Eva Ortega-Paíno highlights the center's position as an international benchmark during her visit to CIC bioGUNE

CIC bioGUNE hosts the visit of Eva Ortega-Paíno, Secretary General for Research at the Ministry of Science, who emphasized the importance of collaboration in R&D and learned about the center's innovative projects.
With 30 years of experience in oncology and immunology, Ortega-Paíno underscored the Ministry's commitment to scientific and technological advancement.

The Cooperative Research Center in Biosciences, CIC bioGUNE – member of BRTA – had the privilege of receiving the Secretary General  for Research at the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Government of Spain, Eva Ortega-Paíno, at our facilities. Her visit was an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between our center and governmental institutions, as well as to learn firsthand about the research and development (R&D) plans being promoted by the Ministry.

Eva Ortega-Paíno, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences, has 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector, academia, and the biotechnology industry, mainly in oncology and immunology. She completed a postdoctoral stay at Lund University, Sweden, in the Department of Immunotechnology. Until now, she has been the Scientific Director of the Biobank at the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) and has held key positions at the Carlos III Health Institute and BBMRI-ERIC. She recently joined the Advisory Council on Science, Technology and Innovation (CACTI) and the Research Ethics Committee of the Carlos III Health Institute, in addition to having been Vice President of the Society of Spanish Scientists in Sweden (ACES).

The visit began with a presentation by the General Director, José M Mato, of CIC bioGUNE and CIC biomaGUNE centers, both members of BRTA. Following a brief explanation of the centers' objectives, mission, and research, the visit continued with a tour of the Molecular and Cellular Biology laboratories, guided by researchers June Ereño and Arkaitz Carracedo, and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facilities, with Ana Ardá and Óscar Millet.

During her intervention, the Secretary General shared the projects and objectives being developed in the field of research in Spain. Ortega-Paíno emphasized the importance of collaboration between different research centers and the public sector to promote the scientific and technological advancement of the country. She also highlighted the Ministry's commitment to financing and supporting innovative projects that promote sustainable development and competitiveness on the international stage.

After the intervention, a colloquy ensued among researchers from the institution, alongside representatives and executives from other regional entities and organizations within the sector, facilitating the exchange of ideas, proposals, and concerns.

Eva Ortega-Paíno's visit reinforces our commitment to scientific excellence and motivates us to continue working on research projects that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technological development. We deeply appreciate her presence and support for our research efforts.

About CIC bioGUNE
The Centre for Cooperative Research in Biosciences (CIC bioGUNE), member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), located in the Bizkaia Technology Park, is a biomedical research organisation conducting cutting-edge research at the interface between structural, molecular and cell biology, with a particular focus on generating knowledge on the molecular bases of disease, for use in the development of new diagnostic methods and advanced therapies.

About BRTA
BRTA is an alliance of 4 collaborative research centres (CIC bioGUNE, CIC nanoGUNE, CIC biomaGUNE y CIC energiGUNE) and 13 technology centres (Azterlan, Azti, Ceit, Cidetec, Gaiker, Ideko, Ikerlan, Leartiker, Lortek, Neiker, Tecnalia, Tekniker y Vicomtech) with the main objective of developing advanced technological solutions for the Basque corporate fabric.

With the support of the Basque Government, the SPRI Group and the Provincial Councils of the three territories, the alliance seeks to promote collaboration between the research centres, strengthen the conditions to generate and transfer knowledge to companies, contributing to their competitiveness and outspreading the Basque scientific-technological capacity abroad.

BRTA has a workforce of 3,500 professionals, executes 22% of the Basque Country's R&D investment, registers an annual turnover of more than 300 million euros and generates 100 European and international patents per year.

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