under discussion was the impact that recent[...]

05 Jul

Judith Guasch, (NANBIOSIS Unit 6) has been granted with a Ramon y Cajal grant from the Spanish Goverment

Judith Guasch holds a senior postdoctoral research position at the NANOMOL group CIBER-BBN at  ICMAB-CSIC that coordinates NANBIOSIS Unit 6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, after being awarded with a TecnioSpring fellowship  (Marie Curie Fellow, Cofund – Catalan Government and EU). Since 2017 she is also head of a Max Planck Partner Group (Dynamic Biomimetics for Cancer Immunotherapy) in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (Heidelberg, Germany). Judith’s research interests are focused on the design, synthesis, and fabrication of multifunctional molecular and supramolecular materials for biomedical applications. Special interest is devoted to study the cell-material interaction for improving novel adoptive cell therapies for the treatment of cancer.[...]

04 Jul

«The combination of nanotechnology with bioengineering and biomedicine allows us to act on the human body on a molecular scale»

Josep Samitier, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 7 Nanotechnology Unit, has been highlighted in ‘Dominical’ supplement of the Diari de Girona last week. More information here [...]

03 Jul

Parasympathetic tone activity evaluation to discriminate ketorolac and ketorolac/tramadol analgesia level in swine

Francisco M. Sánchez-Margallo, Assistant Director of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Director of JUMISC is co-author of the article “Parasympathetic tone activity evaluation to discriminate ketorolac and ketorolac/tramadol analgesia level in swine”, publish by  Anesth Analg. 2018 Jun 14. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003573. [Epub ahead of print] Abstract BACKGROUND: Evaluation of nociceptive–antinociceptive balance during general anesthesia is still challenging and routinely based on clinical criteria. Analgesic drug delivered may be optimized with parasympathetic tone activity (PTA) monitor. This study compares ketorolac and ketorolac/tramadol balance analgesia using a PTA monitor. METHODS: Pain intensity response was assessed using a 0–100 numerical state scale (PTA) after nociceptive stimuli in pigs under stab[...]

02 Jul

Selective CXCR4+ Cancer Cell Targeting and Potent Antineoplastic Effect by a Nanostructured Version of Recombinant Ricin

Researchers of NANBIOSIS Unit 1 and NANBIOSIS Unit 18, led by Prof Antoni Villaverde have published the article “Selective CXCR4+ Cancer Cell Targeting and Potent Antineoplastic Effect by a Nanostructured Version of Recombinant Ricin” at SMALL journal. Under the unmet need of efficient tumor‐targeting drugs for oncology, a recombinant version of the plant toxin ricin (the modular protein T22‐mRTA‐H6) is engineered to self‐assemble as protein‐only, CXCR4‐targeted nanoparticles. The soluble version of the construct self‐organizes as regular 11 nm planar entities that are highly cytotoxic in cultured CXCR4+ cancer cells upon short time exposure, with a determined IC50 in the nanomolar order of magnitude. T[...]

01 Jul

Prof. Laura Lehuga, new Associate Editor at Analyst Editorial Board

Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 4 Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit, at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,  has joined the Analyst Editorial Board as an Associate Editor from today. Analyst publishes analytical and bioanalytical research that reports premier fundamental discoveries and inventions and the applications of those discoveries, unconfined by traditional discipline barriers Laura Lechuga is the CSIC Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain. She is the leader of the CIBER-BBN-ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, which focusses on the technological development of nanophotonic biosensors, their integration into portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application in clinical and environmental diagnostics. Professor Lechuga[...]

30 Jun

Self-assembling toxin-based nanoparticles as self-delivered antitumoral drugs

Scientists of NANBIOSIS  Units U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP),  and U18. Nanotoxicology Unit, have recently published an article titlled “Self-assembling toxin-based nanoparticles as self-delivered antitumoral drugs” in the Journal of  Controlled Release. Loading capacity and drug leakage from vehicles during circulation in blood is a major concern when developing nanoparticle-based cell-targeted cytotoxics. To circumvent this potential issue it would be convenient the engineering of drugs as self-delivered nanoscale entities, devoid of any heterologous carriers. In this context, we have here engineered potent protein toxins, namely segments of the diphtheria toxin and the Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin as self-assembling, self-delivered therapeutic materials targeted to CXCR4+ cancer stem cells. The systemic administration of both nanostructured drugs in a[...]

29 Jun

Graphene 2018 with the participation of NANBIOSIS Unit 8

Eli Prats  and Eduard Masvidal researchers of NANBIOSIS Unit 8 Micro and Nanotechnology Unit have shown their last results in ECoG recordings and biosensing using graphene based devices at the 8th edition of Graphene Conference series, the largest European Event in Graphene and 2D Materials, which is taken place in Dresden (Germany) from the 26th until the 29th of June 2018. Eli Prats has spoken on Label-free Direct Detection of Thrombin through graphene SGFET with chemically modified aptamers and Eduard Masvidal has given a talk on Graphene transistors for ultra-slow frequency (< 0.1Hz) in vivo neural recordings showing graphene SGFETs as[...]

28 Jun

Release of targeted protein nanoparticles from functional bacterial amyloids: A death star-like approach

Sustained release of drug delivery systems (DDS) has the capacity to increase cancer treatment efficiency in terms of drug dosage reduction and subsequent decrease of deleterious side effects. In this regard, many biomaterials are being investigated but none offers morphometric and functional plasticity and versatility comparable to protein-based nanoparticles (pNPs). Researchers of NANBIOSIS units 1 and 18 are co-authors of an article  publish by Journal of Controlled Release in which it is described a new DDS by which pNPs are fabricated as bacterial inclusion bodies (IB), that can be easily isolated, subcutaneously injected and used as reservoirs for the sustained release of targeted pNPs. Our approach combines t[...]

27 Jun

Online oxygen monitoring using integrated inkjetprinted sensors in a liver-on-a-chip system

Scientists of NANBIOSIS Unit 8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit, led by Gemma Gabriel, Scientific Coordinator of the Unit, are the authors of the article “Online oxygen monitoring using integrated inkjetprinted sensors in a liver-on-a-chip system”, published by Lab on a chip. The demand for real-time monitoring of cell functions and cell conditions has dramatically increased with the emergence of organ-on-a-chip (OOC) systems. However, the incorporation of co-cultures and microfluidic channels in OOC systems increases their biological complexity and therefore makes the analysis and monitoring of analytical parameters inside the device more difficult. In this work, theauthors present an approac[...]

26 Jun

Switching cell penetrating and CXCR4-binding activities of nanoscale-organized arginine-rich peptides

Scientists of Units 1 and 18 of NANBIOSIS are coathors of the article  “Switching cell penetrating and CXCR4-binding activities of nanoscale-organized arginine-rich peptides” published by Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine Arginine-rich protein motifs have been described as potent cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) but also as rather specific ligands of the cell surface chemokine receptor CXCR4, involved in the infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Polyarginines are commonly used to functionalize nanoscale vehicles for gene therapy and drug delivery, aimed to enhance cell penetrability of the therapeutic cargo. However, under which conditions these peptides do act as either unspecific or specific ligands is unknown. The authors have here explored the cell penetrability[...]

26 Jun

Nanoligent obtains the first prize in the Tech Transfer Competition in the ONCO Emergence forum

Last June 21-22th, took place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, the ONCO Emergence forum, a networking conference focused on setting up transnational collaboration projects in oncology by promoting interaction among research institutes, companies and medical facilities like hospitals. In other to promote alliances and generate collaborative projects from hospitals and academia to other stakeholders, ONCO Emergence Forum Barcelona has created a  Tech Transfer Competition that features cherry-picked entrepreneurs, TTO or principal investigators developing new technology ready to be licensed or in development through a spin-off.  Selected participants presented their innovative projects in a 6-minute English pitch to an experienced[...]

26 Jun

Esther Pueyo, NANBIOSIS U 27, at the 3rd Barcelona VPH Summer School

The 3rd VPH Summer School was held in Barcelona, ​​on June 18-22, 2018.  The VPH Summer School series is co-organized by the Barcelona MedTEch – Pompeu Fabra University and by the Virtual Physiological Human Institute. The Summer School provides a thorough overview and hands-on experience in state-of-the-art Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) research. The event is dedicated to PhD students and junior postdocs who seeks cross dissemination and a guided experience through the use of computer models and simulations to tackle specific clinical problems, not only engineers but also biomedical scientists and medical doctors with an interest in computer modeling and[...]

25 Jun

Nanoligent, the spin off created by the Directors of Units 1 and 18 of NANBIOSIS, awarded for the best company in Health Sciences given by the law firm RCD

NANOLIGENT is awarded for the best company in Health Sciences  Price given by the law firm RCD. The XXIII Investment Forum of ACCIÓ 2018 was celebrated last June 20th  with the aim of connecting with the world of private investment.  ACCIÓ, Company Competitiveness Agency, had previously published a catalog of startups with the most potential startups in Catalonia, projects selected from more than 100 candidatures were presented for the 2018 Investment Forum of ACTION. The 50 companies in this catalog stand out due to their differential nature and innovative value, due to their social impact and the involvement of the entrepreneuria[...]

25 Jun

A CO2 optical sensor based on self-assembled metal–organic framework nanoparticles

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a known pollutant that affects the performance of humans in workplaces, schools and other indoor areas. Thus, the development of devices for sensing and monitoring CO2 levels is crucial for many fields such as food packaging and for human safety indoors. Researchers of NANBIOSIS U4. Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit, led by Prof. Laura M. Lechuga, are co-authors of the article “A CO2 optical sensor based on self-assembled metal–organic framework nanoparticles published  by Journal of Materials Chemistry A., wich  shows  an optical CO2 sensor fabricated by integration of a metal–organic framework (MOF) onto bimodal optical waveguides. The sensor showed a broad linear[...]

22 Jun

NANOMEDICINE APPLICATIONS IN DRUG DELIVERY AND TARGETING: NANBIOSIS – NANOMED Industrial Forum

Yesterday took place in Barcelona, at Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a meeting of resarch groups and units of NANBIOSIS and CIBER-BBN and companies in the third B2B Forum organized by NANBIOSIS, in this case together with NANOMED SPAIN. Thirteen companies and twelve groups from CIBER-BBN and CCMIJU (ten of them coordinating NANBIOSIS units) got together to explain, through short presentations of ten minutes, those lines of their work aimed at finding synergies and potential collaborations in the area of Nanomedicine apllications in drug delivery and targeting. There was also a talk by a  representative of CDTI (Spanis[...]

21 Jun

Infections such as Candiasis will be detected in 30 minutes

Ramón Martínez Máñez, Elena Aznar and Ángela Ribes, researchers of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, NMR: Biomedical Applications II, in collaboration with researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València, with the Universitari i Politècnic La Fe Hospital and the Rovira i Virgili University, have developed a new material that allows to detect quickly and with a high sensitivity infections caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus that can be found in different biological fluids, causing opportunistic infections such as Candidemia or Invasive Candidiasis. According to Javier Pemán, head of section and head of the Mycology Unit of the Microbiology Service of[...]

20 Jun

NANBIOSIS working on the development of next generation catheters

NANBIOSIS’ partners CIBER-BBN and JUMISC, with another 44 European partners, led by Philips Electronics Nederland B.V, will work on the development of next genration catheters.  The project, Position-II  (Ref. n. 783132), that pretends to diversify the production of smart catheters (overcoming the obsolescence of current ones), improve their performance (facilitating their use to be smaller), reduce current production costs and break existing monopolies, has been submitted to the Call for Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL)- Horizon 2020, with a duration of three years -starting on 1/6/18- and with a budget of over €41M, (€10.4M-financed by European Union) T[...]

19 Jun

Institutional impulse to accelerate 3D printing projects

Elisabeth Engel,  Scientific Director of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, U5. Rapid Prototyping Unit, will led the research project, QuirofAM, to produce biodegradable and bioactive scaffolds printed in 3D as osteochondral and maxillofacial substitutes. This is one of the projects to be promoted by LLAVOR 3D Community, an association of Catalan entities, created last month, which includes the IBEC (housing units 5 and 7 of NANBIOSIS). LLAVOR 3D Community aims to accelerate the development and adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies by the industry. Within the projects of the LLAVOR 3D Community, new software tools, new materials, more efficient and versatile production[...]

18 Jun

Intestinal histopathological changes in a porcine model of pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal hypertension

Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director of  JUMISC, is co-author of the publication “Intestinal histopathological changes in a porcine model of pneumoperitoneum-induced intra-abdominal hypertension” by Surgical Endoscopy. The study was performed with the participation of NANBIOSIS Units: U21-Experimental operating rooms, and U22-Animal housing. and showed that the  evolution of intestinal injuries from pneumoperitoneum-induced IAH depends on the degree of IAP, these damages may be associated with decreases in APP and pHi, and increases in Lc For further information: click her[...]

17 Jun

Why research in micro-electronics? Neural interfaces, interaction between the nervous and the artificial system

Dra. Rosa Villa,  Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit, explained last June, 11 at the Residence of Researchers of Barcelona the great scientific challenges in finding tools that allow a good interaction between the nervous and the artificial system. This talk is part of the series of conferences organized by the CNM with the theme “Why research in micro-electronics?” Dr. Manuel Lozano, Director of the CNM, introduced the talk explaining that with microelectronic technology scientists  can capture the signals that occur in the nerves and in the brain and presented Rosa Villa  as a doctor  with a PhD in[...]

16 Jun

Interpretation of motion analysis of laparoscopic instruments based on principal component analysis in box trainer settings

Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director of  CCMIJU and NANBIOSIS U21. Experimental operating rooms, is co-author of the publication “Interpretation of motion analysis of laparoscopic instruments based on principal component analysis in box trainer settings” published by Surgical Endoscopy The study results show that three new HSMAPs per hand were defined for PG and PC tasks, and two per hand for KS task. PG presented validity for HSMAPs related to insecurity and economy of space. PC showed validity for HSMAPs related to cutting efficacy, peripheral unawareness, and confidence. Finally, KS presented validity for HSMAPs related with economy of space and knotting securitya. Thus,[...]

15 Jun

Liquid nitrogen tank
NANBIOSIS U2 incorporates a new Nitrogen tank to store cells

NANBIOSIS U2. Custom Antibody Service (CAbS), is incorporating new equipment as a result of its participation in the project FICTS1420-27, selected by the MINECO for co-financing by the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020. Recently the purchase and installation and set-up of a new nitrogen tank to store cells has taken place. The storage of cell lines of monoclonal antibody-producing hybridomas is a process in which the cells are conserved when they are cooled to temperatures typically at -196 ° C in liquid Nitrogen tanks. With temperatures below -130 ° C the activity Biological ceases and storage at these temperatures is vital to keep the materia[...]

14 Jun

Graphene will be manufactured with greater economic and biomedical benefits at NANBIOSIS unit 8

The unit 8 of NANBIOSIS U8-Micro, nanotechnology, will offer HIGH-QUALITY GRAPHENE GROWN ON ONE-layer or multi-layer CU SHEETS, as well as graphene transferred to different rigid and flexible parylene substrates while preserving their valuable initial properties This unit has recently  upgraded  the Aixtron Black Magic Pro 4-inch System for the growth of graphene. It has also been purchased, installed and set-up by the unit parylene deposition device on flexible substrates. With this acquisition the unit will be able to offer high quality graphene grown in monolayer or multilayer CU sheets, as well as graphene transferred to different rigid and flexible parylen[...]

13 Jun

Update and improvement of unit 4 of NANBIOSIS

NANBIOSIS U4-Biodeposition and biosensing, led by Prof Laura Lechuga, has been recently updated and improved as a result of its participation in the project FICTS-1420-27 , selected by the MINECO for co-financing by the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020. The Biodeposition has been updated with the ozone generation system with a new system (UV / Ozone Cleaner-Procleaner ™), with a lamp with improved power. In the case of the Biodetection unit,  the current device has been to updated in order to make it more competitive. Optical components that improve the performance of the instrument in reference to sensitivity have been changed, the fluidic[...]

12 Jun

New laboratory for unit 6 of NANBIOSIS

The equipment of NANBIOSIS U6-Processing of biomaterials and nanoestructuring, that at present are in several laboratories of the ICMAB-CSIC, are going to be transferred to their definitive location in the new laboratory of this NANBIOSIS unit. Given the large amount of equipment the process is expected to last two years, and itwill be done sequentially to continue to provide service to laboratory users. In this process, an engineer has been hired to play a key role, since he will not only be in charge of the transfer, but also to ensure the correct installation of equipment after its transfer and[...]

11 Jun

NANBIOSIS Unit 20 expands its equipments and capabilities

NANBIOSIS U20- In Vivo Experimental Platform, led by Dr Simó Schwartz and Dr. Ibane Ibasolo, has recently added new equipment as a result of its participation in the project FICTS1420-20, selected by the MINECO for co-financing by the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020. The new equipment is a Coagulometer (Diagnostica Stago STart® 4 Hemostasis Analyzer) used for measuring the  plasma coagulation time upon incubation with different stimulators (PT, APTT, Fibrinogen, D-dimer (quantitative), Thrombin time, Reptilase time etc.) the use o f this equipment will  allow the Unit to test the hemocompatibility of novel nanomedicines in development.[...]

10 Jun

Evaluation of a New Design of Antireflux-Biodegradable Ureteral Stent in Animal Model

Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Assistant Director of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Director of JUMISC, is  co-authors of de article “Evaluation of a New Design of Antireflux-biodegradable Ureteral Stent in Animal Model” published by Urology. The research were carried out in the NANBIOSIS units in the JUMISC. The purpose was to determine the effects in urinary tract of a new antireflux-biodegradable ureteral stent. Thirty six ureters belonging to 24 pigs were used. The study began with endoscopic, nephrosonographic, and fluoroscopic assessments. Three study groups of ureters (n = 12) were then specified. In group I, a biodegradable antireflux ureteral stent (BDG-ARS) was inserted in the right ureter[...]

09 Jun

SINO-SPAIN Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Conference with NANBIOSIS participation

Last 7 June 2018 took place in Zaragoza, the Sino-Spain Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Conference, as a result of years of cooperation with Chinese institutions, organizad by Zaragoza University  and Aragonese Foundation for Research & Development of Aragon Government (ARAID), to promote initiatives and foster bilateral collaboration in biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors between Spain and China. The themes of the forum were: Molecular engineering for biomedical products Diagnoses &Design for new devices for medical uses Tissue Engineering and regenerative medicine Pharmacology and nanometerials for medical application Advanced therapies for cancer research   Researcher of three units of NANBIOSIS partcipated in the Conference: from U13. Tissue &am[...]

08 Jun

Photonic Label-Free Biosensors for Real-Time Analysis of Untreated Clinical and Environmental Samples

The biannual Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors will take place in June 24 – 29 in Newport,  US, with the theme “State-of-the-Art Bioanalytical Sensing Approaches for Healthcare and Therapeutics, Forensics, and Visualization of Living Systems”. Prof. Laura M. Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS  U4. Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit: is giving a Conference on “Photonic label-free biosensors for real-time analysis of untreated clinical and environmental samples” The focus of this meeting is on the development of new bioanalytical tools that provide highly specific and quantitative molecular data of biological systems leading to real applications to the clinic. Specific topics will include micro- and nanofluidics[...]

07 Jun

NANOLIGENT, the first drug designed to eliminate metastases stem cells

NANBIOSIS researchers have developed a nanomedicine for the treatment of metastases by the selective elimination of tumor stem cells. It is a system based on nanoparticles that transport a chemotherapeutic drug and release it into cancer cells. The research team, led by Esther Vázquez and Antonio Villaverde, Strategy Director of NANBIOSIS U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP), in the IBB-UAB, and Ramon Mangues, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U18. Nanotoxicology Unit, in the Sant Pau Hospital, have already created a prototype of the drug and have conducted in vivo trials in animal models of colorectal cancer. They have demonstrated their effectiveness, selectiv[...]

06 Jun

Rey Jaime I Award of New Technologies to Ramón Martínez Mañez

Ramon Martínez Mañez, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U 26 Biomedical Applications II and Scientific Director of CIBER-BBN, has received the Rey Jaime I Award of New Technologies 2018. Rey Jaime I Awards are granted (in xis cathegories) to people who stand out in their field of work and who have developed most of their professional activity in Spain. Candidates must be nominated by third parties and must prove their qualities. They are recognized as the most prestigious awards for the activity carried out in Spain. It is one of the best paid prizes in the country. Each of them is[...]

06 Jun

A dressing with active ingredients to regenerate skin wounds

Elisabeth Engel, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U5, Rapid Prototyping Unit, is interviewed in “Deuwatts”, a programe of  Btv, devoted to biomedical engineering. Dr. Engel explains how  they have designed a dressing with active substances to regenerate skin wounds and talks about bio-printing for therapeutic models. Watch it here. &nbs[...]

05 Jun

Agreements signed with MINECO for the allocation of FEDER funds for NANBIOSIS ICTS

In the framework of the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020, several projects related to the ICTS NANBIOSIS have been selected by the MINECO for co-financing with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program. An agreement has been signed between MINECO and CIBER (partner of NANBIOSIS for the co-financing of the Project: “Purchase, installation and set-up of production and characterization equipment to complement the Units: U3-Synthesis of Peptides Unit, U18-Nanotoxicology and U20- In Vivo Experimental Platform”. The total budget of the project amounts to € 307,566.16, with 50% financing with FEDER Funds. Also CSIC (The State Agency Superior Council of[...]

04 Jun

Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Ameliorates Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in a Rat Skin Free Flap Model

Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director of  CCMIJU and Javier García Casado, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U14, Cell Therapy Unit, are co-authors of the publication “Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Ameliorates Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in a Rat Skin Free Flap Model” The study was performed with the participation of the following NANBIOSIS Units: U21-Experimental operating rooms, U22-Animal housing, and U14-Cell Therapy   Article of reference: DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1648246 Ballestín A, Casado JG, Abellán E, Vela FJ, Álvarez V, Usón A, Blázquez R, Sánchez-Margallo FM, J Reconstr Microsurg. 2018 May 3.  [Epub ahead of print] &nbs[...]

03 Jun

DRIVE Project: Artificial Biopancreas for Type I Diabetics

On Saturday, June 2, in the auditorium of the Artium museum in Vitoria, a meeting was held for patients with diabetes, organized by the group of European researchers of the DRIVE project with the aim of conecting patiens with researchers. The event was organized by the NanoBioCel research group of the CIBER-BBN and the University of the Basque Country, led by José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of   NANBIOSIS Unit 10, Drug Formulation, which participates, through the CIBER BBN and the ICTS Nanbiosis, in the Drive Project  focused on pancreatic  cell transplantation  and the development of biomaterials and new surgical devices that improve the transplantation and[...]

01 Jun

Effect of Surface Chemistry and Associated Protein Corona on the Long-Term Biodegradation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles In Vivo

The results of the research carried out by Scientists of U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit, and CIBER-BNN, have been published in an article by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b18648[...]

31 May

Relevant research results for assisted reproduction.

Javier García Casado, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 14: Cell therapy toguether with other Scientists of NANBIOSIS and CCMIJU have issued the first report describing the beneficial effect of human EV-endMSCs on embryo development, which has been recently published by PloS One: “Murine embryos exposed to human endometrial MSCs-derived extracellular vesicles exhibit higher VEGF/PDGF AA release, increased blastomere count and hatching rates“.  The results could be relevant for assisted reproduction: “Endometrial Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (endMSCs) are multipotent cells with immunomodulatory and pro-regenerative activity which is mainly mediated by a paracrine effect. The exosomes released by MSCs have become a promising[...]

30 May

ECIO 2018
20th European Conference on Integrated Optics

Prof Laura M. Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U4 – Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit –  is part of the Organising Committee of the 2018 European Conference on Integrated Optics that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Valencia from the 30th May to the 1st June 2018.  In the 2017 edition, which took place in Eindhoven, the conference featured more than two hundred attendees. The conference focuses on leading edge research on integrated optics, optoelectronics and nano-photonics and gathers experts from academia and industry to show their latest technical results, and showcase their products and services. The application scope is broad and it ranges from tele/datacom communications, optical interconnects, and (bio)[...]

29 May

NANBIOSIS participation at VII Conference of Young Researchers of I3A

The I3A organizes the VII Conference of Young Researchers to be held on June 2, 2018. As in past editions, the Confernce will be addressed to all those who are doing the doctoral thesis whose director or co-director is a member of I3A. Scientists of  NANBIOSIS Unit 13 Tissue & Scaffold Characterization Unit will participate with the following poster: Personalized simulation of intraestromal ring insertion surgery (ICRS). Validation with clinical data. Julio Flecha, Miguel Ángel Ariza-Gracia, Jesús Zurita, Begoña Calvo Simulation of cell populations in Organ-On-Chip devices: of the models classics to data driven simulations. Jacobo Ayensa-Jiménez, Marina Pérez Aliacar, Teodora Randelovic, Sara Oliván, Iñaki Ochoa,[...]

28 May

New frontiers in the treatment of Diabetes type 1

On Saturday, June 2, at 10.30 in the auditorium of the Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a meeting will take place for patients with diabetes, organized by the group of European researchers of the DRIVE project. The objective of the meeting, held for the first time in Spain, is to connect researchers with all those with diabetes and relatives who want to participate. “One of the objectives of this meeting is to better understand the expectations of people with diabetes and their doubts about the treatment of that disease. By giving us their opinion, they will help us to adapt t[...]

27 May

FORUM ON NANOMEDICINE APPLICATIONS IN DRUG DELIVERY AND TARGETING

ICTS Nanbiosis, together with Nanomed Spain has organized a forum with companies on NANOMEDICINE APPLICATIONS IN DRUG DELIVERY AND TARGETING that will take place next June 21 in Barcelona (Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra – C / Balmes, 132-134) The forum will be presented through 2 sessions: 1- Short interventions of the latest advances and developments in the research lines developed by the groups and NANBIOSIS Units and description of the needs and demands of the industry in that area. 2- Bilateral meetings of about 15 minute company-group / NANBIOSIS Unit to identify possible collaborations. The event w[...]

25 May

Prof. A. Villaverde interviewed by CIBER-BBN Bulletin

Prof. Antoni Villaverde, Strategy Director of NANBIOSIS U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP), in an interview for the CIBER-BBN Bulletin, speaks about his research group, coordinanting NANBIOSIS u1 and the benefits of belonging to a research structure like CIBER. “The PPP – explains Prof. Villaverde – was generated within the group, but is currently a platform that has been gaining its own entity and structure, and has received the ISO certification granted by AENOR. Neus Ferrer-Miralles is the Scientific Director and Paolo Saccardo the technical coordinator. The objective of the activity developed by the PPP is based on supporting CIBER groups in the production and[...]

24 May

Nosological images of response to therapy based on metabolomic information by magnetic resonance

Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I. is givin a talk about “Nosological images of response to therapy based on metabolomic information by magnetic resonance: a step beyond the standard image” next June 6, on Barcelona. According to Dr. Candiota, “The reliable characterization of the treatment response in glioblastoma (GB) is a key factor in improving the survival and prognosis of patients. Image (MRI) and spectroscopic image (MRSI) by magnetic resonance respectively provide morphological and metabolotic profiles of GB, but in general they are not as robust to produce surrogate biomarkers in response to short-term[...]

23 May

Oocyte holding in the Iberian red deer: Effect of initial oocyte quality and epidermal growth factor addition on in vitro maturation

José Mijares Gordún, and  Francisco M. Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director and Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U23. Asisted Reproduction, are co-authors of de article “Oocyte holding in the Iberian red deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus): Effect of initial oocyte quality and epidermal growth factor addition on in vitro maturation“, published by Reproduction in Domestic Animals. The scientists have demonstrated that oocyte holding can be used in Iberian red deer oocytes. Interestingly, EGF addition increases the oocytes’ meiotic competence in immediately matured oocytes but not after oocyte holding depending upon initial oocyte quality. The investigation has been continued in the assisted reproduction laboratory of unit 23[...]

22 May

Carbon-gold bonds for robusts molecule-electrode junctions

Marta Mas-Torrent, Jaume Veciana, and Nuria Crivillers, scientists of the research group NANOMOL, coordinating NANBIOSIS U6. Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, are co-authors of the article “Carbon-gold bonds for robusts molecule-electrode junctions” by  Journal of the American Chemical Society -JACS-. The researchers have studied the behaviour of an organic radical as a molecular wire formed by a covalent carbon-gold bond between the molecule and two electrodes. The molecule-metal junction is more stable and gemotrically better defined than its predecessors, in which other functional groups were used. This improvement opens up new horizons in the fabrication of novel electronic devices with applications[...]

21 May

Mesenchymal stem cells or exosomes with fibrin glue mesh fixation modulates the inflammatory reaction in a murine model of incisional hernia

Javier García Casado, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U14, Cell Therapy Unit, and Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director of  CCMIJU, are co-author of the publication “Fibrin glue mesh fixation combined with mesenchymal stem cells or exosomes modulates the inflammatory reaction in a murine model of incisional hernia” by Acta Biomaterialia. In vitro experiments were performed by the ICTS Nanbiosis (Unit 14. Cell therapy at CCMIJU). Exosomes characterization was performed by the ICTS Nanbiosis (Unit 6: Biomaterial processing and Nanostructuring Unit). In vivo experiments were performed by the ICTS Nanbiosis (Unit 22. Animal housing at CCMIJU). The study has demonstrated a[...]

18 May

NANBIOSIS collaborates in the dissemination of science and triumphs in the Pint of Science Festival

On May 16, scientists from two units of NANBIOSIS filled the pubs, not to talk about football but about science. According to Jorge Bueno, Coordinator of Pint of Science in Spain, at the Vanguard “Science is also culture, just as we go to the bar to talk about football or politics, we can also talk about science, we want people to conceive science as part of society ” In the cafe of the civic center of the Casa Orlandai in Barcelona, ​​Eli Prats, a researcher of NANBIOSIS U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit, explains her group has  developed graphene electrodes, a[...]

17 May

Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Surgery Using Handheld Robotic Device

Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo, Scientific Director of  CCMIJU and NANBIOSIS U21. Experimental operating rooms, is co-author of the publication “Assessment of Postural Ergonomics and Surgical Performance in Laparoendoscopic Single-Site Surgery Using a Handheld Robotic Device“, by Surgical Innovation (SAGE journal). The study results show a positive learning curve in ergonomics and surgical performance using the robotic instrument during LESS surgery. This instrument improves the surgeon’s body posture and the needle positioning errors. The use of the robotic instrument is feasible and safe during LESS partial nephrectomy and sigmoidectomy procedures. The study has been develloped with surgical facilities of high technology that allow in[...]

16 May

NANBIOSIS-ICTS: a tool in additive printing for biomedical applications.

On Friday, May 18, the Conference&Workshop “Opportunities in additive printing. Health Sector” will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers and Telecommunications of the Public University of Navarra. The event is been organized by the Cluster Functional Print and ANAIT (Association of Engineering Companies, Technical Studies and Technological Services), in collaboration with the Cátedra Industria 4.0 of CITI Navarra and UPNA with the aim of sensitizing the industry and its professionals of the open business opportunities with the development in additive printing, as well as the need for training in this field. Jesús Izco,[...]

15 May

Nanotechnology, gene therapy, omics therapies and ‘big data’

Nanotechnology, gene therapy, omics therapies and ‘big data’ were the topics discussed in the Forum on Emerging Technologies oganized on May 8 by nanotechnology, gene therapy, omics therapies and ‘big data’ were the topics discussed in the I Forum on Emerging Technologies held on May 8, organized by the CIBER Internationalization Platform, of which the CIBERER, the CIBER-BBN and the CIBERES. The objective of this event, structured in sessions of presentations and scientific debates about the types of technologies addressed, was to promote the exchange of ideas and scientific knowledge with the aim of generating new collaborations among the CIBER researc[...]

14 May

Formulated Products: Enabling innovation through value chain and cross-sector collaboration

NANBIOSIS Unit 12. “Nanostructured liquid characterization unit” is co-organizing, next 28th May 2018, in Barcelona, the Workshop “Enabling Innovation through Value Chain and Cross-sector Collaboration” corresponding to the 5th Event of the Regional workshop series of the AceForm4.0 consortium (a coordination and support action (CAS) funded by the European Commission). This event targets industrial and academic players interested in bringing formulation technologies to the next level through collaboration. The main purpose of the day is to validate the recommendations that will be presented to the European Commission (EC) as to what are the areas of research that should be prioritized in the coming framework[...]

11 May

Fabry disease awareness month, April

The Fabry International Network (FIN) association established the month of April as the “month of Fabry” to raise awareness and educate about this disease, a rare, progressive and with multi-organ involvement pathology. Fabry Disease is one of several dozen Lysosomal Storage Disorders that interfere with the body’s ability to break down specific fatty substances. It is a rare disease and because the rate of occurrence is less than 1 in 200,000, it is considered as one of the many “Orphan” diseases. It is more common in women, but it occurs with greater severity in men. Fabry disease is a metabolic[...]

10 May

Esther Pueyo will explain her research on the aging of the Heart in Pint of Science: The festival that brings science to pubs

The researcher of Unit 27 of NANBIOIS, High Performance Computing, will leave her laboratory and her office at the University to get on stage and take on the challenge of talking about her work to a public less used to scientific and technological language in the framework of a dissemination program of science to which Esther has joined as Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, did last year. Esther will perform at the Drinks and Pool Aranda bar in Zaragoza (calle Conde de Aranda, 138) to tell her work in technology applied to health. It will be on Wednesday, the 16t[...]

10 May

NANBIOSIS U7 Scientific Director, J Samitier and his vision on technology as a source of eternal youth

Josep Samitier, Scientific Director of U7 of NANBIOSIS, Nanotechnology Unit, has been recently featured in an article in the Jornal “El Mundo” Following the publication of the book “The Death of Death” by Jose Luis Cordeiro and David Wood, which says that by 2045 death will optional thanks to new technologies finding a way to cure aging, the article interviewed Josep Samitier, to have a more realistic point of view. The book ‘Death of death’ assures that in 2045 die will be something optional thanks to the new technologies will find a way to cure aging based on success examples[...]

09 May

CCMIJU, partner of NANBIOSIS and the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina sign a scientific cooperation agreement

The Real Academia Nacional de Medicina and the Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón, located in Cáceres, have signed a cooperative agreement in the field of training and cooperative R&D projects. Last 24th April, Professor Joaquín Poch Broto, President of the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina (RANM) and Mr. Luis Casas Luengo, the CCMIJU’s Managing Director, met at Madrid to sign a cooperative agreement. This event, held at the Yellow Room of the Academia, counted on Prof. Vicente Calatayud (Academic Member), Prof. Luis Pablo Rodríguez (General Secretary), Dr. Francisco Miguel Sánchez Margallo (CCMIJU’s Scientific Director), and its founder,[...]

08 May

How to validate your favourite antibodies?

Are you interested in learning how to validate your favourite antibodies? Do not miss the opportunity to attend the 4th EuroMAbNet Antibody Validation Workshop! The Antibody Validation Workshop brings together highly specialized scientists in monoclonal antibody (mAbs) technology with PhD students and young scientists who are using antibodies in their research projects. The workshop will provide a set of criteria and recommendations that will help you to select the most effective mAbs from those available in the market and provide the strategic guidance needed to perform any essential antibody validation. This includes verifying antibody specificity, selectivity, sensitivity and reproducibility. Nuria Pascual, Scientific Coordinator[...]