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Functional validation and preclinical research

The Functional Validation and Preclinical Research platform (FVPR), part of the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), comprises three technology platforms: the In Vitro Experimentation Unit, the In Vivo Experimentation Unit and the Preclinical Histology Unit.

The purpose of the platform is to offer industry and other research groups a comprehensive set of services to test new biomedical applications that can be based on nanotechnology, whether for treating specific diseases or for new diagnosis and imaging applications.

In its pursuit to meet the requirements of “IPs clients”, including those linked to legal and regulatory services and requirements, and to the organisation itself, the FVPR has introduced a quality management system based on the ISO 9001 standard. 

These foundations apply to the centre’s mission, vision and values, as well as its own quality targets.


  • Providing the scientific community, in-house research groups, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies with a cutting-edge technology platform for the preclinical development of compounds for therapy or diagnosis applications, particularly those based on nanotechnology.

  • Offering a comprehensive service, from characterising the nanotechnology system or compound in development, to testing products in vitro and on animal models.

  • Providing FVPR professionals with a working environment that helps them accomplish these challenges, offering them opportunities and training to facilitate creativity, exploration and development of innovative services that meet current and future demands from clients.


  • Becoming a national and European benchmark in validating (proof of concept) and developing (regulatory and non-regulatory preclinical) materials based on nanotechnology with clinical applications.


  • Commitment and ethics: we are committed to our work since we know that after developing new medical applications, there are new options that can help improve people’s lives. We approach our work ethically and rigorously, whilst never losing the necessary objectivity and impartiality for scientific endeavour.

  • Efficiency and high standards: we face daily challenges rigorously, nimbly and effectively to attain the highest possible quality standards.

  • Innovation and creativity: we work on finding the best techniques to complete trials, always based on thorough scientific knowledge, to provide the best comprehensive service to our clients.

  • Respect: through a transparent information policy across the board.

Our commitment

  • Providing the necessary human and material resources to maintain our quality management system and attain our objectives, whilst effectively managing them.
  • Fulfilling the requirements of the organisation and clients.
  • Continually improving our processes and complying with all applicable legislation and regulations, as well as all agreements signed.
  • Encouraging all FVPR professionals to promote improvements to the quality management system.
  • Communicating our policy and quality targets, and annually reviewing the policy content to ensure ongoing relevance.


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Consult the current rates for services offered by the FVPRF

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Rates of Functional validation and preclinical research (Histology / In vivo)

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Rates of Functional validation & preclinical research (In vitro)

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