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Friday, 13 January 2023

Construction for the 'Mercat del Peix' research complex kicks off with a big institutional event

by Virginia Greco

The new research complex, which will host more than 1,200 researchers, will be fully operational in 2026. The precision medicine-focused BIST building, which will account for two-thirds of the total complex, will bring together researchers from CRG, IBEC, ICN2 and IRB Barcelona.

The highest representatives of the Government of Catalonia, the Government of Spain and the Barcelona City Council, together with the rectors of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the University of Barcelona (UB), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and the President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Director the the Pasqual Maragall Foundation (FPM) and the President and the Director of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), have laid the first stone of the 'Mercat del Peix' complex.

The new complex will house a total of three buildings. The BIST building, focused on precision medicine, will host, in its nearly 25,000 m2, more than 800 researchers and some 60 research groups conducting biomedical research from four BIST centres (CRG, IBEC, ICN2 and IRB Barcelona). The new BIST hub on precision medicine will allow for very close interaction among researchers working in disciplines such as nanotechnology, genomics, molecular biology and bioengineering. Having shared state-of-the art technological platforms and laboratories under the same roof will also contribute to further pushing the limits of BIST multidisciplinary research in health.

The new site is key to the Ciutadella of Knowledge project and will replace obsolete spaces and equipment to become one of Europe’s major hubs of scientific knowledge, research innovation and higher education.

Learn more about the event. [News from BIST].

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