The Andalusian Center for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND, www.bionand.es ), the centerpiece of the Andalusian Program for Research in Nanomedicine, represents one of the pillars of the Andalusian Advanced Therapy Initiative. BIONAND is a high quality joint research centre established in 2010 by the Departments of Health and Economy of Andalusian Regional Government and the University of Málaga, and managed by Fundación Pública Andaluza Progreso y Salud (FPS). It is located in the Andalusian Technology Park (PTA) in Malaga.
BIONAND is the first specialized centre in Spain focused exclusively towards healthcare-applied nanotechnology research, and has been designed as a multidisciplinary center, fostering interactions between professionals from healthcare, university and private sectors. It has been created in order to undertake the process of the physical, chemical and functional characterization of nanostructures with biological applications, and for this purpose is extremely well-equipped with the latest scientific technologies, as consequence of its unique focus on specific scientific areas.
Researchers at BIONAND are supported by various Research Support Units (http://www.bionand.es/core-facilities ), all of them with specialized technical staff: the Nano-Imaging Unit, Cell Culture Unit, Chemical Unit, Histology Unit, the Animal House (rat, mouse and zebra fish) and other core facilities. The Nano-Imaging Unit is one of the most remarkable ones. It brings together a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, including high-field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, micro-CT, intra-vital optical imaging, electron microscopy, advanced optical microscopy (multiphoton, superresolution…), cell sorting and high content screening. The unit has been conceived and optimized to provide very diverse and integrated technological support for nanotechnology-based biomedical research, offering advance services to internal and external users.