On July of the current year, 2014 will be declared as the Year of Biotechnology in Spain. To celebrate it, the Catalan Association of Biotechnologists (ASBTEC) and the Spanish Federation of Biotechnologists (FEBiotec) have organized the eighth edition of the biggest annual event of Spanish biotechnology, the Biotech Annual Congress (BAC), in Barcelona, between the 9th and 11th of July.
BAC2014 will be inaugurated by PhD Maria Blasco, director of the National Cancer Research Centre and one of the most renowned Spanish scientists globally. The scientific program will also feature other prestigious researchers, among whom are Dr. Werner Arber, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 or Dr. Jean Weissenbach, Prince of Asturias Award for Research in 2001.
The program will also feature scientific sessions of oncology, neuroscience, plant and food biotechnology and business strategy sessions in areas of business management and projects in the biotechnology sector, scientific visits, courses and seminars. Isabel Troytiño, Director of the Communication Department of Futureco Bioscience, will participate in the round table "Keys to Success in biotech companies: The role of communication", setting out the commitment of Futureco Bioscience in transparency, corporate social responsibility and involvement not only in the dissemination and publicity of their R&D advances or about its products, but also in the involvement and project development of environmental awareness and education in science and technology.
The choice of Barcelona as the venue for BAC 2014 is not fortuitous. Catalonia is the pioneer biotechnology region in Spain because it has a 20% of the companies in this sector. Its extensive network of research centres in biotechnology has made Catalonia a real pole of biotechnology innovation in Europe.