ES51 - Cataluña

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate +

Total population (2019) 7566431

Population per km² (2017) 234

Proportion population older 65 year % 19,11%


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

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? > 50 % of surface in mountain areas

Member Euregha? yes 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? yes 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

MedTech4Europe? no 

Central Europe? no

S3ClusSport member?  yes

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? yes

1M+Genome initiative? countrylevel member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)? yes

Vanguard Initiative? yes

ERAPerMed? 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

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - Very High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - Very High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - Very High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Very Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High

Image attribution

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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