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SOURCE Barcelona Inspires
BARCELONA, Spain, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
With the election of Barcelona as base of Grifols' new fractionation plant, the largest in Europe, the city appears as a leader in biomedical and bio pharmacy treatments
Barcelona stands out for its clinical research and human healthcare, with 90 research centers and over 400 research groups established in the city and dedicated to the life sciences, excelling in such areas as oncology, bio-nanomedicine and cardiovascular disease. The city also concentrates great talent in biomedical research, especially in bio-pharmacy.
Renowned scientists such as José Baselga, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, or Joan Massagué, Ph.D., director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute, are some examples of excellence in biomedical research, whose work crosses boundaries and is crucial to the health of people worldwide. Those Barcelonian oncologists started their excellent careers in the Catalan capital and still lead clinical trials of new cancer drugs and innovative treatments from VHIO and IRB Barcelona, two of the most internationally acclaimed research centers in oncology.
Worldwide pharmacy companies such as Grifols, Almirall or Esteve, are based as well in Barcelona, where they lead some of the latest innovations in drugs and treatments. Grifols, which has recently opened in Barcelona area one of the largest plasma fractionation plants in Europe, is the third largest company in the world in the field of blood derivates and the only company in the pharmaceutical industry that is vertically integrated in the field of transfusion medicine.
Ranked the 5th best city in Europe for scientific production, Barcelona is also the driver of medical technology and biomedical research in Spain, with more than 4.500 researchers and a budget of 380M Euros. All these elements position Barcelona as one of the leading cities in the development of a global knowledge-based economy at present and in the coming years.
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