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Edificio CICbiomaGUNE

The Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials-CIC biomaGUNE, located in San Sebastian (Spain), was officially opened in December 2006. CIC biomaGUNE is a non-profit research organization created to promote scientific research and technological innovation at the highest levels in the Basque Country following the BioBasque policy in order to create a new business sector based on biosciences. Established by the Department of Industry, Technology & Innovation of the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, CIC biomaGUNE constitutes one of the Centres of the CIC network, the largest Basque Country research network on specific strategic areas, having the mission to contribute to the economical and social development of the country through the generation of knowledge and speeding up the process that leads to technological innovation.

“I have no exact vision of the future, no general plan, I move from work to work touching in all directions, as a blind in a labyrinth. ”
György Ligeti (1923-2006).

Centre Directors

José María Mato, Director General

José M Mato

  • CICbioGUNE & CICbiomaGUNE General Director
  • CICbioGUNE Scientific Director

Dr. José M Mato, professor and general director of the Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials, CIC biomaGUNE, in the Basque Country, received his Ph.D. degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands, where he spent eight years doing research on chemotaxis in Dictyostelium discoideum under the direction of Prof. Theo M. Konijn.

Dr. Mato spent a year as a guest investigator conducting research in methionine metabolism in leukocyte chemotaxis at NIH, and then another year-long visit at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Luis Liz-Marzan, Director científico de CIC biomaGUNE

Luis Liz-Marzán

  • CIC biomaGUNE Scientific Director

Dr. Luis M. Liz-Marzán, Ikerbasque professor and scientific director of the Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials - CIC biomaGUNE, in the Basque Country, received his Ph. D. Degree in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela and did post-doctoral work at the Van’t Hoff Laboratory of Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He is Full Professor on leave from the University of Vigo and has been visiting profesor at several prestigious universities and research institutions worldwide.
He has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant (2011-2016).

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