President Mas leads a delegation of 72 Catalan enterprises and entities
The President of the Generalitat (the Catalan Government), Artur Mas, accompanied by the Director for Economics and Growth, Andreu Mas-Colell, and the Director of Health, Boi Ruiz, headed the Catalan delegation to the BIO International Convention 2012, held in Boston (USA) from 18th to 21st June 2012. Comprising 110 professionals from 50 companies and 22 entities, this has been the largest delegation Biocat has coordinated (since 2007).
The Bio Convention is the main event for the biosciences sector worldwide which in 2012 brought together, under the theme Connect, partner and innovate, more than 16,500 delegates from 65 countries, 2,000 exhibitors and 2,900 companies. The Spanish state had the most important international pavilion —in which Catalonia represented more than 60%— ahead, by number of businesses, of countries such as Brazil, China, India and Russia. Thanks to a new way of partnering at the stands launched in 2012, the companies in the Spanish pavilion (largely Catalan) had 380 meetings from 2,137 contacts registered in the days before the fair. These figures meant the Spanish pavilion was the most active at BIO Boston 2012, with double the number of agreed meetings of any other of the participating states.
The holding of the fair in Boston and the wide Catalan representation led to the presence of the delegation of President Mas — who is also President of the Board of Biocat— , who travelled to the United States to sign the renewal of the Massachusetts-Catalonia collaboration agreement —with biotechnology as one of the work axes— with Governor Patrick Deval, and a business promotion agreement in New York.
President Mas also took part in the presentation of the report Catalonia Life Science Report 2011 (edited by Ernst&Young), which presented the international audience with the main data of the Informe Biocat 2011 report, and in the traditional networking reception given by the Catalan delegation which had more than three hundred international attendees.
In addition, Biocat participated in various promotional activities for the BioRegion, such as the International Cancer Cluster Showcase (through Oncocat); the presentation of the Catalan model a two sessions in the official programme (Crossing borders and boundaries – Emerging strategies to promote International collaboration and Cluster Hour: meet Europe’s clusters and their global partners); the meeting of the bioXclusters partners and various meetings of Catalan businesses with other delegations.
The Catalan presence at BIO Boston 2012 had a large coverage, with appearances on the main Catalan media.