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10 Catalan companies participated in a business mission to Boston and the US state of Massachusetts from 5 to 8 April, scouting for business opportunities in the digital health arena and in big data applied to the life sciences. The mission was organized by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ, and Biocat.

The participating companies were FractalMed, Mind the Byte, Mint Labs, Sequentia, Made Of Genes, OpenTrends, Dinamon, Clinical Document Engineering (Barcelona), Braingaze (Mataró) and Health App (Terrassa).

The mission coincided with one of the most important events in the United States in the field of ICT applied to the health sector: Bio IT World. This event brought together more than 3,000 companies and professionals from 30 countries in Boston to learn about the latest trends and network with stakeholders in the sector.

The 10 Catalan companies that participated in the mission presented their projects to American investment funds, hoping to find funding and new commercial partners to internationalize their technology. The presentation took place at an event organized by Venture Cafe –a foundation that works to connect the various stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem in Boston– and also featured bilateral meetings scheduled ahead of time between Catalan companies and other American and international companies and organizations that attended the congress.

Taking advantage of their time in Massachusetts, the Catalan delegation visited and met with experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT and business accelerator MassChallange, one of the most important in the United States, currently hosting 1,600 start-ups from 50 countries).

The state of Massachusetts is considered the most innovative in the country, with the highest rate of R&D spending in the United States and a significant concentration of top-notch universities, including MIT and Harvard. 


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