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The life sciences and healthcare sector in Catalonia has attracted more interest than nearly any other from national and international investors, with spectacular growth (x4) over the past five years. In 2022, companies in the BioRegion of Catalonia secured €445 million in investment, 77% in venture capital (VC), reaffirming the position of Barcelona and Catalonia among the top 10 best regions to invest in Europe.

Key figures

Fast growth of investment


secured by startups and scaleups in the BioRegion in 2022


growth in investment over past 5 years


invested in the 1st megaround in the BioRegion (Impress, 2022)

International investment

Increasingly attractive for foreign capital

International VC firms’ investment in the BioRegion grew x3 between 2018 and 2022, with over +110 unique investors. VC firms that specialize in the life sciences established in the ecosystem have built an extensive, solid network of international connections, which have generated investment valued at €2.1 billion (€560 million in Catalan companies).


of investment in VC rounds includes international firms (2022)


international firms have invested in the BioRegion


specialized investment companies (of 66 active)

Support for investors

Find the best projects to invest in

Our knowledge of research projects and startups in the BioRegion allows us to advise VCs and corporates looking to invest, as well as helping startups and spinoffs looking for funding. All of these stakeholders have a meeting place in the Invest BioRegion Portal.

Go to the Biocat investment portal
Support for investors looking for new projects to invest in

Matchmaking initiatives

These programs bring portfolios of entrepreneurship projects and startups in the BioRegion to national and international companies and investors.

Investment attractionFinancing

Invest BioRegion Portal

Find academic projects and startups from across Catalonia seeking investment, licensing, or co-development agreements.
Open registration

Aimed at investors, corporates, TTOs and startups 

Investment attractionFinancing

The Investment Readiness Series

Program that brings together leaders of excellent research projects and investors.

For companies and research bodies with investment ready projects.



Recommended resources and reading

Innovation: Pushing the deal market to adapt and evolve. 2024 Healthcare and Life Sciences Investment Outlook


Advancing Health Through Innovation: New Drug Therapy Approvals 2023


Venture Capital Trends in Digital Health 2023


11 clinical trials that will shape medicine in 2024

Nature Medicine
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