linkedin post 2012-11-11 06:35:41

Here are some facts to consider about Catalan Biopharma”
“1. Catalunya, and Spain, suffered for decades under the Franco dictatorship, and after his death, about 30 years ago, the country, and especially Catalunya has blossomed: Barcelona is a destination city, the Catalan language has re-emerged, and it is the site of an immense blossoming in design and culinary expertise: El Bulli was the top restaurant in the world, a Catalan creation.

“2. The Crisis is real, but the decades of investment by the Catalan goverment in building infrastructure — Science Parks, and in building a base for entrepreneuring — grants and loans, as well as private sector activities (VCs) has today yielded fruit. This IS an emerging Silicon Valley for entrepreneuring.

“3. The concept that Spaniards are lazy simply is not true. These entrepreneurs work just as hard as their counterparts in the rest of the world.

“4. We have BIG lessons to learn about an emerging biopharma industry from the US, Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, India, Britain, and the UAE, among others. Those of you who participated in those early years PLEASE weigh in and share your observations.

“5. For those interested, the Catalan goverment organizatioon has done a great job in collecting data. Please see The following data was provided by that website.

“6. 25% of Spanish biopharma companies are located in Catalunya, with an annual turnover of 15,000 million euros per year, 29% of the Catalan total.

“7. Catalan biopharma employs 30,000 people.

“8. There are 481 companies: 91 are biotech, 71 pharma, 106 medical technology, 29 fine chemicals, 45 food, 9 bioinformatics, and the rest are supportive service companies.

“9. There are 435 research groups in life sciences and the universities rank very highly in publications.

“10. There are 20 science and technology parks, 9 of which are life science devoted, mainly in the Barcelona area.

“11. There are 12 universities, 10 of which offer life science studies, and 2 world-class business schools.

“12. There are 80 research centers working on life sciences aparat from universities.

“13. There are 7 researchers per 1,000 working population.

“14. There are 15 large hospitals out of a total of 214, and 5 with research institutes.

“15. There are mega-science facilities including the National Genoma Analysis Center.

“16. Most multinational pharmaceutical companies have a presence in Catalunya including: Almirall, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Esteve, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche Group, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, and Takeda.

“17. Catalan pharma companies invested 381 million euros in R&D in 2008, up 10% from 2007.

“18. Catalunya’s investment in biopharma R&D was 385 million euros in 2009, or 27% of Spain’s total biopharma investment (1,414 million euros).

“19. Catalonya represents 1% of world scientific publications (64% from universities and 14% from other public research agencies).

“20. There has been a robust 15% increase in the creation of new biopharma companies over the last few years.

“In my opinion, these are the key ingredients that have nurtured other successful biopharma industries to emerge, and remember that this industry in Catalunya is only a decade old!

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