The BioRegion is the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem in Catalonia, meaning the group of companies, research groups and bodies, hospitals, universities, administrations, researchers and entrepreneurs, innovation and knowledge-transfer support structures working in Catalonia in this strategic sector.
With a population of more than 7.5 millions and territory comparable to that of European countries like Belgium or the Netherlands, Catalonia has the most dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Spain and one of the most active in Europe. Biocat is the body responsible for dynamizing and promoting the BioRegion of Catalonia.
The BioRegion of Catalonia has more than 1,000 companies and 89 research organizations and makes up 7.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and 7% of all employment in Catalonia. In terms of GDP and population, Catalonia is comparable to EU countries like Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and Ireland, and the BioRegion's even surpasses them in some of the indicators of research success. Over the past five years, the number of foreign investors in the BioRegion of Catalonia has grown tenfold, and the Financial Times considers it one of the best European regions to invest in for 2018 and 2019.
One out of six scientific biomedicine publications signed by researchers from the BioRegion of Catalonia (specifically 16.5%) are among the 1% of the most cited publications in the world: triple than would correspond to their volume of production. In the last 20 years, the number of biomedicine publications has almost quadrupled in Catalonia and it represents 1.2% of the all world, 3.51% of Europe (28 of the EU), and 34.1% of Spain.