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U1. Protein Production Platform Unit (PPP)

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U1. Protein Production Platform (PPP)

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The PPP Unit is at the Institute of Biotechnology and biomedicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (IBB-UAB) and counts with the necessary facilities for the design, production and purification of recombinant proteins. This facility is coordinated by the Nanobiotechnology Group, leaded by Prof. Antonio Villaverde. It has both highly specialized personnel and the necessary equipment to offer an “tailored” service for the design, production and purification of recombinant proteins using both prokaryotic and eukaryotic expression systems. Its location allows this service to be linked with other complementary services available within the university (Cell Culture, Cytometry, Production of Antibodies, Microscopy, Proteomic, and Bioinformatic,X-ray crystallography, and the Microarray and Sequencing Services), as well as facilitating the management of subsequent uses of the produced protein.

Counts with a laboratory perfectly equipped for the bioproduction of proteins, other with all the necessary equipment for the molecular cloning, plus one lab for the purification and characterization, and finally one for cryopreservation.

The PPP Unit is also applying for the ISO9001 certification forstandard quality control system.

IQNet ISO 9001:2015 Certification PPP

AENOR ISO 9001:2015 Certification PPP

Active projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
GA: 720942 SMART FUNCTIONAL GLA-NANOFORMULATION FOR FABRY DISEASE – Smart-4-Fabry Unión Europea (Comisión Europea) H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 Coordinator
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
PI15/00272 Design of intelligent nanoconjugates for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Instituto de Salud Carlos III Participant
2014SGR-132 Basic and Applied Microbiology AGAUR Participant
RTC-2014-2207-1 TERARMET: Development of therapies for the treatment of rare congenital metabolic diseases MINECO Participant
Marato 416/C/2030TV32013-132031 Genotoxic nanoparticles targeting colorectal cancer stem cells Marato TV3 Participant



  • Corchero J.L.. Eukaryotic aggresomes: from a model of conformational diseases to an emerging type of immobilized biocatalyzers. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2016;100(2):559-569.
  • Saccardo P., Corchero J.L., Ferrer-Miralles N.. Tools to cope with difficult-to-express proteins. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2016;:1-9.
  • Torrealba D., Seras-Franzoso J., Mamat U., Wilke K., Villaverde A., Roher N. et al. Complex particulate biomaterials as immunostimulant-delivery platforms. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(10)
  • Cano-Garrido O., Sanchez-Chardi A., Pares S., Giro I., Tatkiewicz W.I., Ferrer-Miralles N. et al. Functional protein-based nanomaterial produced in microorganisms recognized as safe: A new platform for biotechnology. Acta Biomaterialia. 2016;43:230-239.
  • Serna N., Cespedes M.V., Saccardo P., Xu Z., Unzueta U., Alamo P. et al. Rational engineering of single-chain polypeptides into protein-only, BBB-targeted nanoparticles. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. 2016;12(5):1241-1251.
  • Rueda F., Gasser B., Sanchez-Chardi A., Roldan M., Villegas S., Puxbaum V. et al. Functional inclusion bodies produced in the yeast Pichia pastoris. Microbial Cell Factories. 2016;15(1)
  • 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.
  • Céspedes MV, Unzueta U, Álamo P, Gallardo A, Sala R, Casanova I et al. Cancer-specific uptake of a liganded protein nanocarrier targeting aggressive CXCR4+ colorectal cancer models.Nanomedicine : nanotechnology, biology, and medicine. 2016;12(7)
  • 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.

News U1

18 Apr

Collaboration of two NANBIOSIS units in the Valorisation Project “ADVERT”

The Project ADVERT (Advanced Extracellular Vesicles for Enzyme Replacement Therapy) is a research valorisation project recently granted by CIBER. The project pursues to advance the development of extracellular vesicles as treatments for lysosomal diseases, specially to bring new therapies to treat FABRY disease. The ADVERT Project will count on the active particpation of two NANBIOSIS units of CIBER-BBN: Unit 20 of the ICTS NANBIOSIS at Vall d’Ebrón Hospital, led by Ibane Abasolo, who coordinates the project. Unit 1 Protein Production Platform (PPP), at the IBB-UAB, led by Neus Ferrer, throught the coordination in the project of José Luis Corchero. T[...]

26 Feb

A more effective nanomedicine has been developed for the treatment of Fabry rare disease.

28 February: International Rare Disease Day This is one of the major achievements of the European Smart4Fabry project, which is now coming to an end after four years of work.The results have been made possible by nanotechnology and the approach developed could be applied to other drugs in the future.The new drug improves on current treatments and helps reduce costs and improve patients’ quality of life. Barcelona, 26 February 2021.- The advance of nanomedicine opens up new possibilities in the development of drugs, such as the one recently developed for the rare disease Fabry, with improved efficacy compared to existing[...]

25 Feb

An Auristatin-based nanoconjugate reduces leukemia burden in a disseminated AML model

Researchers of the Nanotoxicology Unit of the the CIBER-BBN ICTS NANBIOSIS (u18-nanotoxicology-unit), leaded by Ramon Mangues and Isolda Casanova at the Research Institute of the Hospital de Sant Pau and of the NANBIOSIS (nanbiosis.es) Protein Platform (u1-protein-production-platform-ppp) leaded by Antonio Villaverde and Neus Ferrer Miralles of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a novel protein-Auristatin nanoconjugate that specifically targets CXCR4-overexpressing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. It selectively accumulates in target cancer cells expressing this receptor and deliver the toxin Auristatin within their cytosol. There, Auristatin potently blocks microtubule polymerization, provoking mitotic catastrophe,[...]

21 Feb

A nanotoxin targeting the receptor CXCR4 blocks lymphoma dissemination

Researchers at the Nanotoxicology Unit of CIBER-BBN ICTS NANBIOSIS (u18-nanotoxicology-unit), led by Ramon Mangues and Isolda Casanova of the Research Institute at the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Researchers of the NANBIOSIS (nanbiosis.es) Protein Production Platform (u1-protein-production-platform-ppp) led by Antonio Villaverde and Neus Ferrer Miralles of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have participated in the development of a novel protein nanoparticle that incorporates the Exotoxin of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, capable of targeting lymphoma cells that overexpress the CXCR4 receptor. They internalize selectively in target cancer cells through CXCR4 receptor-mediated endocytosis du[...]

15 Feb

Identification of a novel nanotherapy active in cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy

Researchers of the Nanotoxicology Unit (u18-nanotoxicology-unit) led by Ramon Mangues and Isolda Casanova at the Research Institute of the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Protein Production Platform (u1-protein-production-platform-ppp), led by Antonio Villaverde and Neus Ferrer Miralles of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, both belonging to the ICTS NANBIOSIS (nanbiosis.es) of the CIBER-BBN, have participated in the production of a novel Nanotoxin capable of selectively killing cancer cells which became resistant to chemotherapy. Development of cancer resistance frequently associates with the overexpression of the CXCR4 receptor. It is known that chemotherapy kills cancer[...]

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

Design and engineering of tumor-targeted, dual-acting cytotoxic nanoparticles

In the frame of the collaboration of three units of NANBIOSIS, researchers of CIBER-BBN Groups proposed a strategy to simultaneously deliver anticancer drug pairs, composed by a tumor-targeted protein nanoparticle and an antiproliferative drug, with specific activ-ity for the same type of cancer. These three units are: NANBIOSIS U1 Protein Production Platform (PPP), at IBB-UAB, led by Toni Villaverde y Neus Ferrer NANBIOSIS U18 of Nanotoxicology Unit, at Institut de Recerca. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, led by Ramón Manques and Isolda Casanova, and NANBIOSIS U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) at IQAC_CSIC, led by Ramón Eritja and[...]

27 Jan

Smart-4-Fabry final workshop

Next Wedneday, February 3, 2021 will take place the on-line event Smart-4-Fabry Final Workshop.   Smart-4-Fabry is a european project, coordinated by CIBER-BBN wich has been developed during four years. This project is a sign of cooperation at European level to boost nanomedicine development and translation to clinical stages. This project is also a clear example of the relevance of access to advanced research infrastructures as NANBIOSIS -ICTS. Four NANBIOSIS units have collaborated and contributed to Smart-4-Fabry development: U1 Protein Production Platform (PPP) at IBB-UABU3 Synthesis of Peptides Unit at IQAC-CSICU6 Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit at ICMAB-CSICU20 In Vivo[...]

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U27. High Performance Computing

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U27. High Performance Computing

  • Scientific Director: Prof. Pablo Laguna laguna@unizar.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dariel Figueredo dfigueredo@unizar.es
  • Entities: I3A-Universidad de Zaragoza.
  • Address: C/Mariano Esquillor s/n 50018, Zaragoza
  • Phone: +34 976 76 27 07
  • Web: I3A-UZ

Nanabiosis-logo Universidad de Zarargoza-U9-U13-U27.

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Located at the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (I3A), an Interdisciplinary University Research Institute specialized in engineering of the University of Zaragoza, this HPC service counts with a conditioned room to host a cluster of computers that allows remote access for High Performance Computing, massive storage and different software applications for the research in four divisions: Biomedical Engineering, Information and Communications Technologies Division, Processes and Recycling Division and Industrial Technology Division. This Unit is coordinated by Prof. Pablo Laguna, PI of the Biomedical Signal Interpretation & Computational Simulation Groups (BSICoS).

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 Partner
PICCOLO-732111 Multimodal highly-sensitive PhotonICs endoscope for improve in vivo COLOn Cancer diagnosis and clinical decision support European Commission-H2020 H2020-ICT-2016-1 Partner
0624_2IQBIONEURO_6_E Promotion of an R&I network in biological chemistry for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases European Union Interreg : European Territorial Co-operation POCTEP Interreg España-Portugal Partner

Other projects

Ref Title Funding Organism Unit Role
UZCUD2016-TEC-03 Optimization of a submersible device for the monitoring of the photoplestimográfica signal CUD Participant



  • Laguna P., Martinez Cortes J.P., Pueyo E.. Techniques for Ventricular Repolarization Instability Assessment from the ECG. Proceedings of the IEEE. 2016;104(2):392-415.
  • Pueyo E., Dangerfield C.E., Britton O.J., Virag L., Kistamas K., Szentandrassy N. et al. Experimentally-based computational investigation into beat-to-beat variability in ventricular repolarization and its response to ionic current inhibition. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(3):-.
  • Romero D., Martinez J.P., Laguna P., Pueyo E.. Ischemia detection from morphological QRS angle changes. Physiological Measurement. 2016;37(7):1004-1023.
  • Vicente J., Laguna P., Bartra A., Bailon R.. Drowsiness detection using heart rate variability. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing. 2016;:1-11.
  • Alcaine A., De Groot N.M.S., Laguna P., Martinez J.P., Houben R.P.M.. Spatiotemporal model-based estimation of high-density atrial fibrillation activation maps. Digital Signal Processing: A Review Journal. 2016;54:64-74.
  • 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.

News U27

18 Mar

The relevance of biomedical signal processing in the understanding of biological systems

Within the framework of NeoCom2021 Jesús Lázaro, researcher of BSICoS group and NANBIOSIS U27 High Performance Computing form CIBER-BBN and I3A-UZ will explain how biomedical signal processing can be used to improve the current understanding of the functioning of biological systems, conditions related to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and autonomic nervous systems, as well as their interactions. Prof. Lázaro will review the progress of the WECARMON European Project whose objective is the development of a system for long-term monitoring (months / years) of patients with cardiorespiratory diseases. NEOCOM: As every year, the Territorial Demarcation of the COIT in Aragon and t[...]

25 Jan

Electrocardiogram-Derived Tidal Volume During Treadmill Stress Test

Researchers of BSICoS Group and NANBIOSIS ICTS U27 High Performance Computing from CIBER-BBN and I3A-UZ have published a new article in the scientific journal IEEE Transactions Biomedical Engineering. proposing a new method to estimate tidal volume during stress test based only on the electrocardiogram signal. Electrocardiogram (ECG) has been regarded as a source of respiratory information with the main focus in the estimation of the respiratory rate. Although little research concerning the estimation of tidal volume (TV) has been conducted, there are several ECG-derived features that have been related with TV in the literature, such as ECG-derived respiration, heart rate variability or respiratory rate. In this work, resarchers[...]

09 Jan

Outstanding Young Researcher Award at ICESS 2021 to Konstantinos Mountris (NANBIOSIS U27).

Konstantinos Mountris researcher from the BSICoS group of CIBER-BBN and I3A at the University of Zaragoza has been granted the Outstanding Young Researcher Award at the International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES) in relation with the work Radial Point Interpolation Mixed Collocation (RPIMC) Method for The Solution of Reaction-Diffusion Equation in Cardiac Eletrophysiology (for the simulation of myocardial infarction). This work was already recognized in the Congress of Computing in Cardiology (CinC) held recently where Konstantinos Mountris and Esther Pueyo have received the Maastricht Simulation Award (MSA). Konstantinos Mountris acknowledged the contribution of NANBIOSIS U27 High Performance Computing :“using the HPC services[...]

09 Dec

NANBIOSIS at the I3A I Conference – IX Conference of Young Researchers

On December 11 the I I3A Conference will take place (online). This Conference is a meeting whose main focus will be the Young Researchers Conference, which is now in its IX edition, and in which there will be scientific conferences that will complete the program. A day dedicated to highlighting the research work in I3A institute of University of Zaragoza. The BSiCoS group from I3A and CIBER-BBN, coordinator of NANBIOSIS U27 High Performance Computing will be at the I3A Conference, where participatien in the Young Researchers Meeting: – Pablo Armañac: The capacity of the baroreflex as an identification index of ICU[...]

08 Dec

NANBIOSIS participation in the Technology and business Forum “Technological challenges derived from COVID-19”

The pandemic has led companies and researchers to reorient their plans and projects to meet the demands of society. Different examples of these new challenges will be seen at the next Technology and Business Forum on Thursday, December 10, covering from new tissues, better masks, diagnostic tests, epidemiological models and clinical equipment … All this, from an analysis both from the perspective industrial and research. The Technological and Business Forum is organized by the Aragón Engineering Research Institute (I3A), the SAMCA Chair of Technological Development, CEOE-Aragón and the Zaragoza Chamber. On this occasion, it will be held online and it[...]

26 Nov

The Nanomedicine Revolution

Yesterday, November, 25 took place, within the the program of the Ateneo of the EINA (School of Engineering and Architecture of Aragón), the online conference on “The Revolution of Nanomedicine” by Ramón Martínez Máñez. The Conference chair, Jesús Martínez de la Fuente, Principal Investigator of the BIONANOSURF group of CIBER-BBN and the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragón, introduced the guest, Ramón Martínez Máñez, Scientific Director of CIBER-BBN, highlighting “his creativity in the use of his systems and how he combines them with different diagnostic release systems, combining organic chemistry, surface chemistry, applications in biotechnology and giving way to[...]

23 Nov


The XXXVII Annual Congress of the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering (CASEIB) is taking place between November 25 and 27. This new edition of CASEIB, in virtual format is organized by the CIBER-BBN group of Biomedical Engineering at Valladolid Universitiy, led by Prof. Roberto Sánchez Hornero. Prof. Laura Lechuga, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U4 Biodeposition and Biodetection Unit, member of the advisoty committee of scientific experts (Multidisciplinary Working Group) to the Ministry of Science and Innovation in COVID-19 and coordinator of the European project CONVAT shall participate in the Roundtable I: Biomedical Engineering and COVID-19 November 26, 12:00 h Researchers of BSICoS[...]

20 Nov

Understanding human heart behaviour with mathematics and engineering.

Researchers from the I3A and the CIBER-BBN at the University of Zaragoza Esther Pueyo and Konstantinos Mountris have been interwiewed at the Radio program “Hoy por Hoy” LA SER in relation with their work from engineering and mathematics to understand the functioning of the heart when it is healthy and when a heart attack occurs, to provide clinical specialists with the tools needed to improve patient care. They do this through computing in cardiology using the instalations of the ICTS Nanbiosis U27 High Performance Computing Unit, with the creation of a virtual heart that allows the computer to reproduce t[...]

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