Biocat (Bioregion of Catalonia)

Spain: Catalonia
Montserrat Daban

Overview

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About us

Biocat is the institution that brings together the life sciences and healthcare innovation community in Catalonia.

Created in 2006 at the behest of the Government of Catalonia, Biocat’s mission is to maximize the economic and social impact of the life sciences and healthcare innovation of the BioRegion.

Biocat focuses its strategy on different key points:

  • Raising awareness and promoting the ecosystem, creating tools and strategies for improving the knowledge of the Catalan healthcare sector and increasing its projection both at home and abroad, with the aim of positioning the BioRegion as an international reference.
  • Providing innovative training and developing talent, by designing and executing programs and initiatives to improve talent and entrepreneurship considered essential factors for the growth of the sector.
  • Accelerating technology transfer and business growth by supporting and carrying out activities for increasing the value of the sector, placing special emphasis on the added value of research, knowledge and technology transfer, internationalization and access to capital.
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 1448
    Cluster Members
  • 1350
    SME's
  • 70
    Large Companies
  • 92
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

One of Biocat’s main goals is to strengthen the BioRegion of Catalonia, to help the biocluster take a qualitative leap forward both nationally and internationally. This is why Biocat is working on a series of strategic projects on different levels. 

EIT Health, Biocat’s commitment to Europe, is a program devoted to innovation in health and its impact on improving quality of life. The Barcelona Clinical Trials Platform (BCTP) aims to position Catalonia among the top 5 areas in Spain for conducting clinical trials, bringing coordination, integration, quality and speed to clinical trials carried out here. 

Moreover, Biocat is also dynamizing and coordinating the creation of a future RIS3CAT community to address Catalonia’s main health-related challenges, from knowledge to market access. 

Management team

Montserrat Daban
Internationalisation Responsible
Jordi Naval
Cluster Manager
Maria Ruiz
Project Manager
Laura Rogel
Other

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Biopharmaceuticals

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG EIT KICs

Name & description

RIS3CAT communities bid

The Government of Catalonia is launching the RIS3CAT Communities, a pioneering strategy in Europe that aims to transform the business fabric in Catalonia through 2020. The initiative is the practical application of the RIS3CAT Smart Specialization Strategy, passed by the Catalan government last year in response to the directives established by the European Union in the Europe 2020 Strategy.

In this context, Biocat is coordinating and dynamizing the creation of a future RIS3CAT community in Innovation and Health, to address the main health-related challenges today. 

Project name

bioXclusters+ 2016-2018

bioXclusters+  is a continuation of bioXclusters, first initiative funded by the EC from 2012 to 2014. The initiative gathers4 cluster partners: Biocat (Catalonia), BioM (Bavaria), bioPmed/Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero (Piemonte) and Lyonbiopole (Rhône-Alpes, project leader), aiming to reinforce and promote international competitiveness of their SMEs on strategic global markets.

EIT Health 2015-2020

The European EIT Health project is a consortium with nodes in Barcelona, Paris (France), London (United Kingdom), Rotterdam (Benelux), Stockholm (Sweden/Denmark) and Heidelberg (Germany). It is comprised of more than 50 core partners and 90 associated partners from 14 countries in the European Union, all of which are committed to innovation in health and its impact on improving quality of life. Biocat, which has been working to promote this initiative since 2009, is an associate member of EIT Health and has participated actively in drafting and coordinating the proposal for the Spanish node.

BILAT USA 2.0 2012-2015

Bilat USA 2.0 is a project under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program (7FP) that promotes cooperation in science, technology and innovation between Europe and the United States. In addition to Catalonia, eight other European countries and four prestigious American bodies are participating. 

Transbio SUDOE 2013-2015

Transbio SUDOE is the continuation of the Interbio project, aimed at uniting research centers, technology platforms, universities and companies in eight regions in Spain, France and Portugal in a multidisciplinary network to more effectively transform the results of biotechnology research into economic results. 

bioXclusters 2012-2013

bioXclusters was a project carried out with support from the European Union that aimed to boost and promote the international competitiveness of biotechnology SMEs in three strategic markets: the United States, China and Brazil. 

ETTBio 2012-2014

ETTBio was an Interreg IVC international cooperation program geared towards identifying, exchanging and sharing best practices for technology transfer in biotechnology with the final goal of improving regional policies in this area. It has ten partners from seven European regions. 

HealthTIES 2010-2013

HealthTIES was a consortium made up of four European regions that aimed to promote innovation in medical technology and bridge the gap between research in this area and patient needs. 

Interbio 2009-2012

Interbio was an interregional cooperation program that aimed to foster transnational cooperation, technology transfer and innovation in the fields of biotechnology and the life sciences in southwestern Europe. 

Bio-CT 2009-2011

Bio-CT aimed to valorize projects and create biotechnology companies. Participants included bodies from Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom and Catalonia.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Brazil
Canada
China
Japan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Portugal

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
EIT Health
Website
http://eit.europa.eu/eit-community/eit-health
Name
CEBR
Website
http://www.cebr.net/
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Latest news and documents

News Published: 22.06.2016
Announcement of the mission to Japan (Oct. 9th – 14th, 2016)