Catalonia, a leader in clinical trials in Europe and the world
Catalonia is ranked among the top 10 in the world in number of participations in clinical trials. Looking only at oncology, this position rises to the European Top 5 and remains in the World Top 10, as it does for other leading specializations.
Since 2001, the number of clinical trials carried out in Catalonia has continued to increase and, in the past ten years, the figure has doubled. Catalonia is currently participating in over 1,200 active clinical trials to test new therapies and drugs in patients.
At a European level, Catalonia ranks 6th in number of participations in trials and 8th worldwide, only behind countries like the United States (9,532), Canada (1,905), France (1,896), United Kingdom (1,633), Spain (1,595), Germany (1,583) and Italy (1,460). Moreover, Catalan centers take part in 75% of all active trials carried out in Spain.
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.
In the last decade, the number of companies in Catalonia in digital health has multiplied by 10. Today, more than 200 companies work in the sector and some of them have set up digital hubs in Barcelona-Catalonia, such as Teladoc Health, Zur Rose-Profarma, Sanofi, Novartis, Roche Diagnostics, and Ypsomed.
In the medical devices area, we can find international companies such as Bbraun Surgical, Roche Diagnostics, Qiagen, Grifols Diagnostics, Werfen, Hartmann, or Avinent.
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.