BIO-Europe Spring® 2013 in Barcelona hosted over 2,000 executives from the life science sector

The seventh annual BIO-Europe Spring® international partnering conference concluded this week in Barcelona, Spain. The event, held March 11–13, 2013 at the CCIB Convention Centre Barcelona, welcomed more than 2,000 participants representing over 1,200 companies from 50 countries vying for an estimated 2,148 licensing opportunities. Close to 11,000 one-to-one meetings took place at that event between companies across the life science value chain, from large biotech and pharma companies to financiers and innovative start-ups.

“BIO-Europe Spring 2013 is where the biotech industry kicks off the dealmaking year,” said Carola Schropp, President of EBD Group. “The growing biotech region of Barcelona contributed to a highly dynamic event that centered on face-to-face partnering meetings between key players in the life science value chain. We look forward to carrying the partnering momentum established at this event to ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, BioPharm America™, and BIO-Europe® later this year.”

Host organizations for the 2013 event included Biocat, the biotechnology, biomedicine and medical technology regional incubator, and Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Barcelona City Council.

“We are very pleased with the development of BIO-Europe Spring 2013, especially because the proposals of Catalan participants were very well accepted, both in terms of the number of meetings arranged, and of the partners they found for their projects,” said Montserrat Vendrell, CEO of Biocat. “More than 2,000 delegates who participated in BIO-Europe Spring have unanimously recognized that the Barcelona atmosphere, the city and its life sciences brands cast a very positive message to the world; they have also appreciated the thriving community of Catalan entrepreneurs and the joint strategy of the sector which comprises institutions and companies under the leadership of Biocat.”

Host sponsor Torino Chamber of Commerce welcomes the 2014 edition of BIO-Europe Spring to Torino, Italy. The mission of the Chamber is to foster the growth of the local economy and enhance it through effective and targeted initiatives, thus playing the role of spokesman for the life science sector.

Piero Fassino, Mayor of the City of Torino said, “I am very proud of this further acknowledgement for our city, mainly because BIO-Europe Spring will be in Turin after having been held in cities of international standing like Milano, Madrid, Amsterdam and Barcelona. A whole year of intense work is ahead of us, but I am confident we will deliver our guests a special welcome with our first-rate facilities and services in addition to an artistic and cultural heritage that will enchant and seduce those who are visiting our city for the first time.”

“BIO-Europe Spring is a quality brand in itself,” said Guido Bolatto, Secretary General of the Torino Chamber of commerce. “EBD Group has always carefully selected the location from areas rich in entrepreneurial liveliness and innovation. The choice has fallen on Torino and we are very proud of this since it is another acknowledgement of the many skills disseminated in our region. It also provides us with a precious opportunity for international visibility. Torino will be an open-air showroom, for three full days, where the most groundbreaking solutions will be on show there to stir the interest of the sector decision makers.”

One-to-one partnering meetings for BIO-Europe Spring 2013 in Barcelona were scheduled prior to the event utilizing partneringONE®, EBD Group’s leading conference networking solution. As the leading conference networking solution for the life sciences, the system generates over 40,000 one-to-one meetings at EBD Group’s six life science partnering events held around the world. With partneringONE, pharma and biotech dealmakers can create a partnering profile and begin efficiently identifying and requesting meetings with potential collaborators. For more about partneringONE, go

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About EBD Group

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

  • BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe’s largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America
  • Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
  • BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
  • ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC
  • EuroMedtech™, EBD Group’s partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry
  • The Global Impact Forum™, a unique and innovative partnering conference in impact investing and venture philanthropy.

EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.

EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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About BIO-Europe Spring® 2014

As the springtime counterpart to BIO-Europe®, BIO-Europe Spring® continues the tradition of providing life science companies with high caliber partnering opportunities. Featuring EBD Group’s acclaimed partnering system, partneringONE®, the event enables delegates to efficiently identify, meet and get partnerships started with companies across the biotech value chain.

In addition to productive partnering, BIO-Europe Spring offers high level workshops, panels, company presentations, and a lively exhibition. The program features executive level panelists who openly share their insight and opinion on many important industry issues. The company presentation tracks provide a forum for innovative start-ups, established biotech companies, and large and midsize pharma to present information on products, partnering opportunities and corporate strategy.

Combined, these elements create an insightful and productive event that will have you coming back year after year.

BIO-Europe Spring is produced by EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the global biotechnology industry, with the support of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

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