On Monday 22 October, the Dolors Aleu Hall registered a full house, with more than 170 people gathering to celebrate the long and successful career of Joan J. Guinovart. Authorities, current and former members of the Board of Trustees, scientific collaborators, family members, representatives from philanthropic institutions, members of IRB Barcelona, and former students accompanied the founder and former director of the institute during 13 years on this special occasion. Indeed, due to interest in the event, it was retransmitted by video streaming in an annex hall.
The newspaper “El Periódico” has published an article about the campaign to host the new headquarters of the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Brexit.
The article echoes the opinion of several leading figures, including IRB Barcelona director Joan J. Guinovart. "The presence of the EMA would turn Barcelona into a tremendous great focus on well-being and wealth for the whole of Europe," he stresses.
Science Magazine publishes a report on the official launch of European Molecular Biology Laboratory's (EMBL) sixth site, in Barcelona. The new branch, housed at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), will focus on tissue biology and disease modelling.
The agreement between the EMBL and the Spanish government strengthens Barcelona's profile as one of southern Europe's premier science hubs, stresses Joan Guinovart, director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, in Science Magazine. “Barcelona is already one of the hottest spots in biomedicine in Europe," he adds.