Dr. Jordi Cami, director of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)
Jordi Camí
General Director

Welcome to the PRBB, one of the largest hubs of biomedical research in southern Europe.

The seven centres located in the park conduct science of excellence in a wide diversity of fields, with a critical mass of 1,400 people hailing from 55 different countries, an accumulated R&D budget of approximately 80 M€ per year and cutting-edge scientific equipment. This allows us to explore, in a unique building, the most relevant questions in life sciences and biomedicine today, from the molecular up to the populational perspective. The physical connection of the PRBB with the Hospital de Mar next door also provides an excellent insight into clinical reality.

This “factory of the future” produces knowledge that will be of the utmost importance for medicine in 20 or 30 years time. Each day we strive to remain competitive and incorporate scientific talent from the top American and European centres, meaning currently more than 35% of the scientific community is foreign. Our organisational model is cooperative, with common spaces that facilitate the interrelationship between the centres as well as having shared advanced scientific-technical services. The animal facility of the park is outstanding and considered to be one of the most modern in Europe, as are other services in the centres such as the advanced light microscopy, proteomics and flow cytometry units.

We extend our thanks to the Government of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University and Barcelona City Council who made this initiative a reality in 2006. And also to you, for your interest in and support for science and biomedical research.

More information: PRBB Performance Report 2013


IMIM

Researcher with pipettes doing biomedical research and clinical laboratory work at the IMIM-Hospital del Mar

Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute

"We effectively connect basic research with clinical reality in the attached university hospital."

Founded in: 1947

Employees: 409

www.imim.es

CEXS-UPF

A researcher working in biology, health and life sciences in a laboratory at UPF university

Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University

"We invest in the education of future top scientists and offer an interdisciplinary PhD programme entirely in English."

Founded in: 1998

Employees: 254

www.upf.edu/cexs

CRG

Confocal microscopy, immunofluorescence of cells for research into the human genome at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

Centre for Genomic Regulation

"Our challenge is to understand the genomic basis of disease to improve quality of life."

Founded in: 2000

Employees: 411

www.crg.eu

Centres

The seven independent research organisations located in the PRBB form an inter-institutional coalition and are connected to one another via the open-plan layout. They focus on investigation into human health and biomedicine in a building that promotes synergies and collaboration.

CMRB

Immunofluorescence of stem cells by confocal microscopy, research in regenerative medicine at the CMRB

Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona

"We want to understand the basic mechanisms of initial development and organogenesis and find applications for treating degenerative diseases."

Founded in: 2004

Employees: 42

www.cmrb.eu

CREAL

A scientist doing research in environmental epidemiology at CREAL

Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology

"We identify environmental determinants of human health and facilitate the prevention and control of these exposures."

Founded in: 2006

Employees: 88

www.creal.cat

FPM

FPM promotes the study of the brain with biomedical imaging technologies such as PET (positron emission tomography) to understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's

Pasqual Maragall Foundation

"Our mission is to support and encourage scientific research in the field of Alzheimer's and neurodegenerative diseases for the prevention, treatment and cure of these illnesses."

Founded in: 2009

Employees: 17

www.fpmaragall.org

IBE (UPF-CSIC)

Electron microscopy image of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF), investigating the genetic basis of animal biodiversity and the evolution of species

Institute of Evolutionary Biology

"We study the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity and try to understand the genetic basis of the difference among species and within species."

Founded in: 2008

Employees: 120 (59 CSIC + 61 UPF)

www.ibe.upf-csic.es


Demography

The members of the PRBB community enjoy being located in one of the best places to carry out biomedical research in Europe. They are young, very competitive and from all over the world. 1,379 residents were registered in 2013 (1,433 in 2012), retaining the international flavour, with 25% hailing from abroad, the figure rising to 35% for the research staff. The non-natives come from 53 different countries with the Italians taking first place (83), followed by the Germans (37) and then the French (28). This year the Indian residents have raced up the leaderboard, rising to 20 people, taking fourth place in the country rankings.


Demographics at the PRBB: researchers come from about 30 European countries, with Spain, Italy, Germany and France in the lead


  • Residents: 1,379
  • 35% of the scientific staff is foreign.
  • 25% of all the residents are foreign.
  • The foreign staff come from 53 different countries.
  • 75% of the foreigners are European.
  • 19% are administrative staff and 21% technical.
  • 50% are under 35 years of age.
  • 57% of the residents are women.
  • 48% uses public transportation
  • 20% use the bikes to get to the PRBB.
  • 20% use English as the main language.

Organisation

The PRBB Consortium manages and maintains the park and its facilities. It also manages the animal facility as a scientific service. The research centres pay for the rent of space in relation to area and type, as well as for various services in the park. The park receives no structural subsidies.

The PRBB coordinates together with the centres various working groups and committees (scientific sessions, occupational health, information technology, waste, etc.). It also promotes synergies and inter-institutional collaboration whilst respecting the individual identities and autonomy of the centres.

The governing council is the board of rectors which includes representatives from the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council and Pompeu Fabra University and is chaired by the Catalan Minister for Economy and Knowledge. The PRBB Consortium is headed by the General Director, Jordi Cami, and General Administrator, Marga Sala.


Several social activities targeting over 1400 residents, both researchers, technicians and administration staff, take place at the PRBB (Barcelona Biomedical research park). On the fifth anniversary of the park a fun run took place.

Consell Rector



Management

Animal Facility

Business Development

Communication

Continuing Professional Development

Finance

General Services and Logistics

Human Resources and Risk Prevention

IT and Telecommunication

Legal Affairs

Public Relations

Scientific and Technical Services

Reception


The roof of the floating auditorium of the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (PRBB), in front of the maritime promenade and the beach in Barceloneta has a layer of water that reflects the sky and resembles the sea

A sketch drawing of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park building, by Catalan architects Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda

Building

The PRBB building located on the seafront is impressive, with avant-garde architecture and fitting perfectly into the environment. At 55,000m2 it is also one of the largest buildings in Barcelona.

The available land adjacent to the Hospital del Mar was small. In order to accommodate all the facilities within a suitable space, the architects Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda designed the building with a fluid geometry, no classical front views and appearing weightless. The elliptical and conical shape of the building, the exterior façade of which does not reach the ground, reinforces the sensation of a floating structure.

The visible part of the building, with its façade of wood and glass, is suspended above the ground. The structure is supported by 110 metal clamps on the deck. Only 40% of the structure is supported by traditional concrete cores. In the courtyard, at first floor level, is the auditorium, a structure containing 150 tons of steel and equipped with 250 seats. Mirror-like, the roof of the auditorium is covered by a sheet of water filling the central space with light and movement.

The four seafront floors of the park building sweep landwards and upwards towards the city reaching a total height of nine storeys, as well as there being three underground levels and a ground floor. All are arranged in a horseshoe shape around the central courtyard. The wooden façade constructed of red cedar controls the sunlight and streamlines the structure.

The PRBB is at 100% occupation and there is no space currently available for renting.




Specifications

Architects

Building surface area

Plot

Scientífic use

Linear laboratory benches

Terraces

Height

Dimensions

Inauguration

Occupancy

Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda

55,000 m2

8,000 m2

40,000 m2

approx. 3.5 km

4,600 m2

36.5 m

117 x 74 m

May 15, 2006

100%

The Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona is one of the largest scientific clusters in the life sciences area in southern European


The PRBB has the support of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Spain, in the framework of the National Plan for Scientific Research

Project co-financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science within the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation 2004-2007 (number PCT-090100-2005-6)

The PRBB is a project funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)

Project co-financed by the European Union. European Regional Development Fund (FPRB05-34-001)



Sustainability

In the PRBB we are committed to sustainability and environmental friendliness. Therefore we run campaigns and take definite action so the whole community of the park becomes aware of procedures and uses the tools available to achieve the overall objective. Activities also include collecting proposals and establishing clear lines of communication through the internet portal for residents “PRBB Inside", social networks and via email.


The floating Auditorium of the biomedical research park in Barcelona PRBB is covered with a layer of water

Energy saving

Scientific activity is energy intensive. Small changes in our habits can lead to long-term benefits without needing to stop carrying out research at the highest level. Turning off lights and computers whenever possible and adjusting the thermostat in the office or lab according to official guidelines are some of the recommendations we are trying to apply to move towards a more sustainable park.

Separation of waste for recycling

The PRBB Waste Management Guide adopted by all the centres outlines the basis for the proper handling, segregation and treatment of waste.

More information: PRBB Waste managment guide.

Location

The PRBB is located on Barceloneta seafront between Hospital del Mar and the Arts Hotel in the Olympic Port of Barcelona.

Map

Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean coast of north-eastern Spain, is one of the most important cities in Europe and the centre of a large metropolitan area of more than 160 cities with a total population of around 5 million people. It is the economic, cultural and administrative capital of Catalonia.


Since the 90s, Barcelona has topped the ranking for the best quality of life for workers in Europe (European Cities Monitor 2011). It has a mild climate, a high number of sunshine hours, beaches, culture, a network of 4,500 educational institutions, a modern and accessible health system, and beautiful landscape surrounding the city. It is also has an easy-to-use public transport network.



The Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona is located in the Barceloneta district, next to the Hospital del Mar and several hotels

The PRBB is a member of Biocat, the Bioregion of Catalonia, and of IASP, APTE and XPCAT, associations of science and technology parks at the international, Spanish and Catalan levels.

The Bioregion of Catalonia is the most dynamic in Spain and stands out for its work into clinical and human health. There are 90 research centres and more than 400 life sciences groups. The main topics studied are genomics, cell reprogramming, oncology, nanomedicine and cardiovascular diseases.

22% of all Spanish biotechnology companies are located in Catalonia, while 45% of Spanish pharmaceutical companies are Catalan, including the largest in the sector: Almirall, Esteve Ferrer, Grifols, Lacer and Uriach. The Spanish pharmaceutical industry is the seventh largest in Europe in terms of production volume.

More information: The biotechnology industry in Barcelona

Unique research infrastructures
The supercomputer Mare Nostrum (Barcelona Supercomputing Center BSC), the National Centre for Genome Analysis (CNAG) and the Synchrotron ALBA-CELLS, are three of the European reference research infrastructures found in Barcelona and surroundings. The BSC is currently participating in the development of the European PRACE project, which is developing one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe.

A network of university hospitals
The Barcelona area has a great network of teaching hospitals, including Hospital Clínic, Hospital de Bellvitge, Hospital Vall d'Hebron, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Hospital del Mar and Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol. In certain areas these centres are international leaders, in fields ranging from basic to applied research and clinical diagnostics.

Associations
The PRBB is a member of Biocat, the Bioregion of Catalonia, and Barcelona Global, as well as APTE and XPCAT, the respective Spanish and Catalan associations of science and technology parks. The PRBB is also a member of Barcelona University Centre (BCU), which helps to facilitate all aspects of non-academic life for the foreign university community.


Contact

Opening times

Main reception:
Week days from 8 am to 7 pm

Document registry
Week days from 9 am to 5 pm

Access from Darwin Square:
Week days from 8 am to 8.30 pm

Reception of goods: 
Week days from 8 am to 6 pm

Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)

C/ Doctor Aiguader, 88
E-08003 Barcelona
Teléfono: (+34) 93 316 0000
Fax: (+34) 93 316 0019
E-mail:comunicacio@prbb.org