Andalusian Government Welcomes Chinese Visitors to PTS
A group of Chinese delegates has taken a tour of the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), where Andalusian government representatives offered to collaborate with China in the biotechnology sector. The visitors were welcomed by PTS Andalusian Public Foundation managing director Jesús Quero along with the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Knowledge and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos, who is also one of the Foundation’s trustees.
The visit was arranged as part of the collaborative programme organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and China's Department of Regional Economy of the National Development and Reform Commission, and follows on from the 13th EU-China Seminar on Regional Policy Cooperation held recently in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. That seminar was attended by representatives from Granada City Hall and the PTS, and biotechnology was one of the main focuses of discussion.
Speaking at the beginning of the meeting in the PTS, Mr Martín Arcos said that “the Andalusian government is committed to a socioeconomic model that promotes a culture of science, technology and innovation”. He went on to say that the PTS is an example “of Andalusia's chosen model of economic development, alert to the dynamics of the global economy, centred around talent and innovation, bringing together the university, public services, innovation and business. The PTS is the most important health sciences community in Spain, a business park that both attracts investment and creates jobs”.
Mr Martín Arcos commented that "Granada's present and future are based on technology hubs like the now nationally renowned PTS”. He also said that Granada's status as City of Science is “one of the cornerstones of knowledge transfer for the PTS, enabling it to continue moving forward in terms of internationalisation, research, equality and inclusion, because it brings together the talent and strength of many people, whose collaboration plays an essential role in supporting the activities organised in different scientific disciplines”.
For his part, Jesús Quero explained how the PTS came about and its current status. There are now 25 buildings in the Park, and it is home to around a hundred companies and institutions. It has provided a huge boost for employment in innovative sectors in the province of Granada, generating almost 3,000 new jobs. On top of that, some 2,600 people now work at the new PTS hospital, and 3,000 students are enrolled in courses taught at University of Granada faculties based in the Park, so more than 9,000 people pass through the PTS each day. This figure does not even include the members of the public who visit the Park, mainly to go to the hospital.
The group of around twenty Chinese visitors said that the meeting was very useful because China is looking at the possibility of developing a similar health sciences park in one of its cities. To round off their visit, the delegates took a tour of a number of PTS buildings, including the offices of MEDINA, a drug discovery research organisation; pharmaceutical company ROVI; the Genomics and Oncology Research Centre (GENyO); Unit 4, a software company; and the Advanced Multifunctional Centre for Simulation and Technological Innovation (CMAT).