Rob Surgical, a spin-off from IBEC and UPC, closes a €5 million investment round Blog Post

Rob Surgical, a spin-off created by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), based in the PCB, and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2012, has closed a €5 million investment round with the Dutch holding Scranton Enterprises to fund the final phase of the new Bitrack System –an alternative to the current laparoscopy surgical robot Da Vinci– and launch the product onto the market.


The Barcelona Science Park takes part in the European Researchers’ Night Blog Post

More than 130 students from five educational institutions attended the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) today to take part in the Matí de la Recerca, an initiative developed as part of the European Researchers’ Night in Catalonia (EuNightCat). The latter has grown since the previous edition, running a series of activities on 27 and 28 September. The European Commission promotes the European Researchers’ Night project within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, seeking to bring science and technology closer to the general public, break stereotypes about researchers and encourage young people to pursue a career in research. Around 300 European cities celebrate the European Researchers’ Night on the last Friday of September.


The 2nd edition of Asebio Investor Day attracted around 300 participants and 60 international investors Blog Post

26 September saw the 2nd edition of the Asebio Investor Day, which was organised by Asebio with the collaboration of Barcelona Science Park (PCB), the Biotechnology Markets Platform) ICEX Spain Trade and Investment and the Alternative Spanish Equity Market. Droplite, Molomics, Ona Therapeutics and SOM Biotech, all based at PCB, were among 50 companies selected to present their projects at the financing forum, in which 57 investors from 10 countries around the world participated.


The sequence of the almond tree and peach tree genomes will be key tools in their genetic improvement and adaptation to climate change Blog Post

An international team led by researchers of the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in conjunction with Tyler Alioto of the Centre Nacional d’Anàlisi Genòmica (CNAG-CRG) –based in PCB and part of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)– has sequenced the genome of the almond tree and compared it to that of its closest relative, the peach tree. The results provide some unique insights into the recent evolution of both species and will be key tools in their genetic improvement, including the eradication of bitter almonds, fruit quality and adaptation to climate change.


Researchers from IBEC and IRB Barcelona awarded by “la Caixa” for their pioneering research projects Blog Post

On 16 September, ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation presented the 79 grants for national and international research and innovation projects of excellence. Among the beneficiaries of funding from ”la Caixa” are researchers Eduard Batlle, Raúl Méndez, Meritxell Teixidó and Enrique Marcos, from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and José Antonio del Río, Pau Gorostiza and Samuel Sánchez, from the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC).


The Barcelona City Council and FECYT renew their support to Research in Society Program Blog Post

Once again the ‘Research in Society’ programme run by the Barcelona Science Park will have the financial backing of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología) and Barcelona City Council in the shape of grants coming to €25,000 and €14,000 respectively. This funding from the two institutions will help secure the development of the PCB’s science popularisation activities and also recognises its firm commitment to driving measures that add to the social dimension of science.


Researchers decipher the structure and mechanism of action of a key complex involved in bacteriophage T7 infection Blog Post

Scientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), at the Barcelona Science Park, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have combined cryomicroscopy and crystallography techniques to study the bacteriophage T7. The study, published in Nature Communications, reveals the opening and closing mechanism of the portal protein during the maturation of the viral capsid, the structure that carries the genetic material of the virus. Deciphering how work the Bacteriophages –viruses that infect bacteria– helps us to understand how others pathogenic affect us and, at the same time, they are a new focus of attention for researchers given their potential as an alternative to antibiotics.



The UdG proves the effect of an Esteve drug that prevents spinal cord injury pain Blog Post

A team of scientists from the University of Girona (UdG) has shown the effect of an Esteve drug to prevent the development of the pathological pain resulting from a spinal cord injury. The study is of great importance because there are currently no medicines that are really effective against this pathological pain caused by spinal cord injury. With this research, the pharmaceutical group, which has its Drug Discovery and Preclinical Development Units at the Barcelona Science Park, is again committed to collaborative innovation to provide solutions to medical needs not covered in diseases of high social impact.