The Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) is one of the eight CIBER consortia in Spain, created under the leadership of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) to promote research excellence and build a critical mass of researchers in the field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. The CIBER-BBN was officially established in 2006, composed of 45 leading research groups belonging to 26 different institutions (mainly Universities, Hospitals and Technological Centers) distributed around Spain. As of January 1, 2014 the CIBER- BBN merged with the other existing CIBERs in Spain in a single management unit with headquarters in Madrid.
The organization structure of CIBER-BBN is based on the research groups that compose it, and one of them is GBIO (Biomonitoring group) that is located in the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM). Currently it employs 130 researchers, contracted by the CIBER itself, and more than 350 associate group leaders and researchers, who apart from maintaining a contract with their home institution they are considered as CIBER staff. (www.ciberisciii.es)CIBER-BBN - Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine
Campus Río Ebro - Edificio I+D Bloque 5, 1ª planta | C/ Poeta Mariano Esquillor s/n | 50018 Zaragoza | www.ciber-bbn.es
Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), founded in 1996, is a research centre formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya’s Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise (DIUiE), the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Medicine, the Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona (HCPB) and the Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques de Barcelona of the Council for Scientific Research (IIBB-CSIC). As such HCPB can be considered a third party of IDIBAPS “Making available its resources to a beneficiary”. ICREA is a foundation jointly promoted by the Catalan Government through the Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation.
ICREA’s main objective is to promote the regional R+D system by hiring scientists capable of leading research groups and/or supporting research groups already established in Catalan universities and research centres. Professor MV Sanchez-Vives is paid by ICREA but working at the IDIBAPS premises.IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer | Rosselló 149-153 | 08036 Barcelona | www.idibaps.org
g.tec – Guger Technologies OG
Guger Technologies was founded in 1999 in Graz. The company develops hardware and software for biosignal acquisition and analysis (mainly EEG and ECG). Currently, g.tec is selling biomedical equipment in more than 50 different countries worldwide together with distribution partners in 12 countries and is the main worldwide supplier of brain-computer interface technology. The g.tec technology received several innovation Awards in Austria between 2000 and 2014. Recently g.tec received the 2013 Fast-Forward-Award for its innovative new product MINDbeagle, consciousness assessment software for coma patients. g.tec won the 2007 European Information and Communication Technology price (ICT-price) and the Well-Tech Award 2007. 2008 g.tec won the Fast Forward Award and 2009 the Austrian price for innovation Econovius.
g.tec developed a flexible biosignal processing environment under Matlab/Simulink (MathWorks Inc., Natick, USA). The research and development department carries out hardware and software design in the areas of biomedical engineering, biofeedback and human-computer communication systems. The products are designed according to the medical product normative (EN60601) and are FDA listed for the US. g.tec has several co-operation partners in different European countries (UK, Spain, Austria) and in the US.
Currently g.tec has research funding from national (FFF, SFG) and European programs. Furthermore g.tec was partner of the IST-IP projects PRESENCIA, PRESENCCIA, Synthetic Forager, Renachip, SM4all and Rehabilitation Gaming System. Current projects where g.tec is active consortium member are BNCI Horizon 2020 (grant agreement no 609593), BackHome (288566), Cream (612022), Vere (257695), Cognovo (604764), High Profile (269356), DeNeCoR (837642).g.tec - GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG | Herbersteinstrasse 60 | 8020 Graz | Austria | www.gtec.at