/ Life Sciences

Barcelona, a leading hub for the health of tomorrow

Barcelona ticks all the boxes in terms of what is needed to play a prominent role in the Life Sciences industry: outstanding infrastructure, world-renowned hospitals, a vibrant business ecosystem and a city that is at the cutting-edge of science and offers an exceptional quality of life that continues to attract talent to the city.

/ Key Figures

39.4 Bn € turnover
+ 264,000 employees
+ 1,750 companies
+ 50% of the Spanish pharma industry

91 Research institutions 

40 Research centres
20 University hospitals
12 Universities
14 Science and technology parks
2 Technology centres
3 Major infrastructures

Research Excellence  
5th 8th
Europe World

in number of active clinical trials.

In oncology, it ranks 4th in
Europe
and 7th in the world
A gateway to academic excellence and talent
+ 25,000
annual university graduates in scientific fields
(Bachelor’s degrees, Masters and PhDs)
3rd
in number of publications on
advanced therapies in EU
Top 3
for Highly Cited Papers with patent citations
2nd
best place in Europe to invest in biotech,
according to the CPHI Annual Report
/ Barcelona in action: Major investment into new scientific infrastructure
Barcelona is home to a number of ongoing projects that will enhance the city’s medical and scientific capacity and provide space for Life Sciences companies to set themselves up; raising the profile of the city and opening up new investment opportunities.
Innovation and Health BioCluster
Bellvitge area
556,000
sqm
50,000
new jobs
€7 billion
in annual revenue
Science Park Area
Hospital Clínic Extension
330,000
sqm
290.000 sqm. Hospital Clínic
15.000 sqm. Sant Joan de Déu
15.000 sqm. Campus Esplugues
10.000 sqm. Parc Científic
Ciutadella Knowledge Hub

Mercat del Peix extension
45,000
sqm
3 buildings
dedicated to biomedicine, biodiversity and the well-being of the planet
CaixaResearch Institute
19,000
sqm
+300
researchers

It will be Spain's first research centre specialized in immunology and one of the first in Europe. The CaixaResearch Institute will focus on examining the interactions of the immune system prevalent pathologies, including neurological, oncological and infectious diseases, while also analyzing associated environmental factors.

/ Barcelona has the densest pharma ecosystem in Europe

Over 50% of the main multinationals in the pharma industry are present in the Barcelona region.