Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2014

The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is an international research centre devoted to excellent interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences. By putting together fields like nanomedicine, biophysics, biotechnology, tissue engineering and information technology, IBEC generates new knowledge and innovations for health. The institute currently has 23 research groups, 336 researchers and stafffrom 38 different countries.

IBEC has the versatility to generate excellent research and, at the same time, work with industry to develop new diagnostic and treatment systems, with three major application areas: Bioengineering for future medicine, Bioengineering for regenerative therapies, and Bioengineering for active ageing.

IBEC was established in 2005 by the Catalan Government, the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). IBEC was awarded its first Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Award in 2015 and renewed it in 2019. IBEC is also accredited since 2019 with the TECNIO Seal, as a center that offers differential technology and increases innovation rates.

Key Facts of IBEC

12 ERC Grants
Number of ongoing ERC grants in 2020.
75% Competitive Funding
Percentage of competitive funding in year 2020.
184 Publications
Publications in year 2020, of which 149 in first quartile.
6 Patents
Patents filled in year 2020.
The Severo Ochoa award is a huge milestone in the evolution and consolidation of IBEC, and the confirmation of a success story that started only a few years ago, when research groups from the UPC and UB joined their efforts in the field of bioengineering.
Josep Samitier
Director at IBEC