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Around 100 companies and entities from the BioRegion of Catalonia participated in Biospain 2018, one of the most important events in the biotech sector. It is organized by ASEBIO and was held in Seville from the 25th to 27th of September this year. The BioRegion had its own pavilion there, coordinated by Biocat.

The BioRegion’s pavilion hosted the stands of Compliance ServicesCSV ExpertsDR HealthcareEnantiaGrifols Engineering and Specipig. Other companies that gained visibility include AbilityPharmaAnaxomicsCapitall CellXRB (Benchmark Biotech network)IQSLeitatMolomics and Barcelona Science Park. Ten other companies from the BioRegion participated in the fair with a stand of their own, namely AsphalionDraconis PharmaGenesis BiomedGesfilter, InnoquaKymos Pharma ServicesLead Molecular DesignNeumoThermo Fisher Scientific and Tecnoproducts.

The complete list of Catalan companies and entities that attended the fair included around 100 companies, particularly pharmaceuticals and biotech, and research entities like universities and hospital institutes.

On the other hand, numerous Catalan companies made presentations to the more than 60 investors attending the event. They include AbilityPharma, which has just launched a 1-millio-euro round of investment through the crowdfunding platform Capital Cell to keep developing ABTL0812, a drug that causes cancer cells to self-digest (autophagia).

The Leitat Technology Center presented its new portfolio of biomedical technologies at Biospain and sought new clients and partners for future domestic and international collaborative services and products. They include nTRACK, H2020 project, which is developing a system of gold nanoparticles and stem cells for muscular regeneration.

The Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) also presented its new developments at the fair, specifically a pilot bioprocessing plant that offers industry services for the development of sustainable production processes, from modeling using biocomputing methods to the design of biocatalytic processes and scale optimization of laboratories, including process scaling and validation.

Likewise, the Catalan Compliance Services took advantage of the fair to present its new brand name COMSER, which seeks to group together the company’s different divisions: auditing, qualifications and lyophilisation, the most innovative division.

The previous edition of Biospain, which was held in Bilbao in 2016, attracted 800 companies (103 of which were Catalan), 1,800 delegates from 29 countries and 233 exhibitors, and more than 3,000 partnering meetings were held.

The next major event in the sector will be held in Barcelona next spring. Bio€quity Europe, the leading event for investors in the European biopharmaceutical industry, will be held in Barcelona for the first time on the 20th and 21st of May 2019.

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