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U2. Custom Antibody Service Unit (CAbS)

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U2. Custom Antibody Service (CAbS)

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Pilar Marco pilar.marco@cid.csic.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dra. Nuria Pascual npdqob@cid.csic.es
  • Entities: Institute of Avanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) & Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Address: Jordi Girona, 18-26, 088034, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 934 006 100
  • Web: IQAC- CSIC


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The facility is located in the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC; Barcelona). It is equipped with a laboratory for the development and production of monoclonal antibodies. The laboratory is fully equipped for obtaining, selecting and storing monoclonal antibody producing hybridomas. In addition, the facility has infrastructure for the production of polyclonal antibodies, as well as laboratories for the synthesis of bioconjugates, haptens, the purification of antibodies and the performance of immunoassays. In addition to the above mentioned equipment, the IQAC-CSIC provides animal husbandry facilities and a unit for the synthesis of organic molecules.

The equipment consists in an inverted phase contrast microscope with a camera, two Class II laminar flow biological safety cabinets, two CO2 incubators, a bioreactor for hybridoma culture, and tangential filtration unit for purification of the antibodies produced in the culture. Among the items of available equipment it should be highlighted a spotter for selection of high antibody producing cell lines and an automated ELISA microplate washer an ELISA reader, two AKTA Prime Liquid chromatography systems for antibody purification, plus standard equipment (centrifuges, fridges, liquid nitrogen containers, autoclave, baths, and vacuum equipment) and all the necessary routine laboratory apparatus.Cabs also has access to a fully equipped chemistry laboratory for the synthesis of haptens and immunoreagents.

Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
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
SAF2015-67476-RImmunochemical Strategies of Diagnosis and Therapy based on Quorum Sensing (ImmunoQS)Ministerio de Economía y CompetitividadParticipant
PIE1400061Molecular links between diabetes and neurodegenerative diseasesISCIIIOberver
2014SGR1484Consolidated Research GroupGeneralitat de CatalunyaParticipant
FP7-614168Real time monitoring of SEA contaminants by an autonomous Lab-on-a-Chip biosensor (SEA-on-a-CHIP)European CommissionOberver
CI16-00031 Caixa ImpulseA new approach for the detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosaCaixaBankParticipant
MSCA-ITN2015-675412New Diagnostics for Infectious DiseasesEuropean CommissionParticipant
TECCTP15-1-0011Ajuda acreditació Tecnio del grup Nb4DACCIÓ: Generalitat de CatalunyaOthers



  • Roncador G., Engel P., Maestre L., Anderson A.P., Cordell J.L., Cragg M.S. et al. The European antibody network’s practical guide to finding and validating suitable antibodies for research. mAbs. 2016;8(1):27-36.
  • Pastells C., Pascual N., Sanchez-Baeza F., Marco M.-P.. Immunochemical Determination of Pyocyanin and 1-Hydroxyphenazine as Potential Biomarkers of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infections. Analytical Chemistry. 2016;88(3):1631-1638.
  • Salvador J.-P., Marco M.-P.. Amperometric Biosensor for Continuous Monitoring Irgarol 1051 in Sea Water. Electroanalysis. 2016;28(8):1833-1838.

News U2

24 Feb

Micro & nano(bio)technology for Diagnosis: Changes and Challenges

Pilar Marco, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) participated as Keynote speakers at the Second European Biosensor Symposium (EBS2019) taking about “Micro & nano(bio)technology for Diagnosis: Changes and Challenges” at the 2nd European Biosensor Symposium 2019 that took place in Florence (Italy) Last February 18-21. The EBS brougth toguether young scientists, experienced researchersand companies to push forward new approaches on biosensor and and their applications, Pilar Marco spoke abaut the changes ocurred on the field of Diagnosis since the days of “house calls”, relying primarily on physical examination, to nowadays in which a wide portfolio of biochemica[...]

12 Feb

PILAR MARCO, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U2, interviewed by CIBER-BBN ISCIII Bulletin

Pilar Marco, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) has been highlighted in the January Bulletin of CIBER-BBN ISCIII In the interview, among other topics Prof. Pilar Marco talks about diagnostic devices based on nanobiosensors and the extraordinary impact that these technologies could have on health in the coming decades. Her research group Nb4D (Nanobiotechnology for Diagnosis) has an important collection of specific antibodies for different biomarkers and the CIBER-BNN/IQAC-CSIS platform CAbS (Custom Antibody Service) that constitutes the unit 2 of NANBIOSIS, they offer the possibility of producing specific and immunoreactive antibodies with the necessary expertise to generat[...]

11 Feb

NANBIOSIS Scientific Women in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to raise awareness of the gender gap in science and technology. According to the United Nations, while yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, science and gender equality are vital to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, in recent years, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls in science. NANBIOSIS wants to acknowledge  the efforts made by scientific women who struggle every day to contribut[...]

29 Nov

New device could monitor treatments with anticoagulant to achive personalized therapies

Researchers from NANBIOSIS units 2 and 4 have designed a biosensor device based on gold nanostructures that precisely detects the presence of the anticoagulant drug from a small blood sample. Treatments with anticoagulants such as Sintrom® (acenocoumarol) face the difficulty of adjusting the drug doses. This device will allow patients to self-regulate the dose.   Researchers of NANBIOSIS unit 4  Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and CIBER Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have developed a biosensor device which allows the monitoring of anticoagulants such as Sintrom® (acenocoumarol) to[...]

23 Nov

Two units of NANBIOSIS in the project selected by La Marató TV3 to fight against bacterial infections

La Marató TV3 in its call for biomedical projects in infectious diseases has selected the project “Uses of molecular analysis of Quorum Sensing with the diagnosis of bacterial infections” of the Nb4D group, led by Mª Pilar Marco, Scientific Director of unit 2 of NANBIOSIS and in which Miriam Royo also participates Scientific Coordinator of unit 3 of NANBIOSIS, both in the IQAC-CSIC of Barcelona The project of the Nanobiotechnology for Diagnosis (Nb4D) group of the CSIC and the CIBER-BBN has been selected among more than 200 candidates as a project of scientific excellence to be funded in the ca[...]

15 Nov

NANBIOSIS in the Posters presentation in CIBER-BBN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018

Last 12 and 13 of November, CIBER-BBN  has celebrated its 12th Annual Conference in Hotel Felipe IV in Valladolid. In poster session participated  NANBIOSIS  itself and some of its units. NANBIOSIS, Infrastructure for the Production & Characterization of Biomaterials, Nanomaterials and medical devices up to preclinical validation. Nanbiosis management team. Divalent cation effects on assembly of histidine-rich protein nanoparticles. López-Laguna, U. Unzueta, O. Conchillo-Solé, A. Sánchez-Chardi, M. Pesarrodona, O. Cano-Garrido, E. Voltà, L. Sánchez-García, N. Serna, P. Saccardo, R. Mangues, A. Villaverde, E. Vázquez (NBT-UAB) (U1 -U18) Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) anchored on the surface of contact lenses to prevent corneal infections. Emiliano Salvagni, Clara García,[...]

04 Sep

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

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

23 Jul

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

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

U2-Custom Antibody Service (CAbS)
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U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I

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U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Carles Arús Carles.Arus@uab.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Ana Paula Candiota AnaPaula.Candiota@uab.cat
  • Entities: Servicio de Resonancia Magnética Nuclear (SeRMN) & Institut de Biotecnología i Biomedicina (IBB) & Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Address: Facultad de Ciencias, Edificio C, 08193, Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 935 814 126


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The platform is divided between the Servei de Ressonància Magnètica Nuclear (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility) (SeRMN) (http://sermn.uab.cat/) and the Institut de Biotecnologia i Biomedicina (IBB) for bioinformatics applications of the UAB . This platform is coordinated by Prof. Carles Arús, PI of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Biomedical Applications Group (GABRMN) (http://gabrmn.uab.es/), with a recognized research track record in the use of NMR as a tool for biomedical applications, and more especifically to identify biomarkers of different pathologies. The main objective of the Platform of Biomedical Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is the acquisition, processing and/or interpretation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance data.

The platform is equipped with 10 spectrometers operating at magnetic fields between 5.8 and 14.1 Teslas (T), including a MRI scanner, Bruker BioSpec, equipped with a 7T horizontal magnet for preclinical trials.

The unit also hosts a computational platform at the IBB, with a total storage capacity of 12TB, which is accessible through the UAB network. The computational platform also hosts two multicentre databases (INTERPRET and eTUMOUR), with NMR and clinical data for more than 1000 human brain tumour patients.

The uniqueness in this case lies in access, in the same location, equipment for NMR studies in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro, molecular imaging accessories by using polarization as well as fixed metabolomic patterns. This configuration allows to validate results of molecular imaging in vivo with other in vitro facilities.

Active projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
SAF2017-90810-REDI Strategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis II Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA»
-ICTS 2017



  • Delgado-Goni T., Ortega-Martorell S., Ciezka M., Olier I., Candiota A.P., Julia-Sape M. et al. MRSI-based molecular imaging of therapy response to temozolomide in preclinical glioblastoma using source analysis. NMR in Biomedicine. 2016;:-.
  • Cordon-Barris L., Pascual-Guiral S., Yang S., Gimenez-Llort L., Lope-Piedrafita S., Niemeyer C. et al. Mutation of the 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1) substrate-docking site in the developing brain causes microcephaly with abnormal brain morphogenesis independently of akt, leading to impaired cognition and disruptive behaviors. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 2016;36(23):2967-2982.
  • Ferrer-Font L., Alcaraz E., Plana M., Candiota A.P., Itarte E., Arus C.. Protein Kinase CK2 Content in GL261 Mouse Glioblastoma. Pathology and Oncology Research. 2016;:-.
  • Ciezka M., Acosta M., Herranz C., Canals J.M., Pumarola M., Candiota A.P. et al. Development of a transplantable glioma tumour model from genetically engineered mice: MRI/MRS/MRSI characterisation. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2016;:1-10.

News U25

20 May

Multiparametric MR approaches for non-invasive glioblastoma therapy response follow-up (MAGRes)

Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific coordinator of U25 of NANBIOSIS, is the IP of the granted project Multiparametric MR approaches for non-invasive Glioblastoma therapy response follow-up (MAGRes), selected for funding in the ATTRACT call https://attract-eu.com/the-project/ The kick-off meeting for is taking place at CERN, Switzerland, days 20-21th May with talks of all selected projects. Unit 25 will have a relevant role in the development of MAGRes. MRI/MRSI from preclinical brain tumors will be acquired at NANBIOSIS U25, NMR: Biomedical Applications I[...]

11 Feb

NANBIOSIS Scientific Women in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to raise awareness of the gender gap in science and technology. According to the United Nations, while yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, science and gender equality are vital to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, in recent years, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls in science. NANBIOSIS wants to acknowledge  the efforts made by scientific women who struggle every day to contribut[...]

04 Feb

NANBIOSIS Against Cancer

The World Health Organization, the International Cancer Research Center (IARC) and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) celebrate February 4 of each year as World Cancer Day Every year, 14 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed worldwide and the disease causes 8.2 million deaths. Thanks to scientific research, great advances have been made in the fight against cancer. Through surgery, chemotherapy or radio therapy and, in the last 20 years, through immunotherapy, hormonal treatment or cell therapies, tools have been obtained to improve early diagnosis and treatments, increasing cancer survival by 20%. The only way to understand cancer and,[...]

02 Feb

Cancer metabolism in a snapshot: MRS(I)

Margarida Julià‐Sapé, Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Director and Scientific Coordinators of Nanbiosis U25 NMR: Biomedical Applications I, are the authors of a new article in the journal NMR in Biomedicine: “Cancer metabolism in a snapshot: MRS(I)” The article contains a revision of the contribution of MRS(I) to the in vivo evaluation of cancer‐metabolism‐derived metrics, mostly since 2016. Strategies include the following: (1) quantification of single oncometabolite content such as 2HG; (2) selected metabolite ratios such as total Cho to NAA in gliomas, ratios related to Cho, Cr, citrate and polyamines in prostate cancer or Lac/Pyr in hyperpolarized[...]

04 Nov

Preclinical Study for Brain Tumor with Novel Contrast Agents for MRI

Ana Paula Candiota and Carles Arús, Scientific Cordinator and Scientific Director of  U25 of NANBIOSIS, NMR: Biomedical Applications I  have participated in the research published by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Journal  that include a preclinical study carried for brain Tumor. Extensive attention has been paid on designing and developing functional imaging contrast agents for providing accurate noninvasive evaluation of pathology in vivo. However, alse-positives or ambiguous imaging and the lack of a robust strategy for simultaneous dual-mode imaging remain to be fully addressed. One effective strategy for improving it is to  design magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents (CAs) wit[...]

24 May

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

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

20 Mar

New book coauthored by Scientists of @NANBIOSIS U25 on Preclinical MRI

Silvia Lope-Piedrafita and Nuria Arias Ramos, Scientists of NANBIOSIS U25 NMR: Biomedical Applications I, have participated as co-authors in chapters of the book “Preclinical MRI – Methods and Protocols“. Editors: María Luisa García Martín y Pilar López Larrubia. This book, also co-authored by other researchers of CIBER-BBN, as Guadalupe Soria y Raul Tudela,  is organized into 7 parts : -Part 1 covers the basics of MRI physics, relaxation, image contrast, and main acquisition sequences; -Part 2 describes methodologies for diffusion, perfusion, and functional imaging; -Part 3 looks at in vivo spectroscopy; -Part 4 explores special MRI techniques that are less known in the field; -Parts 5 and[...]

19 Mar

Ana Paula Candiota member of the Panel of experts from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Ana Paula Candiota, Scientific Coordinator of NANBIOSIS U25. NMR: Biomedical Applications I, is now part of the Panel of experts from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This panel aims to offer their knowledge and experience to the media in case they have questions on specific issues.[...]

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U26. NMR: Biomedical Applications II

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U26. NMR: Biomedical Applications II

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Ramon Martinez Máñez  rmaez@qim.upv.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Salvador Gil salvador.gil@uv.es
  • Entities: Universitat de Valencia (UV)
  • Address: C/Dr. Moliner, 50, Edificico Investigación, 1º Pl., 46100, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963877343
  • Tel Prof. Martínez: +34 963877343 ; Tel Dr. Gil : +34 963543135
  • Web: UV


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Located in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Valencia (UV) has a laboratory with a NMR (14T) for acquiring unique metabolic profiles of biofluids, cell lines and tissues. This Unit is coordinated by Dr. Ramón Martínez Máñez, PI of the Applied Molecular Chemistry Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, together with Dr. Salvador Gil, Director of the Central Service for Experimental Research (SCSIE).

Active projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
SAF2017-90810-REDI Strategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis II Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA»
-ICTS 2017

Other projects

Ref Title Funding Organism Unit Role
PROMETEOII/2014/047 New approaches for the design of controlled release materials and the detection of dangerous compounds Generalitat Valenciana Participant
AP2012-1478 HELP CONV FPU 2012 - DE LA TORRE PAREDES, CRISTINA Ministerio de Educacion, cultura y deporte Participant
MAT2012-38429-C04-01 Development of functionalized materials with nanoscopic doors for controlled release applications and sensors for the detection of ammonium nitrate, sulfuric acid and CO Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad Participant
UPV-FE-15-A2 Development of nanomaterials and sensors for early and non-invasive diagnosis and prognosis UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA Participant
AP2013-06017 HELP CONTRACT FPU 2013-SANCHEZ CABEZAS MInisterio de Educacion, Cultura y Deporte Participant



  • Rosales A.M., Aznar E., Coll C., Garcia Mendoza R.A., Lorena Urbano Bojorge A., Gonzalez N.F. et al. Study of the dependency of the specific power absorption rate on several characteristics of the excitation magnetic signal when irradiating a SPION-containing ferrofluid. Journal of Magnetics. 2016;21(3):460-467.

News U26

07 Nov

Nanomedicine: how to get drugs to the place where they have to act.

At the beginning of June, the Jury of the Rei Jaume I 2018 Awards, formed by Nobel Prize winners, businessmen and scientists, met in Valencia to choose the winners. Today has taken place the ceremony of delivery of the 30th edition of the awards presided over by King Felipe VI. Among the six winners, in the category of New Technologies was Ramón Martínez Mañez, Scientific Director of the CIBER-BBN and Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS. Coinciding with its thirtieth anniversary, the Rei Jaume Foundation has produced a series of videos of interviews with the winners. In this video, Ramón Martínez Mañez,[...]

01 Nov

The revolution of nanomedicine by Ramón Martínez Mañez

Ramón Martínez Mañez, Scientific Director of Unit 26 of NANBIOSIS NMR: Biomedical Applications II, will be next Monday, November 5 at 7 pm at the Headquarters of Alicante City (San Fernando, 40), where he will impart the conference “The scientific revolution of Nanomedicine,” The professor of Inorganic Chemistry of the UA and director of the Nanotechnology laboratory, Javier García Martínez, will present the meeting, organized by the Fundación Premios Rey Jaume I and the UA, with the collaboration of the Valencian Agency and Innovation and the Classroom of Science and the Technology of the University of Alicante. Ramón Martínez-Máñez, director of[...]

05 Oct

Ramón Martínez Máñez Master class on Nanomedicine at the Act of the Academic Opening year 2018-2019  of Spanish university

On September 25, the Polytechnic University of Valencia hosted the Solemn Act of the new Academic Opening year 2018-2019  of Spanish universities, coinciding with the commemoration of its 50th anniversary. This institutional act was chaired by S.M. King Felipe VI, the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, among many other authorities. Ramón Martínez Máñez, has been in charge of teaching the master class of the new academic year. Ramón Martínez is professor of the Department of Chemistry of the UPV and director of the Interuniversity Research Institute of Molecular[...]

27 Jul

Nano-carrier to release drugs into damaged cells

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

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[...]

21 Jun

Infections such as Candiasis will be detected in 30 minutes

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

06 Jun

Rey Jaime I Award of New Technologies to Ramón Martínez Mañez

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

30 Apr

I Forum on Emerging Technologies organized by CIBER

On May 8th, will take place in Madrid, at the Assembly Hall Ernest Lluch of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, organized by CIBER Internationalization Platform (CIBER-BBN, CIBERER, CIBERES) the I Forum on Emerging Technologies. The objective of this meeting is to promote the exchange of ideas and scientific knowledge among the CIBER research groups with the aim of generating new collaborations for participation in cross-cutting projects and the development of border technologies. The content of the forum, centered on the type of technology and possibilities it offers, is structured in a program of lectures and scientific debates whose final objective is t[...]

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U28. NanoImaging Unit


U28. NanoImaging Unit


    • Scientific Director: Prof. José Becerra Ratia jbecerra@bionand.es
    • Head NanoImaging Unit: Dr. Mª Luisa García Martín mlgarcia@bionand.es
    • Entities: Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND)
    • Address: C/Severo Ochoa 35, 29590, Málaga, Spain
    • Phone: +34 952 367 600
    • Web: BIONAND








Junta de Anadalucía Universidad de Málaga

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The Nanoimaging Unit is located in Malaga at the Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicina and Biotechnology (BIONAND), and it has been conceived and optimized to provide very diverse and integrated technological support for nanotechnology-based biomedical research, offering advance services to internal and external users. This facility is coordinated by Dr. Mª Luisa García Martín, who has a wide expertise in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy applied to biomedical research.

The Unit brings together a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, and it is divided into four departments, each with a dedicated specialist:

– Small Animal Multimodal Imaging: Small animal (pre-clinical) imaging is a vital tool in biomedical research that allows biological processes and potential medicines to be studied in animal models using non-invasive methods. This department offers some of the most relevant pre-clinical imaging modalities, namely, MRI, in vivo Bioluminiscence and Fluorescence Imaging, and micro-CT. These techniques are essential for preclinical evaluation and characterization of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents. The combined use of these technologies and new highly specific imaging probes are the basis of molecular imaging.

– Magnetic Resonance (NMR): it is equipped with two High resolution NMR Spectrometers: a 400MHz NMR spectrometer for routine experiments and a higher field, 600 MHz, spectrometer dedicated to high resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) NMR and in vitro studies that are very demanding in terms of sensitivity. It also has a TD-NMR analyzer for relaxivity measurements at clinical field (1.44 T).

– Electron Microscopy: It offers access to transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Cryo-TEM and Electron Tomography, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and environmental SEM. A special emphasis has been made on high-end sample preparation techniques through cryo-inmobilization. All the equipments have been configured to provide its best on biological and nanomedicine applications. TEM, SEM and sample preparation facilities and services are offered to provide structural characterizations at the micro and nano scales. Biological and medical applications are the main objective of these equipments but are not limited to them. Any other scientific and engineering field can take advantage of them due to its versatility for public and private research, quality control, failure analysis, etc.

– Advanced Fluorescence: It hosts an excellent range of facilities capable of supporting high quality biomedical research. These applications can range from the initial characterization of the fluorescent properties of novel nano-compounds to the evaluation of their medical applications using tissue culture and animal models.In addition, the range of possible applications goes far beyond nanomedicine to include the characterization of patient tissues, preclinical studies using rodent models, small scale drug screening and studies using model organisms such as Zebrafish or Drosophila Melanogaster. The service is operated in close collaboration with the other advanced facilities of the Nanoimaging Unit, and the other units of Bionand, to ensure that researchers can easily combine fluorescence-based techniques with other complementary approaches such as Electron microscopy or Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

Moreover, the location of the NanoImaging Unit allows it to be linked to other complementary Units available at BIONAND, such as the Cell Culture Unit (containment level 1 and 2), the Chemical Unit (it offers a wide range of equipment and techniques in which materials and their interaction with biological samples can be characterized), the Animal House (rat, mouse and zebra fish accomodation), and the Histology Unit (it also offers Cutting/grinding based histological sectioning for hard tissues or other materials unsuitable to be sectioned by routine methods)





In addition to the services within the NanoImaging Unit, the following specialised services are offered:

– Cutting/grinding based histological sectioning (Onsite&Remote) OUTSTANDING: This technique is recommended for obtaining histological samples from hard tissues or other materials unsuitable to be sectioned by routine methods, e.g. undecalcified bone tissue, metallic or ceramic implants, or samples that combine hard and soft components. With the EXAKT system, 10-15 μm slices can be made without disrupting the interface between areas of different hardnesses. Applications: Processing and fixation of fresh samples, Dehydration, plastic infiltration and polymerization, Cutting of blocks to obtain surfaces of interest, Block grinding, Histological staining.

– Animal Housing (Onsite&Remote): The BIONAND Animal Facility Service is a research support service that aims to house experimental animals: zebra fish, rats and mice, and provide the facilities, materials, equipment and expertise needed to conduct pre-clinical trials based on the technologies and products developed in Centre from both research groups and companies

U28. Services & Rates

Active projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
SAF2017-90810-REDI Strategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis II Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA»
-ICTS 2017

Other projects

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UZCUD2016-TEC-03 Optimization of a submersible device for the monitoring of the photoplestimográfica signal CUD Participant




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  • Bolea J., Pueyo E., Orini M., Bailon R.. Influence of heart rate in non-linear HRV indices as a sampling rate effect evaluated on supine and standing. Frontiers in Physiology. 2016;7(NOV):-.
  • Ortigosa N., Rodriguez-Lopez M., Bailon R., Sarvari S.I., Sitges M., Gratacos E. et al. Heart morphology differences induced by intrauterine growth restriction and preterm birth measured on the ECG at preadolescent age. Journal of Electrocardiology. 2016;:-.
  • Hernando A., Lazaro J., Gil E., Arza A., Garzon J.M., Lopez-Anton R. et al. Inclusion of Respiratory Frequency Information in Heart Rate Variability Analysis for Stress Assessment. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 2016;20(4):1016-1025.

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