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The sixth edition of the international meeting of Spanish biotechnology, Biospain, which takes place every two years in a Spanish city, will have this year the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Barakaldo as main stage. It will take place from 19th to 21st of September 2012 as agreed by the Spanish Bioindustry Association (Asebio) and the Society for the Promotion of Industry (SPRI) from the Basque Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism.

BEC has a commercial exhibition area of 150,000 square meters in six pavilions and 18,000 square meters available for conventions.

Biospain is structured in a commercial fair, a partnership event, a forum of investors, full sessions and lectures around different issues with national and international speakers. Also it will host the scientific congress of the Spanish Biotechnology Society (SEBIOT) and a forum of employment.

According to Asebio, it has become the more important biotechnological sector meeting in the South of Europe and partnership occupies the seventh place in the world ranking as for number of meetings (2,147) and of companies (665).

The Deputy Minister of Innovation and Technology of the Basque Government, Juan Goicolea, considers that, "the celebration of Biospain 2012 is recognition to a sector that is already an economic reality in the Basque Country with a great growth potential in the next decades. For this reason, the Basque administrations support this event through the strategy BioBasque 2020".

In the same line, the president of Asebio, Regina Revilla, assures that "Euskadi offers us an excellent opportunity to celebrate Biospain 2012, thanks to its infrastructures and for the important entrepreneurial and scientific tissue of the biotechnology area it has".

The former edition (Biospain 2010) was celebrated in Pamplona. It counted with the participation of 665 companies, 23% coming from abroad (55% more than the former edition). It reached 1,300 assistants from biotechnology companies, investors, institutions and researchers, among others.

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