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Sir Andrew Dillon of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, at 2011 Biocat Forum

The annual meeting of the sector will be held on 24 November in Barcelona, with the slogan ‘The value of the cluster’.

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The fourth annual Biocat Forum, whose mission is to foster innovation and promote collaboration among all the stakeholders in the BioRegion of Catalonia, will be held on 24 November at Barcelona’s Casa Llotja de Mar. This edition features the slogan The value of the cluster.

Biocat and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce have invited representatives from more than 900 organizations from the scientific, business and financial arenas, as well as researchers, managers of research centers and representatives from universities and hospitals, to an event that aims to foster networking, knowledge and joint reflection on the biggest challenges facing the sector.

This year, the Biocat Forum has a new format and will be concentrated in one morning (from 9:30 am to 2 pm). The inaugural event will feature Montserrat Vendrell, Biocat CEO, Francesc Sancho Serena, secretary of Strategy and Communications of the Health Department (Government of Catalonia), and Antoni Castellà, secretary for Universities and Research (Government of Catalonia).

The keynote conference will be given by Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence of the United Kingdom (NICE) and presented by Alícia Granados, Senior Director Global Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Strategy of Genzyme and 2010 Ambassador to the BioRegion.

Afterwards, there will be a roundtable entitled How to drive personalized medicine in Catalonia with Cristina Espinosa, management, Pharmaceutical Care & Complimentary Provisions Department, Catalan Health Service (CatSalut); Joan Salgado, director of Project Management at Gendiag; Jordi Rodon, doctor in the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (VHIO) Medical Oncology Department, and Luis Serrano, director of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG). Ferran Sanz, director of the Research Program on Biomedical Informatics at the IMIM-Hospital del Mar and Pompeu Fabra University, will moderate.

As in the latest editions, the winners of the BioEmprenedorXXI Awards will be announced during the Forum. A breakout session will be held in parallel, entitled Organizational change and growth through HR management: the Synthon Hispania case, presented by Marta Príncep, Biocat director of Innovation, and Oriol Segarra, COO of Synthon Holding BV.

The closing event will feature Montserrat Vendrell; Sònia Recasens, deputy mayor for Economy, Enterprise and Employment in the Barcelona City Council; Francesc X. Mena, minister for Enterprise and Employment, and Miquel Valls, president of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce.


The event will close with a networking lunch, which is a good opportunity to meet, interact and do business with top representatives from the sector, as well as with speakers from the conferences.

Partnering Area

New this year, the Biocat Forum website features a partnering area to help participants set up an agenda of meetings, either with previously established contacts or in their search for new collaboration opportunities.


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Sir Andrew Dillon en una entrevista de la BBC - Foto: © BBC.

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