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The presentation of the 2022 BioRegion of Catalonia Report will take place next February 13, 2023. The event will have the institutional representation of the Government of Catalonia, a presentation of the best indicators of the BioRegion, and several round tables. Published since 2009 by Biocat, it is the official report and sector reference, and this edition has the collaboration of ACCIÓ, CataloniaBio & HealthTech, Farmaindustria and Fenin, as well as the following companies:  AmgenEsteveAlmirall and Alira Health.

This year, for the first time, the event will be held as part of the Barcelona Health Innovation Week (from February 13 to 16), a week devoted to innovation, acceleration, technology, and transformation in healthcare, showcasing the diversity, strengths, impact, and potential of the thriving life sciences and healthcare ecosystem based in Barcelona.

How did the main health innovation indicators evolve in the past year? Were 2021 investment figures surpassed? How does Catalonia compare to other regions of Europe? What are the gender indicators in the life sciences and healthcare sector?

Thanks to the sponsorship of the European BRIGHT for Europe program, this year we will be using the Blendology digital badge system, which will enable networking and contact exchange to take place quickly, easily and sustainably. It will only be necessary to touch your badges briefly to exchange data from one person to the other. After the event, each participant will have access to his or her own contact list.


10:00 h. – Institutional welcome

  • R. Hon. Mr. Pere Aragonès i Garcia, President of the Government of Catalonia

10:10 h. – Presentation of the main results from the 2022 BioRegion Report

  • Robert Fabregat, CEO of Biocat 

10:30 h. – Sector challenges and other business insights

  • Mariona Serra, Vicepresident of CataloniaBio & HealthTech and Director of GoodGut
  • Pedro Luis Sánchez, Director of the Studies Department of Farmaindustria
  • Carles Sisternas, Director of Fenin Catalonia

11:00 h. – Strategic facilities serving the BioRegion

Moderated by: Lluís Rovira, CERCA Institution Director (Research Centers of Catalonia)

  • Anton Ussi, Operations & Finance Director at EATRIS ERIC
  • Josep Maria Martorell, Associate Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC)
  • Mònica Bayès, Strategy Coordinator, National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG)
  • Caterina Biscari, Director of ALBA Synchrotron

11:30 h. – 12:30h. Coffee – networking

12:30 h. – Fast-tracks for adopting innovation in the Catalan Healthcare System

Moderated by: Ramon Maspons, Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Catalan Ministry of Health

  • Fina Lladós, General Director of AMGEN Spain and Portugal
  • Chus Castillo, Vice-President Market Access Iberia, ALIRA HEALTH
  • Laura Sampietro, President of the Board of Directors of AQuAS and Deputy Director of Innovation, Hospital Clínic Barcelona
  • Lluís Juncà, Director General of Innovation, Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship of the Government of Catalonia  

13:00 h. – Unlocking access to health data in Europe 

Moderated by: Francisco Lupiáñez, Professor of Information and Communication Sciences at UOC

  • Montserrat Daban, Director of Science Policy and Internationalization at Biocat
  • Jordi Piera, Director of the Digital Health Strategy Office of Catalan Health System
  • Sven Parkel, Secretary General of Scan Balt and Board Member at Connected Health, Estonia
  • Michel Silvestri, Head of Unit at the Coordination Department of the Swedish eHealth Agency

13:30 h. – Building the future Advanced Therapies Hub of Catalonia

Moderated by: Núria Martí, Director of Innovation and Business Development at Biocat

  • Robert Fabregat, CEO of Biocat
  • Andreu Mas-Colell, President of the Board of Directors of Blood and Tissue Bank
  • Ion Arocena, General Director of AseBio
  • Cristina Nadal, Executive Policy Director, MSD - Merck Sharp & Dohme Spain

14:00 h. – Institutional closing

  • Hon. Mr. Manel Balcells i Díaz, Minister of Health of the Government of Catalonia

14.10 h. – Lunch - networking

Afternoon session: "European clusters dialog for transformation"

16:00 – 16.15 h. – Opening keynote: “Helping increase EU's digital resilience”  

  • Mr. Szabolcs Szekacs, Digital Industry Team Leader, European Commission, DG Growth

16.15 – 16.45 h. – Digital transformation: Building capacities

Chair: Dr. Montserrat Daban, Director of Science Policy and Internationalization at Biocat

  • Dr. Björn Arvidsson, Managing Director of STUNS Life Sciences (Sweden)
  • Dr. Sohail Nourestani, E-Health Consultant of Eurasanté
  • Dr. Sven Parkel, Secretary General of Scan Balt and Board Member at Connected Health, Estonia
  • Mr. Szabolcs Szekacs, Digital Industry Team Leader, European Commission, DG Growth

16:45 – 17.15 h. – Building Resilience: From Clusters to Euroclusters 

Chair: Mr. Javier Selva, CataloniaBio & HealthTech

  • Ms. Karen Lindegaard, International Program Manager of Danish Life Sciences Cluster
  • Mr. Antonio Novo, President, European Clusters Alliance (Brussels)
  • Ms. Olga Trofymova, Ukrainian Clusters Alliance
  • Mr. Marek Przeor, Team Leader, European Commission, Responsible for Cluster Policy

17:15 – 17:45 h. – Sustainable transformation: Biomanufacturing 

Chair: Ms. Anaïs LeCorvec, Director, Council of European BioRegions 

  • Mr. Tero Piispanen, Senior Executive, HealthTurku, Turku Science Park (Finland)
  • Ms. Alexandra Patriksson, Science Relations Manager, Testa Center (Sweden)
  • Ms. Ángeles Barrios, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations EIT Health, Spain

17:45 – 18.00 h. – Closing notes: “The Industry of the Future”  

  • Ms. Laura Roman, Industry 5.0 Policy Officer, European Commission 

18:00 h. – Closing remarks 

  • Dr. Robert Fabregat, CEO, Biocat

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