Innovation culture

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Barcelona Synchrotron Park

Both the public and private sector in Catalonia have made innovation a priority with the Catalan government actively supporting R&D programmes. Catalan Universities are active and stand out in knowledge production and knowledge transfer. With 0.1% of the world's population, Catalonia produces 3.7% of the European scientific output (EU-28) and 1% of the world’s scientific output.

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Business enterprise sector funding a remarkable 57% of the total R&D expenditure (2015). Catalonia accounts for 26% of business expenditure on R&D in Spain and 23% of number of innovative companies (2013-2015). Special focus is above all on the pharma industry, biotech, biomedicine, medical technologies, ICTs, multimedia and audio-visual sectors.

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Nature magazine coined the phrase “Catalan Scientific Power” recognising Catalan significant contribution in fields like medical research. In fact, six of Spain’s leading clinical research units are in Catalonia.

An example of Catalan Scientific Power is the Biocat Foundation. Created in 2006, Biocat brings together representatives from all areas of the biomedicine and biotechnology sector to create a strong research environment, an active transfer of knowledge and a dynamic business ecosystem in these areas.

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Catalonia boasts several state of the art scientific facilities that support R&D system including the Synchrotron ALBA (the first particle accelerator in Southern Europe), MareNostrum- BSC (Spain's premium supercomputer and one Europe's foremost), IDIADA, a state of the art system used in the automotive industry, and the National Microelectronics Centre (Spain's largest public centre for microelectronics).

Catalonia also has a number of cutting edge 14 science & technology parks linked to prestigious universities and medical facilities. Among them, Barcelona Science Park (PCB), Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (BBRP), UAB Research Park (PRUAB), and August Pi i Sunyer Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBAPS).

BarcelonaTech is a Catalan University specialised in the fields of architecture, science and engineering. Committed to excellence and well connected to the productive sector, BarcelonaTech, as well as the rest of Catalan universities, is a driver of economic and social change.

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Eurecat Technology Centre is the result of the integration of five advanced technological centres in Catalonia and promotes business competitiveness acting as a bridge between research -knowledge generation- and companies -value generation-.

Firms based in Catalonia also find the perfect technological partner in TECNIO. TECNIO acts as an innovation partner. Via its network of over 100 technology transfer centres and experts from a range of associated sectors, it detects the needs of companies and puts the technological capability of the Catalan business network at their disposal. It also provides them with support in securing funding and in-project management, while searching for strategic technological partners.

With 160 full-time engineers, scientists, support staff and technicians, ALBA third generation synchrotron is one of Catalonia’s leading state of the art research facilities.

Main data on R&D in Catalonia

Catalonia produces 1% of the world’s scientific output, with 0.11% of the world’s population.