The Instituto Universitario de Bio-Orgánica "Antonio González" (IUBO-AG) is a multidisciplinary research center located at the town of La Laguna, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1999, and former capital of the Canary Islands of Tenerife. The geographical location in addition to its mild climate has made the Canary Islands to posses a variety of ecosystems with unique plants and animals.
The IUBO-AG is the successor of the Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas of the Patronato "Juan de la Cierva". The Institute was founded in 1963 by Professor Antonio González González (1917-2002), Full Professor of Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of La Laguna (ULL).
Under the guidance of Prof. González (Don Antonio for his pupils), the Center evolved through diverse stages to what is known nowadays. Thus, the Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas became the Instituto de Productos Naturales Orgánicos of the Spanish Research Council CSIC. It was later transformed into the Centro de Productos Naturales, a hybrid of the Spanish Research Council and the University of La Laguna. In 1989, the Centre acquired its current name Instituto Universitario de Bio-Orgánica, being added later on the name of its founder Antonio González. At present, the Centre belongs exclusively to the University of La Laguna although the researchers belong to either ULL or CSIC.
At present, more than 100 persons are working at the IUBO-AG, among which 50 permanent academic and scientific staff members, approximately 50 scientific staff members (post-docs and post-graduate scientists) and 6 administrative and technical staff members.