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A 2025 Vision for CataloniaScaling-up the BioRegion of Catalonia

In collaboration with: Amgen
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The BioRegion of Catalonia is a thriving ecosystem

+1,000 Companies (biotech, pharma, medtech, healthtech, CROs, service and goods providers and distributors, investing organizations)
89 Research Institutions (research centers, universities, university hospitals, large research infrastructures, technology centers and science & technology parks with activities in life and health sciences)
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€31,087 M per year
7.2% of GDP
+223,000 jobs
7% of jobs
29.5% of Spanish expenditure on biotech R&D activities
41.48% of total scientific publications
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Catalonia, the new place to be in Europe

Catalonia measures up to European Union countries such as Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Austria and Ireland.

In the first semester of 2018, 17 multinationals announced new set-ups in Barcelona or its surroundings.

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Some relevant companies setting up new innovation centers in Catalonia in 2018

Allianz Amazon Lidl Facebook Microsoft Moodle Nestlé Oracle Siemens

Destination of choice for international investors

Between 2015-2017, BioRegion start-ups have attracted almost €340 M in investment, more than three fold the amount reached in 2013-2015.

+210 investment operations in 2015-2017

+40 international investors

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Destination 16.3 2011 27.3 27.3 27.3 21.9 2012 27.3 27.3 27.3 40.4 2013 27.3 27.3 27.3 36.2 2014 27.3 27.3 27.3 27.3 65.4 2015 27.3 27.3 164.3 2016 27.3 27.3 27.3 27.3 107.3 135.8 2017 27.3 27.3 27.3 IPO PUBLIC VC INVESTMENT CO-DEVELOPMENT OR COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS MOVING AVERAGE

In €M. Source: Biocat

Catalonia is currently one of the leading research hubs in Europe

Catalonia attracts professionals from around the world

254 ICREA researchers from 26 different countries (29% in life sciences)
€90M in competitive funds attracted by ICREA researchers in 2017 (40% in life sciences)
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Map of Europe
Catalonia 280 190
Austria 208 252
Belgium 290 248
Ireland 89 101
Denmark 181 333
Sweden 304 382
Finland 156 140
Some indicators even outperform those of other European economies used for comparison.
ERC grantees by country Publications in Nature and Science by country Sources: AGAUR and Web of Science

A land of entrepreneurs

1 new company per week
144 new companies in 2015-2017

Yearly evolution of companies in the BioRegion

Biocat Report 2017  / Informe Biocat – Yearly evolution of companies in the BioRegion of Catalonia

Building the future by leveraging the BioRegion of Catalonia’s potential

Catalonia’s potential and its scientific quality, similar or even higher than comparable European countries, offer untapped opportunities for investment

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Current
2025
Yearly investment in innovative emergent life sciences companies
130M€/year
500M€/year
International investors investing in BioRegion startups
41
+100
Products in clinical development (therapies)
18
50
Catalonia: most innovative life sciences hub in Europe
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