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.