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More than 200 professionals from 119 companies and organizations in the BioRegion of Catalonia are participating in the sixth edition of Biospain 2012, which will be held from 19 to 21 September in Bilbao. This biotechnology event —organized by the Spanish Association of Biotechnology Companies (Asebio), the Government of the Basque Country’s Society for Competitive Transformation (SPRI) and the BioBasque agency— will welcome 1,500 delegates and 750 companies from 25 countries, as well as 210 exhibitors (23% more than in 2010). Over the years, Biospain has become one of the main catalysts of the biotech sector in Spain. The 2012 edition has far surpassed all expectations, as well as the numbers from the 2010 edition held in Pamplona.

Biocat, which is sponsoring this year’s event, will be present in Bilbao with a booth (B17-C18) in the exhibition area alongside some twenty companies from the BioRegion of Catalonia. Biocat will take advantage of the platform of international contacts that Biospain offers to promote the BioEurope Spring 2013 partnering congress (BES 2013), which will be held in Barcelona from 11 to 13 March. BES is, along with BIO-Europe, one of the main European partnering events in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. The Barcelona City Council and Biocat are heading up the BES 2013 local organization committee.

All the information on Catalan presence at Biospain is available at:

In addition to the trade fair and the program of conferences, the delegates can also participate in the networking space, where more than 4,500 meetings are expected to be held; the Investment Forum, with 32 investment bodies from various countries and 30 companies and entrepreneurs who will present their business plans; the first Training and Employment Forum, and a new edition of the Biotec 2012 scientific congress from the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (SEBIOT).

Great Britain is the guest country at this year’s edition and will send eight exhibitors and 36 companies to Bilbao. Great Britain is one of the most powerful world economies in the life sciences, with cutting-edge industry in areas like biotechnology, pharmaceutical products and medical technology.

On 19 September, the Prince of Asturias will visit the booths at the fair, including that of Biocat. Afterwards, representatives of the Royal family will hold a closed meeting with representatives from various companies and institutions participating in Biospain, in which Biocat CEO Montserrat Vendrell will participate.

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