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27.03.2018 13:26

Biotechnology Conference at PTS Granada

The Biotech Open Innovation conference has been held at the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), hosted by the PTS Andalusian Public Foundation. Speaking at the opening of the event, Andalusia's Regional Minister of Finance and Knowledge, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, said that the province of Granada's biotechnology research sector has seen significant growth over recent years thanks to its knowledge capital, and is now a leader in scientific output and home to top-level researchers.


Delegates at the opening event of the Biotech Open Innovation conference held at the PTS Andalusian Public Foundation.

 

According to Mr Ramírez de Arellano, the University of Granada has played a key role in the province's success, thanks to its extensive biohealth research experience and high-level human resources. Companies that have chosen to open facilities in Granada have benefited from the growth of the PTS and support from various public bodies, leading to the development of a major network of biotechnology companies, whose collective knowledge capability is gradually increasing.

“Biotechnology is an important part of the local economy and one of the economic sectors with the highest growth potential, involving public and private institutions, research centres, companies and other bodies,” Mr Ramírez de Arellano said. He went on to say that Andalusia is the most ‘bioentrepreneurial’ region in Spain. According to data from the Spanish Association of Bioenterprises (ASEBIO), one in four new biotech companies set up in Spain are in Andalusia, and half of those are in the province of Granada.

Mr Ramírez de Arellano also remarked that Andalusia is the region with the second-highest number of companies using biotechnology (15% of the total), and the third-highest number of companies specialising in biotechnology, a sector worth more than 950 million euros in exports. He attributed these figures to the efforts of entrepreneurs and the firm commitment of all sectors, the University of Granada, regional government and other companies.

Mr Ramírez de Arellano highlighted the role played by the PTS, which he considers to be “one of the few technology environments in the world” designed to accommodate everything related to health sciences, and by the BioTic Granada Campus of International Excellence, run by the University of Granada to combine training, research and innovation.

The Biotech Open Innovation conference was organised by the Andalucía Emprende Foundation and attended by around fifty companies and representatives from institutions linked to the biotechnology sector. The aim of the event was to promote open innovation between biotech companies, start-ups and spin-offs. It also aimed to promote awareness of the work done by Andalusian SMEs, and provide a forum for attendees to discover new synergies and business opportunities.