Inside of The Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)

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

"We connect science and diversity in one creative space"

The research 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 50 different countries, an accumulated R&D budget of approximately 100 M€ per year and cutting-edge scientific equipment.

The physical connection of the PRBB with the Hospital de Mar next door also provides an excellent insight into clinical reality.

The Government of Catalonia, the Pompeu Fabra University and the Barcelona City Council made this initiative a reality in 2006

The research centres form an inter-institutional coalition and are connected to one another via the open-plan layout.


Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute

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



Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University

"We generate and transfer to society the knowledge derived from research in health and life sciences through higher education."



Centre for Genomic Regulation

"We want to understand the complexity of life: from the genome to the cell, to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases."



Barcelona Institute of Global Health

"Our goal is to improve global health and promote health equity through excellence in research, and the translation and application of knowledge."



Institute of Evolutionary Biology

"We work to understand the evolutionary mechanisms that generate biodiversity and to promote its conservation."


EMBL Barcelona

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

"Scientists at EMBL Barcelona explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease."



Barcelona Institute of Applied Radiopharmacy

"We are a laboratory for the synthesis of PET radiopharma-ceuticals using a cyclotron"


Life at the PRBB


20 scientific platforms (animal facility, genomics, proteomics, imaging, clinical trials, pharmacology, biobank,...)

With the exception of the PRBB animal house, all services are managed by the centres, mainly the CRG, the UPF and the IMIM.


1,200 publications / year

10-15 articles in Nature and Science / year

27 ERC projects

90M€ competitive funding / year

300 scientific conferences / year

Code of Good Scientific Practice of the PRBB

Scientific areas

Biomedical informatics and Systems biology

Gene regulation and Epigenetics

Cell and Developmental biology

Pharmacology and Clinical physiopathology

Human genetics and Evolutionary biology

Epidemiology and Public health


The demography of the residents

Data from December 2019

6 research centres

1,400 residents (building)

from 50 countries

30% foreign scientists

243 PhD students

254 Postdocs

167 Senior researchers

The 335 foreign residents (25%) come from 48 different countries, with the Italians taking first place (90), followed by the Germans (37), and the French (27). The UK, with 17 residents, takes the fourth place in the country rankings. For international research staff, the figure raises to 30%.


A space for reflective learning

The programme PRBB Intervals provides residents with a range of education and training opportunities in areas that complement their professional experience. PRBB Intervals offers about 38 courses grouped into three thematic learning areas:

Self skills

Interpersonal skills

System skills

Facilitating direct communication between the scientists and the public

>12.000 visitors per year, including centres

35 activities for highschool students

PRBB Openday with >2.000 visitors and 250 volunteers

44 international delegations / year

>180 news on the El·lipse channel per year

>30.000 followers in social media

Social activities for the residents

PRBB Beach Volleyball Championship

PRBB Orchestra and Choir

Yoga sessions throughout the week

Services at the park for external clients

Animal facility (AAALAC accredited 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.

The PRBB has an Ethical Committee for Animal Research (CEEA-PRBB)

Conference hall

The PRBB auditorium holds 250 people. It provides also a 65 m2 hall for housing secretaries and receiving guests. The half-covered terrace overlooks the sea and has a convenient power supply for catering services (breakfasts, snacks or meals).

Our mission

We provide the best environment for biomedical research of excellence.

Two little gifts for you

Thank you!

Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)

C/ Doctor Aiguader, 88

08003 Barcelona

Telephone: (+34) 93 316 0000

E-mail: comunicacio@prbb.org

Additional information

Knowledge transfer in a health cluster

Translational medicine

  • Higher education and training
  • Diagnostics and tools
  • Clinical trials
  • Expert pool for health sector

Collaboration with companies

  • International network projects
  • Licensing
  • Services

Create a start-up company

  • Business Plan
  • Training & Mentoring
  • Financing
  • Setting up the company

Chemotargets S.L. is a computationally-oriented biotech company focused on the drug discovery and development areas. Located now at PCB-UB, it was founded in 2006 as a spin-off from the Chemogenomics Laboratory at IMIM.

Acellera is an IT company of a GRIB (IMIM-UPF) researcher focused on delivering services on computing intensive, mission critical applications. They use the outstanding computational capabilities of new accelerator processors from offices at Poblenou in Barcelona.

qGenomics is a spin-off of the CRG and the UPF, as a result of a successful research project, funded by Genoma España. This genomic diagnostic company was founded in 2008 and is located now in Esplugues-Barcelona.

ZeClinics is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) and early-phase biopharmaceutical company using zebrafish. It is a spin-off from UPF (2014) and is located at a health innovation cluster in Badalona.

Microomics is a recent spin-off company from the CRG (2017) specialized in providing high-quality metagenomics analysis. Their capacities comprise solutions directed to Bacterial, Fungal, Food and Shotgun metagenomics profiling, as well as whole genome analyses.

World leaders in fluid transcriptomics. Flomics was created by a group of genomics researchers with the goal of transforming laboratory discoveries into better healthcare for society.

This UPF spin-off company seeks to reduce the impact of pig waste by extracting molecules that are useful for producing feed, adhesives and binding materials.

MedBioinformatics Solutions are based on DisGeNET, a tool developed by the GRIB (IMIM-UPF). It stores 600,000 associations between more than 17,000 genes and 24,000 human diseases.

A spin off company from the CRG founded by experienced entrepreneurs and funded by invivo Ventures. Pulmobiotics will use its technology to discover and develop novel treatments and vaccines for respiratory diseases.

Inauguration of the PRBB in May 2006: Joan Clos (Mayor of Barcelona), Jordi Camí (General director of the PRBB), Mercedes Cabrera (Spanish Science Minister), Pasqual Maragall (President of the Catalan Government), Josep Joan Moreso (Rector of the UPF), Antoni Castells (Catalan Finance Minister)

Major milestones in the history of the PRBB

Somorrostro beach in 1962

The PRBB celebrates it's 10th anniversary in May 2016.

In 2017, an outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) joins the PRBB.

(c) La Vanguardia

For Architects

A seductive research building


Architects: Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda

Building surface area: 55,000 m2

Scientífic use: 40,000 m2

Linear laboratory benches: approx. 3.5 km

Terraces: 4,600 m2

Height: 36.5 m

Dimensions: 117 x 74 m

Inauguration: May 15, 2006

Occupancy: 100%

Thank you!