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Starting in September, Dr. Montserrat Vendrell, currently CEO of Biocat and the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), will be at the helm of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, a new science institute created from joining six Catalan research centers of excellence.  

The new institute’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Vendrell, who will take up this new position after handing off her current functions as CEO of Biocat and the PCB.

Biocat will soon publish a call for the selection process to find a new CEO. Montserrat Vendrell has been CEO of Biocat since April 2007 and has combined this position with her place at the head of the PCB since April 2014.

“After 8 years at the head of Biocat, I’m starting a new stage in my career. It has been a huge privilege to be a part of the Biocat project from the very beginning. I’m convinced that the biosciences sector is a great opportunity for our country and that Biocat plays a key role. From my new position, I hope to be able to continue contributing,” says Montserrat Vendrell. “With the Barcelona Institute, the Catalan research system is taking another leap forward, which will benefit the whole BioRegion of Catalonia”.

As of September, Montserrat Vendrell will head up a joint science initiative of the six research centers that make up the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology: the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).

“Through the multidisciplinary nature of the six centers that make up the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, we will promote the consolidation of a joint scientific initiative, build a postgraduate offering that addresses current training challenges and achieve the critical mass needed for efficient knowledge transfer,” highlights Montserrat Vendrell.

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