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The sector in the Basque Country consists of more than 70 companies, a cluster and European recognition as a BioRegion. 10 new biotech companies were created in 2015 in the Basque Country, the most active Community after Catalonia. 60% of biotechnology sector researchers are women
Basque biotech companies will have an outstanding participation at BioSpain Biotechnology Meeting 2016, one of the biggest events in the sector in Europe. Almost half of all Basque companies currently working in the bioscience and biotechnology sphere will be present, with their own stand, at this international showcase for the sector, to be held between 28 and 30 September at the BEC. This encounter provides Basque companies in the sector with an opportunity to display their capabilities to investors, visitors, companies, technology centres, etc.
The significant presence of the Basque sector also includes more than 20 scientific and business presentations that will take place over these three days. All industrial sessions will have at least one Basque speaker.
The bio business sector in the Basque Country
At present, more than 80 institutions are conducting biotechnology research in the Basque Autonomous Community, of which 71 are biotech companies. Turnover for the sector is in excess of 304 million euros per year, with exports accounting for 18%.
The Basque business biotechnology sector is made up mainly of small and medium-sized companies, intensive in highly qualified personnel, developing products and services mainly applied to human health, the agri-food sector and industry.
The biotech sector employs 1,183 people full-time, representing 6.4% of the total workforce dedicated to R&D in the Basque Country, in which the presence of women stands out, as they represent over 60% of the total number of persons working in biotechnology. Employment in the sector has increased by more than 28% since 2009.
The Basque stand at BIOBASQUE is centrally located and attended by the staff of 32 sector players:
ALBIAN GROUP / BASQUE BIOCLUSTER / BIAL / BIOBIDE / BIOGENETICS / BTI Biotechnology Institute / DYNAKIN / HISTOCELL-Artinvet / INNOPROT / I+MED / MICROLIQUID / MONDRAGON HEALTH / NORAYBIO / ONCOMATRYX / OWL / PRAXIS / PHARMACEUTICAL / SENDABIO / STEMTEK THERAPEUTICS / VITIA HEALTHY EXPERIENCE / VIVEbioTECH / CIC bioGUNE / CIC biomaGUNE / IK4 Research Alliance / TECNALIA / Azti-Tecnalia / Neiker-Tecnalia / BIC GIPUZKOA / BIC BIZKAIA / BIC ARABA / TECNUN / UPV/EHU / SPRI/BIOBASQUE