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20 Nov

Design of parenteral MNP-loaded PLGA nanoparticles by a low-energy emulsification approach as theragnostic platforms for intravenous or intratumoral administration

Encapsulation of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) into PLGA nanoparticles has been achieved by nano-emulsion templating using for the first time both, a low-energy emulsification method as well as biocompatible components accepted for pharmaceuticals intended for human use. The incorporation of MNP by nano-emulsion templating method proposed in this work has been investigated in two different systems applying mild process conditions and is shown to be simple and versatile, providing stable MNP-loaded PLGA nanoparticles with tunable size and MNP concentration. MNP-loaded PLGA nanoparticles showed sizes below 200 nm by DLS and 50 nm by TEM, and mean MNP loading per PLGA nanoparticle of 1[...]

20 Nov

Intracellular trafficking of a dynein-based nanoparticle designed for gene delivery

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, Protein Production Platform (PPP) and the  Nanobiotechnology research group of CIBER-BBN in collaboration with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and the Universidade de São Paulo have recently published, in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the results of the research devoted to the improvement of protein-only based nanoconjugates for gene therapy. The evaluated gene-therapy vehicle prototype  displayed a similar transfection efficiency to that of the commercial vector LipofectamineTM 2000. Article of reference: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejps.2017.11.002[...]

17 Nov

Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS participates in a new European project that will boost the Organ-on-Chip technology

The research group coordinating NANBIOSIS Unit 13 is the Spanish group of the European project ORCHID (Organ-On-Chip In Development). The scientists  of Engineering Research Institute (I3A) and CIBER-BBN, Luis Fernández and Iñaki Ochoa, will work on this project whose objective is to accelerate the social and economic impact of the technology known as Organ-on-Chip. This technology based on the use of microfluidic platforms is already facilitating the discovery of drugs, but it can go a step further with applications in personalized medicine and safety pharmacology and that, in addition, offers alternatives to conventional tests in animals. The mechanical properties and[...]

16 Nov

Posters presentation by NANBIOSIS Units in CIBER-BBN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

Last 13 and 14 of November, CIBER-BBN  has celebrated its 11th Annual Conference in Hotel Santemar in Santander. In this conference there was a poster session with the participation of the following Units of NANBIOSIS. Special mention deserves Unit 1 with Neus Ferrer as Director and  Paolo Saccardo as Coordinator (in the picture): Posters: U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP): Engineering protein complexes as nano- or micro-structured vehicles or drugs for human and veterinary medicine. Ugutz Unzueta, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, José Vicente Carratalá, Olivia Cano-Garrido, Mercedes Márquez, Paolo Saccardo, Rosa Mendoza, Raquel Díaz, Héctor, López-Laguna, Julieta Sánchez, Anna Obando, Amanda Muñoz, Andrés Cisneros, Eric Voltà, Aida Carreño, José[...]

10 Nov

NANBIOSIS in CIBER-BBN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

CIBER-BBN will celebrate its 11th Annual Conference on November 13 and 14 in Santander. In these conference there will be a session dedicated to NANBIOSIS. Likewise, the annual meeting of the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee of NANBIOSIS will take place. As in previous occasions, the meeting will serve to know the activity of NANBIOSIS, the Singular Technical Scientific Infrastructure (ICTS) of the CIBER-BBN and the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center Jesus Usón for the production and characterization of biomaterials, nanomaterials and devices up to its preclinical validation. As a novelty, it will be presented at the conference, the new internal structure, generated by[...]

19 Oct

NANBIOSIS presented at the 12th annual event of the ETPN

During the days 17-19 of October Malaga has hosted the 12th annual event of European Platform of Technology in Nanomedicine (ETPN), a European meeting of 200 experts in research and innovation in nanomedicine. The meeting was organized by Bionand, the Spanish Platform of Nanomedicine (Nanomed Spain), the Institute of Nanoscience of Madrid (Imdea) and the Center for Biomedical Research Network in the area of ​​Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), partner of NANBIOSIS. During the event, the ETPN General Assembly took place as well as parallel meetings of the specialized working groups on different scientific and cross-cutting aspects related to nanomedicin[...]

16 Oct

Nanomedicine Summer School

The second Summer School in Nanomedicine coordinated by Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS unit 20,  was held at Vall d’Hebron hospital on 28 and 29 September. Dr. Schwartz has been the president of the European Society for Nanomedicine (ESNAM), a European scientific society focused on the clinical application of nanomedicine. From this society tasks are carried out to promote the research and the use of nanomedicine in the health sector, as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge in this area at European level among all the actors involved, Academy, industry and entities regulators. CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS,[...]

06 Oct

JUMISC, partner of NANBIOSIS, represents Spain in a European network of 22 countries

The Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (JUMISC), partner of NANBIOSIS toguether with CIBER-BBN,  leads a multidisciplinary European research network to improve present urinary stents and prevent their causes of failure. The idea of creating the network was born from a research, started in 1999 by Doctor Soria, Researcher-Coordinator of the Endoscopic Surgery Area at the JUMISC and the promoter of the mentioned network, representing Spain. His proposal has been supported by the European and Spanish Urology Association, and funded by the Horizon 2020 Program-Cost Actions (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) The focus of this Action is to creat[...]

06 Oct

New Zealand White rabbit as a model for preclinical studies addressing tissue repair at the level of the abdominal wall.

Juan Manuel Bellón and Gemma Pascual, Scientific Director and Coordinator of Unit 17 of NANBIOSIS, have recently published an article in the prestigious journal Tissue Eng Part C Methods. Once a prosthetic material is implanted, an inflammatory reaction is induced in an attempt to remove it or isolate it from the host tissue. After this initial response, a cellular response takes place that gives rise to the start of the process of integration of the biomaterial within the host tissue. Immunohistochemical studies can provide information on the events that regulate this process, and are useful to analyze the progression of t[...]

29 Sep

Best Abstract award at the European Society for Surgical Research meeting

Verónica Gómez-Gil, collaborator in Unit 17 of NANBIOSIS and the GITBIT-UAH group (CIBER-BBN), has been the first prizewinner in the Best Abstract Competition  at the symposium “New horizons in prevention and treatment of adhesions” organized by the Dutch Adhesion Group (DAG) at the 52nd meeting of the European Society for Surgical Reseach (ESSR). The ESSR 2017 meeting was held in Amsterdam from 14th till 17th June. The title of the abstract, presented as a quick-shot presentation and a full oral during the congress, was: An experimental adhesiogenic model to evaluate histological events over time in the omentum during adhesion formation.[...]

29 Sep

CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS, leads the European initiative Nano4p, reference in Nanomedicine

CIBER-BBN along with other leading partners from various European countries, are setting up the “Precision Nanomedicine for People (Nano4P)” Flagship Initiative (www.Nano4P.eu). Nano4P aims to develop material science and nanotechnology-based highly precise tools for the detection and tailored treatments of diseases, based on the unique characteristics of each person and taking advantage of stratification and molecular-level information. In this way, the paradigm shift that is already becoming visible in the healthcare system, will definitively enable to move from traditional treatment of diseases by existing drugs/tools, towards a predictive, preventive, precise and participatory (4P) medicine. FET-Flagship Initiatives tackle grand science and[...]

27 Sep

NANBIOSIS at the EATRIS Conference Translational Medicine 2017

NANBIOSIS  has actively participated in the third bi-annual conference organised by EATRIS, (the European infrastructure for translational medicine) in Prague on 24-26 of September Translational Medicine 2017: Enhancing predictivity in medicines development . The event gathered a wide range of stakeholders (industry, academia, policymakers) and focussed on bringing together the latest approaches to increase chances of success in drug development, from novel in vitro systems to new biomarkers or clinical trial methodology for patient selection and stratification. Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, presented NANBIOSIS initiatives of joint collaboration, which were well received and will be coordinated and developed during t[...]

18 Sep

FORUM “Intelligent Biomaterials and Biomedical Devices for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine”

NANBIOSIS organizes a forum for researchers and companies. Dates (probably February 2018) and location (probably Madrid) will be announced soon. The theme of the Forum is INTELLIGENT BIOMATERIALS / FUNCTIONALIZATION AND BIOMEDICAL DEVICES FOR APPLICATIONS IN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND DRUG DELIVERY. The forum is presented through 2 sessions: • First session: Short interventions of the latest advances and developments in the lines of research developed by the groups and platforms of Nanbiosis and description of the needs and demands of industry in that area. The companies and groups that request it will be able to have about 10 ‘to present[...]

06 Sep

II MASTER ON ENDOSCOPY AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY IN SMALL ANIMALS (CEyCMI). EXTRAORDINARY DEADLINE FOR ADMISSIONS

A new extraordinary deadline for admissions to the II MASTER ON ENDOSCOPY AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY IN SMALL ANIMALS has been set up, from 1st to 14th September. It is organised in collaboration with the Extremadura University ant takes place in Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre as affiliated entity, offering 60 ECTS-credits.Necessary requirements include having a Veterinary studies degree and a B1 English Certificate. The Master will be held during the academic calendar 2017-2018, according to the established program, that will promote the interaction with the students via an on-line training platform, the direct contact with professors and experts,[...]

05 Sep

Gold nanoparticles can activate drugs inside tumors

Jesus Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS has participated in a study that shows the ability of gold nanoparticles to generate in situ potent anticancer drugs from inert molecules thanks to a mechanism of elimination of terminal chemical groups that nanometric gold is able to catalyze. Gold is ideal for this catalytic role due to its high biocompatibility. These results, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, offer new hope in the fight against cancer and have been obtained thanks to the collaboration of scientists of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS and, Víctor Sebastián, Silvia Irusta and Jesús Santamaría, wit[...]

27 Jul

Nanomedicine applied to Dermatology by Almirall, Leitat Technology Center & NANOMOL (NANBIOSIS U6)

NANOMOL (ICMAB-CSIC), a research group member of ICTS “NANBIOSIS”, more specifically of the Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit (U6), announced today the launch of Nano4Derm, a research project in collaboration with Almirall, S.A and Leitat Technology Center, focused in nanomedicine applied to treat dermatological diseases. Within the framework of this research project, new innovative formulations containing nanoencapsulated active ingredients will be developed for the topical treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, such as Acne and Psoriasis. Nano4Derm involves the development and physico-chemical and biological characterisation of nanocapsules containing active ingredients, and the generation of scalable formulation prototypes for manufacturing nanoformulations suitab[...]

13 Jul

3D bioprinting applied to cancer diagnostics

Mateu Pla Roca, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS /IBEC Core Facilities has won CaixaImpulse funding for his project “3D bioprinted array tissue-like cores: tissue-like controls for cancer diagnostics” (3DBIOcores), which will be carried out in collaboration with Antoni Martinez, head of the histopathology service at Hospital Clinic. CaixaImpulse programme aims to promote technology transfer in science. The project 3DBIOcores will take advantage of 3D bioprinting to create quality control samples that assure and improve cancer diagnostics. Usually, diagnosis is done by histopathology – the microscopic examination of tissues – and then the biomarkers that are found are quantified. However,[...]

13 Jul

Conflicting evidence for ferroelectricity – New publication in NATURE by scientists of NANBIOSIS

Researchers from Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, -ICMAB (CSIC)/CIBER-BBN-, in collaboration with others from the Universities of Liège, Mons, Grenoble-Alpes, Parma, Augusburg, Girona and CNR-IOA (SISSA) have published in the journal Nature (G. D’Avino et al., Nature, 547, E9-E10, 2017) an article questioning the presence of ferroelectricity at room temperature in organic charge transfer crystals, generated by supramolecular techniques, previously published in the same journal (Tayi et al, Nature, 488, 485-489, 2012), by a team led by Profs. J. Fraser Stoddart (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2016) and Samuel I. Stupp of the University of Northwestern. For more information: D’Avino et al,[...]

06 Jul

XI International Workshop on Sensors and Molecular Recognition: System for detection of senescent cells in vivo

The XI International Workshop on Sensors and Molecular Recognition will take place on 6 and 7 July 2017 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Scientists of the unit 26 of NANBIOSIS will present the results of the research carried on together with researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València, CNIO, CIBER-BBN and the University of Cambridge: an innovative system that allows the detection of senescent cells in vivo and without damaging the tissue. The main objective of cellular senescence is to prevent the proliferation of damaged cells and, at the same time, to trigger tissue repair. However, when the damag[...]

06 Jul

NANBIOSIS: collaborative research opportunities for groups of CIBER consortia

Last week, Jesús Izco, coordinator of NANBIOSIS, presented to CIBER groups the capabilities of NANBIOSIS and the opportunities for collaboration with the ICTS. From these meetings emerged diverse expressions of interest on the part of the attending researchers. On June 30, Jesús Izco was invited to present NANBIOSIS in the Annual Scientific Conference of CIBERES. He explained several investigations that are currently being developed in NANBIOSIS and can be applied in the diagnosis and therapy of respiratory diseases, such as the development of physical devices and tests that allow the detection of biomarkers, new protein carriers in the format of[...]

27 Jun

Update of the Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) 2017-2020

The updating of the Spanish ICTS Map aims to consolidate this map as a tool for long-term planning and development of this type of infrastructure, updating it according to established criteria, with emphasis on quality and scientific-technical and economic sustainability, prioritizing the continuity Of the installations in operation and those that have viable financing scenarios, implementing it jointly with the Autonomous Communities. This tool also makes it possible to optimally plan the application of national, regional and European funding, in particular FEDER funds from the programming period 2014-2020, aiming to achieve a stable medium-term funding framework to guarantee the achievement of[...]

22 Jun

New methodology for cancer screening paves the way for more targeted treatment options

Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS, is co-author of a new paper published in Scientific Reports. According to Cesar Huertas, co-author of the article, the Gene expression is the process by which information from a gene is converted into a functional product, such as a protein. It is controlled by a complex regulatory network wherein diverse cellular mechanisms enable the cell to respond to its ever-changing environment. One such mechanism is alternative splicing (AS) of mRNA precursors, a particularly flexible regulatory control point where diverse protein isoforms of differing, even opposing, functions are generated. However, these regulation[...]

22 Jun

Two researchers from NANBIOSIS Unit 27 obtain new European projects “Marie Curie”

The European Union has selected the projects sponsored by two researchers from Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS: Esther Pueyo, with “PIC”, to customize the diagnosis and cardiovascular treatment and Pablo Laguna, with “MY-ATRIA”, to improve the early detection of arrhythmias Cardiac. Both projects include massive calculations that will be executed through  unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, High Performance Computing. “MY-ATRIA” / Mutlidisciplinary and training network for Atrial fibrillation monitoring, treatment and progression “, by Pablo Laguna, Professor of Signal Theory and Communication and researcher of the group BSICoS of I3A and CIBER-BBN and Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, will affect t[...]

21 Jun

NANOMEDICINE AND FUTURE, explained by Simó Schwartz, Director of U20 of NANBIOSIS.

NANBIOSIS-U20 Scientific Director, Simó Schwartz, speaks about Nanomedicine in an interview publish in http://www.quimicaysociedad.org.  NANBIOSIS is an Singular Scientific Technological Infrastructure (ICTS) that provides a complete service for the production and characterization of nanomaterials, biomaterials and systems in biomedicine, including the design and production of biomaterials and nanomaterials and their nanoconjugates, and the characterization of these bio-/nanomaterials, tissues and medicals devices from a physic-chemical, functional, toxicological and biological (including preclinical validation) point of view, focused also on biomedical applications such as: IVDs, biosensors, regenerative medicine, drug delivery, therapeutic agents or MRI contrast agents and medical devices. Question: First of all,[...]

07 Jun

Nanoparticles capable of bi-directional communication

The results of a research co-led by Ramón Martínez-Máñez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS and CIBER-BBN have been published by Nature Communication last May 30th, showing how to prepare a nanoparticles chemical communication system using lactose. So far, his group had managed to establish communication between three nanoparticles but only in a unidirectional way. “We have managed to get a nanoparticle to send a chemical messenger to the second nanoparticle, who understands the message and sends another chemical messenger back to the first one. Upon receiving it, it performs an action, in this case releasing a dye,” explains[...]

02 Jun

NANBIOSIS at the VI Conference of Young Researchers

On June 2, the VI Conference of Young Researchers organized by the I3A at the University of Zaragoza was held, aimed at doctoral students who have as director or co-director an I3A member. The inaugural lecture was given by José Antonio Sanz Herrera (Professor Contractor Doctor at the University of Seville and who held his doctorate at I3A) who has talked about Multidisciplinary Research as the basis of the young professor in engineering. After the inaugural conference a first block was opened with four oral presentations, giving way to the poster session and coffee. A second and final block wit[...]

29 May

DHA and l-carnitine loaded chitosan hydrogels as delivery systems for topical applications

The journal JCR Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, has recently publish and interested article which show the results of the research lead by Jordi Esquena, Coordinator of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS,. The formation of biocompatible hydrogels of chitosan crosslinked with genipine deposited on textile substrates has been studied and the incorporation and release of active ingredients for cosmetic applications has been investigated. The active principles studied have been dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which produces a sunless tanning effect; And carnitine, used as anti-cellulite agent. The results have shown that crosslinking with chitosan allows controlling the release rate of the active ingredients,[...]

29 May

Nanomedicine versus free drug: greater efficiency and less toxicity

The EU-NCL network will finance a project of nanomedicine for prostate cancer cordinated by Simó Schwartz and Ibane Abasolo, NANBIOSIS-U20 Director and Coordinator. The European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory (EU-NCL) has selected a project from VHIR intended to develop a therapeutic nanoconjugate that improves the treatment of prostate cancer. Among all proposals presented to EU-NCL, only this one in Spain is part of a small group chosen to carry out the necessary tests to move the product into clinical practice, which makes Vall d’Hebron Campus a leading nanomedicine hospital with capacity to generate and validate therapeutic nanoconjugates and nanomedicines. The main difficulty in this[...]

24 May

Elastic and adhesion properties of adsorbed hydrophobically modified inulin films on latex particles using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

In a study published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, by Jordi Esquena, Coordinator of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, among others, it has been shown that the latex particles dispersed with graft-type polymeric surfactants have excellent colloidal stability, which is attributed to the repulsion forces between the particles, which arise from the presence of adsorbed surfactant molecules. These forces of repulsion have been studied by means of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), between an AFM tip and a latex particle, with the presence of surfactant adsorbed on both. It has been observed that this repulsion is maintained even[...]

23 May

Electronic tongues for detecting prostate and bladder cancer

Researchers of the Applied Molecular Chemistry Group, coordinator of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, have participated in the development of a new low-cost system for non-invasive diagnosis of prostate and bladder cancer. It consists of a device of electronic tongues ​​based on metal electrodes, which makes it possible to quickly and easily detect this pathology from a urine sample. The researchers evaluated the efficacy of this system from the analysis of urine samples from patients before and after surgery. In addition, samples were collected from patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, integrated into the non-cancer group for the study of prostate cancer.[...]

19 May

NANBIOSIS at CIBERDEM Annual meeting

Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, has presented NANBIOSIS-ICTS at the annual meeting of all CIBERDEM research groups, which takes place from 17 to 19 May 2017 at the Campus Hotel, on the Campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in Cerdanyola del Vallès. Jesús Izco has explained the opportunities offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Platform for Research and Biomedical Innovation, giving examples of private-public collaboration in competitive calls (INNPACTOP, Challenges and H2020) in which NANBIOSIS has participated and explained the design of the new Nanomedicine Cascade Characterization Service, in which NANBIOSIS is working on. CIBERDEM (Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases)[...]

18 May

Platform2nano research by Víctor Sebastián, (Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS) awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie

The Platform2nano research project (2012-2016) has just been awarded a second prize in the “Contribution for a better society” category, at the “Mobility Takes Research Further” conference organized by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA 2017) in the framework of the Presidency of Malta of the Council of the European Union. More than 195 researchers from 30 nationalities who have developed their scientific work through the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Scholarships were presented to these awards. The project “Development of a microfluidic platform to produce nanomaterials and assessment on new nanotechnology applications” in which participate the researchers Manuel Arruebo, Laura Usón, Isabel Ortiz[...]

16 May

New gelatine devices that mimic the body’s activity in bone regeneration

The NanoBioCel Group, Coordinator of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS has led the development of new scaffolds (such as burns, trauma or tumour extractions), to regenerate critical bone defects that, in addition to physical support, offers the opportunity to release growth factors temporarily replacing the bone matrix and aiding the regeneration of bone tissue. In order to make the material biodegradable, and reduce the risk of rejection, “we use a collagen derivative, a gelatine that is produced by processing collagen, since it has been found to be less cytotoxic than collagen itself, but maintains the properties we were looking for”, explains[...]

16 May

Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS-ICTS Biomaterials processing and Nanostructuring at ICMAB-CSIC received the visit of high school students

A group of 22 students from the high school La Serra (Mollerusa) visited the Biomaterials and Nanostructuring Unit of NANBIOSIS,  at the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona of CSIC. The visit was an activity within the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology festival 10alamenos9  in which ICMAB participates. The students were guided through the labs by Amable Bernabé, technical responsible of U6, who explained them about nanotechnology, NANBIOSIS-ICTS research infrastructure and the different techniques available at “Biomaterials processing and Nanostructuring Unit”.[...]

15 May

NMR signal enhancement of >50 000 times in fast dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization

Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS-ICTS has participated  in the research results published in the journal Chemical Communication, wich reports the synthesis and the study of a novel mixed biradical with BDPA and TEMPO radical units that are covalently bound by an ester group (BDPAesterTEMPO) as a polarizing agent for fast dissolution DNP. The biradical exhibits an extremely high DNP NMR enhancement of >50000 times, which constitutes one of the largest signal enhancements observed so far, to the best of our knowledge. Some of the researchs were made taking advantage of the characterization facilities provided by ICTS NANBIOSIS. For more information: L. F.[...]

12 May

Nanotechnology and biomedical applications. Gene therapy

Yesterday, at the University of Zaragoza, Prof. Nuria Vilaboa (CIBER-BBN– Hospital Universitario de La Paz) gave a talk  on “Nanotechnology and biomedical applications. Gene therapy“. The event was organized by Manuel Arruebo II Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon), researcher of the coordinating group of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. In recent years, a multitude of materials of nanometric size have been explored, which because of their small size have properties that give them a great attraction for a wide range of biomedical applications. Prof. Vilaboa reviewed gene therapy technology, where materials at  nanoscale offer interesting alternatives.[...]

11 May

NANOMOL group, coorditator of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS has authored 26% of the scientific articles of ICMAB in NATURE

The Nature Index takes into account the published scientific articles from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017.  This index is elaborated annually based on the affiliations of the authors of scientific articles published in a selection of 68 high-quality journals (http://www.natureindex.com/faq#journals) CSIC appears as the first Spanish research centre in this ranking and occupies position number 38 in the global ranking of 500 research centres worldwide, while ICMAB occupies the first position within the CSIC centre, taking into account the corrected index WFC that shares the work between the different co-authoring institutions and corrects for the overrepresentation of som[...]

08 May

JUMISC awarded with the Prize to the Best Research Practice

Last Friday, May 5, JUMISC was awarded in the 1st edition of Extremadura Health Prices, event organised by Sanitaria 2000, text-editor of the Redacción Médica, the most famous and specialised newspaper in its sector. The contribution of the Extremadura Health Service and the regional health sector were awarded between the 56 nominations included in 14 categories. JUMISC obtained the award of “Best Research Practice”. The event was held in the convent of San Juan de Dios, in Olivenza-Badajoz, and gathered the JUMISC’s Scientific Director, Mr. Sánchez Margallo (on behalf of the institution),  together with other authorities and health managers. A[...]

08 May

New sensor for quick and easy detection of ecstasy

Spanish, Danes and Austrian researchers, including the group led by Ramón Martínez Mánez, coordinator of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, have developed a new sensor to detect ecstasy in a simple, reliable, fast and selective way. Until now, this drug is detected by techniques such as capillary electrophoresis, spectroscopy or chromatography that require the use of expensive technical equipment and qualified personnel. The new method offers the advantages of easy use, low cost and high reliability according to Beatriz Lozano, a researcher at the Interuniversity Institute for Research on Molecular Recognition and Technological Development at the Universitat Politècnica de València and[...]

05 May

2nd SUMMER SCHOOL OF EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETIES FOR NANOMEDICINE (ESNAM/ISNM)

The ESNAM / ISNM Summer School is co-organized by ESNAM and CIBER-BBN (led by Simó Schwartz, president of ESNAN and transfer manager of CIBER-BBN as well as Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS). The summer school is aimed at any student or professional interested in nanomedicine. It will count on the presence of speakers of recognized prestige in the area, among which are the Scientific Directors and Coordinators of several of the units of NANBIOSIS. The ESNAM / ISNM Summer School will be held on 28-29 September 2017 at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona The registration deadline with accommodation included ends on[...]

04 May

Laura Lechuga in the fight against cancer

Dr. Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS is highlighted in Cinco Días. Elpais Economía  for its fight against cancer and, in particular, for the device developed with its team to detect the disease in matter of minutes “Have you ever wondered why glucose meters are so smart that they just measure sugar? The answer is that they carry specific proteins that only interact with sugar, “explains the doctor.  The same idea lies in the device designed by Laura Lechuga and her research group “With a minimum sample of the patient, it is possible to detect the presenc[...]

23 Apr

NANBIOSIS Scientific Director Dr. Jaume Veciana received a Mention of Honor for his dedication to NANBIOSIS

On April 22, Dr. Jaume Veciana received a Mention of Honor from the current President of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, during the celebration of the X Anniversary of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery “Jesus Usón” for his commitment, effort and dedication in the creation of the Singular Scientific Technological Infrastructures (ICTS) NANBIOSIS, in collaboration with the Center for Biomedical Research Center in Bioingeneering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN). Further information:[...]

20 Apr

J. Santamaría, U9 NANBIOSIS gets 2.5M € to develop a revolutionary cancer treatment

Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained, for the second time in six years, an ERC Advanced Grant, one of the most prestigious and extremely competitive European research grants, restricted to senior researchers with a research trajectory of high quality for more than ten years. The CADENCE (Catalytic Dual-Function Devices Against Cancer) project will be financed by the EU with 2.5M € to work for five years with a powerful team: four own researchers and seven others to be selected from candidates from all over the world. With this project the researchers propose a revolutionary cancer[...]

20 Apr

10th Anniversary of the New Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (JUMISC)

Next Friday, 21st April, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the new JUMISC, betting on training and on research and development activities.  In its ten years of background we emphasize the following figures: 500 trained physicians, 160 training activities per year More than 100 R&D projects with 7.930.800 € funding 17 patents, The creation of a spin-off, The development of 25 apps, More than 623 scientific collaborators, 500 visits received from more than 500 institutions. 10 years full of training courses and European R&D projects. We are so proud for  the promotion and creation of the  Clúster Sociosanitario of Extremadura[...]

18 Apr

New treatments for degenerative diseases of the retina

The final meeting of the TERET project took place last March, an initiative within the RETOS public-private collaboration initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness funded with almost € 1 million. The project has been carried out over the past three years to develop new treatments for degenerative diseases of the retina, focusing specifically on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy ( RD) and retinitis pigmentosa. Unit 10 of ICTS NANBIOSIS has participated in carrying out the pharmaceutical formulation of the active principles, including the synthesis, chemical physical characterization and stability of the formulations over time, evaluation of[...]

17 Apr

Unit 2 Nanbiosis have signed an agreement with a Belgian Enterprise.

U2 unit of Nanbiosis (Custom antibody service) has recently signed a 3-year contract with UNISENSOR S.A. (Liege, Belgium) for producing on a high scale a collection of immunoreagents used in their diagnostic kits. UNISENSOR S.A. is a SME biotech company that develops on site diagnostic systems for food safety. Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS, coordinated by Nb4D-CSIC holds a research collaboration for more than 7 years developing new bioproducts and transferring knowledge to UNISENSOR S.A. As result of the collaboration several diagnostic kits are nowadays in the market, consequently this contract has been signed with the aim to supply UNISENSOR S.A. with immunoreagents for their[...]

06 Apr

MATBIO 2017
Materials for Biomedical Applications Scientific School (BIOMAT-2017)

Registration is now open for the Scientific School on Materials for Biomedical Applications (BIOMAT-2017) that will take place on 19th-22nd of June 2017 in the UAB Campus (Barcelona). This school is organized by ICMAB-CSIC and it is included in the Severo Ochoa activities of the Institute. The school is addressed to last year undergraduate, master and PhD students, who are interested in the development of materials for biomedical applications. The aim of the school is to present the design, development and application of new materials for a wide range of biomedical applications. The school includes lectures from international and loca[...]

06 Apr

Laboratory-scale prototype for the treatment of cutaneous tumours

Ramon Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, has participated in the development, on a laboratory scale, of a low cost device for treatments based on the application of optical hyperthermia by laser. Among the applications of this technique are the therapies against cutaneous cancer and its objective is to get the death of the tumour cells by overheating. Overheating is achieved by the irradiation of synthesized metal nanoparticles. The prototype developed consists of an infrared laser with a power of up to 500mW able to provide a power density of up to 4W / cm2, a sensor[...]

30 Mar

Methods for the In Vitro Characterization of Nanomedicines —Biological Component Interaction

An interesting article has been recently published, in the journal Personalized Medicine In the context of a public-private collaboration between Cristina Fornagera of Sagetis-Biotech and Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS This review summarizes the main techniques used to assess the interaction of nanomedicines with biological systems, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages. The translation of knowledge from novel designed nanosystems at a research laboratory scale to real human therapies is usually a limiting or even a final point due to the lack of systematic studies regarding two aspects: nanoparticle interaction with biological components and nanoparticle cytotoxicity. For[...]

30 Mar

A new versatile methodology to produce polymeric nanoparticles loaded with gold nanoparticles

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS together with researchers of her group, Colloidal and Interfacial Chemistry of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC and the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, University of BarcelonaIn have published the research paper “Versatile Methodology to Encapsulate Gold Nanoparticles in PLGA Nanoparticles Obtained by Nano-Emulsion Templating” in the journal Pharmaceutical Research. The scientists have shown that a novel and very versatile methodology has been developed for the production of polymeric nanoparticles loaded with gold nanoparticles. In this work, gold-nanoparticles (AuNP) have been encapsulated in polymeric nanoparticles using a novel and versatile methodology based on nano-emulsion templating, whic[...]

28 Mar

New bioadhesive with 3D printing technique to improve pterygium surgery

Dr. José Luis Pedraz, head of Nanobiocel group and Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, participates in the public-private collaboration BIOTAPE project that will develop a new bioadhesive for its application in pterygium surgery to improve the currently used surgical techniques in the treatment of this eye disease that affects the conjunctiva and cornea. The main cause of pterygium is the lack of lubrication of the eye by the tear film. This lack of lubrication may be due to various external factors such as excessive exposure to sunlight, harsh environmental conditions or even allergens, which causes dryness and subsequent[...]

24 Mar

NANBIOSIS: Platforms of INNOVATION and CIBERSAM

On March 15, Jesús Izco presented NANBIOSIS at the conference organized by CIBERSAM on Therapeutic Innovation. The event, that took place in the Hospital del Mar of ​​Barcelona, ​​with an audience of about 80 people, was attended by Jesús Izco, coordinator of NANBIOSIS as a guest to talk about Innovation Platforms. Jesús Izco explained the opportunities offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Platform for Research and Biomedical Innovation, giving examples of private-public collaboration in competitive calls (INNPACTOP, Challenges and H2020) in which NANBIOSIS has participated and explained the design of the new Nanomedicine Cascade Characterization Service, in which NANBIOSIS is working[...]

22 Mar

Three Scientifics of NANBIOSIS in University of Zaragoza ERC 10 years celebration event

2017 is the year of the X Anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC), created to finance research projects of excellence at the frontier of knowledge of any scientific discipline. The structure of the ERC consists of an autonomous scientific council made up of 22 distinguished scientists supported by an executive agency that is responsible for implementing the program, organizing the evaluation and managing the aid. The University of Zaragoza, hosting three units of NANBIOSIS, joined the celebrations with an event that took place on March 15. Among the assistants, three Scientists of NANBIOSIS recognized with ERC: Jesús Santamaría, Scientific[...]

21 Mar

NANBIOSIS by Pablo Laguna in CIBER-BBN Bulletin
NANBIOSIS by Pablo Laguna in CIBER-BBN Bulletin

Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS considers the added value offered by the ICTS NANBIOSIS in an interview at February 2017 CIBER-BBN Bulletin. “The relevance of the ICTS NANBIOSIS is to make available to the entire scientific community of unique infrastructures that are shared and exploited in the most optimal way avoiding redundancies.” – Explains Pablo Laguna – “Having an incentive interaction mechanism, within the same centre, it has been addressed and are tackling challenges and projects with much greater depth, both in the excellence of the research, and in its possibilities of translation to the clinic[...]

10 Mar

NANBIOSIS at the X Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research

On March 8, 2017, the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research took place in Madrid on the theme Innovative Medicines, Nanomedicine, Health-care Technologies and Biotechnology Markets. Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, participated in the round table on New Public-Private Cooperation networks, together with the Scientific Directors of the recently created CIBER Areas of Fragility and Aging, Oncology and Cardiovascular Diseases, as well with as the coordinators of the Networks of Clinical Essays and the network of Discovery of Drugs. The coordinator of NANBIOSIS explained the opportunities that the ICTS offers as a Network of Excellence for Research and Biomedica[...]

02 Mar

U 26 NANBIOSIS - New implants for the treatment of infections and bone tumours
New implants for the treatment of infections and bone tumours

Researchers of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS participate in the design and evaluation of the cellular level of a new hybrid material for the creation of intelligent-scaffolds implants that open the door to a more efficient treatment of infections and bone tumors. The main novelty is the incorporation of a mesoporous matrix of silicon, calcium and phosphorus oxides, with molecular gates that would allow the controlled release of substances stored inside the pores, such as antitumor drugs or antibiotics. A molecular gate is a mechanism whose opening depends on certain external stimuli, in this particular case the drugs would only b[...]

02 Mar

U1 NANBIOSIS - Public-Private collaboration to Investigate New Inhibitors Against Pain
Public-Private collaboration to Investigate New Inhibitors Against Pain

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, together with Synchroton Alba and the pharmaceutical ESTEVE jointly investigate the mechanisms of new inhibitors against pain ESTEVE, a chemical – pharmaceutical group leader in Spain and with an important international presence, has developed new inhibitors against pain. Collaboration with scientific expertise of the Protein Production Platform and the ALBA Synchrotron will allow studyingthe interaction of these inhibitors with its potential target. The results of the research may help to the better understanding of the effects of the inhibitors and will provide key information to improve their properties. The  Protein Production Platform (Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS) is in[...]

28 Feb

3D printing biocompatible hydrogels

  Researchers of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Montpellier, have laid the groundwork for faster advances in 3D printing for regenerative medicine by creating a system of ink and matrices that offers a solid basis for tissue regeneration. Due to their high water content, hydrogels are highly attractive biomaterials for 3D printing as efficient ‘surrogates’ for the extracellular matrix, onto which cells can be cultured. However, while they are relatively easy to produce using a method called extrusion printing, their stability and structural integrity can weaken when they’re in contact with biological fluids[...]

15 Feb

Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS and the research field of Protein Kinase CK2. 

Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Coordinator and Scientific Director of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, jointly with other GABRMN members, have recently published an interesting article in the journal Pharmaceuticals, (Special Issue An Updated View on an Emerging Target: Selected Papers from the 8th International Conference on Protein Kinase CK2). This article  is also co-authored by scientifics of a research group with renowned prestige in CK2 research field, the Protein Phosphorylation group, del Dipartimento di scienze biomediche (Università degli Studi di Padova). This publication describes a study with the preclinical glioblastoma (GB) model and its treatment, centered in exploring the potential of[...]

14 Feb

Bioengineering is being strengthened in Spain

Estefanía Peña, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS explains her resarch in the program “En route with science” of Aragon Television. Bioengineering consists in the application of the principles of engineering to the field of medicine. In the opinion of Estefanía, coordinator of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and deputy director of I3A (Institute of Research in Engineering of Aragon) Bioingineering is being strengthened in Spain. “Our research develops mathematical models and computational reproduction, especially of cardiovascular diseases and the therapies to solve them. Fundamentally we work on atherosclerosis, which is the appearance and development of atheroma plaque (a cluster of[...]

13 Feb

Titania-coated gold nanorods with expanded photocatalytic response

New communication in the Journal Nanoscale, from the Royal Society of Chemistry by NFP Group, coordinator of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS together with other authors of the Nanostructured Films and Particles (NFP) Group, coordinator of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, has published on February 7, 2017, a Communication in the Journal Nanoscale, from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The syntheses of materials during the research have been performed by the Platform of Production of Biomaterials and Nanoparticles of the NANBIOSIS ICTS, more specifically by the Nanoparticle Synthesis Unit, as stated in the publication. Gold[...]

09 Feb

MATERPLAT Steering Committee
Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, leading the Health Innovation Group at the MATERPLAT Steering Committee Meeting

MATERPLAT, the Spanish Technological Platform of Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials, emerged in 2008 as framework for meetings and collaborations between the different agents of the National Enterprise, Science and Technology System interested in promoting the research, development and application of advanced materials and nanomaterials. On February 3, 2017 the leaders of the MATERPLAT Innovation Groups met to define the lines of action of the working groups during the year 2017. These groups are transportation, health, energy, raw materials, and cities Intelligent. They were present, following the order of the photograph: Back row, from left to right: Luis Guaita (KERABEN), José[...]

09 Feb

bioprinted human cells
3DBio-impression systems and bio-ink for the regeneration of cartilage and bone

The Nanobiocel Group, coordinator of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS participate in a public-private collaborative project to reach clinical application in the regeneration of osteochondral lesions, which mainly affect the knee and ankle joints. The new project is funded by the Challenges-Collaboration program of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. It has a budget of 691,000 euros for 3 years and the participation of two Spanish companies (Bioibérica and REGEMAT3D), the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the University of Granada, the Center for Biomedical Research in Network Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER -BBN) and its ICTS NANBIOSIS. The companies[...]

06 Feb

Equations that can save thousands of lives
Equations that can save thousands of lives

Esther Pueyo, from the research group BSICoS, coordinator of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, explains for the program “En route with science” of Aragon Television, her research on arrhythmias: irregularities in the functioning of the heart. Arrhythmias are the cause of 25,000 deaths per year and half of hospital admissions in Spain. First of all they study experimentally (extracting tissues from the heart of animals and humans) how the electrical activity of the said tissues is. Then, the information collected is introduced in mathematical models to understand the heart and to make predictions of what can happen in the future and[...]

06 Feb

A multiplexing nanophotonic biosensor for cancer diagnosis
A multiplexing nanophotonic biosensor for cancer diagnosis

The group Biosensors and bio-analytic applications, led by Laura Lechuga,​ coordinator of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS, has developed a methodology through a nano-photonic sensor (known as bimodal waveguide interferometer) capable of quantifying, directly and mark-free, the different messenger RNA isoforms generated by alternative splicing. The expertise in biodeposition and biodetection systems of Lechuga’s group has permitted a thorough analytical study and optimization of the methodology, achieving not only total selectivity, but also excellent levels of sensitivity and reproducibility, and obtaining the lowest levels of detection in direct detection of messenger RNA isoforms generated by this mechanism without the need for PCR amplification (polymerase chain reaction). T[...]

01 Feb

STAFF III database published at Physionet
STAFF III database published at Physionet

The  STAFF III database have  gone public at Physionet! https://physionet.org/physiobank/database/staffiii/ The STAFF III database was acquired during 1995–96 at Charleston Area Medical Center (WV, USA) where single prolonged balloon inflation had been introduced to achieve optimal results of percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography (PTCA) procedures, replacing the typical series of brief inflations. The lead investigator Dr. Stafford Warren designed the study protocol together with Dr. Galen Wagner at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA); Dr. Michael Ringborn (Blekinge Hospital, Karlskrona, Sweden) was responsible for data acquisition. The database consists of ECG recordings from 104 patients, accounting for substantial inter-patient variability in[...]

01 Feb

MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM
MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM

Nuria Arias Ramos from GABRMN-UAB, research group coordinator of Unit 25 of NANBIOSIS, presented on January 30th, an oral communication at the youngSMIN | young Spanish Molecular Imaging Network Meeting. The title of the communication is “Multi slice MRSI-based generation of nosological images for noninvasive therapy response assessment in preclinical GBM”, written by Nuria Arias-Ramos, SilviaLope-Piedrafita, Victor Mocioiu, Margarida Julià-Sapé, Carles Arús and Ana Paula Candiota. The work is basically centered in extending the preliminary GABRMN study based on MRSI  acquired in a preclinical glioblastoma (GB), both under treatment and control, with pattern recognition and source extraction for noninvasive therapy[...]

31 Jan

Computing in Cardiology President's Newsletter - 2017
Computing in Cardiology President’s Newsletter – 2017

Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS and President of  CinC (2015-2018), presents the details of CinC 2017 in the Computing in Cardiology, which shall be held in Rennes, France, September 24-27 Dear CinC Attendee, One more year has passed and the time to plan the annual conference has arrived.  To help you with this, I would like to bring you an update on relevant aspects related to CinC-2017, including dates, deadlines and events.  I would also like to update you on initiatives, some just consolidating recent developments, such as the Clinical Needs Translational Award (CTA), the Specia[...]

30 Jan

NANBIOSIS at the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research
NANBIOSIS at the 10th Annual Conference of Technological Platforms of Biomedical Research

On March 7 and 8, 2017, the “X Conferencia Anual de las Plataformas Tecnológicas de Investigación Biomédica: Medicamentos Innovadores, Nanomedicina, Tecnología Sanitaria y Mercados Biotecnológicos”  will be held in Madrid.  Several aspects of innovation in the National Health System will be addressed, from a national and international perspective of public-private collaboration. On Wednesday, March 8 at 9:30 am, Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, will explain the opportunities offered by  the ICTS NANBIOSIS as a Network of Excellence for Research and  in Biomedicine,  especially in the fields of nanomedicine and biomaterials. The meeting, which brings together more than 300 scientists and[...]

23 Jan

Nanbiosis - A photonic endoscope to improve the colon cancer diagnosis
A photonic endoscope to improve the colon cancer diagnosis

Last 18th and 19th January, the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre attended the kick of meeting of the European project “Multimodal highly-sensitive PhotonICs endoscope for improved in-vivo COLOn Cancer diagnosis and clinical decision support” (PICCOLO, the English abbreviation), held in Bilbao. This project proposes a new compact, hybrid and multimodal photonics endoscope based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Multi-Photon Tomography (MPT) combined with fluorescence technology. Colorectal cancer represents around one tenth of all cancers worldwide. Early and accurate diagnosis and precise intervention can increase cure rate up to 90%. The multidisciplinary team, composed by Tecnalia Foundation, the project[...]

18 Jan

Nanomedicine in B·Debate Fighting Blindness by Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS
Nanomedicine in B·Debate Fighting Blindness by Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS

The recent published Newsletter of Institut of Màcula and the Barcelona Màcula Foundation: Research for Vision reported about the forum  B·Debate Fighting Blindness. Future Challenges and Opportunities for Visual Restoration, September 6-7 , that gathered more than thirty experts in the different areas related with blindness. The second Session, about Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, was chaired by Jose Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS and Gustavo Puras Ochoa, researcher  of the group Nanobiocel, which coordinates Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS gave a lecture “Non-viral gene delivery for the treatment of inherited retinal disorders” : Many devastating blinding disorders that[...]

17 Jan

Multifunctional biomaterials and nanomaterials
Multifunctional biomaterials and nanomaterials: the new technological revolution.

CaixaForum Zaragoza, Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm: talk by Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, within the Conference Cycle: Technology, the permanent revolution Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience and, in its modern conception, implies having the ability to design nanomaterials for a specific purpose and to control the manufacturing processes that allow them to have the desired characteristics (composition, size, shape, surface characteristics). This talk presents the developments in nanotechnology as a true technological revolution. The general concepts and the influence of nanotechnology in our lives shall be discussed with examples of recent advances,[...]

16 Jan

Nanbiosis U26 - ribes y martinez-manez development of nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine
Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS Co-leads the development of nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine

Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and CIBER of Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have developed new nanodevices to detect the presence of cocaine in saliva or in any another aqueous solution. Part of the characterization of the probe was carried out using NMR facilities from NANBIOSIS. The paper is published in the journal Scientific Reports, of the group Nature. The development consists of a molecular gate designed with nanoporous alumina, an aluminum oxide prepared by electrochemical means with pores of micrometric diameter. “A molecular gate -explains Ramón Martínez-Máñez, scientific director of[...]

13 Jan

Nanbiosis U10 Micro and nano capsules that will increase the effectiveness and precision of medicine.
Micro and nano capsules that will increase the effectiveness and precision of medicine.

José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS and members of NANOBIOCEL group, which coordinates Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, explain for the TEKNOPOLIS program of EiTB, the first communication group in the Basque Country, the development of micro and nanocapsules, gels and scaffolds to solve the problems of administration of new drugs. The new active principles – says Pedraz – that have emerged in recent years from studies of genetic engineering, the production of recombinant proteins and others, have generated new molecules whose characteristics are very different from the conventional active ingredients of chemical synthesis and have raised[...]

21 Dec

EIT Health Spain awards the best innovation and entrepreneurship projects
EIT Health Spain awards the best innovation and entrepreneurship projects

Elisabeth Engel, Scientific Director of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, has received an award at EIT Health Spain event held this month at the PCB, Barcelona.  The awards have been organized by the Spanish node during 2016 and are part of the financing initiatives of the EIT Health accelerator. Professor Engel participated in the category of ‘Proof of Concept (PoC)” that recognises projects and business ideas that are in stages prior to the creation of the company and projects that are participating in acceleration programs in health. Elisabeth won a prize funded with 25.000 € for Dermoglass, the smart dressing for[...]

21 Dec

Validation of a drug for foot ulcers in collaboration with Cuba
Validation of a drug for foot ulcers in collaboration with Cuba

Nanomol, (Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS) has announced in Cuba that the process of clinical validation of a new drug developed and patented in collaboration with Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba, integrated in BioCubaFarma, has been initiated. The new drug is designed to improve the healing of foot ulcer in diabetics and could be on the market in five years. The collaboration of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba with Nanomol, coordinating group of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, began in 2010. Cuban researchers had developed an effective product in wound healing in diabetics but t[...]

21 Dec

NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy
NANBIOSIS lecturers in B-Debate Imaging for Life. From Molecules to Diagnostics and Therapy

Last November took place in CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, the B-Debate Days Imaging for Life. Molecules from Diagnostics and Therapy. The event, organized by B·Debate (an initiative of Biocat and “la Caixa” Foundation), IBB and LJS, was focussed on Biomolecular Imaging, with emphasis on molecular, cellular, tissular and small animal research, as well as biomedical applications, including noninvasive diagnostics, image guided surgery, multimodal imaging and theranostics. Scientists of NANBIOIS Unit 20 and 25 were invited to participate as guest lecturers: -Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20: New bioluminescent models to target cancer stem cells with nanomedicine. -Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of[...]

19 Dec

Extraordinary doctoral award to Anton Guimerà Brunet
Extraordinary doctoral award

Anton Guimerà Brunet, member of the GBIO group that coordinates Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained the extraordinary doctoral award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for his thesis “Novel methods and tools for corneal barrier function assessment through non-invasive impedance measurements”. This thesis was directed by Rosa Villa, Scientific Director of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. The thesis covers aspects of basic research as applied, reaching the transference to the biomedical industrial sector and solving a need in the ophthalmological diagnosis to be able to quantify the degree of corneal permeability. This innovation also includes the development of a flexib[...]

19 Dec

Laura Lechuga received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize
Laura Lechuga received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize

On December 14th, the Physics Awards ceremony was held at the BBVA Foundation’s headquarters, organized by the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation, that each year select the most relevant achievements of Spanish physics. On this occasion the achievements of nanoscience have been recognized and it has been highlighted the power of physics to expand the territory of the known universe and the role of scientists as a core element of social progress. Professor Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS received the Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize was the only woman awarded. Lechuga[...]

19 Dec

Biomedical materials that repel bacteria
Biomedical materials that repel bacteria

The magazine Viceversa dedicates a special article to María Luisa González, Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Extremadura and Scientific Director of Unit 16 of NANBIOSIS: Surface Characterization and Calorimetry Unit. One of her latest projects, PHYTECH, has developed a new surface for bone implants containing phytate, a natural product found in plant seeds that favours the regeneration of bone tissue and reduces the risk of infections in implants. Now, her research group is about to start a new European project with implant manufacturers in Austria and Lithuania, whose goal is to obtain a crystalline coating for titanium[...]

19 Dec

NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE.
NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE

La Caixa has just presented the twenty projects selected by CaixaImpulse in a call with more than 70 proposals from different research centres, hospitals and universities. CaixaImpulse is an initiative unique in Spain that aims to boost research in biotechnology and life sciences to develop projects that generate value in society. Among the selected projects there are two coordinated by NANBIOSIS researchers: Pseudomonas aeruginosa diagnosis led by Miriam Corredor Sánchez (Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS) and ISCHEMSURG, led by Monica Mir (Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS). In addition, the project ExoLiver, in which participates Rosa Villa and the research group coordinating Unit 8[...]

16 Dec

Best oral communication at the National Congress of Young Researchers in Biomedicine
Best oral communication at the National Congress of Young Researchers in Biomedicine

María Virumbrales, PhD candidate in the research group coordinating of Unit 13 of NANBIOSIS, has been awarded the Prize to the Best Oral Presentation in the I National Congress for Young Researchers in Biomedicine, which took place in Valencia, Spain, on the 28th-29th of November, 2016. The title of the communication was: “Tubeless microfluidic device to mimic tumor microenvironment and monitor cancer-endothelium interactions”. The talk described an in vitro 3D model closely resembling biological tissues and blood vessels, established within a biocompatible material. This model is currently being used to recreate breast tumor microenvironment and evaluate drug efficiency within. [...]

16 Dec

Lipid-based Nanovesicles for Nanomedicine
Lipid-based Nanovesicles for Nanomedicine

Jaume Veciana and Nora Ventosa, Scientific Directors of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS together with other researchers from NANOMOL group, coordinator of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, has recently published an interesting review article in the journal Chemical Society Reviews. This review presents the large plethora of lipid-based nanovescicles available nowadays, focusing on a new generation of non-liposomal L-NVs and showing their similarities and differences with respect to their ancestors (liposomes). Since the overspread of a nanomaterial to the market is also strongly dependent on the availability of technological-scale preparation methods, it also extensively review the current approaches exploited for L-NV production. T[...]

14 Dec

From Chromonic Self-Assembly to Hollow Carbon Nanofibers: Efficient Materials in Supercapacitor and Vapor-Sensing Applications
From Chromonic Self-Assembly to Hollow Carbon Nanofibers: Efficient Materials in Supercapacitor and Vapor-Sensing Applications

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS is co-author of the research article recently published a research article in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces. Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with high surface area (820 m2/g) have been successfully prepared by a nanocasting approach using silica nanofibers obtained from chromonic liquid crystals as a template. CNFs with randomly oriented graphitic layers show outstanding electrochemical supercapacitance performance, exhibiting a specific capacitance of 327 F/g at a scan rate of 5 mV/s with a long life-cycling capability. Approximately 95% capacitance retention is observed after 1000 charge–discharge cycles. Furthermore, about 80% of capacitance is[...]

06 Dec

Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS participates in the FoodSmartPhone project of Marie Sklodowska Curie.
Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS participates in the FoodSmartPhone project of Marie Sklodowska Curie.

The Nb4D group of CSIC, coordinator of Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS led by Pilar Marco has joined the consortium for the FoodSmartPhone project funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Program. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support training in research and professional development aimed at innovation skills. The objective of the project is to develop a smartphone-based diagnostic and detection tool for simplified quick pre-selection of food quality and safety parameters. This is because food safety and quality tests are currently inefficient, expensive and ineffective and can not guarantee food safety for all consumers or prevent possible incidents of food[...]

06 Dec

The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, incorporates two new research groups
The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, incorporates two new research groups

The CIBER-BBN, partner of NANBIOSIS together with CCMIJU, has incorporated two new groups. One of them, led by José Miguel López-Higuera, is the Photonics Engineering Group of the University of Cantabria. The other is the Nanotechnology and Apoptosis Group of the Materials Science Institute of Aragon (CSIC-University of Zaragoza) led by Jesús Martínez de la Fuente. The incorporation of these groups has become official in the Governing Council of the CIBER celebrated on December, 1st The CIBER-BBN currently has 47 research groups, selected on the basis of their scientific excellence, working mainly within three scientific programs: 1. Bioengineering and Medica[...]

06 Dec

The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project "Liver on a chip" participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS
The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project “Liver on a chip” participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS

The 15th edition of  “Best Ideas 2016” by Diario Médico, has awarded the “Liver on a Chip” project, coordinated by Rosa Villa, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. “Liver on a chip” is a microfluidic camera that simulates hepatic microcirculation and will serve as a tool for in vitro studies and diagnostics of cell function, pharmacology, toxicity and personalized medicine. The device could be applicable to any other biomedical research in That the vascular system has relevance (liver, kidney, cardiovascular and others). This project was already recognized last July with the second prize of the category of innovation in[...]

06 Dec

NANBIOSIS at the CIBER-BBN X Annual Conference and 1st meeting of the NANBIOSIS SAB
NANBIOSIS at the CIBER-BBN X Annual Conference and 1st meeting of the NANBIOSIS SAB

The X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN, held in Sevilla last 28 and 29 of November, dedicated a Session to NANBIOSIS on Monday afternoon, to which attended national and international representatives of industry and academia users of NANBIOSIS, representatives of EATRIS and members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of NANBIOSIS, as well as the CIBER-BBN and the CCMIJU researchers. Jaume Veciana, Scientific of NANBIOSIS and Ángela Fernández Curto, Assistant Deputy Director General for Planning of Scientific and Technological Infrastructures of Spanish Goverment presented the Unique Technical Scientific Infrastructure (ICTS) of CIBER-BBN and JUMISC for the production and characterization of[...]

02 Dec

"It is necessary to increase our relationship with European research groups" by José Luis Pedraz - U10 of NANBIOSIS
“It is necessary to increase our relationship with European research groups” by José Luis Pedraz – U10 of NANBIOSIS

Last Sunday, November 27, the Newspaper of Álava published a special supplement with the title “ALAVA 2020”. It contained an article by José Luis Pedraz (Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS) According to Dr. Pedraz, group leader of the CIBER-BBN NANOBIOCEL group, in the next future, important challenges with new technologies will allow a considerable advance in the treatment of diseases of genetic origins. In this context, it is crucial to increase the number of international contacts in order to be able to access new infrastructures more competitively. The opening of new lines of research and the creation of[...]

25 Nov

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X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN

The next days 28 and 29 of November the X Annual Conference of CIBER-BBN will be held in Seville. Within this Conference, 3 thematic forums have been organized for clinical translation, where doctors will present the current challenges of diagnosis and treatment in certain diseases and a debate will open between doctors and researchers to develop research lines and projects aimed at solving those needs. Taking advantage of the presence of clinical professionals, NANBIOSIS has organized a session dedicated to presenting itself as “Unique technological scientific infrastructure” (ICTS in Spanish) as well as the nodes that are part of it.[...]

24 Nov

Award to research with micronanotechnology.
Award to research with micronanotechnology.

The Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering has awarded a medal to Víctor Sebastián Cabeza, researcher of the group “Nanostructured Films and Particles”, which coordinates Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS. The prize has been awarded in recognition of his work in designing a wide variety of micro-reactors to produce nanomaterials in a controlled and successful manner, reducing time and costs, with applications in Biomedicine, catalysis or energy processes. Dr Víctor Sebastián also received the prestigious Fulbright scholarship in 2009 to carry out a postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on nanomaterials and its development in microfluidics and in 2014[...]

23 Nov

Successful meeting on Biomedicine between the University of Turin and NANBIOSISCIBER-BBN
Successful meeting on Biomedicine between the University of Turin and NANBIOSIS/CIBER-BBN

Last November 8th, 2016 took place in Barcelona, in the Residence of Researchers of CSIC, a meeting of Italian-Spanish scientists, the first Investigators B2B Forum organized by NANBIOSIS. The meeting reached its objective of bringing together the interests of researchers from University of Turin and NANBIOSIS/CIBER-BBN on biomaterials and nanomedicine. Nine groups from L’Università di Torino together with sixteen groups from CIBER-BBN and CCMIJU (partners of NANBIOSIS), got together to explain through short presentations of ten minutes, those lines of their work aimed at finding synergies and potential collaborations. In the afternoon, the groups had the opportunity to discuss in[...]

22 Nov

Extraordinary doctoral award
Extraordinary doctoral award

Ingrid Cabrera, member of the NANOMOL group that coordinates Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained the extraordinary doctoral award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for her thesis “Nanovesicle-bioactive conjugates to be used as nanomedicines, prepared by a one-step scalable method Using CO₂-expanded solvents“. This thesis was directed by Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS and Nora Ventosa, Scientific Director of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS. The main objectives of the  PhD Thesis of Dr. Ingrid Cabrera were the preparation and study of multifunctional nanovesicle based nanoformulation of alfa-galactosidase for the treatment of Fabry desease as well as of another multifunctiona[...]

22 Nov

Graphene will revolutionize the world
Graphene will revolutionize the world

Elisabet Prats, researcer of the GBIO Group, coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, participated in the  #ImproCiencia dissemination event, held on November 16 in Madrid organized by CIBER. Elisabet presented the Neurographene project as a monologue and explained how they are using graphene for Measure the electrical activity of the brain. Based on the latest microfabrication technologies, the devices consist of graphene microsensor matrices mounted on flexible polymer substrates that adapt to the surface morphology of the brain. Each sensor detects tiny changes in the electrical activity around it. Thus, the electrical activity generated by the neurons is detected as[...]

21 Nov

New 3D culture device to better understand how tumours work
New 3D culture device to better understand how tumours work

Scientist of NANBIOSIS in collaboration with other CIBER-BBN researchers have developed a sophisticated microfluidic biomedicine device capable of reproducing in vitro and by 3D bioprinting the complexity of different tumour types. This device allows tumour cells to grow in a 3D environment where nutrients and oxygen are supplied in a controlled way through small capillaries, thus mimicking the body’s own blood vessels. Thanks to this new technology, it is now possible to reproduce in a controlled way all the processes of the tumour environment, which could help to develop new treatments and combinations of drugs that are more effective for[...]

21 Nov

Three Universities among the 200 best in the world in science, hosting 4 Units of NANBIOSIS.
4 Units of NANBIOSIS hosted in three Universities among the 200 best in the world in science.

The University of Zaragoza is one of the 200 best universities in the world in science research, according to the latest Shanghai ranking of 2016 in a specific analysis by macro areas. In order to elaborate this ranking by macroareas indicators such as the number of students and professors who have obtained the Nobel prize or Fields medal, the number of researchers highly cited in the scientific literature, the number of scientific articles indexed in the Science Citation Index and the Percentage of articles published in the most cited 20% scientific journals are used. Only six Spanish universities are among[...]

10 Nov

The Conferences in Nanotechnology of major reference at Spanish level.
The Conferences in Nanotechnology of major reference at Spanish level.

Last November, 7th, the 10th AIN Conference on Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology, held in Zaragoza, brought together experts from research centres, universities and companies on the Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology. Among  them Jordi Reverter, Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer of ICN2, (Institute housing  Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS) and Ricardo Ibarra, director of Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) which houses Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS) . Joan Parra, director of the technology centre LEITAT  of  Catalonia, described the event as “Conferences of greater reference at Spanish level in Nanotechnology” During the meeting, their experience with nanotechnology was shown by t[...]

10 Nov

Award to the best oral presentation in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting
Award to the best oral presentation in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting

The oral presentation entitled “NonInvasive Assessment of an engineered bioactive graft using impedance spectroscopy in a swine myocardial infarction”, presented in the 2016 Spanish Society of Cardiology Meeting, has been awarded. The Heart Diseases Meeting, held in the town of Zaragoza last 27-29th October, was focused on sharing experiences, making contacts and updating some knowledge. The event got together cardiologists, general practitioners, researchers, internists, epidemiologists, practitioner residents and nurses, offering more than 140 activities and nearly 1000 communications. Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramón Bragós, Carolina Soler-Botija, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco Miguel Sánchez-Margallo and Antoni Bayés-Genís (three of them JUMISC’semployees),[...]

03 Nov

Nanbiosis - Forum and Partnering CIBER-BBN with l’Università degli Studi di Torino
Forum and Partnering CIBER-BBN with l’Università degli Studi di Torino

Next November 8, 2016 will be held at the Residence for Researchers of CSIC in Barcelona a meeting between researchers from NANBIOSIS Units and other CIBER-BBN researchers with researchers from the University of Torino. This event is organized by NANBIOSIS and partially funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through PRONANBIOSIS SAF2015-69388-REDI Project for ICTS. The event consists of a series of presentations by the assistant research groups and B2B partnership, with more than 60 pre-arranged individual meetings and the possibility of organising new meetings after listening the presentations. The final object is to interact to seek collaborations and[...]

03 Nov

X Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days
X Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days

On 7 and 8 November 2016, will take place in Zaragoza the X edition of the Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology Days. This event is organized by the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) – housing Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS- and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), which houses Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS, in conjunction with the Leitat Technology Centre. The event consists of  two days : The Nov.7th, in the Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza: Presentation of new industrial applications in nanotechnology, in which companies will present their multiple industrial applications of nanotechnology and Nov. 8th in t[...]

27 Oct

Spanish nanotechnology in the National Academy of Medicine of USA
Spanish nanotechnology in the National Academy of Medicine of USA

Maria Jose Alonso, (faculty of pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela) is one of the nine new international members elected by the Academy of Medicine of the United States. The current number of international members is 146, being two of them Spanish researchers, working in Spain (the other Spanish member is Josep Dalmau, professor of neurology at the University of Barcelona. Maria José Alonso occupies the ninth place in the international ranking Times Higher Education (Thomson Reuters), it has 19 patent families. Her lab has been a pioneer in Spain in the field of nanotechnology and has made significant advances[...]

26 Oct

Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions
Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions

Jordi Esquena, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, has recently published an interesting review in the journal Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, about W/W emulsions. Dr. Esquena describes the general background of research in the field and focuses on recent scientific advances and applications. Water-in-water (W/W) emulsions are colloidal dispersions of an aqueous solution into another aqueous phase. Such dispersions can be formed in mixtures of at least two hydrophilic macromolecules, which are thermodynamically incompatible in solution, generating two immiscible aqueous phases. Highly stable water-in-water emulsions can be formulated using fully biocompatible and edible components, and consequently,[...]

26 Oct

Congress Excellence 2016
Congress Excellence 2016

The Spanish University with the highest number of scientifically distinguished research institutes is Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with five Centres of Excellence “Severo Ochoa” and two Units of Excellence “María de Maeztu”. ICMAB-CSIC, Research Institute housing unit 6 of NANBIOSIS and one of the five Severo Ochoa Centers of UAB organised the Congress Excellence 2016 More information[...]

25 Oct

#ImproCiencia Science and theatre
#ImproCiencia: Science and theatre

Next November 15 from 19: 30h to 21h #ImproCiencia will repeat an initiative organized by the Center for Biomedical Research Network (CIBER) to raise awareness in a fun way what the CIBER and some of the research do in its various subject areas. This year the presentations will be performed mostly by scientist women to highlight their essential role in nowadays research. Free admission prior registration through comunicacion@ciberisciii.es, from 24 October to 11 November (until full capacity) More information[...]

24 Oct

Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) to Laura Lechuga
Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) to Laura Lechuga

Laura M. Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS has won the Physics Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) -Foundation BBVA 2016 in the form of Physics, Innovation and Technology, endowed with 8,000 euros. Physics Awards recognize this year to researchers who have revealed the potential of the “nanoworld” to create new materials and fight disease. The jury highlighted her “excellent track record as a scientist, technologist and innovative” in the field of biosensor devices. “Prof. Lechuga – emphasizes the jury- has managed to walk the path from idea to product with great success. Her[...]

24 Oct

Final Report of European project ITECH accepted by the Commission.
Final Report of European project ITECH accepted by the Commission.

ITECH (Roadmap for Research and Innovation in Health Technologies) is a project of the 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and dissemination in order to define a strategic plan on Health Technologies to contribute to the Common Strategic Framework for EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation. Pablo Laguna, Scientific Director of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS has participated in ITECH Committee since the inaugural meeting and kick-off of the project in September 2013. Since then, ITECH has focused on research and innovation in health technologies, medical devices and eHealth applications, it has identified barriers for ideas reaching the market and[...]

06 Oct

NANBIOSIS experience in the MOBIEU action
NANBIOSIS experience in the MOBIEU action

Last September 28, Jesús Izco, NANBIOSIS Coordinator, was invited to share his experience coordinating NANBIOSIS and networking platform as well as managing transnational/transregional access (TNA) to NANBIOSIS. The presentation took place at the Pasteur Institute in Paris coinciding with the meeting of the members of the MOBIEU Cost Action, more specifically of the participants in the WG5: Transnational access to instrumentation and expertise The MOBIEU Cost Action CA15126 (Between Atom and Cell: Integrating Molecular Biophysics Approaches for Biology and Healthcare) aims to seed a large-scale pan-European interdisciplinary synergistic clustering, allowing to ally and synergize the power of spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, real-tim[...]

06 Oct

NANBIOSIS in BIOSPAIN 2016
NANBIOSIS in BIOSPAIN 2016

NANBIOSIS Coordinator, Jesús Izco participated in Biospain 2016, held in Bilbao from 28 to 30 September. NANBIOSIS was present at the CIBER stand. BIOSPAIN is one of the largest business & technology transfer partnering events in the world by the number of one-to-one meetings (+3.300) and companies participating (+850). 34% of our delegates came from outside of Spain. NANBIOSIS representation in this event (by means of promotional material and information provided at the stand of CIBER and, principally, through the meetings held by its Coordinator with business representatives), has been essential to facilitate knowledge and access of BIOSPAIN attendees to[...]

04 Oct

Midyear meeting in Vitoria of European project DRIVE
Midyear meeting in Vitoria of European project DRIVE

CIBER-BBN participates in the project through NanoBioCel group, led by professor José Luis Pedraz Muñoz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS, working on the optimization of formulations to be included in a bioartificial organ. José Luis Pedraz Munoz and Jesus Izco coordinator of NANBIOSIS have participated in the meeting held in Vitoria on 3 and 4 of October. The DRIVE objective is to develop new biomaterials and devices surgical transplantation and improve islet survival producing pancreatic insulin for the treatment of diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by high blood glucose levels and affects 422 million peo[...]

03 Oct

Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS in the Spanish Selection of Science.
Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of the Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS in the Spanish Selection of Science.

The selection of the best Spanish researchers in 2016 is an initiative of the magazine QUO to disseminate the work of scientists. The jury formed by eight eminent scientists (Amils, Ainhoa Goni, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, Vladimir de Semir, Fernando Peláez, Antonio Calvo, Pilar López and Manuel Toharia, has chosen the twelve scientists of international prestige who will form the Spanish National Science 2016: – Pedro Cavadas, plastic surgeon specializing in transplants – Mariano Barbacid, a biochemist at the National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) – Susana Marcos, director of the Institute of Optics ‘Daza Valdes’ CSIC – Alberto Ruiz Jimeno, founder of[...]

03 Oct

MULTI-SCALE PHYSIOLOGY-DRIVEN COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO ASSIST CARDIAC DYSFUNCTIONS
Multi-scale physiology-driven computational tools to assist cardiac disfunctions

Researchers from the unit 27 of NANBIOSIS are developing a Multi scale physiology-driven computational tools to assist cardiac dysfunctions. They have been granted a project of the R+D+I 2016 call of Spanish National Program of “INVESTIGACIÓN, DESARROLLO E INNOVACIÓN ORIENTADA A LOS RETOS DE LA SOCIEDAD”. The project DPI2016-75458-R entitled MULTI-SCALE PHYSIOLOGY-DRIVEN COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO ASSIST IN THE ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CARDIAC DYSFUNCTIONS is led by Juan Pablo Martinez and Esther Pueyo, of the BSICDoS-i3A and CIBER-BBN group. Both, multi-scale computational modelling, necessary to reproduce the experimental and clinical observations and the signal analysis (cellular, intracardiac and surface), shall [...]

30 Sep

A new system to detect Cocaine at very low concentrations
A new system to detect Cocaine at very low concentrations

Ramon Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of the Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS, together with researchers from his group and the group led by Professor Liz Marzal, both CIBER-BBN groups, have developed a new method to detect cocaine and Mycoplasma in very low concentrations. The method involves the combined use of mesoporous silica nanoparticles, molecular equipped with doors, and spectroscopy SERS (Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering) a signal amplification system that uses gold nanoparticles to detect very low concentrations of the substances tested. According to the tests that have been developed in the laboratory, in the case of cocaine it has allowed them to[...]

27 Sep

NANBIOSIS participates in the round table of the Working Day on Dissemination of ICTS
NANBIOSIS participates in the round table of the Working Day on Dissemination of ICTS, organized by the MINECO on September 19, 2016.

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS, together with seven representatives of ICTS (Singular Scientific Technological Infrastructures) were invited to share their experiences and ideas on the Communication and Dissemination of ICTS in a round table within a working day on Dissemination of ICTS. The debate and conclusions will be set out in a document issued by the MINECO, specifying the activities to be carried out in the medium and long term. The event was presented by the General Director of R & D + I Policy, Maria Luisa Castaño Marin, and the General Director of the FECYT, José Ignacio Fernández Vera.[...]

13 Sep

Elisabeth Engel stimulating scientific talent in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge
Elisabeth Engel stimulating scientific talent in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC)

Dr. Engel, Scentific Director of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS, participated in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) held in Barcelona from July 11th to 22nd 2016. Ms. Elisabeth gave the lecture “Biomaterials beyond a simple template”, introducing the students to the breakthrough in the medical and social  field of obtaining a synthetic biomaterial that eludes the need of cell therapy or the application of morphogens and growth factors. The research group led by Elisabeth Engel hosted one of the projects of this programme: “Instructive Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine” dealing with replacement or regeneration of human cells, tissues or organs,[...]

12 Sep

Nanbiosis-U12-Symposium honouring Professor Conxita Solans. Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Rome 2016
Symposium honouring Professor Conxita Solans. (ECIS Rome 2016)

In the frame of ECIS 2016, the 30th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Rome 4-9 September, 2016, a special Symposium honouring Conxita Solans was organized on  September 8th – 2.00-5.00 pm. Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS, has during many years been one of the leading scientists in the field of surfactants and dispersions. She has been  very active in ECIS, presenting her research results at several conferences,  being President and also organizing one ECIS meeting in Barcelona.[...]

09 Sep

Nanbiosis-U6-Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction
Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers of Nanomol group, led by the Scientific Director of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, Dr. Jaume Veciana have shown that the alignment of the energy levels in molecular bonds based on sel- assembled monolayers can be regulated through only chemical modifications. The energy-level alignment of molecular transistors can be controlled by external gating to move molecular orbitals with respect to the Fermi levels of the source and drain electrodes. Two-terminal molecular tunnelling junctions, however, lack a gate electrode and suffer from Fermi-level pinning, making it difficult to control the energy-level alignment[...]

31 Aug

DR. CONXITA SOLANS received the “Pierre Fillet” Prize 2016 awarded by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF)
DR. CONXITA SOLANS received the “Pierre Fillet” Prize 2016 awarded by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF)

Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS, received last July 4 in the opening ceremony of the congress Formula VIII, the award Pierre Fillet 2016, given by the Formulation Group of the French Chemical Society (SCF). The prize was awarded to Dr Solans in recognition to her contributions on formulation of colloidal systems, namely on the design and characterization of Nanostructured Liquids such as nano-emulsions, microemulsions, micelles, etc, developed through Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS. Pierre Fillet was a major force behind formulation in France particularly and across Europe, he was one of the instigators of the first Formula[...]

31 Aug

“MICELA PRIZE” by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) TO DR. CONXITA SOLANS.
“MICELA PRIZE” by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) TO DR. CONXITA SOLANS

Dr. Conxita Solans, Scientific Director of the Unit 12 NANBIOSIS, has been awarded with the Micelle Prize, by the Spanish Committee of Detergents, Surfactants and Related Products (CED) The award was presented to Dr. Conxita Solans during the International Congress Formula VIII (Barcelona 4 to 7 July 2016), The Formula Conferences cover all aspects in Formulation Sciences and Technologies and constitute a frame for knowledge transfer and dialogue between Academia and Industry. This annual event is organized jointly by various European Societies namely the French Chemical Society (SCF), the British Formulation Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FSTG/RSC), t[...]

26 Aug

Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis II biosensor BiMW for the early diagnosis of bacterial infections in cirrhotic patients
Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis II: biosensor BiMW for the early diagnosis of bacterial infections in cirrhotic patients

The peritonitis bacterial spontaneous is an infection of the fluid ascetic that has high incidence in cirrhotic patients and is associated with a high mortality. In such situation, a diagnosis early is essential for the survival of the patient. However, the identification of the causative pathogen of infection is based currently on cultivation methods that are slow and laborious. A research coordinated by the Group of Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical applications of the CIBER-BBN, which coordinates Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS led by Laura Lechuga, has presented the development of a biosensor interferometric based in guides bimodal (BiMW), capable of identify and[...]

25 Aug

Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis nanoplasmodic biosensor device for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Nanotechnology bio applications in the clinical diagnosis: nanoplasmodic biosensor device for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer

The group of Nano-biosensors and Bioanalytical applications of CIBER-BBN which coordinates Unit 4 of NANBIOSIS directed by Dr. Laura Lechuga, has led the final preparations of a technology with potential application in the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer, based in the detection of specific biomarkers in blood. The nanoplasmonic biosensor based on LSPR (Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance) is generated on structured surfaces of nano discs of gold, that allow monitoring of biological interactions in real time and without the need of markers. The nanoplasmonic biosensor allows analysis of human samples in a few minutes, without requiring reagents or additional instrumentation.[...]

27 Jul

Synergies produced in NANBIOSIS multiply the value of its services and allow its users to have results with faster and superior reliability due to proven experience of the scientists and technicians involved, says Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS, in an interview at July 2016 CIBER-BBN Bulletin.
Synergies produced in NANBIOSIS multiply the value of its services and allow its users to have results with faster and superior reliability due to proven experience of the scientists and technicians involved, says Jaume Veciana, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS, in an interview at July 2016 CIBER-BBN Bulletin.

In this interview, Jaume Veciana assesses the functioning of this Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure and its contribution to research and anticipates some of the guidelines of the NANBIOSIS Strategic Plan 2017-2020, which includes a clear commitment to internationalization. “The scientific-technical capabilities available at NANBIOSIS must be exploited without limitation to our country. Therefore we are clear that we must promote the activity of NANBIOSIS both academic and industrial sector in the European Union and other countries, either directly or in association with other similar organizations actions. Some such initiatives have already started but we believe it should be given further boost[...]

19 Jul

Dr. Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS: appointed president of the European Society for Nanomedicine (ESNAM) and member of the executive board of the International Society of Nanomedicine (ISN).
Dr. Simó Schwartz, Scientific Director of Unit 20 of NANBIOSIS: appointed president of the European Society for Nanomedicine (ESNAM) and member of the executive board of the International Society of Nanomedicine (ISN).

The objectives of ESNAM are to promote nanomedicine research and facilitate the exchange of knowledge among its members (currently, about 800 members). According to Dr. Simó Schwartz “the dissemination of specialized infrastructure in nanomedicine, like NANBIOSIS, among members of the society and its utilities is also an object of ESNAM. This is intended to strengthen European technological capabilities, use, and improvement of clinical transfer”. Society members represent different sectors of the scientific community: doctors, biologists, chemists, pharmacists, physical …. The technical office of the ESNAM in Barcelona is located in the Vall d’Hebron Hospital and is coordinated by Aida Castellanos,[...]

08 Jul

Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment
Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS)

RADAR-CNS is an important European research program supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) focused to develop new ways of monitoring patients affected by major depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, with the use of wearable technology and smart mobile phones. This program brings together experts from various disciplines in clinical research, engineering, computer and data analysis, as well as health services. RADAR-CN aims to improve symptoms and quality of life of patients and treatment of these and other chronic diseases. This program is jointly led by King’s College London and the pharmaceutical company Janssen and is funded by the Innovative Medicines[...]

05 Jul

Elizabeth Engel, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS: “Our research has opened the door to the regeneration of the nervous system by biomaterials”
Elizabeth Engel, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS: “Our research has opened the door to the regeneration of the nervous system by biomaterials”

The CIBER-BBN research group Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies, which coordinates Unit 5 of NANBIOSIS develops various lines of research on biomaterials for regenerative therapies, especially focusing on the design and fabrication of scaffolds for tissue regeneration. They are working with polymers, hydrogels and compounds that can be manufactured using different techniques such as electrospinning to make 3D printing matrices or scaffolding. Applications are diverse, such as bone regeneration, neuronal, skin or cell therapy. The group has recently presented the results of a project focused on the development of implants for the regeneration of nerve tissue with very promising results. T[...]

28 Jun

“a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration”
“a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration”

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, Protein Production Platform (PPP), Unit 3, Synthesis of Peptides, Unit 20, In Vivo Experimental Platform and Unit 6, Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, have jointly developed the research conducted in relation with a CO2-based methodology for the one-step production of protein-nanoliposome conjugates as bio-active nanomaterials with therapeutic interest. The results have been published in Advanced Healthcare Materials: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26890358 “a-Galactosidase A Loaded Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration I. Cabrera, I. Abasolo, J. L. Corchero, E. Elizondo,  P. Rivera, E. Moreno, J. Faraudo, S. Sala, D. Bueno, E. González-Mira, M. Rivas, M. Melgarejo, D. Pulido,[...]

21 Jun

NANBIOSIS participated in the CTLS 2016 Conference.
NANBIOSIS participated in the CTLS 2016 Conference.

Jesús Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS participated in Core Technologies for Life Science 2016 that took place last 12 – 15 Jun at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, taking a unique opportunity to listen and discuss with colleagues and peers about challenges and solutions on all aspects of core facilities and infrastructures. Special mention requires the meeting with Patrick England coordinator of ARBRE, to treat NANBIOSIS participation in the V work package of Cost Action MOBIEU. CTLS 2016 brought together not only scientists, technicians and managers, but also decision makers and opinion leaders involved in Core Technology facilities and resource laboratories in[...]

16 Jun

Nanbiosis U26-Research Excellence Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry to Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS
Research Excellence Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry to Ramón Martínez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS

The Governing Board of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (SRSQ) has agreed to grant its Research Excellence Award 2016 to Dr. Ramón Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS and Scientific Director of CIBER-BBN, in recognition of the quality and innovation of its research in the design of chrome-fluorogenic detection probes and the development of new delivery systems and their impact on biomedical applications. Martinez Máñez is co-authored of more than 330 scientific publications in international journals. His scientific work has been cited on over 13,000 occasions. It is among the 15 most cited authors in t[...]

03 Jun

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS and José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10-Drug Formulation of NANBIOSIS and NanoBioCel Group of CIBER-BBN, participated in the 2ª General Assambly of DRIVE project, held in Venice, May 16th-17th 2016.
Nanbiosis in the 2ª General Assambly of DRIVE project, Venice (16th-17th 2016)

Jesus Izco, Coordinator of NANBIOSIS and José Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10-Drug Formulation  of NANBIOSIS and NanoBioCel Group of CIBER-BBN, participated in the 2ª General Assambly of  DRIVE project, held in Venice, May 16th-17th 2016. The second General Assembly of European project DRIVE “DIABETES-REVERSING-IMPLANTS FOR ENHANCED VIABILITY AND LONG TERM EFFICACY”, took place last 16 and 17 of May in San Servolo Island, Venice. Jesus Ciriza, from NanoBioCel  group, presented the work scheduled for this first year and the results obtained. The DRIVE, a 4-year project to be carried out by 14 European partners, among which is CIBER-BBN, develops biomaterials[...]

02 Jun

Nanbiosis U27-Unscented Kalman Filter for Unobservable Parameter Estimation in Heart Cell Signals by David Sampedro
“Unscented Kalman Filter for Unobservable Parameter Estimation in Heart Cell Signals” by David Sampedro -Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS

Last Friday, 27th May, the “Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón” held the “V Jornada de Jóvenes Investigadores” where phD students presented their works related to different areas: Industrial Technologies, Biomedical Engineering, Processes and Recycling and Information and Communications Technology. David Adolfo Sampedro Puente, member of the BSICoS, group coordinator of Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, presented the work entitled “Unscented Kalman Filter for Unobservable Parameter Estimation in Heart Cell Signals”, supervised by Jesús Fernández Bes and Esther Pueyo Paules. This work shows a methodology to estimate unobservable parameters, such as the number of the different ion channel typologies located[...]

06 May

U16. Ellipsometer
A new surface for bone implants that promotes regeneration and reduces the risk of infections in which.

The Phytech project (funded by the Spanish Government through the Call INNPACTO) has recently finished with the participation of CIBER-BBN, through Unit 16 of NANBIOSIS, the University of the Balearic Islands and the companies NuMat Biomedical and Sanifit). Unit 16 of NANBIOSIS – Surface Characterization and Calorimetry, coordinated by Dr. M. Luisa Gonzalez, has conducted tests of surface composition by surface characterization techniques (XPS and ToF-SIMS) as well as the analysis microbial response of the raised surfaces in this development The results of this project have been published in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces of the American Chemical Society.[...]

26 Apr

Nanbiosis_U10_Cationic nioplexes in supramolecular hydrogels as hybrid materials to deliver nucleic acids
Cationic nioplexes in supramolecular hydrogels as hybrid materials to deliver nucleic acids

Jose Luis Pedraz, Scientific Director of Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS and Ramon Eritja (CIBER-BBN) have participated in the entrapment of cationic nioplexes in supramolecular hydrogels and the use of these materials for transfecting cells. This work is focused on entrapping cationic nioplexes within supramolecular hydrogels based on N-protected phenylalanine. To modulate the supramolecular hydrogel diffusion properties, hydrogels were easily tuned with ĸ-carrageenan (≤ 1%). These materials were fully characterized using rheology. The niosomal liberation in solution through hydrogels was monitored by fluorescence and this release was controlled by diffusion mechanisms. The lack of toxicity of these materials allowed these materials[...]

20 Apr

Nanbiosis_U2_Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics Group awarded with TECNIO grant to encourage Technology Transfer
Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics Group awarded with TECNIO grant to encourage Technology Transfer

The Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics Group (Nb4D), the host group for the Custom Antibody Service of Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS was recently awarded with grant that ACCIÓ provides to groups who are seeking to be accredited with the TECNIO seal. The aim is to help define and boost their action plans for technology transfer. These grants are destined at financing for 3 years the integration of these groups in the UAB-CEI sphere of the TECNIO network. The group will use this finance for activities related to the execution during the first year of a growth plan to increase their technology transfer[...]

18 Apr

Nanbiosis_Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS certified with ISO 9001- 2008
Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS certified with ISO 9001: 2008

Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS, Production Platform Protein (PPP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​directed by Dra. Neus Ferrer and coordinated by Professor Antonio Villaverde, provides the service of production and purification of recombinant proteins in different systems expression, microbial and non-microbial. This service was audited last November, based on the UNE EN ISO 9001: 2008 AENOR, who has issued a favourable certification report. The requirements of this standard cover all aspects of management. This certification will expand and consolidate the service  that the Unit 1 of NANBIOSIS is giving to companies and public sector researchers and facilitate their integration[...]

14 Apr

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Graphene Flagship for Biomedical Tecnologies – Kick off meeting April 11-14 Barcelona

On April, 11-12 took place in Barcelona the kick off meeting of the new Graphene Flagship Work Package devoted to Biomedical Technologies, one emerging application area for graphene and other 2D materials. The Kick-off event, was co-organised by Dr. Rosa Villa (CNM-IMB-CSIC, CIBER-BBN) Scientific Coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS (in the center of the first row in the photo). More than 35 Scientifics from 14 research groups attended to the meeting The Graphene Flagship, the EU’s biggest ever research initiative, involves the coordination research of over 150 partners from more than 20 European countries withing a timeframe of 10[...]

12 Apr

Esther Pueyo (U27 Nanbiosis) nominated for Aragonese of the Year 2015 for her research on aging heart
Esther Pueyo (U27 Nanbiosis) nominated for Aragonese of the Year 2015 for her research on aging heart

Esther Pueyo, researcher at the group of CIBER-BBN, BSICoS, which coordinates Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, has been nominated for awards Aragonese of the Year  in the category of science and research. Esther develops a project considered of reference by European Union that studies aging heart through mathematical and computational tools combined with experimental and clinical work aimed at proposing new markers of risk for arrhythmias. The Newspaper El Periódico de Aragon calls for the twenty second consecutive year Aragonese of the Year, a competition that recognizes the personal and professional Aragonese citizens and groups who develop their work in different[...]

11 Apr

Nanbiosis-U6 -NANOMOL-CSIC of CIBER-BBN accredited with TECNIO seal
NANOMOL-CSIC of CIBER-BBN is one of the 54 accredited institutions in Catalonia with the new TECNIO seal

At an event held on April 7th 2016 chaired by Hon. Mr. Jordi Baiget, Minister for Business and Enterprise of the Generalitat of Catalonia, were presented the first 54 organizations accredited with the TECNIO seal; one of which was NANOMOL-CSIC, the research group of CIBER-BBN coordinating Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS. The accreditation is the hallmark TECNIO granted by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ to identify the developers and facilitators of differential technologies in Catalonia.[...]

07 Apr

Josep Samitier, Scientific Director of Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS_named new president of ACER
Josep Samitier, Scientific Director of Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS, was named new president of ACER

Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER) is an independent association of more than 40 institutions in Catalonia – including CRG, IRB, ICFO, IBEC, VHIR and IDIBAPS – which conduct research as their principal mission. The collective vocation of the associated organisations is to contribute to defining the scientific and research priorities and policies in Catalonia, and to optimise their management and implementation in their respective areas  by representing its associated centres, encouraging collaboration and the coordinated exchange of information, promoting synergies with similar agencies related to local, national or international research, and contributing to the improvement of scientific understanding in[...]

28 Mar

Nanbiosis_U27_U9_Three researchers of NANBIOSIS among the seven Aragonese scientists granted with an ERC.
Three researchers of NANBIOSIS among the seven Aragonese scientists granted with an ERC.

President of the Government of Aragon, Javier Lambán, has personally expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the work of seven researchers from the University of Zaragoza who have been granted with projects of excellence funded by the European Research Council. Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of Unit 9 of NANBIOSIS, with an Advanced Grant funded with 1.85 million euro, is working on a project to develop a microreactor that enables the industry to save energy and raw materials. Esther Pueyo, member of the research group BSICoS of CIBER-BBN, which coordinates Unit 27 of NANBIOSIS, has a Starting Grant of 1.5 million[...]

23 Mar

Nanbiosis_U26_New nanodevices to improve therapy for breast cancer
New nanodevices to improve therapy for breast cancer

So far, the work has focused on cellular assays, with positive results, that could open new ways to improve the effectiveness of some drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer. The main novelty of these nanodevices is that the molecule covering the nanodevice not only controls when the transported drugs are released, but also controls where they are released to direct them to cells expressing TLR3, a protein of the innate immune system overexpressed in some cell lines of breast cancer. Through this protein it is also launched a death signal that ends with the tumor cell. Their study[...]

16 Mar

Nanbiosis U6_Partnering opportunities with l’Università degli studi di Torino 9March2016
Partnering opportunities with l’Università degli Studi di Torino

The meeting took place at the Molecular Biotechnology Center of the Molecular Biotechnology and Health Science department (www.mbc.unito.it/en ). The audience was made up of members representing six departments such as Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Department of Neurosciences or the Department of Medical Sciences among others. After the presentations, up to ten face to face meetings were organized with research groups and staff of the Internalization Office from different departments to look for synergies and find out ways of collaboration. Topics such as nanoencapsulation for drug delivery, functionalization of biomaterials for regenerative medicine, especially for nerve regeneration[...]

11 Mar

Nanbiosis_U8 - Biomedical applications of graphene, Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net
Biomedical applications of graphene: Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net

[Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net] As a science disseminator, Elisabet has recently appeared in media and forums explaining the progress made by her research group in the European project Graphene Flagship. For example, a graphene sensor to detect brain electrical activity, successfully presented at Mobile World Congress. Elisabet clearly explains “We are able to measure the electrical signals of the brain with graphene, graphene due to its versatility, allows the reduction in size of the sensors, giving much more information to the doctor” and describes a future in which “we shall control mechanical arms with brains implants”.[...]

10 Mar

Nanbiosis U15_Secondary Proposer in COST Action European Network on NMR Relaxometry_Coord.Jose Javier Serrano
Jose Javier Serrano, coordinator of Unit 15 of NANBIOSIS: Secondary Proposer in COST Action European Network on NMR Relaxometry

The “European Network on NMR Relaxometry” Action aims to develop a research network focused on NMR relaxometry for fundamental and applied sciences concerned with the molecular dynamics of soft and hard matter. NMR relaxometry possesses the unique ability to reveal the mechanisms of molecular motion and their characteristic times over a huge range of time scales from picosecond to millisecond, with selectivity in probing the dynamics of molecular and ionic species. This potential of NMR relaxometry will be developed with applications in advanced materials science and industry, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, agri-food and environmental science and technologies. This research is[...]

10 Mar

Nanbiosis U27_Biomedical Signal Interpretation & Computational Simulation (BSICoS)_Zaragoza
Technology for extracting information from biomedical signals: diagnosis, therapy and monitoring.

NEOCOM DAYS are organized by the Alumni Association of Telecommunications at the University of Zaragoza (AATUZ) in order to gather once a year companies, students and teachers to pool developments in the sector of new technologies in the field of Communications.[...]

07 Mar

Nanbiosis U6_Nanomol Group_ARBRE Zaragoza meeting - feb 2016
Nanomol Group, coordinator of Unit 6 of NANBIOSIS, participates into the Management Committee of the COST Action MOBIEU

Molecular-scale biophysics is a dynamic and ever-expanding interdisciplinary field that aims to study biological macromolecules and assemblies as a whole, at an intermediate level between atomic-resolution structural descriptions and cellular-level observations (“Between Atom and Cell”), with significant applications in biomedicine and drug discovery. The MOBIEU Action aims to seed a large-scale pan-European interdisciplinary synergistic clustering, allowing to ally and synergize the power of spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, real-time microfluidic, thermodynamic and single-molecule approaches. This novel open network will create an optimal environment for the development of innovative integrative biophysical approaches, at the level of data acquisition, analysis and modelling, as well as[...]

04 Mar

Nanbiosis_U27-Esther Pueyo presents- Engineering at the service of health-study of human heart aging
Engineering at the service of health: study of human heart aging

The project progresses in the characterization of human heart aging and the prevention of cardiac arrhythmias. Juan Pablo Martínez, coordinator of the BSICoS group, introduced and moderated the talk, which is incardinated in the series of seminars “Ateneo de la Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura”, where ideas on science, technology, scientific thinking, social and human sciences, etc, are presented and discussed. Current technology allows addressing multi-factorial and multi-scale research of cardiac electrophysiological behavior to improve arrhythmic risk stratification in aged hearts, both on a population basis but also on an individual basis. Esther Pueyo presented the methodologies proposed in t[...]

03 Mar

Nanbiosis_Unit8-Drive Project-Improving transplant pancreatic cells_Dr. Jose Luis Pedraz
Drive Project: Improving transplant pancreatic cells

  The DRIVE project, in which participate fourteen partners from seven European countries, among which is the CIBER-BBN, develops biomaterials and new surgical devices to improve transplantation and survival of insulin-producing pancreatic islet for the treatment diabetes. NANBIOSIS participation in the project focuses on the evaluation of the biocompatibility of new biomaterials with insulin-producing cells. These new biomaterials provided by Contipro will be compared with the biomaterials most frequently used to encapsulate cells such as alginate derivatives, a product obtained from seaweed. At the same time, the research group coordinating Unit 10 of NANBIOSIS work in differentiating IPC insulin producing[...]

24 Feb

Nanbiosis_Unit8-Graphene sensors presented in Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2016
Graphene sensors partially developed in UNIT 8 of NANBIOSIS are presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

These devices, that can detect the electrical activity of the brain, are currently being tested in animals by measuring their brain activity using  Graphene transitors and could have therapeutic applications, as well as allowing the design of new brain-machine interfaces.[...]

16 Feb

NANBIOSIS participated in ¡Promoting Innovation in ICTS - Málaga Spain Feb-2016
NANBIOSIS participated in “Promoting Innovation in ICTS” – Málaga (Spain) Feb-2016

NANBIOSIS Coordinator, Jesús Izco, participated in the Round Table: “Promoting Innovation in ICTS” to explain the experience of NANBIOSIS. He spoke of the establishment of the ICTS, its portfolio of services and dissemination plan as means to achieve their maximum objective of innovation and transfer of technology developed through the Platform. The forum brought together more than 2000 people, 120 speakers, 23 countries, 500 companies and institutions, 190 research groups, 40 universities and 37 technological platforms with more than 1,900 technological projects and represents an excellent opportunity for: Transfer scientific knowledge and technological research lines Introduce innovative products and services[...]

09 Feb

NANBIOSIS participated in the conference organized by the Technology Platforms
NANBIOSIS participant of Retos–Colaboración 2016.

Due to the recent publication of the call Retos–Colaboración 2016, of the State Program of I + D + i, the Technology Platforms in the field of Health, in collaboration with the MINECO organized on February, 4th 2016, an Info Day in order to: To encourage the participation of companies and research centers To generate R & D proposals for the formation of consortia To hold bilateral meetings to review proposals The event included an informative part on the details of the call and a block of proposals and success stories. NANBIOSIS Coordinator, Jesús Izco, presented NANBIOSIS as an entity[...]

02 Feb

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Stem cells for improving the biocompatibility of surgical meshes

JUMISC carried out an in vitro and in vivo study focused in the use of MSCs -coated surgical meshes to counteract the inflammatory response commonly observed after implantation. Surgical meshes are medical devices traditionally used to solve hernias and prolapsed organs pathologies that may cause inflammation and foreign body reactions, causing pain and discomfort to the patient. According to this, the JUMISC financed a R&D project to evaluate if MSCs may provide an anti-inflammatory environment after surgical implantation. Magnetic resonance imaging, laparoscopic evaluation and histological studies were performed to evaluate safety aspects and its future clinical application as a bioactiv[...]

22 Dec

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Strong Ministerial Support to NANBIOSIS

MINECO grants a “Network of Excellence” with the maximum funding of 178,000 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 a simply and[...]

14 Aug

Nanoencapsulated cells
CIBER-BBN, partner in the DRIVE project to develop biomaterials and Cell based treatments for diabetes

The CIBER-BBN is partner in a new EU consortium which receives €8.9 million funding to develop materials and cell based treatments for diabetes Programme of research will be a game-changer for people with Type 1 diabetes and insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes Last June took place in Brussels the kick-off meeting of the European project DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy), consortium involves fourteen partners from seven European countries, has received €8.9 million funding as part of the Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The DRIVE programme will develop natural materials and new surgical devices to[...]

11 Jun

Symposium on rare diseases 9th June 2015
Symposium on rare diseases June 9th 2015 – Nanofabry project

On June 9th 2015,16th Symposium on rare diseases was held at the Institute of Catalan Studies, in which the results of 20 research projects funded by TV3 Marathon Foundation in its edition of 2009 were presented. At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Gabriel Capellà, coordinator of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation, mentioned five outstanding results from all developed projects. Among them, he spoke about the nanoconjugate developed by the NANOFABRY project through the collaboration of the CIBER-BBN groups headed by Dr. Simó Schwartz (VHIR), Prof Jaume Veciana and Dr. Nora Ventosa (Nanomol, CSIC), Dr. Miriam Royo (PCB-UB),[...]

09 Jun

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Nanbiosis new ICTS incorporation

The new map of Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (ICTS), was updated by the Council for Science Policy, Technology and Innovation last 7th of October, 2014, which  incorporated The Integrated Infrastructure on Production and Characterization of Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Systems in Biomedicine (NANBIOSIS) . The new ICTS is integrated by the CIBER-BBN and the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery Jesus Uson (JUMISC). Pablo Laguna, scientific director of the CIBER-BBN noted that “this recognition is the result of efforts of both institutions to try to provide research services of high quality and added value, usually high-cost equipment, which is available to t[...]

09 Jun

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Dr.Ramón Martínez Máñez has been appointed Scientific Director of the CIBER-BBN

Dr. Ramon Martinez Máñez, CIBER-BBN researcher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, has been appointed Scientific Director of the CIBER-BBN in the CIBER Standing Committee of the Institute of Health Carlos III. Martinez-Máñez relieves Dr. Pablo Laguna, who occupied this position since February 2011. Ramon Martinez Máñez is Principal Investigator of CIBER-BBN in the Group of Applied Molecular Chemistry Center of Molecular Recognition and Technological Development of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV-ADM-IQMA). “Some of the challenges and objectives in this new stage will be the promotion of competitiveness and quality of research, promote collaboration between groups both in t[...]

09 Jun

JUMISC- Arthroscopy -Stem cell therapy for cartilage repair
JUMISC works in a R&D project: Stem cell therapy for cartilage repair

The Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre (JUMISC) works in a R&D project, that aims to find a biomaterial that will help injured cartilage to repair. The targets of the project are to design a biomaterial that could be implanted in the human body and to apply it in the osteoarticular pathology treatment. The main goal is that people who suffer from osteoarthritis, a pathology that damages the cartilage joint, get better through a minimally invasive surgery procedure. The consecutive phases of the project will be the development of the biomaterial, tests in vitro and the preclinical trials, as testing[...]

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