IMDEA Materials to form part of the Community of Madrid’s new research clusters

IMDEA Materials will be a founding member of three of the Community of Madrid´s recently launched Innovation, Technology and Talent Clusters.

The clusters, each dedicated to a different scientific area, have been designed to facilitate public-private partnerships, increase knowledge transfer and the development of new technology, to attract and retain talent, and to increase financial investment in the sector and the region.

IMDEA Materials will participate in the clusters for Biomedical Technologies and Biotechnology, Space Technology and Semiconductors. Each will feature the involvement of dozens of companies and universities, alongside research and technology centres.

The madri+d Knowledge Foundation and the local Madrid government hope the initiative will improve collaboration between members in a bid to increase industrial partnerships and to facilitate access to European funds.

IMDEA Materials Assistant Project Manager Mónica Gorbe was recently in attendance for the first meeting of the cluster Innovation, Technology and Talent for Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

The Institute’s participation comes less than two years after the inauguration of its Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine research group under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Patterson.

“In the past two years, IMDEA Materials has become a reference point, not only in Spain but also in Europe, in the development of materials for biomedicine and biotechnology”, said Gorbe.

“This has been evidenced recently by our leadership of the €3.5 million, European BIOMET4D project (101047008), involving seven institutions from four countries, which aims to create a new generation of biodegradable implants for tissue regeneration, and which is being coordinated by IMDEA Materials.” 

“We hope that our participation in the new cluster will allow us to continue reinforcing links with scientific and industrial players in the Community of Madrid and to take advantage of new opportunities to secure research funding in Europe.