Next stop: BIOSPAIN 2021 – The largest biotech country based event in Europe

Next year’s edition  is organized by AseBio – the Spanish Bioindustry Association and SODENA, the financial instrument of the Government of Navarre for the development of business in the region BIOSPAIN is the largest biotech event organized by a national bioindustry association in Europe and one of the largest in the world by the number of one-to-one meetings (+3.300) and companies participating (+773). 34% of our delegates came from outside of Spain.

Why Spain?

In 2017 there were 713 dedicated biotechnology enterprises in Spain (+9.5%), according to data in the AseBio Report 2018.

The biotechnology sector’s contribution to the Spanish economy totalled €6.95 billion (0.7% of the Spanish GDP). It was responsible for more than 92,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs, which is 0.5% of all employment. Over 25,000 of these jobs were people employed directly by biotech companies. All of this activity associated with biotech companies generated a total revenue of nearly €2.5 billion for the public treasury, which is 0.2% of the GDP.

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SODENA  is the financial instrument of the Government of Navarra for the development of business in the region, It uses venture capital to achieve this.

SODENA operates as a limited company, with the only shareholder being CPEN (Corporación Pública Empresarial de Navarra), subsidiary of the Government of Navarra.

It works by taking an active role in the different phases of business projects that contribute to the balanced and sustainable development of Navarra.

Following a process of restructuring of the public sector in Navarra, Sociedad de Desarrollo de Navarra, S.L. (Sodena) is the company that has emerged from the merger of four companies owned by the Government of Navarra (Sociedad de Desarrollo de Navarra, S.A., NAFINCO, S.A., NGA, S.A. and Fondo Jóvenes Empresarios Navarros, S.A.). It was created on November 7th 2011, although the foundation of the majority and its members goes back to 1984.

Corporación Pública Empresarial de Navarra holds a 98.06% stake in Sodena.

Corporación Pública Empresarial de Navarra, S.L.U. (CPEN) was set up on November 4th 2009 to comply with Act 8/2009 as a single instrument for the organisation and rationalisation of a large part of the property of the self-governing region of Navarra, mainly in the form of publicly-owned companies.

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According to the 2018 Asebio Report, the number of companies from Navarra which primarily work in biotechnology showed a slight uptick in 2017. The biotech business ratio in Navarra is the highest in Spain, at 1.16 companies per 1,000 inhabitants, followed by the Basque Country with 0.8 and Catalonia with 0.64.

According to the latest figures available, Navarra contributes 68 companies with a total turnover of €659M to the Spanish biotech ecosystem.

Leaders in agrifood

Navarra is one of the leading agrifood clusters in Spain.

Located in the heart of the Ebro valley, with revenues of 3,000 million euros a year and another 900 million in the primary sector.

It is one of the most important sectors in our region, with a long tradition, made up of more than 1,270 companies and 25.000 employees. The sector represents 6.6% of the region’s GDP and 14% of its industrial GDP.

Navarra also showcases 4 leading research centres:

  • INTIA Institute of Agrifood Technologies and Infrastructures of Navarra focused on research into agriculture and stockbreeding with specialized infrastructures for wine and milk
  • CNTA National Center of Food Technology and Security. It provides advanced technological services for companies and institutions in the agro sector: technical assistance, research and development, quality control in food security, and training courses.
  • Food Science Department of the Universidad de Navarra. This university’s long experience in the development of pharmaceuticals is directly applicable to food research, constituting a multinational platform to cover the process required for the development of functional and nutritional food.
  • IDAB Institute of Agrobiotechnology belonging to the Public University of Navarra. It focuses on research into agroabiotechnologies in the area of biomedicine.

The benchmark for renewable energy

The Government of Navarra has worked intensively to develop renewable resources through support policies. Indeed, in 2004 it was awarded the European Union prize for the Best Regional Policy for developing renewable energy sources.

Navarra is also home of CENER, Spanin’s National Renewable Energy Center, a technology center specialized in applied research and the development and promotion of renewable energies.

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