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From natural by-products to cell delivery systems for regenerative medicine

Researchers from NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit (CIBERBBN – UPV/EHU led Rosa María Hernández, have developed a biomedical device consisting of by-products from the food industry and which displays excellent properties for use in regenerative medicine. The work has been published in the Green Chemistry Jurnal, one of the most prestigious international journals in chemistry and the second most important one in the field of sustainable science. The work has also been selected for the cover page of this issue.

Researchers in the UPV/EHU’s NanoBioCel and Biomat groups have developed a biomedical device consisting of by-products from the food industry and which displays excellent properties for use in regenerative medicine. The novel device comprises soy protein and chitin, which form a matrix with a porous, interconnected microarchitecture similar to that of certain body tissues.

Added to the growing need in recent years to develop new therapies for biomedical applications is the widely called-for social requirement to be environmentally friendly. In this respect, the group of researchers has shown that natural by-products from the food industry, normally discarded in industrial processes, could be an excellent source of biomaterials for producing biomedical devices.

“It is important to point out that to date no one has exploited the potential in regenerative medicine displayed by soy protein and chitin blended in a microporous matrix,” stressed the researchers. “As the first milestone in this respect, this novel device incorporates two natural components obtained from the food industry, thus contributing towards the widely called-for social requirement to upgrade waste from production on an industrial level. The device has also displayed some physico-chemical and mechanical properties suitable for applications in regenerative medicine. What is more, it has also been found to be totally biocompatible not only in in vitro cell lines but also in an in vivo murine model.  Finally, we have confirmed that this device is capable of hosting a large number of viable stem cells inside it, thus increasing its level of bioactive compound secretion and displaying its potential as a very effective vehicle in cell therapy.”

This biotechnological approach may have a potentially successful application in the matrix-based regenerative medicine industry. These devices capable of hosting stem cells are destined to be the revolution, not only in biomedical research but also in everyday clinical practice. “Clinical scenarios as complex as chronic injuries or bone problems need a multifocal approach which combines bioactive matrices with biological agents having regenerative effects,” they concluded.

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NANBIOSIS researchers featured in the 15th Edition of Spanish Researchers Ranking

The 15th edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has been published, ranking researchers in Spain as well as Spaniards doing research abroad. A total of 11 Directors of NANBIOSIS units appear on the most recent list, featured on the top 2000. The list is ordered by the h-index, a metric that calculates research impact based on a correlation of papers published and number of citations, and then by number of citations. The result is a list of whose’s publications have had more impact online.

NANBIOSIS researchers featured are Fernando Albericio (#207), scientific director of U3 Synthesis of Peptides Unit, Ramón Martínez Máñez (#342) U26 NMR: Biomedical Applications II, Jaume Veciana (#459) U6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit, José Luis Pedraz (#906) U10 Drug Formulation unit, Jesús Santamaría (#912) U9 Synthesis of Nanoparticles Unit, Ramón Eritja (#1022) U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP), Pablo Laguna (#1153) U27 High Performance Computing, Antoni Villaverde (#1249) U1 Protein Production Platform (PPP), Laura Lechuga (#1511) U4 Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit M.Pilar Marco (#1517), U2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS), and Josep Samitier (#1836) U7 Nanotechnology Unit.

This list reflects on the impact online publication can have as a tool to share knowledge. 

For further information: here

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POSITION II WORKSHOP #5 IN LEUVEN, BELGIUM

Jose Luis Pedraz, Jesus Ciriza and Angela Losada of NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation – NanoBioCel Group of CIBER-BBN and University of the Basque Country were in Leuven, Belgium attending the European Project POSITION-II Workshop #5, which was held between January 21 and 23. The workshop was held at the facilities of iMEC, one of the partners of the project and world leader in R&D in nanoelectronics and digital technology.

The project lasts three years and after 18 months, in this workshop, the researchares of NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation, have microencasulated and characterized the heart cells with the aim of checking the viability of the capsules for the treatment. In the next month all the team members of our workpackage (WP7) will meet with purpose of integrating each of the components of the final catheter (assemble them) to proceed with their validation because next year the validation must be done in vivo. 

This work is part of  a pilot line for realising the next generation of smart catheters and implants by building on Europe’s strength in medical diagnostic equipment and monitoring systems.

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NANBIOSIS Unit 10 expands its equipments and capabilities

NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit, led by Dr. José Luis Pedraz, 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 includes:

  • Malvern Spraytec: It’s a laser diffraction system allows measurement of spray particle and spray droplet size distributions, in real time, for more efficient product development of sprays and aerosols.

European Regional Development Fund
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Agreement signed with Spanish Goverment for the allocation of FEDER funds for NANBIOSIS ICTS

In the framework of the FEDER Program in ICTS 2014-2020, a projects related to the ICTS NANBIOSIS has been selected by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for co-financing with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program.

An agreement has been signed between Ministry of Science, Innovation and UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country ), institution that houses NANBIOSIS unit 10 for the co-financing of the Project FICTS-1420-17: “Purchase and installation and set-up of characterization equipment to complement Unit 10 of drug formulation”.

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Diabetes mellitus type 1: new system for treatment

The research carried out by the NanoBiocells group, coordinator of NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit, from CIBER-BBN and UPV-EHU, with BIOMICS group of UPV-EHU was yesterday highlighted in Catalunya Vanguardista and Noticiasdelaciencia.com.

The research reduces the volume of implantation of microcapsules containing insulin-producing pancreatic cells by almost 80% thanks to an innovative system of Magnetic separation of microcapsules. In this way, the medical complications derived from the implantation of large volumes of microcapsules decrease and the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus improves.

More information:
https://www.catalunyavanguardista.com/nuevo-sistema-para-el-tratamiento-de-diabetes-mellitus-tipo-1/

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Biomedical devices with natural fluorescence for monitoring in the body

Researchers from the NanoBioCel and the ICTS NANBIOSIS through the Drug Formulation Unit 10 of CIBER-BBN and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), together with the University of Michigan (USA), have developed a biomedical cellular immunoisolation device (microcapsules) with intrinsic capacity to be traced once implanted in the organism. The novel design incorporates a natural substance called genipine, which emits intense and stable fluorescence in the far red range. Drug Formulation Unit 10 of Nanbiosis has worked in the design and development of fluorescent particles for use in experimental animals.

Non-invasive monitoring of implanted hydrogel-based biosystems generally requires indirect vehicle or load marking, which increases complexity and the potential risk of altering their functionality. For the first time, this group of researchers has demonstrated that hydrogel-based biosystems can be produced from biomaterials with intrinsic properties for non-invasive monitoring, in this case through the use of genipine.

The work has recently been published in the Journal of Biophotonics and has been selected by the journal as a cover story in April.

It is important to note that to date no one has exploited the natural fluorescence emitted by genipine as a non-invasive monitoring system in cell therapies implanted in living beings,” the researchers point out. As a first milestone in this sense, we have developed a novel immunoisolation device that incorporates genipine into its own design, making it traceable once implanted in the body. Using a fast, efficient and non-cytotoxic procedure, we have managed to maximize the fluorescence of the microcapsules until an excellent signal-to-noise ratio is achieved. In addition, the group have validated the use of genipine as a quantitative imaging probe, demonstrating that intense and stable fluorescence is obtained with good signal linearity against doses of microcapsules implanted for several weeks. Through this strategy, they have been able to evaluate the actual injected dose immediately and control its position over time, which significantly improves the biosafety and efficacy of the therapy.

In addition, the idea may have a potentially successful application in the nano, micro and macro hydrogel-based technologies industry. These are called to be fundamental pieces both for biomedical research and for the advancement of clinical medicine through applications such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine. “As fluorescence imaging systems are gradually implemented in clinical practice, we believe that our proposal could have a successful applicability in advancing multiple hydrogel-based biotechnologies, including drug and cell delivery systems, vaccines or biosensors,” they conclude.

Article of reference :

Edorta Santos‐Vizcaino, Henry Haley, Ainhoa Gonzalez‐Pujana, Gorka Orive, Rosa Maria Hernandez, Gary D. Luker, Jose Luis Pedraz. Monitoring implantable immunoisolation devices with intrinsic fluorescence of genipin. Journal of Biophotonics (April 2019) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jbio.201800170

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Micro and nanotechnologies for the release of biotechnological products

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

 

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

Yesterday took place in Barcelona, at Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a meeting of resarch groups and units of NANBIOSIS and CIBER-BBN and companies in the third B2B Forum organized by NANBIOSIS, in this case together with NANOMED SPAIN.

Thirteen companies and twelve groups from CIBER-BBN and CCMIJU (ten of them coordinating NANBIOSIS units) got together to explain, through short presentations of ten minutes, those lines of their work aimed at finding synergies and potential collaborations in the area of Nanomedicine apllications in drug delivery and targeting. There was also a talk by a  representative of CDTI (Spanish National Center for Industrial and Technological Development) to explain the financing opportunities for the companies as well as a presentation by the NANBIOSIS Coordinator, Jesús Izco, to show the new Cutting Edge Biomedical Solutions offered by the ICTS-NANBIOSIS

After lunch, the groups and companies had the opportunity to discuss in more detail, during bilateral interviews coordinated by NANBIOSIS a, those aspects that had attracted their attention, as well as, in some cases, to draw potential collaborations. The event was successfully developed with 45 attendees and more than 50 individual B2B mettings.

 

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NANBIOSIS working on the development of next generation catheters

NANBIOSIS’ partners CIBER-BBN and JUMISC, with another 44 European partners, led by Philips Electronics Nederland B.V, will work on the development of next genration catheters. 
The project, Position-II  (Ref. n. 783132), that pretends to diversify the production of smart catheters (overcoming the obsolescence of current ones), improve their performance (facilitating their use to be smaller), reduce current production costs and break existing monopolies, has been submitted to the Call for Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL)- Horizon 2020, with a duration of three years -starting on 1/6/18- and with a budget of over €41M, (€10.4M-financed by European Union)
The objective of the participation of JUMISC in Position-II is to develop new catheters that, in combination with hydrogels and cell therapy, will have a regenerative effect to stimulate the recovery of cardiac areas damaged by heart attacks. NANBIOSIS U10. Drug Formulation, of CIBER-BBN, at UPV-EHU, coordinated by José Luis Pedraz and Jsús Ciriza, will microencapsulate the cells to be test and administered in porcine model  at the JUMISC to validate the designed catheter.
The kick-off of the Eurpean project under Grant Agreement Ecsel-783132- POSOTION II 2017-IA  took place on June 5 to 7 in Rotterdam, representatives of the NANBIOSIS-ICTS  Steering Committee, unit 10 and unit 24 were present.
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