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ES51 - Cataluña

Regional website

Regional Innovation Performance (2021): Moderate +

Total population (2019): 7566431

Population per km² (2019): 238

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

Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3)

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 

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

Membership status

  • Member Euregha

  • S3MedTech region

  • S3ClusSport member

  • Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)

  • 1M+Genome initiative - country level member

  • European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)

  • Vanguard Initiative

  • ERAPerMed

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