The Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) is a research institute that covers most
bioengineering fields, from the most basic research to medical applications. Its aim is to be an
international leader in this area.
IBEC was created to further the development of interdisciplinary research of excellence in
biomedical engineering and to become a technological partner for hospitals, biomedical research
centres and universities in the surroundingarea.
IBEC’s activities are divided into six research programmes:
Microbial biotechnology, health biotechnology and processes of production of biomolecules,
cell differentiation and cell culture technologies.
Biomechanics and cellular biophysics
Mechanical properties at the cellular and molecular level, cellular biophysics.
Nanostructures and surface functionalization, hybrid nanostructures, microfluids,
biosensors, biochips, lab-on-a-chip, microarrays and biomimetic system.
Biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering
Development of materials and structures for biocompatible replacement, tissue formation,
technologies for repairing or replacing tissues and organs.
Medical signals and instrumentation
Biomedical signal processing, control and monitoring systems for both treatment and
Robotic and biomedical imaging
Support systems for minimally invasive surgery and surgical assistance. Obtaining and
processing biomedical images at the level of organs, tissues and cells or biomolecules.