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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 2017Partner
PICCOLO-732111Multimodal highly-sensitive PhotonICs endoscope for improve in vivo COLOn Cancer diagnosis and clinical decision supportEuropean Commission-H2020H2020-ICT-2016-1Partner
0624_2IQBIONEURO_6_EPromotion of an R&I network in biological chemistry for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseasesEuropean Union Interreg : European Territorial Co-operationPOCTEP Interreg España-PortugalPartner

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

21 Sep

NANBIOSIS Expertise in the IQAC-CSIC Symposium dedicated to the fight against Covid-19 Pandemic

The 4th Annual IQAC Symposium will take place on September 23, 2020. This year will be dedicated to the research projects on COVID-19 that are being carried out in the IQAC-CSIC. It will be a dissemination day aiming to inform the general public about some of the lines of research that are currently being developed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be live streamed in Facebook: facebook.com/iqac.csic.es/ Three of the speakers, members of CIBER-BBN NANBIOSIS units at IQAC-CSIC, will explain their work. Pilar Marco and Roger Galve (NANBIOSIS U2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) will talk about[...]

08 Jun

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[...]

01 Jun

New methods to detect Coronavirus: interactive webinar on the diagnosis of COVID-19

CSIC has orgnized an interactive webinar on new COVID-19 detection systems that brings together biotechnologist Luis Blanco, nanotechnologists Laura Lechuga and Pilar Marco, and physicist Javier Tamayo . Researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) will answer citizens’ questions about the diagnostic methods of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, in a webinar or interactive debate that will be broadcast on Wednesday, June 3, at 8:15 p.m., on the CSIC YouTube channel. The meeting will feature the participation of biotechnologist Luis Blanco, the physicist Javier Tamayo and the nanotechnologists Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS unti 4 Biodeposition[...]

03 May

Pilar Marco explains on TV her group’s research against Covid-19 pandemic

M.-Pilar Marco, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) has been interviewed on Spanish TV (RTVE) to talk about her research against the Covid-19 pandemic in the frame of the CSIC POC4CoV project, for the development of new and rapid diagnostic tools. Nb4D group of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC, led by Prof. Marco is working on the development of tests to increase the efficiency and speed of diagnosis of the methods currently on the market. According to Pilar Marco, the new strategy of the project differs basically in two fundamental aspects: on the one hand the technology, whic[...]

09 Apr

NANBIOSIS U2, U3 & U29 participate in the POC4CoV project to develop diagnostic technologies for SARS-COV-2

The Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) will finance the project Point-of-care tests for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 (POC4CoV), whose objective is to have effective diagnostic technologies for Covid-19. The Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC), the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC) and the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (ICMA) participate in it. The POC4CoV project aims to develop Point-of-Care (POC) devices for the in vitro diagnosis of SARS-COV-2 infection quickly and reliably, thanks to the use of multiplexed systems and the use of particular biomolecular probes. To do this, POC technological platforms will b[...]

28 Dec

Pilar Marco honored by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Maria Pilar Marco Colás has been honored by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in appreciation for having complited 25 years of work at the CSIC, an intense period of 25 years at the service of Science, 11 of them as Scientific Director of Custom Antibody Service (CAbS), unit 2 of NANBIOSIS since its inclusion in the national ICTS map.[...]

01 Nov


The Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics group (Nb4D) of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC, (coordinator of NANBIOSIS U2 Custom Antibody Service (CAbS)), led by Prof. Mª Pilar Marco, is organizing a workshop on “Ethical aspects of research” netx 18th November 2019, at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC).  There will be three sessions given by experts from this topic area. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES VERSUS ETHICS by Dr. José Ignacio Latorre ANIMAL TESTING by Dr. Lluís Montoliu CLINICAL SAMPLES, BIOBANKS AND OTHER ASPECTS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE by Dr. Pieter Moons A Certificate of Attendance will be issued for each participant. This workshop is FREE but has LIMITED SPACE. To  register, fill in the form by 10th November[...]

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[...]