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New findings on the function of Mitofusin 2 in bacterial infection and inflammation processes

A study published in the journal Cell Reports describes new functions of the protein Mitofusin 2 (Mfn2) in macrophages –cells that take part in the defensive and inflammatory response– under immunological stress conditions. The article sheds light on the expression mechanisms of proinflammatory cytokines, molecules that can appear uncontrolledly –known as the cytokine storm– over the course of bacterial and viral infections.

 

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The CNAG-CRG participates in a European project to improve medical assistance through interceptive medicine

Scientists from the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG), based in Barcelona Science Park and integrated to the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) unites with hundreds of innovators, research pioneers, clinicians, industry leaders and policy makers from all around Europe are united to revolutionize healthcare on the frame of LifeTime initiative. They are participating in two publications: a perspective article in the journal Nature and the LifeTime Strategic Research Agenda. They are now presenting how to improve leverage the latest scientific breakthroughs and technologies over the next decade, to track, understand and treat human cells throughout an individual’s lifetime.

 

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IBEC and IRB Barcelona researchers receive funding from “La Caixa” for biomedical research

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB) -based in the Barcelona Science Park- are part of the winning projects of the third Call for Applications Health Research Projects organized by “La Caixa ” Foundation, which this year allocates 18 million euros to 25 biomedical projects to tackle those diseases with the greatest global impact, such as cardiovascular, neurological, infectious and oncological.

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SOM Biotech appoints Alain Duguet PhD as Head of Chemical Manufacturing and Control

The biotech company SOM Biotech, based in the Barcelona Science Park and specialized in drug development and discovery, has named Alain Duguet as the new head of Chemical Manufacturing and Control. Duguet is an accredited consultant and expert in the definition, management, evaluation and optimization of the production processes of medicines for the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over three decades for large multinationals, including Sanofi, where he led this area for over 15 years.

 

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Kumux launches a 2.0 software which creates differential light to improve human health and plant growth

A spin-off by the University of Barcelona Enlighting Technologies, based in the Barcelona Science Park, has created Kumux to launch a 2.0 simulation spectrum software which, through patented algorithms, creates a differential light with beneficial effects for health for both people and plant growth. It is an smart lighting solution –autonomous and based on LED technology–, compatible with different systems and designed so that it can be integrated into any luminaire or control platform.

 

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Judit Cubedo, CEO of GlyCardial, finalist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020

Judit Cubedo, co-founder and CEO of GlyCardial Diagnostics, is one of the twenty-one women selected as finalists for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020, an award given annually to the most talented and inspiring entrepreneurs in Europe. The company led by Judit, which is based in the Barcelona Science Park, is conducting a clinical trial to validate the performance of Apo J-Glyc as a novel biomarker for the early detection of Myocardial Ischaemia. The award winners will be announced at the European Research and Innovation Days taking place on 22-24 September 2020.

 

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