Spain has a long tradition of scientific excellence, particularly in the life sciences. In the past decade, the country has focused on transforming its research into consumer-focused companies and products. This advance is due to a national and local government focus on increasing the country’s prominence in biotechnology.

Market Facts

  • Spain is ranked 10th in scientific production, with a wide range of products & technologies ready to be licensed and an extensive network of hospitals, both public and private, backed by leading-edge research centers.
  • Leaders in development of clinical trials cost-effective with the shortest intervals for starting R&D on new drugs in relevant fields such as personalized medicine, oncology and infectious diseases; European leader in GMO crops cultivation, marine biotechnology and third in agrobiotechnology.

The Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO)

ASEBIO (Spanish Bioindustry Association) is a trade organization that represents the Spanish biotech community.

ASEBIO brings together 275 biotech & pharmaceutical companies, associations, foundations, universities, research and technology centers that carry out activities directly or indirectly related to biotechnology in Spain.

Since 1999 ASEBIO has been acting as a meeting and promotion platform for those organizations interested in stimulating the national biotechnology scene.

In order to do this, ASEBIO works closely with regional, national and European governments as well as all the social organizations interested in using biotechnology to improve quality of life, the environment and generating skilled employment.

The large number of members makes ASEBIO the most suitable setting to meet the challenge of developing the biotechnology sector and taking advantage of the innovation opportunities offered by biotechnology as a vehicle for social and economic growth in Spain.

ASEBIO is part of and supported by EUROPABIO, the European Association for Bioindustries, and a member of the CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Employer’s Organizations) and the several scientific and medical societies.

BIOSPAIN, organized by ASEBIO, is the largest biotech event organized by a national bioindustry association in Europe and 3rd largest biopartnering after BIOEUROPE and BIOEUROPE SPRING  and one of the largest in the world by the number of one-to-one meetings (+3.300) and companies participating (+750) from 29 countries. 34% of our delegates came from outside of Spain.

Association’s resources

  • Spain’s White Biotechnology Pipeline

    This pipeline contains the latest products developments by members of ASEBIO in the biotechnology industrial sector: bioprocesses, bioproducts, technologies and biofuels.


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  • Spain’s Red Biotechnology Pipeline

    This pipeline contains the latest drug developments by members of ASEBIO: Spanish companies and multinational subsidiaries which have carried out some phases of the process in Spain.


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  • Spain’s Green Biotechnology Pipeline

    This pipeline includes products developments by ASEBIO members in the biotechnology Agrofood sector: ingredients, additives and probiotics, food safety substance detection, bioproducts, bioprocesses and other technologies, feed, veterinary drugs and biofuels.

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  • Spain Biotech Sector 2016 – Quick start guide

    Background information on the Spanish biotechnology sector.

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  • Spain Asebio Report 2016

    Background information on the Spanish biotechnology sector.

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