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U20. In Vivo Experimental Platform

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U20. In Vivo Experimental Platform

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Located at the Valld’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) in Barcelona, U20 In vivo Experimental Platform has three different sections, a Molecular Imaging section for in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro imaging studies (fluorescence, bioluminescence and X-rays), a preclinical animal model section and a preclinical histology section. All three sections are included within the Functional Validation & Preclinical Research (FVPR) of CIBBIM-Nanomedicine.

This unit is leadedby Dr. Ibane Abasolo (Head of FVPR) and supervised by the directorof CIBBIM-Nanomedicine, Dr. Simó Schwartz Jr. Its mission is to offer products and services for the preclinical proof-of-concept validation of therapeutic compounds and biomarkers with potential clinical applications. One of the distinguishing features of this unit is that basic preclinical studies including toxicology, histopathology and efficacy treatments are complemented with non-invasive optical imaging technologies. In vivo bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging allows monitoring of living mice longitudinally, offering real time insight into treatment efficacy, whole-body biodistribution and target mechanisms. Although in Spain there are other institutions with similar equipment, this is the only case in which imaging services can be combined with specifically devoted animal models.

Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
ICTS-2017-10-CIBER-2Acquisition and istallation of infrastrucuture to complemnt Unis 3-Synthesis of Peptides, U18-Nanotoxicology y U20-In vivo ExperimentMinisterio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO)Programa Operativo FEDER de Crecimiento Inteligente 2014-2020 (POCInt)Coordinator
GA: 720942SMART FUNCTIONAL GLA-NANOFORMULATION FOR FABRY DISEASE – Smart-4-FabryUnión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-NMBP-2016-2017Coordinator
SAF2017-90810-REDIStrategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis IIAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA» -ICTS 2017Coordinator

Other projects

RefTitleFunding OrganismUnit Role
RTC-2014-2207-1TERARMET: Development of therapies for the treatment of rare congenital metabolic diseasesMINECOParticipant



  • Giannotti M.I., Abasolo I., Oliva M., Andrade F., Garcia-Aranda N., Melgarejo M. et al. Highly Versatile Polyelectrolyte Complexes for Improving the Enzyme Replacement Therapy of Lysosomal Storage Disorders. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2016;8(39):25741-25752.
  • Pesarrodona M., Fernandez Y., Foradada L., Sanchez-Chardi A., Conchillo-Sole O., Unzueta U. et al. Conformational and functional variants of CD44-targeted protein nanoparticles bio-produced in bacteria. Biofabrication. 2016;8(2):-.
  • Cabrera I., Abasolo I., Corchero J.L., Elizondo E., Gil P.R., Moreno E. et al. α-Galactosidase-A Loaded-Nanoliposomes with Enhanced Enzymatic Activity and Intracellular Penetration. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2016;5(7):829-840.
  • Cespedes M.V., Fernandez Y., Unzueta U., Mendoza R., Seras-Franzoso J., Sanchez-Chardi A. et al. Bacterial mimetics of endocrine secretory granules as immobilized in vivo depots for functional protein drugs. Scientific Reports. 2016;6:-.

News U20

22 Nov

Lysosomal Rare Disorders: Focus on Fabry Disease

Last November 19, Vall d’Hebron held a seminar  on Lysosomal Rare Disorders: Focus on Fabry Disease as  part of the Rare Diseases Program at the Vall d’Hebron Campus, in collaboration with the European Commission, the Center for Biomedical Research Network on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) and the CIBBIM-Nanomedicine at Vall d Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) through the Smart-4-Fabry projec In the  second plenary session, moderated by Nora Ventosa and Simó Schwartz, Scientific Directors of NANBIOSIS units 6 and 20 and devoted to New therapeutic strategies for lysosomal disorders, the speakers presented their findings regarding biomarkers, genetic variants and treatment protocols.[...]

08 Nov

Update and improvement of unit 20 of NANBIOSIS

NANBIOSIS, U20. In Vivo Experimental Platform, led by Dr. Simó Schwartz and Dr. Ibane Ibasolo, has been recently updated and improved as a result of its participation in the project FICTS1420-20, selected by the MICINN for co-financing by the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020.  These update and improvement include: DLS meassurement system, a fluorimeter and a waterbath for specific activity assays. The fine characterization of the size and size distribution of nanoparticles is essential for the right understanding of their in vivo behavior. The incorporation of this service to the U20 allows the determination of the drug/fluorophore loading/activity of the drug delivery systemistered in vivo, a good quality[...]

17 Aug

Biodistribution, safety and efficacy studies of pharmacological release nanotechnological systems

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

22 Jun


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

11 Jun

NANBIOSIS Unit 20 expands its equipments and capabilities

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

05 Jun

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

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

11 May

Fabry disease awareness month, April

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

07 May

The EVO-NANO project will allow testing the behavior of nanoparticles within a tumor

The CIBER-BBN-CIBBIM group, led by Dr. Simó Schwartz, coordinating NANBIOSIS U20. In Vivo Experimental Platform has been granted a FET Innovation project (Future and Emerging Technologies)  within the Horizon 2020 program. The EVO-NANO project aims to develop a virtual simulator, called NanoDoc, which will allow testing the behavior of nanoparticles within a tumor and with other nanoparticles. It is a multidisciplinary project that will develop a consortium of European research centers with the aim of creating a platform available to everyone and at the forefront of Nanomedicine that facilitates the rapid development and testing of new treatments against cancer. “It will become an evolutiv[...]