Cataluña (ES51)

Population per km2 - 234

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate +

The North-Eastern region of Cataluña is one of Spain’s most prosperous. It has population of 7.3 million. With strong government backing, the region is now focused on developing its capabilities in personalised medicine and the use of big data.


The Catalan government’s Research and Innovation in Health Directorate have stated that personalised medicine is a key priority for the region. The science and infrastructure are already available, the goal is to move to make personalised healthcare an area of interest and build on the available assets that exist within the region.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? Yes

Policy documents


  1. National level: Recommendations proposal for a state strategy 

  2. National level: A status report about personalized medicine in Spain  

Topics covered by policies : Population genomics initiative (cfr 1 million genomes participation); Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Specific disease related research; ICT/genomics, health, lifestyle data(infrastructure); Genetic counselling; Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health

Policy document (RIS3): Yes

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Major initiatives


  1. GCAT- Genomics for lyfe

  2. Supercomputing Centre - Marenostrum  Super computer, Genomics, molecular modeling

  3. CRG- Centre for genomic regulation  international biomedical research institute, genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, tissue engineering

  4. La Meva Salut (LMS) (My Health)

  5. Clúster de Salut Mental de Catalunya 

  6. MedTech4Europe 

  7. Innovation for Welfare 

  8. Pôle Pédiatrique de Cerdagne 

  9. DNA repair biobank 

  10. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?


  1. CeLac and European consortium for a personalized medicine approach to Gastric Cancer

  2. IndividualizedPaediatricCure: Cloud-based virtual-patient models for precision paediatric oncology

  3. EUCANCan: a federated network of aligned and interoperable infrastructures for the homogeneous analysis, management and sharing of genomic oncology data for Personalized Medicine

  4. SPIDIA for Personalized Medicine - Standardisation of generic Pre-analytical procedures for In-vitro DIAgnostics for Personalized Medicine

  5. ERA-Net Cofund in Personalised Medicine



European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium