IBEC - Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia


The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) started its activities in 2006.

With a distinctive interdisciplinary profile, IBEC brings together world-class physicists, chemists and biomedical researchers along with engineer specialists, working together towards a common goal: the development of breakthrough technologies to advance healthcare and life sciences. IBEC contributes to making a better quality of life and to generating wealth, through its technology transfer activities to hospitals and industry.

IBEC hosts currently 14 research groups, organised into 6 research programmes, which range from cellular biotechnology to robotics. The Institute roadmap aims for a size of 30 groups and 400 researchers in 2013. IBECĀ“s best asset is an international (> 20 nationalities), young (3/4 staff under 35), and talented workforce (with an increasing record of publications in top journals and a first spin off company created in 2008).

Nanomedicine is a strategic axis connecting most of them, fuelled by the Nanobioengineering research programme, within which, the Nanobiophotonics group, contact in the NoE PHOTONICS4LIFE, is an essential contributor. Based at the Barcelona Science Park, the IBEC scientists have access to the state-of-the-art Nanotechnology Platform core facilities.


BioNanoPhotonics group
IBEC: Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
Baldiri i Reixac 15-21
Barcelona 08028




Contact person

Maria F. Garcia-Parajo


Round Robin Experiment

Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

Latest News

5th International Conference on Biophotonics

20 March 2017

Continuing the success of the previous meetings held in Sacramento, Ottawa, Jena, and Florence, the 5th conference will come to Perth, Western Australia, running over two full days, and back-to-back with the Science on the Swan medical research conference, which delegates are strongly encouraged to also attend, at discounted rates. [more]

Biophotonics Wiki

Visit our wiki to consult our latest technologies and techniques. [more]


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