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ClusterGovernance. TheExample of Biocat

Mamen Martí - Internationalisation Project Manager

Communications & External Relations Department

WorkshopBrazil-EuropeanUniononCluster x ClusterCooperation

Brasilia – 13th November 2012

Biocat, governance model

Objectives of a cluster

  • Identify the assets of the BioRegion and construction of a common vision: building a sense of community

  • Catalyze the development of the cluster through the support of public-private agents and the synergies among them

  • Improve the access to critical resources : talent, funding, knowledge,…

  • Foster the innovation as engine for growing, mostly in traditional sectors

  • Foster international partnerships

Our Cluster: an ecosystem for innovation

Why biotechnology needs a cluster organization

Biotechnology is a complex ecosystem

The value chain is long and a wide variety of actors and factors are involved.

This means that:

  • Governance systems requires the involvement of many actors

  • The complexity requires that the whole ecosystem has to be taken into account

  • Each cluster develops a different governance model

MainBiotechClusters in Europe

Source: CataloniaLifeSciencesReport 2011 – Ernst & Young


  • 6% of theSpanishterritory

  • 16% of thepopulation (7M)

  • 19% of GDP

  • 21% of biotechindustry

  • 45% of pharma industry(Almirall, Esteve, Ferrer, Grífols, Lacer, Uriach)

  • 50% of themedtech sector


Biocat is a private non profit foundation, founded in 2006.

Its creation was fostered by both the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona Local Council.

The objective of Biocat when it was created was to enable the interactions between the public and private sectors, as well as offer the possibility of gain access to other funding programs apart from those of the Catalan Government

Biocat is a small size organization that nowadays employs 19 people, whose budget is around 3 million Euros per year (1,1 of which came from regional Government)

Biocat is the Catalan organization that coordinates and promotes biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technologies in Catalonia. Its mission is to boost all the agents of this environment and their initiatives, so that we have an ecosystem with strong innovation systems, active technology and knowledge transfers and an entrepreneurial business fabric that acts as economic driver of the country and contributes to society welfare.


Biocat model: actors of the ecosystem

  • Collaboration Entities

  • Catalonia

  • Spain

  • EU


Pharmaceutical Industry

Chemical Industry

Agrifood Industry

Health System



Venture Capital

Biotechnology Companies

Technology Parks

Testing labs, register offices

Tech Transfer Offices

Specialised Consulting

  • R&D Public Institutions

    • Universities

    • Research Centres

    • Hospitals

  • R&D Departments

    • Pharma Co

    • Fine Chemicals

    • Agrifood

Technology Platforms





Nuclear Industry

Public Administration

Regional National European

Composition of the trust

Origin and application of funds

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