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Record turnout at #CataloniaBioBBQ
Taking inspiration from barbeques in the United States, the #CataloniaBioBBQ has become the summer networking event for entrepreneurs and investors in the healthcare arena in Catalonia. Held this year on 20 July at the Specipig headquarters, the barbeque welcomed 300 professionals in a casual setting to look for synergies and collaborations in business and research.
"We’re at a point in terms of dynamism and growth that we have to take advantage of,” said Ignasi Biosca, president of CataloniaBio and CEO of Reig Jofre. In a similar vein, Jaume Amat, CEO of Specipig and host of the event, gave a perfect example: “We see full teams at the BBQ. That didn’t happen just a few years ago and is a sign of how our companies are evolving.”
The #CataloniaBioBBQ mainly attracted member companies, but aims to bring together the whole ecosystem: the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona Science Park and Vall d'Hebron Research Institute are just some of the organisations that participated with their respective heads of innovation and technology transfer. Also present were the CataloniaBio Board of Directors, president’s office of the Health Tech Cluster and the main specialised venture capital funds in Catalonia, like Caixa Capital Risc, Healthequity, Inveready and Ysios Capital.
As each year, the team from Spherium Biomed were in charge of preparing the barbeque, with a grand total of 19 lambs! “This ritual has to help boost the sector even further,” said CEO Luis Ruiz-Ávila with a touch of humour.
See you next year!
Photo: Wide shot of this year’s networking barbeque - © Anna Mas