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About Biocat

Biocat is a strategic stakeholder and catalyst for building, promoting and projecting the Catalan life sciences and healthcare ecosystem, known as the BioRegion of Catalonia. 

Biocat was established in 2006 as a public-private foundation at the behest of the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council to identify the needs of the BioRegion and implement a strategy and action plan to maximize the economic and social impact of the life sciences and healthcare innovation ecosystem in Catalonia.

The main focal points of Biocat’s strategy are:

  • Accelerating technology transfer and business growth by promoting activities to boost the sector’s capacities, with special emphasis on the value added of research, knowledge transfer, internationalization, access to capital and investment attraction.
  • Projecting the ecosystem, establishing strategies and actions to improve the knowledge of its assets and the sector’s potential, and improving its reputation and visibility in Spain and the world in order to position the BioRegion as one of the main healthcare innovation hubs in Europe.
  • Fostering entrepreneurs and researchers’ innovative capacities and talent development, launching programs to drive the emergence of innovative projects in healthcare, training and improving professionals’ skills and preparing the sector’s future leaders and business managers.
  • Bringing together the ecosystem’s stakeholders with international players to generate synergies and opportunities for growth and scaling up, based on the deep knowledge of the ecosystem’s assets and challenges and the sector-wide trends and strategies on a local and global level.


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Biocat’s governing bodies include representatives from all areas and levels of the BioRegion of Catalonia: Administration, companies (biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technology and services), universities, hospitals, research centers and institutes, science parks and sector support organizations. 

The BioRegion, the life sciences and healthcare ecosystem in Catalonia, brings together over 1,500 companies and organizations and is considered one of the top innovation hubs in Europe. It is based on excellent research, a quality higher-education system and a network of talent, institutions, investors and companies that are doing cutting-edge research and provide the sector with innovation and services. 

Check out the What we do section to learn about the specific projects Biocat is working on now and get the BioRegion Report to see the latest macroeconomic, investment and innovation indicators for the ecosystem.