CataloniaBio and HealthTech Cluster have agreed to merge into a single entity that will represent more than 200 innovative companies in the field of health in Catalonia. The general assemblies of partners of the two organizations, held on February 22 and May 4, respectively, have placed their trust in the boards of directors to initiate the process of integration that will culminate, once ratified in the respective extraordinary assemblies at the end of 2017, with the call for elections.
In order to coordinate this integration period, a steering committee has been created, consisting of members of the two boards, including presidents Ignacio Biosca (CataloniaBio-Reig Jofre) and Albert Gallart (HealthTech Cluster-Grupo Pulso).
CataloniaBio was founded in 2006 by a group of biotech entrepreneurs and currently has 110 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical technology and services companies that have a relevant R & D & I activity in Catalonia. The HealthTech Cluster was created in 2014 with 17 founding members with the aim of promoting the competitiveness of the field of health technologies in Catalonia. Today it has 50 members from the entire value chain of the sector, mainly MedTech and digital health, and ecosystem agents such as knowledge centers and hospitals.
The union of the two entities will allow the strengthening of common strategic axes such as business cooperation and business models in digital health, access to international markets, technology transfer and investment capture for product creation both in the fields Biopharmaceutical as well as medical devices (MedTech). We will also work on a value proposal designed for the different profiles of the members associated with the new entity.