Every year, three and a half million women around the world die of cancer, six thousands of them in Catalonia. Some of these tumors are only found in women, like ovarian and cervical cancer. Researchers from around the world gathered at B·Debate to discuss the key factors of women's cancer.
Publications in top journals, rounds of investment, licensing, benchmark events held in Barcelona... 2017 was a year full of good news for the BioRegion of Catalonia. Saying goodbye to the EMA and the political instability were the bittersweet counterpoint. What can we learn from these successes and failures? From research, enterprise and management, some of the main figures take stock.
Cutting-edge studies in the best international scientific publications, rounds of investment, licenses… despite saying goodbye to the EMA and the political instability of this last quarter of the year, the Catalan healthcare and life sciences sector has maintained its role as a global benchmark for this type of ecosystem.
According to the WHO, more than 1 billion people have some sort of disability. Evolving cities and emerging technology offer up new opportunities for integration, but also difficulties that are hard to identify and overcome. World experts gathered at B·Debate to promote scientific debate on the subject.
The competitive grants from the European Research Council (ERC) have been recognizing research of excellence in Europe since 2007. Since then, research projects based in Catalonia have obtained 261 ERC grants, 77 of them in the healthcare and life sciences arena. In terms of number of grants per million inhabitants, Catalonia is ranked second among EU countries. In the last ERC Starting Grants call, 3 projects from the BioRegion of Catalonia were awarded: we’re getting into the lab with their leaders.
If natural selection is the basic mechanism behind evolution as proposed by Darwin, and if human beings are deeply immersed in what we call culture, the question is: are we still evolving? To answer this question, some of the best international experts on the topic met at B·Debate.