The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on bioengineering and nanomedicine, based in Barcelona.
IBEC was established in 2005 by the Ministries of Innovation, Universities and Enterprises and Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Today, IBEC’s relationship with the UB and UPC researchers continues to operate under a framework agreement signed in 2008. IBEC's mission is to conduct high quality research that, while creating knowledge, contributes to a better quality of life, improves health and creates wealth. The institute establishes close links with international research centres, universities, hospitals and industry to exchange talent and develop and execute projects.
The institute currently has 15 research groups and 250 researchers and staff from 20 different countries.
IBEC also includes the Laboratory of Nanobioengineering Research. This multidisciplinary centre was created in 2003 by the Centre de Referència de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (CREBEC, Catalan Reference Centre for Bioengineering). Promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), this centre aimed to coordinate the multidisciplinary research activities in biomedical engineering carried out in Catalonia. The CREBEC was composed of different divisions from the Centre de Recerca en Enginyeria Biomèdica (CREB, Biomedical Engineering Research Centre) of the UPC and the Centre de Recerca en Bioelectrònica i Nanobiociència (CBEN, Research Centre on Bioelectronics and Nanobioscience) of the UB.
The location of IBEC in the Parc Científic de Barcelona offers a highly stimulating biomedical environment in which the institute can work closely with organisations from the public and private sector interested in the biomedical application of nanotechnology. In addition, IBEC has access to powerful technological facilities, including the Nanotechnology Platform, which offers services in nanofabrication, nanomanipulation and nanocharacterization.