Animal facility (AAALAC acredited unit)
The PRBB animal facility is one of the most complex and automated in Europe and has capacity for 70,000 mice under SPF conditions as well as 50,000 zebrafish.
As of June 2010, the programme of care and use of laboratory animals has the full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). This is the highest international certification in the field and is a recognition of the quality of the running of the centre which results in better practice and improved research results.
The PRBB has an Ethical Committee for Animal Research (CEEA-PRBB) which evaluates project procedures using experimental animals, taking into account the appropriateness of the procedure in relation to the objectives of the study, the possibility of reaching valid conclusions with the fewest animals, the effect on the animals not being disproportionate to the potential benefits of the research, and, in short, the avoidance of unnecessary suffering, as well as considering the possibility of alternative methods to the use of animals.
Note: The animal facilities of the PRBB and the PCB science parks have initiated a process for the creation of the PRBB PCB Animal Facility Alliance. This new alliance opens the possibility to expand the technology offer and will contribute to the improvement, competitiveness and sustainability of services to support biomedical research in the region.
Animal facility: Services & prices
In an area of over 4,500 m2, the PRBB animal house comprises six separate units, which are connected and administered under a single manager:
Area for aquatic animals (Xenopus frogs and zebrafish)
Barrier zone: specific pathogen-free (SPF), with modern ventilated microisolators. This also has three support laboratories.
Transgenesis area: large laboratories (250 m2) to apply both traditional and the most innovative techniques, able to generate genetically modified mice.
Experimental area: equipped with laboratories for in vivo imaging, rooms for behavioural studies, surgery rooms and an irradiator.
Quarantine area: with its own locker room access, rederivation laboratory for embryo transfer, laundry and sterilization, and four different rooms with modern microisolators.
Conventional animal house: located in the adjacent building at no. 80 Doctor Aiguader, and connected to the PRBB building via an underground tunnel. It has an area of 1,300 m2 for neuropharmacology and immunology studies.
The PRBB has an auditorium for conferences and scientific events. It is situated on the first floor of the central courtyard and has independent access from the rest of the building. A large terrace overlooks the sea.
The PRBB auditorium holds 250 people. It consists of a 65 m2 hall for housing secretaries and receiving guests. The half-covered terrace with a convenient power supply is available for catering services (breakfasts, snacks or meals). There are no adjoining rooms available.
The technical equipment of the auditorium includes:
- Head table with eight microphones and four LCD monitors.
- Speaker’s podium and laptop for speakers.
- 7500 lumen video projected (2) onto a central screen measuring 290 x 560 cm.
- Fixed video camera to record events on DVD and/or for video-streaming.
- Connection to the networks of the PRBB centres.
- Internet connection via WIFI.
- Booth for simultaneous translation.
- Handheld and lapel microphones.
Auditorium: rates and user information
Patents and companies
The park supports the technology transfer activities of the centres in the areas of intellectual property protection, creation of spin-offs (like Chemotargets or qGenomics), partnerships between companies and academic groups, as well as improving the visibility of the scientific community. The Molecular Dynamics (MD) specialist Acellera and the zebrafish platform ZeClinics are companies operating from the park
Through the internal training programme, PRBB Intervals, scientists can acquire basic knowledge via various courses on patents, business plans and financing.
In the following links you can see the technology offer and transfer activities by the centres in the park:
Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM):
University Pompeu Fabra (UPF):
UPF Business Shuttle and Innovation Unit
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG):
Technology Transfer Office of the CRG
Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL):
Pasqual Maragall Foundation (FPM):
Barcelonaßeta BrainResearch Center
PRBB Consortium is a public entity (see statutes) and subject to the public procurement regime. The PRBB contractor profile is available on the website of the Government of Catalonia (in Catalan and Spanish) via the link below.
All open, restricted or negotiable tenders are published as well as formalisations of awards and contracts. The publication contains information on administrative terms, techniques and deadlines for the submission of bids.
Risk prevention & Safety
PRBB Biosafety Committee (CBS-PRBB)
The PRBB has a Biosafety Committee (CBS-PRBB) available to all the centres at the park. Its main function consists in the biosafety evaluation of the scientific projects that involve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and biological or chemical agents that may have biological effects of special relevance, complexity or danger, and that are carried out in the PRBB facilities. It also provides advice on matters related to biosafety to researchers, departments or services, when required.
For more information, please send a mail to email@example.com
The PRBB building brings together more than 1,400 residents who work in different spaces and facilities with varying degrees of health and safety risks. Therefore, at PRBB the prevention of occupational risks is an ethical and social requirement and occupies a preferential position in the institutional values of the park, beyond compliance with current regulations.
The Inter-institutional Commission on Prevention of Occupational Risks at the PRBB (CIPRL-PRBB), formed by all of the centres, coordinates prevention, conducts awareness campaigns and provides information. There is also a self-protection plan at the PRBB including instructions on emergency situations, in order to minimize potential harm to either people in the building or the environment.
Our prevention objectives also include the employees of external companies, partners and users, who work within the context of the rules that apply to all PRBB centres. If you need to perform an activity at the PRBB, you must obtain information on occupational safety and the organisation of commercial activity at the park. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIFI and Eduroam
It is easy to access the internet via a wireless connection in any area of the building. When connecting a mobile device, the operating system automatically recognises the network “PRBB”.
The PRBB also participates in the Eduroam project, which aims to allow network access for visitors from academic institutions associated with Eduroam. Access to the service is always delivered with the same credentials as in the home institution.