BIOSPAIN – 700 companies gather to talk shop
Pamplona – With a record-setting Biospain this year, the Spanish biotech industry has underpinned its role as a premier player in the sector in southern Europe. More than 1,400 business representatives flocked to Pamplona, where the biennial event opened its gates from September 29th–October 1st. The meeting drew 55 % more attendees than the last BioSpain in 2008. Its organisers from the Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO) and the Navarre Society of Development (Sodena) oversaw about 2,200 business meetings involving 700 companies. Over 20 % of those participating came from outside the country. Around 150 foreign companies and institutions have decided to come to Spain seeking new business opportunities in the biotechnology industry.
In the Investment Forum, five projects were chosen out of 30 – from Allerayde UK, Araclon Biotech, Laboratorios Alpha SIP, TCD Pharma and Vivia Biotech – which attended the European Venture Summit in December to compete with 145 European projects selected in other similar events organised by Europe Unlimited. As in earlier editions, the scientific programme at the Biospain 2010 was headed up by the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (SEBIOT) under BIOTEC 2010. Carmen Vela has been chosen as the new president of the society. She is taking the reins from Jose Luis Garcia. The sixth edition of
Biospain will be held in 2012. The new venue will be announced in the upcoming months.