A draw for talent
Catalonia attracts professionals from around the world to a research, development and innovation system recognized as a worldwide benchmark of excellence in research in areas such as biomedicine, photonics, energy, economy and nanotechnology.
Since 2001, ICREA (the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) has been hiring top-notch scientists and scholars to compete with other research systems on similar footing, which has largely contributed to boosting the excellence and competitiveness of Catalonia’s research system.
Catalonia is open to international talent. The percentage of international researchers is higher in the senior positions
Source: Secretariat for Universities and Research 2017
A land of entrepreneurs
Yearly evolution of BioRegion of Catalonia companies (2005-2017)
Companies in the BioRegion generate
Evolution in number of employees in BioRegion companies (2010-2016)
Catalonia relies on a broad network of CMOs, CROs, hospitals for trials, consultants, regulatory advisors, market-access specialists, technology, etc. Any company can execute operations at the top level just by using local providers and professionals
The availability of investable teams is actually one of the main assets of a thriving ecosystem. Although the current proportion of first-timers is higher and seasoned teams are still scarce, the capabilities are evolving rapidly because there is a large base of professionals able to adapt to the rules of start-up, and also because it is very easy to import talent from abroad to be settled in Barcelona.