2014, Year of Biotechnology in Spain

The biotech sector has one more reason to begin the new year with energy and eagerness, considering that 2014 has been quoted by the Spanish Government as the Year of Biotechnology. The Spanish Federation of Biotechnologists, along with the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (SEbiot), the Spanish Society of Microbiology (SEM), and the Spanish Association of Bio Enterprises (Asebio), have been the boosters of this initiative, which involves an important support for the industry and its professionals. In their words, the goal of this year is “not only continue encouraging the Spanish Biotech in all its sides, both research and industrial, but also improving its teaching and social concern. It’s about summing up, putting Biotech in the centre of society”.

Among the main goals of this commemoration, we have to highlight fostering Biotech research in Spain, the improvement of its teaching and dissemination, and the rise of the cooperation between the public and private sector in this field.

According to statistics from the Asebio annual report, the number of biotech companies grew more than 70% in 2011. Cataluña, Madrid and Adalucía –where Bionaturis is located- are the regions gathering more companies in this sector. The OECD ranked Spain in 2012 as the second country of the European Union with a bigger number of biotech companies.

Bionaturis congratulates the initiative and will support this commemoration, forecasting a great year for the global sector in which fostering R+D will have a key role.

Lines of our CEO, Víctor Infante, about Asebio 2012 annual report

Earlier this month of July was presented the annually ASEBIO report, published by the Spanish Biotechnology Companies Association, taken as a reference of the health of the sector in Spain. As conclusions, the press and specialized opinion highlighted the positive increase of the impact of biotechnology in Spanish GDP (7.15%), with an important rise since 2008 (2.98%), along with a growth of 23.7% of employment up to the 202,250 workers and a 26.5% increase in the turnover.

CEO: Without a doubt the big picture is encouraging and especially taking into account the economical context during this growth. This data should serve to ratify that the biotechnology sector is, and must be more and more, one of the driver vectors of growth in any developed country. However a deeper analysis reveals that we are still quite far from the impact that has on other reference countries. To get closer to expected by our country figures, no doubt that we need more “Grifols” and facilitate in everything, and not otherwise, to companies as Grifols can continue growing and acting as a big leader. Spanish biotechnology needs size, muscles, and big leaders that can complete the whole value chain. Each advanced country in our environment has at least one or two reference leading global companies especially in red biotechnology. Spain should launch a strategic plan to have within a reasonable timeframe at least one company among the top 15 in world sales. We have enough raw material, but we should take it as a matter of State and put in place mechanisms and appropriate measures to implement it.


However, it has also pointed out the decline in R&D investment, the first in ten years.

CEO: Well, it´s not a surprising […]

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