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Biocat. (3/20/12). "Press Release: Barcelona to Host BIO-Europe Spring, Top European Biotechnology Congress, again in 2013".

Region Region Barcelona
  Country Spain (España)
Organisations Organisation Biocat (BioRegion of Catalonia Private Foundation / Fundació Privada BioRegió de Catalunya)
  Organisation 2 EBD Group (Group)
  Today Informa Group (Group)
  Group Informa plc (Group)
Products Product BIO-Europe Spring 2013 Barcelona
  Product 2 BIOTECH
Person Person Vendrell, Montserrat (Biocat 201203 CEO)

26 Catalan companies and organizations, 57% of the Spanish delegation, are participating in BIO-Europe Spring 2012 this week in Amsterdam.

Montserrat Vendrell, CEO of Biocat, announced today in Amsterdam, at an event organized by the BioRegion of Catalonia with the delegation of Catalan companies and international partners at BIO-Europe Spring 2012 (BES), that Barcelona will once again host the Bio-Europe Spring congress in 2013. Vendrell affirmed, "hosting this European event for a second time reaffirms Catalonia's place as a leader of European bioclusters, as well as the ability and potential of our companies and research bodies, which are recognized continually through interactions with our international partners."

After the success of the 2010 edition held in Barcelona, which received a record-setting 1,788 delegates from 1,061 companies, the company that organizes BES has shown particular interest holding this congress in the Catalan capital again.

The Barcelona City Council and Biocat head up the local organizing committee for BES, the top European partnering event in biotechnology that facilitates personalized one-to-one meetings between companies to explore mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration. BIO-Europe Spring and BIO-Europe (in the fall) are the largest and most important partnering conferences for the biotechnology industry outside of the United States. Each year, BES attracts the top leaders in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries from Europe (71%), North America (20%) and Asia (9%), representatives from venture capital funds around the world and the most noteworthy emerging companies, in order to explore business opportunities, network and participate in new projects.

Holding BES in Barcelona is a great opportunity to bring together technology and knowledge partners from Catalan companies and to attract foreign investment, in addition to promoting the country as a leading international business center in the life sciences and innovation.

Catalonia at BIO-Europe Spring 2012

The sixth edition of BIO-Europe Spring is being held from 19 to 21 March 2012 in Amsterdam, where the BioRegion of Catalonia is participating with a delegation of 26 companies and organizations (including Biocat, which is a Gold Sponsor of this edition and has a booth in the exhibition area). The Catalan delegation makes up 57% of the Spanish total at BES 2012.

Since Monday, representatives from nearly 1,300 companies with 2,160 delegates, 20% more than in 2011, have been networking with potential investors, presenting their products and getting a first-hand look at innovations in the sector thanks to the ample program of conferences, workshops and parallel presentations. Nearly 10,000 partnering sessions are expected to be held by the time BES ends tomorrow and these meetings, as shown in previous editions, lead to numerous commercial, financial and research agreements. Before the congress, participants had the opportunity to use an online application to scout for potential partners and coordinate meeting agendas.

The BioRegion of Catalonia awakens great interest and these expectations have been made clear over recent years at a number of benchmark international events in the sector. The significance of this fact is also clearly demonstrated by the data in the 2011 Biocat Report: Portrait of a sector in motion, which analyzes trends in biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technology in Catalonia and the world.

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