The most prominent feature of BioSpain 2010 is that of its internationalisation, so necessary for these kinds of companies. In this edition there are a total of 160 companies in 132 stands. Likewise, it is expected that there will be over 2,000 business meetings between approximately 600 companies and organisations, of which 150 are from outside Spain. "Brussels is aware of the importance of biotechnology for Europe's future, which is why it has announced a bioeconomy strategy that has yet to be defined by the European Union", explained Fernandez Sousa. In this context, it is estimated that the biotechnology sector will represent 2.7% of GDP in OECD countries, which is why ASEBIO considers that it would be good for Spain to implement the same strategy.
At the Investor's Forum 30 biotechnology projects have been selected, which will be explained during the congress. The president of ASEBIO recommended that our companies make themselves known internationally in order to attract funding from outside Spain. To achieve this, it is essential that Spanish biotechnology companies participate in the most important international fairs.
Tumour stem cells
The first plenary conference was given by Carlos Cordon-Cardo, from the University of Columbia, who spoke about tumour stem cells. "If we do not understand the origin of cancer, we will not be able to understand its final chapters", he said. According to the lecture, "the most effective strategy is that of identifying these cells in tumours and metastases to then attack them", he explained. In this regard, the identification of these stem cells "could have important clinical applications concerning the prognosis of the disease".
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