Ximo Puig confirms that the Center for Aging is taking its first steps as a project that strives to be the center of excellence for Spain and for Europe.

by | Nov 16, 2021 | News

– The president and the minister of Innovation went to the establishment of the founding board of trustees of the ICAR, a center that will be a «benchmark» on a national and European level.

– The head of the Generalitat (Regional Government of the Autonomous Community of Valencia) points out that the venture is the result of the alliance between the public and the private to meet «one of the greatest challenges of this century».

– Carolina Pascual states that ICAR, which has an initial funding of 2.5 million euros, «is part of a global strategy whose main objective is to attract, keep and consolidate human capital».

Alicante. The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, affirms that, with the establishment of the founding board of trustees of the International Center for Aging Research (ICAR, its English abbreviation) a project that will be a «benchmark» for Spain and for Europe begins, and it is intended to turn Elche and Alicante into the center of excellence in this field.

The president, together with the minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Carolina Pascual, went to the establishment of the founding board of trustees of the ICAR, an institution that has had the support of the business community of the whole of the Alicante province and it will be the starting point to launch the project.

This center, as the president pointed out, is the result of the political and entrepreneurial commitment to meet the needs of society. In this sense, he pointed out that 19% of the population today is aged over 65, and that this percentage will double before 2050.

The head of the Generalitat also highlighted the fact that the project conveys the dynamism of the province and it is the result of the alliance between the public and the private to respond to «one of the great challenges of this century»..

To this end, the management will focus on promoting a «society based on respect» it strives to be a «hub» that combines science and knowledge at the service of seniors. «Science is the only door to the future», the president added, who highlighted the pioneering nature of this center and he also went on to say that he was willing to invest more into it so that it can be up and running as soon as possible.

Ground-breaking research

During her speech, Carolina Pascual stated that «ICAR is part of a global strategy whose main objective is to attract, keep and consolidate human capital to train outstanding research teams, it has a significant impact on the Valencian society and economy, and by extension, that of Spain in general.

In turn, the minister of Innovation explained that, with the initial funding of 2.5 million euros, the center «takes the first steps: the building project, attracting the first researchers, setting up the foundation and the refurbishment of the first auxiliary structure until the definitive building is ready».

In order to attract international research talent to the Alicante-Elche center, «the aim is to get companies from all sectors involved in this project to contribute to the research, development and innovation», the minister pointed out.

International appeal

After the establishment of the founding board of trustees, the guidelines and the measures to take will be stipulated to then hire the manager and the administrative staff and, in turn, in the first six months of the year, it will be publicized internationally to attract prestigious researchers to the Valencian Community, so that they can begin their work, now under the auspices of ICAR, at the facilities of the University of Alicante and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche.

The International Center for Aging was set up to carry out exceptional scientific research on aging from a multidisciplinary point of view, it is internationally recognized and it aims to have a positive social and economic impact.

The research will focus on two fields: research into biology and disruptive technology applied to aging.

Its activities include ground-breaking research into molecular and cellular biology, the genetics of aging and computational biology and artificial intelligence systems. The development of new therapies and biomarkers for age-related diseases are also envisaged. It will be a center of excellence and an interaction hub for other centers or institutions.