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Call for applications to participate in BIO Washington 2011 convention now open

Biocat coordinates the delegation of Catalan companies and organizations, with the experience of having participated in this convention for the past four years.

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The Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) has opened the call for applications to be part of the official Spanish pavilion at the 2011 BIO convention (Biotechnology Industry Organization), which will be held from 27 to 30 June at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (USA).

Participation of companies and organizations in this pavilion is coordinated exclusively through the bioregions, thus Biocat is coordinating in participation of Catalan companies and organizations. As each year, the agreement reached by Biocat, ICEX, Genoma España and Asebio will allow Catalan companies and organizations to attend the convention under the BioRegion of Catalonia umbrella and give them access to all the grants offered by different institutions.

In order to participate, organizations must fill out this form and send it to ICEX and Biocat ( before 11 January 2011.

Biocat (coordinator of the Catalan pavilion inside the Spanish pavilion):

  • Subsidizes space rental for Catalan companies and organizations.
  • Promotes participation of Catalan companies and organizations with specific actions and materials.
  • Provides free entry to exhibition area for Catalan companies and organizations.
  • Facilitates participation by providing guides and general information, coordinating and reserving travel and accommodations, and coordinating available grants.

ICEX (coordinator of the Spanish pavilion):

  • Holds general call for applications.
  • Collects registration nationwide.
  • Subsidizes stand design and construction and transport of materials.

The final price for each exhibitor is 1,600 euros, to be paid to ICEX in two installments: the first (50% of the total) is due upon registration, before 11 January 2011. The ICEX will not accept any registrations after this date.

Genoma España (participation grants for companies with a stand):

Genoma España funds 55% of expenses up to a maximum of 2,800 euros per company. Only companies that have a stand at the convention are eligible for this grant. Eligible expenses and documents to justify them are:

  • Flights (copy of tickets and receipt).
  • Accommodations (copy of hotel bill and receipt). 
  • Registration to congress, if you sign up for one of the packages above that provided free of charge (EBP), which is the pass to enter the convention hall (copy of registration and receipt).
  • Registration for partnering (copy of registration and receipt) - NEW!!!
  • Space in the pavilion (copy of ICEX bill and receipt). 
  • Transport of goods (copy of the bill and receipt).

The grants will be paid after all corresponding documentation is received. Documents should be sent as attachments by email to José María Toro ( or by post.

At BIO Chicago 2010, Catalonia consolidated its leadership in the national biotechnology and biomedicine sector, accounting for more than half of the total floor space and business representation in the Spanish pavilion, which occupied 1,000 square meters, more than countries like France, Canada and Germany. The Catalan delegation was made up of more than 90 professionals from 31 companies and 15 institutions.

For more information about organization of the Catalan delegation, contact:

Communications and External Relations Department
Tel. +34 93 310 33 69

BIO is the most important biotech fair in the world, attracting over 15,000 professionals last year - Photo: © BIO.

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