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What is the BioRegion?

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 is made up of 871 companies and 95 research bodies, including 41 research centers, 18 university hospitals, 14 science and technology parks and 12 universities offering biosciences degrees.

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.