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U10. Drug Formulation

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U10. Drug Formulation

    • Scientific Director: Prof. José Luis Pedraz joseluis.pedraz@ehu.es
    • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Idoia Gallego Garrido idoiagallego@hotmail.com
    • Entities: Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
    • Address: Pharmacy & Pharmac. Technology Lab.; Facultad de Farmacia, C/Paseo de la Universidad 7, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
    • Phone: +34 653593042
    • Fax: +34 945 013040
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Located at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of the Basque Country (UPV), Campus of Vitoria, is led by Prof. José Luis Pedraz and consists of large laboratories for: cell culture, chromatography equipment, sample preparation and characterization and one specific for scale preparation of pharmaceutical formulations. This Unit has the capacity to design and evaluate dosage forms both classical and new dosage forms of biotech drugs, DNA, RNA and vaccines using different methodologies based on micro and nano-medicine. The latter methodology based on the microencapsulation of cells, peptides, proteins, and in general of biotech products, as well as the development and design of non-viral vectors for gene therapy, is one of the biggest singularities of this unit. It counts with the most advanced equipment for micro and nano encapsulation.

The aim of the Unit is to determine experimentally all the variables needed to develop an optimal formulation and work instructions for preparing final pharmaceutical products.

The pharmaceutical technology applied to drug development involves the selection of materials and procedures that can be adapted to different processes that lead to specific pharmaceutical forms. To do that, the Unit counts with the most advanced equipment to cover the development for all the steps of the process.

One of the singularities of this Units is that is GLP certified by the Spanish Medicament Agency

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Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
RTC-2016-4770-1Development of a new bioadhesive for the treatment of Pterigium. Biotape Ministerio de Economía, Industría y Competitividad (MINECO)Retos Colaboración 2016Partner
RTC-2016-5451-1Development of Bioprinting and Bioink systems for cartilage and bone repair Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO)Retos Colaboración 2016Partner
GA: 783132POSITION-II “A pilot line for the next generation of smart catheters and implants” Electronic Component Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking (JU) - ECSEL JUH2020-ECSEL-2017-1-IA-two-stagePartner
GA: 645991DRIVE – Diabetes-Reversing Implants for Enhanced viability and long-term efficacyUnión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-NMP-2014-two-stagePartner
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-2015-3303-1Lipid solid nanoparticles for subcutaneous administration of antitumor marine compounds - UNDERLIPIDSMINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD



  • Grijalvo S., Puras G., Zarate J., Pons R., Pedraz J.L., Eritja R. et al. Nioplexes encapsulated in supramolecular hybrid biohydrogels as versatile delivery platforms for nucleic acids. RSC Advances. 2016;6(46):39688-39699.
  • Moreno-Sastre M., Pastor M., Esquisabel A., Sans E., Vinas M., Fleischer A. et al. Pulmonary delivery of tobramycin-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers for Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections associated with cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 2016;498(1-2):263-273.
  • Moreno-Sastre M., Pastor M., Esquisabel A., Sans E., Vinas M., Bachiller D. et al. Stability study of sodium colistimethate-loaded lipid nanoparticles. Journal of Microencapsulation. 2016;33(7):636-645.
  • Garcia-Orue I., Gainza G., Gutierrez F.B., Aguirre J.J., Evora C., Pedraz J.L. et al. Novel nanofibrous dressings containing rhEGF and Aloe vera for wound healing applications. International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 2016;:-.
  • Ojeda E., Puras G., Agirre M., Zarate J., Grijalvo S., Eritja R. et al. The role of helper lipids in the intracellular disposition and transfection efficiency of niosome formulations for gene delivery to retinal pigment epithelial cells. International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 2016;503(1-2):115-126.
  • Ojeda E., Puras G., Agirre M., Zarate J., Grijalvo S., Eritja R. et al. The influence of the polar head-group of synthetic cationic lipids on the transfection efficiency mediated by niosomes in rat retina and brain. Biomaterials. 2016;77:267-279.

News U10

04 Mar

Reversing pulmonary fibrosis has been achieved in murine models with peptide-loaded nanoparticles

A new study with participation of NANBIOSIS Unit 10 Drug Formulation unit of CIBER-BBN and UPV/EHU, has succeeded in preventing and reversing pulmonary fibrosis in experimental models with PLGA / PEI nanoparticles loaded with the GSE4 peptide. These results are the first step to study its possible antifibrotic effect in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis [...]

26 Jan

New Center for Research in Advanced Pharmaceutical Development

The NanoBioCel Research group, led by Jose Luis Pedraz, from CIBER-BBN and UPV/EHU, group that coordinates the Unit U10 Drug Formulation of NANBIOSIS -ICTS, together with the Provincial Council of Álava and the Center for Technological Research and Development TECNALIA, have launched last Thursday, January 21, the new Center for Research in Advanced Pharmaceutical Development, [...]

28 Dec

Non-viral mediated gene therapy in human cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells recovers chloride channel functionality

Researchers of CIBER-BBN Units of NANBIOSIS: U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) at IQAC_CSIC, led by Prof. Ramón Eritja and U10 Drug Formulation, at UPV-EHU, led by Prof José Luis Pedraz, are coauthors of an article published by International Journal of Pharmaceutics. Gene therapy strategies based on non-viral vectors are currently considered as a promising therapeutic option [...]

21 Nov

Moore4Medical a project to accelerate innovation in electronic medical devices

The NanoBioCell group, led by Prof. Jose Luis Pedraz, participates in the European project Moore4medical. A project to accelerate innovation in emergencing medical devices with open tecnhology platforms. The NanoBiocel group, will focus on the lyophilization process of biopharmaceuticals and their use in microfluidic devices The NanoBiocel research group of the University of the Basque [...]

19 Nov

Ainhoa González Pujana, NANBIOSIS U10, 2019 best doctoral thesis award by the Bioaraba Research Health Institute

The Bioaraba Health Research Institute has awarded Ainhoa ​​González Pujana, a researcher at NanoBioCell and the Nanbiosis Platform through the U10 Drug Formulation (from CIBER-BBN and UPV-EHU), the award for the best doctoral thesis 2019 at the XXI Bioaraba Research and Innovation Conference, held last November 5 in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Along with the recognition, the award [...]

13 Nov

How to delay vision loss in hereditary retinal dystrophies? Looking for the most effective and economical pharmacological nanotherapy

Researchers from the CIBER-BBN and NANBIOSIS are participating in a new project that aims to achieve the most effective, specific and economical pharmacological nanotherapy that allows delaying the death of retinal cells and subsequent loss of vision in hereditary retinal dystrophy. retinitis pigmentosa, regardless of the genetic defect causing the disease. In this project, coordinated [...]

11 Nov

Laura Saenz del Burgo, NANBIOSIS U10, award for the best emerging researcher at the XXI Bioaraba Research and Innovation Conference

The CIBER-BBN researcher at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Laura Saenz del Burgo, received, within the framework of the XXI Bioaraba Research and Innovation Conference, the award for the “Best Emerging Researcher 2020”. The researcher of the NanoBioCel group of the UPV / EHU, who belongs to the CIBER BBN and the U10 [...]

10 Nov

Regenerating ankle joints with collagen- and gelatine-based implants

 TRIANKLE is an EU Project to develop regenerative therapies for ankel injuries in which participate NanoBioCell Group and NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit (from CIBER-BBN and UPV/EHU), led by José Luis Pedraz. The main objective is to reduce the time of recovery down to 50% andincrease the functionality ratios up to 10-15%. Research consortium [...]

03 Jul

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 [...]

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 [...]

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U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit

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U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit

    • Scientific Director: Prof. Carlos Rodríguez cranqb@cid.csic.es
    • Scientific Coordinator: Jordi Esquena jemqci@iqac.csic.es
    • Entities: Colloid and Interfacial Chemistry Group (QCI) at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) & Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
    • Address: Jordi Girona, 18-26, 088034, Barcelona, Spain
    • Phone: +34 934 006 159
    • Web: QCI – IQAC- CSIC
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The unit is located at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC), in Barcelona and it is coordinated by the Colloidal and Interfacial Chemistry Group, led by Dr. Carlos Rodríguez. The unit is focused on the characterization of nanostructures in liquids and liquid/liquid interfaces, such as micelles, liposomes, micro- and nano-emulsions, and nanoparticles. The unit features state-of-the-art instrumentation for the determination of various parameters such as size distribution and zeta potential (surface charge), critical micelle concentration (CMC), solubilization capacity, osmolarity, surface and interfacial tension, wettability, refractive index, turbidity, colloidal stability, density, viscosity and other rheological parameters (shear and elastic moduli, critical yield stress, etc.)

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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
CTQ2014-52687-C3-1-PDesign and applications of new biocompatible micro / nanogels obtained by advanced condensation methods (MICRONANOGELES)MINECOParticipant
2014SGR1655Grants for consolidated Research Groups of CataloniaGeneralitat de CatalunyaParticipant
FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN - 606713Biopolymer Based FOOd Delivery Systems (BIBAFOODS)Unión EuropeaParticipant
Plan de Actuación 2015Agreement of ACC1Ó with the UAB, the PRUAB, the CSIC and the CVC for the promotion of the technological transferGeneralitat de CatalunyaParticipant
TECSPR14-2-0033 Theranostic Magnetic Nanoparticles For Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Magnetic Properties and Controlled Release of Anticancer Drugs (TheraMagNano)Unión EuropeaParticipant
TECSPR14-2-0044Novel antimicrobial hydrogels for contact lenses (HYDROLENSES)Unión EuropeaParticipant
Acción COST CM1101Joint Meeting of WG 3 and WG 4. Workshop "Nano-biocolloidal materials and non-equilibrium self-assembly"Unión europeaParticipant



  • Fornaguera C., Caldero G., Solans C.. Electrolytes as a tuning parameter to control nano-emulsion and nanoparticle size. RSC Advances. 2016;6(63):58203-58211.
  • Caldero G., Montes R., Llinas M., Garcia-Celma M.J., Porras M., Solans C.. Studies on the formation of polymeric nano-emulsions obtained via low-energy emulsification and their use as templates for drug delivery nanoparticle dispersions. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2016;145:922-931.
  • Fornaguera C., Feiner-Gracia N., Caldero G., Garcia-Celma M.J., Solans C.. PLGA nanoparticles from nano-emulsion templating as imaging agents: Versatile technology to obtain nanoparticles loaded with fluorescent dyes. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2016;147:201-209.
  • Magana J.R., Kolen’Ko Y.V., Deepak F.L., Solans C., Shrestha R.G., Hill J.P. et al. From Chromonic Self-Assembly to Hollow Carbon Nanofibers: Efficient Materials in Supercapacitor and Vapor-Sensing Applications. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2016;8(45):31231-31238.
  • Perez-Carrillo L.A., Vilchez S., Mosa J., Aparicio M., Castro Y., Duran A. et al. Synthesis and properties of TiO2-P2O5 and SiO2-TiO2-P2O5 porous hybrids obtained by templating in highly concentrated emulsions. Ceramics International. 2016;42(16):18965-18973.

News U12

18 Feb

Gels formed from the interaction of lipid vesicles: Influence of charge in their structural and rheological properties

Susana Vilchez, researcher at NANBIOSIS U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit  of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC, is coauthor of an article recently published in the Journal of Molecular Liquids. “This work – explains Susana Vilchez – shows how structural and viscoelastic properties of a lipid colloidal gel can be altered by varying the ratio of charged lipids in the dispersion. These findings corroborate that the eventual formation of the gel and the morphology of its network is governed by the repulsive potential of the particles instead of the molecular composition of their membranes. Thus, the right control of charge balance in the system may[...]

28 Jan

Encapsulation of BSA/alginate water–in–water emulsions by polyelectrolyte complexation

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit from CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC have recently published an article entitled Encapsulation of BSA/alginate water–in–water emulsions by polyelectrolyte complexation in the scientific journal Food Hydrocolloids The research which results are published involves the encapsulation of drops of water-in-water emulsions, which could be used as vehicles for the administration of active principles. Characterization of emulsions and capsules was performed in the Unit 12 of NANBIOSIS Nanostructured Liquid Characterization Unit. Water-in-Water (W/W) emulsions were prepared in aqueous mixtures of an anionic polyelectrolyte (sodium alginate, NaAlg), with a globular protein (bovine serum albumin, BSA). This combination showed phase separation[...]

08 Jan

New Scanning Electron Microscope and on line Seminar to explain it for internal and external accesses on NANBIOSIS U12

A new Scanning Electron Microscope (Hitachi TM-4000 Plus II) has been installed at the Nanostructured liquid characterization unit of NANBIOSIS ICTS (Unit 12) of CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC. An online seminar will be given by Susana Vilchez on January 14th at 12h to explain the various features, functions and capabilities of this new instrument, Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope Hitachi TM-4000 Plus II, that is open for both internal and external users. Those interested in attending the seminar can contact unit 12 of NANBIOSIS: Scientific Director: Prof. Carlos Rodríguez cranqb@cid.csic.esScientific Coordinator: Jordi Esquena jemqci@iqac.csic.es[...]

25 Nov

NANBIOSIS U12 expands its capabilities with a new SEM for morphological and dimensional characterization of solid samples

The U12 of NANBIOSIS (Nanostructured liquid characterization unit) has expanded its capabilities with a new equipment U12-E22. SEM Hitachi TM4000Plus II for morphological and dimensional characterization of solid samples Low vacuum Scanning Electron Microscopy with two electron detectors (secondary, SE, and backscattered, BSE). SE imaging provides a detailed information of the morphology of the sample and BSE gives information about the different components of the sample, based on the different atomic number (the higher the atomic number, the brighter the surface). The equipment can apply different vacuum levels (using a turbo molecular pump) with accelerating voltages between 5 and 20[...]

30 Sep

NANBIOSIS U12 researchers modify contact lenses to reduce the risk of bacterial infection

Researchers from NANBIOSIS U12 Nanostructured liquid characterization unit, from CIBER-BBN at the IQAC-CSIC have chemically modified contact lenses, incorporating antibacterial properties. Contact lenses, especially soft ones, pose a risk of ocular microbial infection that can eventually lead to loss of vision. “These new contact lenses inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms and could prevent ocular keratitis” explains Jordi Esquena, a researcher at the CIBER-BBN at the IQAC-CSIC and one of the coordinators of the work. In the study, published in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, bactericidal activity was introduced into hydrogel contact lenses, through antimicrobial peptides that were anchored on[...]

26 Apr

A Concise Review on Nano-emulsion Formation by the Phase Inversion Composition (PIC) Method

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U12. Nanostructured liquid characterization unit from CIBER-BBN and IQAC-CSIC have recently published an interesting review entitled “A Concise Review on Nano-emulsion Formation by the Phase Inversion Composition (PIC) Method” in the JOURNAL OF SURFACTANTS AND DETERGENTS. https://doi.org/10.1002/jsde.12414 Studies of phase behavior and particle sizing were performed at the Nanostructured Liquid Characterization Unit, member of the NANBIOSIS ICTS.[...]

07 Feb

Ethylcellulose nanoparticles as new “in vitro” tool for cell transfection

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U12 Nanostructured liquid characterization unit and U29 Oligonucleotide Synthesis Platform (OSP) of CIBER-BBN at IQAC-CSIC have obtained successfully ethylcellulose nanoparticles with positive zeta potential formed from nano-emulsion complexation with an antisense oligonucleotide which result very promising complexes for “in vitro” cell transfection. A new non-viral gene delivery vector has been developed, based on ethylcellulose, an easily available and low cost carbohydrate polymer, “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA. Although ethylcellulose is nonionic, positively charged nanoparticle dispersions have been obtained using nano-emulsion templates in cationic:non-ionic surfactant-based systems. The nanoparticles have been successfully complexed with negatively charged phosphorothioate antisens[...]

02 Dec

Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu (NANBIOSIS U12) keynote speaker in OKINAWA COLLOIDS 2019

Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U12 Nanostructured liquid characterization unit has been invited speaker at OKINAWA COLLOIDS 2019 conference in Okinawa, Japan on November 3 to 8, 2019 in the session Foams / Bubbles / Emulsions and Microemulsions.Foams and emulsions stabilized by surfactants, amphiphilic polymers and solid particles are essential formulations for developing pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods and so on. Recently, many functional systems have been proposed including stimuli responsive materials, biocompatible materials, and environmental affinity materials. The topics of this session include a wide range of subjects: physical properties, phase behaviors and new functions of these systems.[...]

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