The 2010 Biocat Forum kicked off with an official speech from President of the Biocat Executive Committee Manel Balcells, who highlighted that this Forum “boosts our visibility as a region and as a cluster.” Balcells believes these last few years have seen “the consolidation of the sector through economic growth and we are now starting to act as an innovation ecosystem.”
Successful strategies that biotech companies should implement, given the current economic situation, were the focus of the event’s keynote speech. The Forum also included three panel discussions analyzing new paths in biotechnology in fields like food and health; medical technology and promoting innovation through public procurement; and the strength of emerging markets like India and China in the biotechnology and medical technology arenas.
The event also featured a presentation/colloquium on 10 business opportunities for biotech companies. The Biocat Forum came to a close with the appointment of researcher, businesswoman and international specialist in evaluating healthcare systems and technology Dr. Alicia Granados as Ambassador to the BioRegion of Catalonia.
Barcelona Biotech brand
At the Forum, Biocat and the Barcelona City Council signed an agreement to promote biotechnology under the Barcelona Biotech brand. This agreement aims to promote Barcelona as a city and as a particularly noteworthy location for conducting activities in this sector.
Again this year, the event also included the BioEmprenedorXXI awards ceremony, which recognizes the best business plan to set up an innovative company in the life sciences sector and is promoted by La Caixa, Barcelona Activa, Biocat, Fundación Genoma España and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce.
VCN Biosciences, which is developing new biotechnology drugs that are very powerful in fighting cancer, was the winner. The event also recognized the first and second runners-up, ImmunNovative Developments and iMicroQ, respectively.
Date: 2nd of December, 2010
Time: 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
Venue: Casa Llotja de Mar · Passeig d'Isabel II, 1 · Barcelona (Spain)