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McCormick Place in Chicago will be the scene of the top biotechnology convention in the world, the Biotechnology International Organization (BIO), held 3 to 6 May, which 31 companies and 16 organizations from Catalonia will attend. This is the fourth year that Biocat will coordinate the Catalan delegation, which will be headed by the Vice President of the Government of Catalonia, Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira; the Catalan vice minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Roser Clavell; the president of the Biocat Executive Committee, Manel Balcells; and delegate to the United States Government, Andrew Davis.
Top-notch speakers: Bill Clinton, George Bush and Al Gore
The potential of this convention is very high, bringing together more than 20,000 professionals from 70 countries, holding 14,000 partnering meetings and housing an exhibition with more than 1,700 stands. Parallel to the professional fair and partnering sessions, BIO will offer 175 scientific sessions, with first-rate figures from global industry and politics like former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr, and former US vice president and current defender of the fight against climate change, Al Gore. In fact, one of the central topics of this year’s convention will be the latest biotech breakthroughs related to the environment, from the development of advanced biofuels to reducing greenhouse gasses.
Catalonia to occupy 40% of the Spanish pavilion
The Catalan delegation, once again, will be the largest in Spain, with 90 representatives from 46 companies and organizations. The Spanish pavilion, coordinated by ICEX and Genoma España, will be organized by bioregions (Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, the Basque Country and Valencia). The BioRegion of Catalonia will occupy 40% of the pavilion’s total space, which this year will be the largest of all European delegations with 1,000 square meters of the 20,000 occupied by the fair in total. Since BIO 2007 in Boston, the space occupied by the BioRegion has continued to grow, demonstrating the continued growth of the biotech sector in Catalonia.
Of all the Catalan companies, 25 will have an individual stand. Biocat will also have a stand, which will provide information about the BioRegion of Catalonia, as a biocluster, as well as providing space for Catalan organizations in the sector like the Alba Synchrotron, the Barcelona Science Park and the Autonomous University of Barcelona Research Park.
Like last year, the Spanish pavilion will have a speaker’s corner, which will be open to everyone at BIO, allowing the Catalan organizations to present their products, technology and research projects.
Another example of the visibility and positioning of the BioRegion of Catalonia at BIO is its recognition as a key cluster in a session on European and American clusters, in which Biocat CEO, Montserrat Vendrell, will participate alongside directors from other leading clusters in Europe and the USA.
Vice president receives Catalan delegation at Palau de la Generalitat
This morning, the Vice President of the Government of Catalonia, accompanied by the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the President of the Biocat Executive Committee, presided over the preparatory meeting with Catalan companies that will participate in this convention. During his speech, he pointed out that the biotech industry is growing 30% annually in Catalonia, despite the current recession.
The President of Biocat explained that participation in BIO is key to the internationalization of the BioRegion and “for each of the companies that have participated in the years we have organized the delegation.” Biocat’s presence as an institution “has helped us create a network of collaborators, partner clusters, which allows us to carry out international actions like the upcoming signing of an agreement with Quebec". He also highlighted “how seriously each of the internationalization milestones of Catalan businesspeople are taken.”
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