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Technology platforms and major research infrastructures in Catalonia
19 may-31 august 2011

Technology platforms and major research infrastructures in Catalonia

The research environment in the biomedical area, and other related scientific fields, has progressed a lot in Catalonia during the last 20 years. One of the reasons for this growth has been the implementation of new Research Institutes, that complement the research carried out at the Universities and at the Research Centers of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The implementation of Scientific Parks (like Parc Cientific Barcelona (PCB, www.pcb.ub.cat) or Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB, www.prbb.org) and the creation of the Bioregion of Catalonia (Biocat, www.biocat.cat) have also put biomedical research  in Catalonia at the forefront in Southern Europe.

A key factor in this development has been the availability, for public and private entities carrying out Research and Development processes, of Technology Platforms and major Research Infrastructures. Public Research laboratories and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies may access highly sophisticated equipment, trained researchers and technical staff, in these technology facilities.

Biocat has been collecting information on a large number of these Technology Platforms and Major Research Infrastructures in the last year. The current annotated list gathers around 100 of these technology providers in around 20 different entities (Science Parks, Hospitals, Research Institutes, etc.) throughout Catalonia. Most of these platforms are also open to access by external researchers from all over Europe, and they could therefore offer opportunities for enlarging the research and innovation capabilities and projects within the Interbio community.

One particular sub-group of these Technology Platforms are called “Instalaciones Científico-Técnicas Singulares” (ICTS), which are large scale facilities which are distributed throughout Spain, and are reference sites for European researchers; ICTS are summarized in the book: (http://www.micinn.es/stfls/MICINN/Investigacion/FICHEROS/Instalaciones_Singulares/Libro_ICTS.pdf).

In Catalonia, ICTS cover from major Supercomputing facilities (like the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) or the Center for Supercomputing of Catalonia (CESCA), to the newest ICTS, officially opened in 2010, the first Synchrotron Light Source in Spain (ALBA). Other ICTS in Catalonia related to the biomedical area are the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory in Barcelona or the Metabolic Mouse Clinic, for Animal Biotechnology and Gene Therapy.

In addition, 2010 saw the incorporation of the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG, www.cnag.eu), located at Parc Cientific Barcelona (PCB), which is currently participating in large genome sequencing multinational projects using around 15 next-generation sequencers.

The Interbio partners and community will have direct access to all these Technology Platforms and  Research Infrastructures in Catalonia thanks to the work carried out by Interbio partner Biocat to include their validated information on the Interbio website.

Jordi Quintana, Parc Científic Barcelona (PCB)

May 2011

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28-30 may 2012 - 9th International Symposium on Polymer Therapeutics: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice (Valencia)
5-12 april 2012 - A STREAK FLIM SYSTEM (Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy) to study protein-protein interaction (Toulouse)
23-31 march 2012 - Novel strategies to fight tuberculosis (Valencia)
21-31 march 2012 - Editorial by Pr Ijsbrand Kramer, WP3 coordinator (Bordeaux)
12 march 2012 - A new chemistry for drug design - Researchers develop ampicilin-based ionic liquids (Lisbon)
12 march 2012 - Training opportunities in Lisbon technological platforms (Lisbon)
17-18 november 2011 - Technology Offers: Presentation of the best offers from Interbio Network (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - The sequencing revolution: experiences from the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG) (Barcelona)
17-18 november 2011 - Toulouse TRI Imaging Platform : Multiscale imaging of living organisms (Toulouse)
17-18 november 2011 - Toulouse Integrated Screening Platform (PICT) : Ligand discovery
17-18 november 2011 - Valencian Biobank Network Service Platforms (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Imaging living life: Confocal Microscopy Unit at SCSIE, Universitat de València (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Animal Facilities and Operating Theaters at the CIPF (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) (Barcelona)
17-18 november 2011 - Mass spectrometry expertise at ITQB (Lisbon)
17-18 november 2011 - Skills in Bioinformatics via training courses (Lisbon)
17-18 november 2011 - Supramolecular assemblies and nanotechnology at the Structural Biology Platform, IECB (Bordeaux)
17-18 november 2011 - Nanotech Structural Analysis : the NMR platform at IECB (Bordeaux)
17-18 november 2011 - New dendrimers for rheumatoid arthritis treatment
17-18 november 2011 - Magnetic nanoparticles for cancer treatment (Toulouse)
17-18 november 2011 - Trans-feruloyl-noradrenaline, A new powerful natural antioxidant (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Use of the PEDF factor to induce stem-cell self-renewal (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Polyglutamates (PGA) of low polydispersity (Valencia)
17-18 november 2011 - Dental implants surgical guides fabrication method (Barcelona)
17-18 november 2011 - Protein nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of therapeutic peptides and nucleic acids to colorec (Barcelona)
17-18 november 2011 - Two tech offers : Bio-microelectronic insulin demand sensor and Novaptech (Bordeaux)
2-4 november 2011 - Hands-on protein identification by mass spec: open registrations training course (Lisbon)
26-27 october 2011 - 4th International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshop (IPSSW 2011) (Toulouse)
24-25 october 2011 - II International Biotech Meeting: Business and Innovation opportunities in Biotech, a 360º approach (Valencia)
19 october 2011-31 march 2012 - Novaptech: Aptamers as biotechnological tools for analysis, diagnostic and therapy (Bordeaux)
19 october-31 december 2011 - The longest oligourea foldamer: 4,3 nanometers (Bordeaux)
17-22 october 2011 - XVI National Congress of the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (Valencia)
14 october 2011-19 may 2012 - Valencia Microclusters. VLC-CAMPUS: Valencia, International Campus of Excellence (Valencia)
14 october-30 november 2011 - A new mechanism of defense against infections (Toulouse)
14 october 2011-29 february 2012 - The Biological NMR facility of the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS) (Toulouse)
14 october-31 december 2011 - “TULIP” laboratory of excellence in Toulouse (Toulouse)
14 october 2011 - To sporulate or not to sporulate? Negative feedback loop controls positive auto-regulation in bacter (Lisbon)
11 october 2011-14 march 2012 - Intelligent nanoparticles fight against cancer (Valencia)
4 october 2011-30 june 2012 - An Interbio success story: Nanopore Solutions (Lisbon)
18-21 september 2011 - Interbio Label: The XVIth National Meeting of the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry at the CIPF (Valencia)
14-16 september 2011 - 3rd European Cancer Cluster Partnering (ECCP) event (Toulouse)
14-16 september 2011 - Workshop NBI Tech 2 Life (Toulouse)
1 september 2011-29 february 2012 - Editorial by Jean-Pierre Saintouil, Coordinator of Interbio WP5 (Toulouse)
11 july-22 june 2011 - The Barcelona – Toulouse Summer School on Medicines (SSM3) incorporates a new international partner (Barcelona)
3-7 july 2011 - XIX EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (Toulouse)
1 july 2011 - METATOUL: an Interbio breakfast for companies on July 1st (Toulouse)
14 june-31 august 2011 - Liquid and solid NMR ranging from 300 to 800 MHz at IECB (Bordeaux)
14-30 june 2011 - METATOUL : the Metabolomics and Fluxomics platform of Toulouse (Toulouse)
14 june-30 september 2011 - A hybrid bioelectronic sensor for drug and toxicity screening and diabetes therapy (Bordeaux)
14 june-31 august 2011 - A breakthrough in the design of molecular motors (Bordeaux)
19 may-31 august 2011 - Technology platforms and major research infrastructures in Catalonia (Barcelona)
19 may-31 august 2011 - Driving technology transfer (Barcelona)
13 may-21 october 2011 - Valencian Biobank La Fe: A success model of Biobanks for Biomedical Research (Valencia)
13 may-22 october 2011 - Researchers at Valencia Polytechnic University develop an online service for human brain study (Valencia)
13 may 2011 - Editorial by Prof. Miguel S. Teixeira, Coordinator of Interbio Lisbon (Lisbon)
13 may 2011 - IBET Viral Vector Platform (Lisbon)
11 may-31 august 2011 - A molecule from oak wood to fight osteoporosis (Bordeaux)
10 may 2011 - How bacteria trick each other in their math (Lisbon)
14-15 april 2011 - The third StatSeq workshop on “Statistical challenges on the 1000 € genome sequences in plants” (Toulouse)
21-25 march 2011 - MDA11 International Course on MASSIVE Data Analysis (Valencia)
17 march 2011 - Bordeaux RNA Club Seminar at IECB : guest speaker Ciaran Condon (Bordeaux)
11 march 2011 - Parallel Symposium : Innovative Approaches and Biomarkers in Parkinson Disease (Barcelona)
10 march 2011 - 4th edition of Barcelona Healthcare Investment Forum (Barcelona)
10-11 march 2011 - XIII International Course on Pediatric Neurology and Neuropsychology (Valencia)
9-13 march 2011 - 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Diseases (Barcelona)
4 march 2011 - 8th International Symposium on Advanced Ovarian Cancer: Optimal Theraphy Update (Valencia)
23 february-31 december 2011 - Feedback on Interbio cross-border research projects, by Antoni Homs Corbera (IBEC) (Barcelona)
22 february-31 may 2011 - Interbionews editorial by Alain-Michel Boudet, Director of the Interbio project (Toulouse)
22 february-31 may 2011 - IECB is developing a robotic device for crystallizing membrane proteins in mesophases (Bordeaux)
22 february-30 may 2011 - Pharmacological Screening: Identification of bioactive agents modulators of novel molecular targets (Valencia)
22 february-30 may 2011 - Artificial Pancreas: advances, challenges and opportunities (Valencia)
22 february-30 may 2011 - Labplayer: An innovative technology using conventional optical discs as biochemical analyzers (Valencia)
18 february 2011 - Silencing genes in bacteria: Researchers uncover target-dependent small RNA regulation pathway (Lisbon)
17 february-31 december 2011 - The ARNA Lab in Bordeaux (Bordeaux)
16 february-31 december 2011 - Plant-microorganism interactions : key papers published in Nature and Science (Toulouse)
16 february-31 december 2011 - A strong development of White Biotechnology in Toulouse (Toulouse)
3 february 2011 - III Cathedra of Corporate and Business Culture. Conference: Business Management in Times of Crisis, (Valencia)
1-4 february 2011 - Kick-off meeting of the LHCPhenoNet Initial Training Network (Valencia)
20-22 january 2011 - Colloque international Histoire du Cancer - 1750-1950 (Toulouse)
31 december 2010 - Patent Watch Newsletter – Health Science & Technologies December 2010 (Valencia)
9 december 2010 - RNAs & Cancer Seminar, December 9th at IECB (Bordeaux)
9-10 december 2010 - Systems Biology: Bridging the gaps between disciplines (Barcelona)
3 december 2010 - New book on protein folding and metal ions: mechanisms, biology and disease (Lisbon)
18-20 november 2010 - The First European Conference on Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)
17 november 2010 - First International Conference on Biotechnology in the CV (Valencia)
15 november 2010 - II Spanish-Portuguese Image and e-Science in breast cancer (Valencia)
4-6 november 2010 - International Symposium on Nitric Oxide-cyclic GMP Signal Transduction in Brain (Valencia)
3-5 november 2010 - 3rd Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease conference (CTAD) (Barcelona)
13 october 2010 - Biocat and Eurobiomed sign agreement to drive partnering (Barcelona)
12-16 september 2010 - 8th International Congress on Extremophiles (Lisbon)
9 september 2010 - Biocat organizes 'Barcelona Innovation workshops: NanoBiotechnology - IT for Biology & Health' (Barcelona)
8 september 2010 - New trends in pharmaceutical innovation analyzed at Summer School on Medicines (Barcelona)
23 july-17 september 2010 - ECCP 2010, European oncology partnering (Barcelona)
23 july-10 september 2010 - European Interbio project gives six grants to attend 'Summer School on Medicines' held in Toulouse a (Barcelona)
16 july 2010 - Southern Europe Biocluster, Euroregion’s scientific and economic network, officially launched (Barcelona)
13 july 2010 - Networking-Workshop (Barcelona)
5 july 2010 - Girona Science and Technology Park starts up international ‘Develop your talent’ program (Barcelona)
24-25 june 2010 - NOVEL TARGETING DRUGS AND RADIOTHERAPY – FRANCE (Toulouse)
16-19 june 2010 - 33rd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference (Valencia)
16 june 2010 - Nanotechnology and Nanoscience: a big technology on a tiny scale (Valencia)
16 june 2010 - Progress and challenges in Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening: Perspectives from USA, Europe and Spai (Valencia)
16-18 june 2010 - 10th International Workshop on Digital Mammography (IWDM2010) (Barcelona)
16 june 2010 - Nearly thirty renowned institutions join the Health University of Barcelona Campus to help it become (Barcelona)
6 june-10 may 2010 - 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Barcelona)
27-30 may 2010 - 1st International Congress on Controversies in Cryopreservation of Stem Cells, Reproductive Cells, T (Valencia)
27-29 may 2010 - International Symposium on Usher Syndrome and Related Diseases (Valencia)
24-26 may 2010 - 8th International Symposium on Polymer Therapeutics: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice (Valencia)
19-21 may 2010 - Conference (Barcelona)
30 april-30 may 2010 - Institute of Photonic Sciences researches device for early cancer detection (Barcelona)
22-24 april 2010 - 6th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, ECCN6 (Valencia)
1 march 2010 - First Global Healthcare Institute created in Barcelona, to be led by Dr. Pedro Alonso (Barcelona)
   

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