Health, well-being and life sciences industries

Health, well-being and life sciences industries

A world-class network of medical institutions, hospitals, research centres, biotech startups and pharma companies has turned Barcelona and Catalonia into a leading life sciences hub. Top global companies that have installed their productive centres in Catalonia and already trust the excellent pool of local providers are Boehringer Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Novartis or Roche, to mention just a few.

The health, well-being and life sciences industries include a wide range of sectors like pharma, medical technologies, biotechnologies, cosmetics, veterinary and nutraceuticals; as well as diverse agents like hospitals, insurance companies, universities and clinics. In the Catalonia Industry Suppliers, you can find potential partners by searching through the following categories: Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology, Wellness and Beauty, and Health and Medical Equipment.

17,802 Turnover (M€), 53,731 Employees and 1,060 Companies

Global leaders in pharma and life sciences

Catalonia is Europe’s densest pharma environment. It is the birthplace of the five biggest Spanish pharmaceutical companies (Almirall, Esteve, Ferrer, Grífols and Uriach) and home to +1000 companies in the life sciences industry. Exports represent 45% of Spain's total. Furthermore, since 2008, capital investment in Catalonia’s life sciences companies has multiplied by 12, and life sciences startups are the 2nd most numerous within the Catalan startup ecosystem.

A hotspot of research and innovation activity

Catalonia has 89 leading scientific, technical & research centres working in the health, well-being and life sciences industries. Major scientific facilities include the Alba Synchrotron, the MareNostrum Supercomputer or the National Genome Analysis Centre. Internationally renowned hospitals which performing groundbreaking work in different medical fields are the Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron, Hospital Clínic, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu or Hospital Quirón, among others.

Investment opportunities in digital health

Catalonia has a fast-paced, expanding medical devices sector and a strong digital health technology ecosystem. The large and innovative pool of companies, together with the early-adopter Catalan society, makes our region the perfect place for developing digital health solutions.

A powerful beauty and wellness industry

The beauty and personal care industry is a broad sector that includes the areas of cosmetics and make-up, fragrances, personal hygiene and skin and hair care. It is a highly internationalized sector in Catalonia, with 576 companies, that account for nearly half of Spanish industry exports. Regarding wellness and well-being, there is a growing number of Silver Economy companies in Catalonia mostly engaged in the fields of health and quality of life.

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Guy Nohra, investor at Alta Life Sciences

Barcelona has world-class science that needs to be invested in