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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/EHU), Campus of Alava in Vitoria. The Unit 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. Recently the group has incorporated 3D bioprinters of the last generation with different technologies based on extrusion, inkjet, among others. It has also incorporated self-assembly equipment of nanoparticles based on microfluidic technologies.

This Unit can 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 and the latter technology 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 on the most advanced equipment for micro and nanoencapsulation.

The Unit aims 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 Unit10 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

  • Inhaled RNA Vaccines Against Tuberculosis. RTC: PMPTA/00143. Call: “Proyectos de I+D vinculados a la medicina personalizada y terapias avanzadas” from the joint initative ISCIII-CDTI. Funding agency: EU Next Generation Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación CDTI. Duration: May 2024 – May 2026. Role: Partner.
  • Nanovectors for direct local-regional and controlled intravenous administration of antitumor drugs. Strategies to minimize adverse effects and maximize therapeutic response. ONCOLIBERYX. RTC: CPP2021-008362. Call: Convocatoria de ayudas para proyectos de colaboración público-privada 2021. Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Duration: May 2022 – May 2024. Role: Partner.
  • Unlocking data content of Organ-On-Chips UNLOOC. RTC: 101140192-1. Call: HORIZON-KDT-JU-2023-1-IA-Topic-1. Funding agency: HORIZON Programme. Duration: January 2023 – May 2024. Role: Partner.
  • Optimization of a non-viral vector platform based on functionalized niosomes with nanodiamonds for gene therapy in cystic fibrosis. IP: Jose Luis Pedraz Muñoz and Gustavo Puras Ochoa. Funding agency: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion. Funds: € 181.500. Duration: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Other projects

Title Fundin: Organism Call: Funding source Role
RTC-2016-4770-1 Development of a new bioadhesive for the treatment of Pterigium. Biotape
Ministerio de Economía, Industría y Competitividad (MINECO) Retos Colaboración 2016 Partner
RTC-2016-5451-1 Development of Bioprinting and Bioink systems for cartilage and bone repair
Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO) Retos Colaboración 2016 Partner
GA: 783132 POSITION-II “A pilot line for the next generation of smart catheters and implants”
Electronic Component Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking (JU) - ECSEL JU H2020-ECSEL-2017-1-IA-two-stage Partner
GA: 645991 DRIVE – Diabetes-Reversing Implants for Enhanced viability and long-term efficacy Unión Europea (Comisión Europea) H2020-NMP-2014-two-stage Partner
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

Ref Title Funding Organism Unit Role
RTC-2015-3303-1 Lipid solid nanoparticles for subcutaneous administration of antitumor marine compounds - UNDERLIPIDS MINISTERIO 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

13 Nov

Rosa Hernández of the NanoBioCel group-NANBIOSIS U10 has received the Female Talent Award 2023 Women and Science

On Thursday, November 2, the Female Talent Award, in the category of Women and Science, was awarded to Rosa Hernández from the NanoBioCel group of CIBER BBN and the U10 Drug Formulation Unit. The award is given by AMPEA (Association of Professional and Business Women of Alava). In her award speech, Rosa Hernández, highlighted that [...]

08 Nov

Impactful research with NANBIOSIS participation in the Poster Tour of CIBER-BBN & CIBEREHD Annual Conference.

2023 CIBER-BBN Annual meeting has taken place at Santemar Hotel, in Santander during November 6-7. This year the format of our annual conferences has been changed towards a collective event scheme between the CIBER-BBN and CIBEREHD thematic areas. On Monday 6 the scientific sessions werecommon for EHD and BBN, with appealing contents for the mixed [...]

15 Oct

Developing Support Technologies for adressing traslational gaps in regenerative medicine.

On the 20th of October, CIBER-BBN group NanoBioCell – NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit organises the Conference “Developping support technologies for adressing traslational gaps in regenerative medicine” by Dr. James-J Yoo. The Conference will take place in the Assembly hall of the Faculty of Pharmacy on Friday 20th of October, 2023 from 12:00 to 13:00, [...]

02 Oct

3D Printing and Bioprinting for Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications

Researchers of CIBER-BBN group NanoBioCell – NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit Jose Luis Pedraz Muñoz, Laura Saenz del Burgo Martínez, Gustavo Puras Ochoa, Jon Zarate Sesma have edited the book “3D Printing and Bioprinting for Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications” The increasing availability and decreasing costs of 3D printing and bioprinting technologies are expanding opportunities to meet medical needs. 3D [...]

22 Jun

The role of microfluidics and 3D-bioprinting in the future of exosome therapy. A high impact review

Researchers of the NanoBioCel research group of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and CIBER BBN, belonging to NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation, Bioaraba, and CONICET Foundation of Argentina, have collaborated in a studio entitled: “The role of microfluidics and 3D-bioprinting in the future of the exosome therapy” which has been published in the journal [...]

23 Nov

Three articles acknoledging NANBIOSIS contribution awarded at the Bioaraba Research and Innovation Conference

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U10 “Drug Formulation” – NanoBiocel research group from CIBER-BBN and UPV/EHU receives 3 awards in the category of Best International Articles at the annual Bioaraba Research and Innovation Conference. On 4 November, the Bioaraba Health Research Institute held its XXIII Research and Innovation Conference in Vitoria. This important annual forum held in [...]

27 Oct

II Scientific Communication course

On October 18 and 19, was held the second course on Social Communication of Science, orgnized by NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation Unit -(NanoBioCell Group of CIBER-BBN and UPV-EHU, this year entitled “Tools for the social communication of science“. The course aimed to provide doctoral students with communication with tools to be employed in their work [...]

09 Oct

The sprint of the European Project Moore4medical

The NanoBioCel group of the CIBER BBN, which also runs NANBIOSIS U10 Drug Formulation unit , organized the Workshop #6 of the Moore4medical European project at the Alava Technology Park on October 4, 5 and 6 The Central Building of the Álava Technology Park hosted the ‘Workshop #6’ of the European project which. 80 people [...]

29 Apr

CRISPR technologies for Cystic Fibrosis treatment

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic disease that mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system On April 6, the first meeting was held, on the one hand, with people with Cystic Fibrosis and the Euskadi Cystic Fibrosis Association (Arnasa) and, on the other, with the NanoBioCel research group of the CIBER-BBN and the University [...]

05 Apr

1st Meeting with Cystic Fibrosis Patiens (NanoBioCel -ARNASA)

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. It is a genetic, degenerative and chronic disease, with a population incidence is 1 in 5,000, so it is considered among the so called “Rare Diseases” The most common symptoms are continuous colds, repeated infections, decreased lung capacity, impossibility of fat absorption and [...]

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