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BIO San Diego 2017

Biocat coordinated once again the Catalan delegation at BIO International Convention, the leading global convention and partnering event in the biotechnology sector that was held from 19th to 22th June 2017 in San Diego.

30 Catalan companies and entities participated and 35 from the rest of Spain.

BIO International 2016

2017 edition of BIO International Convention was held at the San Diego Convention Center (California, USA) from 19th to 22th June 2017. Once again, Biocat coordinated the participation of the entities from the BioRegion of Catalonia and was the main interlocutor when making the necessary arrangements with ICEX, statewide coordinating body. The Spanish pavilion (booth #5315), where was located the Catalan BioRegion pavilion.


Check the 2017 program of the Convention and other relevant aspects on the BIO International Convention  website.

In parallel Biocat joined different activities during the event:

Monday 19th of June

08:30 am - 1:00 pm Hilton Gaslamp Quarter​ hosted the ICEX Spain Kicks off BIO 2017 “Biotech IP for Business Development, Licensing & Fund-raising” as a starting shot that allowed meetings with North American enterprises.

(Hilton Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm  International Cancer Cluster Showcase – BIO 2017

Different worldwide Bioregions showcased cutting edge oncology innovations as well as presented the most avant-garde  business projects in front of 200 attendees related to investment and business development. The program included a poster exhibition, clusters and companies presentations and a networking reception.

Biocat and Catalonia Trade & Investment were event partners. Furthermore, Biocat showcased the main assets of the BioRegion of Catalonia. Afterwards, two Catalan companies exposed their innovate projects in oncology: Ability Pharmaceuticals and ZeClinics. Sign up ICCS here.

Chek the ICCS Agenda 

(San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101, Upper level Room)

Tuesday 20th of June

5:00 – 06:30 pm Hospitality Reception at Spanish Pavilion

(San Diego Convention Center, booth #5315,)

Wednesday 21st of June

10:00 am  Meeting with the Texas Official Delegation. Rolando Pablos, Texas Secretary of State and Bryan Daniel, Executive Director of the Governor´s Economic Development Team led this encounter aimed to explain the opportunities and advantages offered by this state to the biotechnology and life sciences companies.

(San Diego Convention Center: 111 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101, room 23B, Upper Level).

01:00 – 01:15 pm Global Innovation Hubs – The BioRegion of Catalonia Presentation – 5 reasons to invest

Biocat presented the main reasons for attracting foreign investment.

(San Diego Convention Center, The Spotlight Theatre in the Sails Pavilion)

04:15 pm– Oryzon Genomics Company Presentation 

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with U.S. corporate office in Cambridge, MA (one of the European leaders in the development of epigenetics-based therapeutics) presented its innovation for the selective inhibitor of the  LSD1, ORY-1001, aimed to patients with acute leukemia. Products ORY-2001 and ORY-3001 aimed to neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disorders were also explained. 

(San Diego Convention Center, Theater 4 )



Catalan delegation at BIO 2016

So far, 30 BioRegion companies and organizations in the fields of biotechnology, pharma as well as research centers and consultancy services were at the fair.

5 companies (BCN Peptides, Oryzon Genomics, Salvat Biotech, Trifermed and ZeClinics) were present with a booth within the pavilion of the Bioregion, but  Grifols had its own booth (#5007) at the fair outside the Spanish pavilion.

Below there is a table showing the Catalan companies that attended the event, either on their own or coordinated by Biocat:


Biotechnology - Therapeutics & Diagnostics:
Biotechnology - R&D Services:
Professional Services and Consulting: 


 Public Non-Profit Organizations:
Venture Capital Entities:  





With the support of:

Banner BIO 2017

BIO basic information

  • Date: June 19-22, 2017
  • Organized by: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • Venue:  San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA (EUA)
  • BioRegion of Catalonia pavilion: Booth #5315

BIO 2017 in figures

  • 30 Catalan companies and institutions
  • 18,500 industry leaders from 76 countries
  • More than 1,800 exhibitors
  • 41,408 partnering meetings