The bio-region of Catalonia brings together 871 companies (51 pharmaceutical, 229 biotech companies, 89 MedTech...), generating a turnover of €15.9 billion and providing direct jobs to 47,000 people (2016). There are also 15 hospitals that conduct research and 41 prominent life sciences research centres (Biocat 2015 report).

The multinational companies Boehringer Ingelheim, Ferrer, Grifols, Lacer, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche... are located very near the Barcelona Synchrotron Park.


Barcelona Synchrotron Park offers more than 70,000 m2 of land specially adapted to house Data Centres:
  • First-level electric infrastructure
  • Top-quality telecommunications infrastructure (7 operators with own networks and different access points)
  • Clean ambient air and quite fresh and dry climate compatible with free-cooling technologies
  • Minimal risks (flooding, earthquakes, fires, theft)
  • Minimal energy costs (outsourced cold production plants)

More details here.


By definition, the Alba Synchrotron is a tool for investigating the structure of matter.

Furthermore, the UAB campus houses: 
- CNM-IMB, the national microelectronics centre, with the largest white room in Spain
- ICMAB, one of the most important materials research centres in Spain
- ICN2, one of the largest Spanish centres in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology


Second largest food cluster in Europe, the Catalan food and drink sector has 2,700 companies (2017), 79,000 employees and an annual turnover of €26 billion (2015).
  • Foreign multinationals: Danone, Nestlé, Cargill, United Biscuits, Pepsico, Unilever, Bimbo, Sara Lee Southern Europe…
  • Catalan multinationals: Nutrexpa, Borges, Freixenet, Codorniu, Torres…
  • Two of the most important sector trade fairs in the world: Alimentaria Barcelona and Alimentaria FoodTech
  • 9 pilot plants with over 300 food innovation researchers
  • At the UAB university:
    • CERPTA, the food technology plant
    • IRTA, the Agri-Food Technology Research Institute


The Barcelona Synchrotron Park and its surrounding area offer an ideal framework for companies in the aerospace sector:
- Sabadell Airport (5 minutes from the park): 40% of general aviation flights in Spain and Top Spanish flying club 
- SENER, engineering
- APPLUS Laboratories, testing and certifications
- EURECAT, technology centre 
- UAB campus:
            . ICE, Space Sciences Institute 
            . MELiSSA, ESA (European Space Agency) pilot plant 
            . Aeronautics cluster