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Friday, 12 July 2019

The new ICN2 Biolab Facility opens its doors

Funded by the ERDF-funded project CENanoTech and the institute’s Severo Ochoa award, the central goal of the Biolab Facility is to provide internal and external scientists a laboratory space and equipment for research activities related with biological samples.

In 2018 the ICN2 started the construction of the new Biolab Facility, a designated Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory that meets the containment requirements to enable work with biological agents of higher biological risk groups. Funded by the ERDF-funded project CENanoTech and the institute’s Severo Ochoa award, the central goal of the Biolab Facility is to provide internal and external scientists a laboratory space and equipment for research activities related with biological samples. These activities include the cultivation and manipulation of bacterial cells, mammalian cells, viruses and other biological material in order to study their interaction with nanostructured material like nanoparticles and biomedical “nanodevices”.

The construction of the laboratory space has been finished now and some important equipment has been acquired and installed. In February this year the institute hired biologist Dr Manuela Dietrich, who will lead the Biolab Facility and will be in charge of the day by day activity of the lab and provide scientific and technical advice and training.

With the inauguration of the new Biolab Facility, which will be the ICN2’s sixth Core Research Support Facility and part of the Research Support Division, the institute gains an important addition to its scientific infrastructure. Thus, the ICN2 will address the current growing interest in research at the interface of Nanotechnology and Life Science.

The ICN2 Biolab Facility has received funds from the CENanoTech project (2015 FEDER/S-16). In turn, the CENanoTech project is funded through the call for unique institutional R&D infrastructures launched by the Universities and Research Secretariat of the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia, with funding received from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Programme Catalonia 2014-2020. The project has also been co-funded by the Severo Ochoa Programme, granted by the back then Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (SEV-2013-0295).