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MassMEDIC and CataloniaBio & HealthTech join forces

MassMEDIC and CataloniaBio & HealthTech join forces

MassMEDIC and CataloniaBio & HealthTech join forces

The collaboration agreement will encourage contact between innovative companies in Catalonia and Massachusetts

(Barcelona, May 31, 2019) – CataloniaBio & HealthTech, an association with more than 160 member companies and knowledge stakeholders in biomedicine and health in Catalonia, and the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), the largest association of medical technology companies in the United States, have signed an agreement to foster innovation and collaborations in business and research among their members. The agreement was signed at the highly successful European investment congress Bio€quity, held in Barcelona on 20 and 21 May.

Angel Alonso, vice-president of CataloniaBioHT and CEO of Vecmedical, explained that this agreement will “strengthen institutional ties and provide a good opportunity to bring the innovative companies of CataloniaBioHT to the world’s top biomedical ecosystem.”

For his part, MassMEDIC President Bryan Johnson says “We are thrilled to continue the important work of building bridges with our international counterparts across the globe. Our agreement with CataloniaBioHT is the beginning of a critical relationship for our shared ecosystems. Much like Massachusetts, the Catalonia region has a rich history of medical advancements and healthcare institutions that are a model for the rest of the world. We look forward to strengthening our communities ties and collaborating on the important issues facing healthcare technology.”

After formalizing the agreement, CataloniaBioHT and MassMEDIC will begin working together on several actions.

CataloniaBioHT is part of the Catalonia Clusters programme promoted by the Government of Catalonia through ACCIÓ.

About CataloniaBio & HealthTech The CataloniaBio & HealthTech association has more than 160 member companies (spin-offs, start-ups, SMEs and large corporations) in the field of biomedicine and health in Catalonia and collaborating agents, including hospitals, research centres and leading universities. For the last 10 years, Catalonia has become one of the most innovative and dynamic ecosystems in biomedicine and health in Europe. This sector represents 7.2% of the country's GDP, while biomedical companies raised €106 million in 2018, according to the latest Study on investment in the Biomedical industry in Catalonia of CataloniaBioHT and EY. Its headquarters are in the Barcelona Science Park.

About MassMEDIC Founded in 1996, the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) is the largest regional MedTech association in the United States, with over 300 members representing manufacturers, product developers, suppliers, research institutions and academic health centers. Over the past 20+ years, the efforts of MassMEDIC and its members have driven industry success and growth in the region, establishing Massachusetts as a world leader in this sector.


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