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At present 71 firms work in the Basque biosciences sector, employing nearly 1,480 people. According to figures released by the Biobasque Agency, they billed more than €300 million in 2008.
Bioscience is the Basque regional government's latest business development scenario, originally established in the BioBasque 2010 plan. After eight years in existence, the biosciences industry in the Basque Country continues to grow apace. The European Union recently admitted it to the Council of European Bioregions (EC/ERBI).

As a bioregion, the Basque Country attracts research talent to such an extent that biobusiness expenditure in R&D now accounts for 19%. Last year, new business creation continued at a steady pace, with most new companies oriented towards the healthcare segment. Today, 60% of biobusinesses work in health, although other areas, particularly food, are also flourishing.

In support are three cooperative research centres currently working in the biosciences and microtechnologies. 

One is the cooperative research centre CIC Biogune, working at the Vizcaya Technology Park in Zamudio, just outside Bilbao. Concentrating largely on health-related issues, Biogune can also provide support for the food and environmental industries. The centre's 100 researchers and technicians focus on genomics, proteomics, biocomputer science, metabolomics, cell and molecular biology, as well as pharmaceutical technologies. The Biogune building also houses a biotechnology incubator, where five recently created businesses in the industry are already settling in.

Cooperative research centre CIC Biomagune, located at the Miramón Technology Park in San Sebastián, specializes in biomaterials for a range of applications. Biomagune also coordinates its activities with CIC Biogune. Seville chemist Manuel Martín Lomas is scientific director at the San Sebastián-based laboratory, where chemist Soledad Penadés is a valued colleague. The recent start-up of the Molecular Image Unit puts the Zamudio and Miramón research centres squarely on the world science map by combining cutting-edge structural biology and molecular image techniques.

The third cooperative research centre is CIC Microgune, also at the Miramón Technology Park, specializes in micro/nanotechnologies.

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(Fuente: Lehendakaritza - Secretaría General de Comunicación)

Fecha de la última modificación: 11/03/2009