Biomedical Engineering Research Centre
CREB is a multidisciplinary research centre with the mission of providing R&D&I in biomedical engineering to meet technological, clinical and industrial needs.
CREB is able to provide science and technology solutions and support for technology transfer and training. It also acts as a technological observatory for medical technologies.
Its main activities are as follows:
Biomedical signals and systems
Design and development of advanced techniques for the acquisition and processing of biomedical signals used for monitoring, diagnosing and treating cardiac, respiratory, neuronal and muscular conditions.
Automation of tests and measures.
Analysis of snoring.
Robotics and vision
Robotics for surgery rehabilitation and social rehabilitation.
Advice on process automation, adaptation and robotisation of installations.
Development of image processing systems, vision inspection and robot guidance. Study and design of technical aids for people with physical and sensory disabilities.
Biomaterials and biomechanics
Analysis of mechanical properties (fracture, fatigue and wear), chemical and microstructural characterisation (optical microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis), environmental electron microscopy tests and studies (without the need to dry samples) and in situ mechanical tests using microscopy. Other activities include:
• Injectable calcium phosphates
• Metallurgy and coatings
• Cell bioengineering
• Biomechanics and simulation
Dosimetry of ionising radiation
Development of procedures and techniques to monitor radiation resulting from its use in industry and medicine. Testing and calibration of photon and beta radiation detectors. External personal dosimetry service.
Instrumentation and bioengineering
Design and development of new equipment, sensors, products and biomedical instrumentation:
• Monitoring of haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
• Estimates of the respiratory pattern in chronic patients and ICUs.
• Non-invasive estimates of post-transplant cardiac rejection (ESEM).
• Non-contact measurements of hepatic iron.
• Determination of the technological quality of meat products.
• Online monitoring of cell growth in bioreactors.
• Study of sedimentation and biomass concentration at water-treatment plants.
Geometric modelling. Construction and evaluation of volumetric models from 3D images.
Analysis of structural properties of materials using 3D images. Calculation of porosity and connectivity.
Visualisation of multimodal data. Illustrative visualisation. Contextualisation techniques.
CREB has more than 25 years’ experience in technology transfer and 27 registered patents.
Currently there are 5 patents available to out-license:
Biopolymer containing calcium phosphate foam, process for obtaining thereof and use for bone regeneration (EP09382046.2)
New nanostructured material for tissue regeneration (EP10382121.1)
New recombinant protein polymers and method of surface bioactivation of these polymers (P200901903)
Modular system for feeding animals, welfare magnetic field (P201000808)
Inorganic cement for biomedical applications, process for their preparation and use (P201000359)
Its technological capacity covers a wide range of sectors:
Development of a standard multi-well electroporation plate device
Evaluation of an electric cell stimulator that has been developed and patented and creation of a new electroporation application to test this concept in order to broaden the potential market.
In cooperation with the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation and KIMbcn.
Advice, development supervision, manufacturing and testing for the ALBA synchrotron’s power supplies.
Drycheck is a new technology to improve the drying process of sausages. It helps the producers to guarantee a high quality product by measuring the quantity of moisture in real time while maintaining traditional flavours and texture.
A portable device that helps people with urinary incontinence to properly control and re-educate the pelvic floor muscles.
In cooperation with the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona.