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Six CSIC groups renew the TECNIO accreditation

TECNIO is an accreditation awarded through the local government’s ACCION program. It has as a goal to identify and give visibility to technology developers of the R & D & I system, groups that have differential technological capabilities and thus the capacity to transfer them to the industrial sector.

Laboratory of the Nanomol Group.The GTQ, MCS, NANOMOL and Nb4D groups of the CSIC, ant the centres IIIA and IRI, the latter a joint centre CSIC-UPC, have renewed their TECNIO accreditation with the new eligibility conditions and attributes stipulated by the local government (Generalitat de Catalunya). The distinction is useful for the companies to identify where they can find technologies for developing new products or processes, either through the acquisition or exploitation of patents, or through R & D & I  projects.

The CSIC accredited groups have the following capabilities:

The IIIA, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, currently directed by CSIC Research Professor Carles Sierra, has three main lines of work: Machine Learning (research in computer systems that learn from data and experience and their applications); Multi-agent systems (computer systems research focused on human-computer interactions and their applications); and Logic and Reasoning (research on representation and reasoning, optimization and swarm intelligence, and their applications).

The IRI, Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, a joint center of the CSIC and the UPC, is currently directed by Dr. Guillem Alenyà. It offers experience and technological capabilities in different areas of robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and automatic control, among others. Broadly speaking, it can transfer knowledge in robotic systems aimed to assistance (service robotics), design and construction of innovative robotic mechanisms (parallel robots, aerial robots), to the application of innovative computer vision algorithms (automotive sectors, textiles or services), artificial intelligence systems and systems aimed at energy efficiency (fuel cells and management of energy and water systems). Therefore, the sectors to which they can transfer technology can be the mobility and automotive sector, advanced manufacturing, industrial robotics, logistics and automation, assistive robotics, augmented reality, smart cities, energy efficiency , environmental management, etc.

NANOMOL is a research group of excellence directed by Dr. Nora Ventosa. It is dedicated to the synthesis, processing and study of molecular and polymeric materials with chemical, electronic, magnetic and biomedical properties. They carry out basic and applied research projects on the microstructure and nanostructuring of molecular materials. This knowledge makes it possible to improve the properties of products manufactured in various sectors, such as chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic products, thus contributing to increase their added value. They participate in the implementation of sustainable and economically efficient nanotechnologies and technologies for the preparation of advanced functional materials. NANOMOL is a research group of the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB).

The Group of Chemical Transducers (GTQ) of the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM), led by Dr. César Fernández, is an interdisciplinary research group with a considerable potential for valorization and technology transfer. The group develops solid state chemical sensors obtained by microelectronic technology, which can solve problems in different sectors.

The Nanobiotechnology for Diagnosis (Nb4D) group of the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) focuses its activity on the development of new molecular diagnostic tools. The group, led by CSIC Research Professor Pilar Marco, provides innovative alternatives to the current limitations in different technological fields, mainly in the areas of clinical diagnosis and food safety.

The MCS (Medicinal Chemistry & Synthesis) group works to generate knowledge and therapeutic technologies by combining the improvement and optimization of existing drug molecules and new therapeutic approaches. Under the direction of Dr. Amadeu Llebaria, it includes the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (MedChemLab) and the High Added Value Molecules Synthesis Service (SimCHEM), both belonging to the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC). The main lines of research include photopharmacology, immunotherapy, and chemical methods for labelling native proteins.

In 2019, the accredited TECNIO groups received more than 11 million euros, 4.5 of which were with projects with companies, accounting for a total of 150.