38. IDIBAPS Cellex Biomedical Research Centre
Sponsorship by the Cellex Foundation enables the IDIBAPS laboratories to be improved and extended.
Biomedical research is a long-distance race, and to be a leader a centre has to constantly reinforce itself. The August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) is a centre linked to Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic, the University of Barcelona and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (IIBB-CSIC) which forms part of the Catalan Government’s Research Centres of Catalonia Programme (CERCA). The sponsorship of the Cellex Foundation will allow the IDIBAPS to improve and increase the amount of space available for research at the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Medicine. There will be 3,500 m2 allocated to laboratories and research support services, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, and over 250 m2 for management and meeting areas. It is envisaged that the new facilities may be ready by 2012.
The new spaces at the IDIBAPS, which will be known by the name of Cellex Biomedical Research Centre, will house over two hundred researchers. It will be a space equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and comforts, while its original external architecture will be respected, since the 19th-century building of the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Medicine, is listed as Heritage by Barcelona City Council. There will be four floors allocated entirely to research and an additional floor designed to house the scientific and technical services that provide support to the researchers, while on the ground floor, in addition to laboratories, there will be spaces allocated to management and administration, with two rooms for meetings and seminars.
The private efforts are added to the public contributions, led by the Catalan Government, in a modern conception of research.