Aggregation of leading researchers
Regarding health sciences, a movement of institutional aggregation has been generated with the participation of the University of Cantabria, the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and Valdecilla Virtual Hospital. The scientific capacity of the aggregation and the infrastructures provided are strengthened with the setting up of the new headquarters for the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology in Cantabria (IBBTEC), a mixed UC, CSIC and Regional-Government centre.
Cantabria International Campus favours a process of integration in a unique cluster with the IBBTEC and IFIMAV research groups, as well as the other UC groups who work in that area. The cluster aggregates more than 500 researchers and technicians to promote research, teaching and transfer and has already started to attract new high-quality international researchers. The cluster also promotes transfer through business partners in the region and it attracts other companies in the biotechnological sector to Cantabria.
On the other hand, the UC and Valdecilla Virtual Hospital are already collaborating on an educational programme with a network of experts from universities such as Harvard and MIT, which aspire to become a reference in Europe and a bridge for transfer to Latin-America.