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Why Barcelona should host the EMA?

1. A biomedical and pharmaceutical research system leading in Europe

  • Barcelona has 31 biomedical, health science and animal health research centers and 230 laboratories that represent half of the Spanish pharmaceutical industry. 
  • The Catalan pharmaceutical production represents the 3.5% of the European production (comparable with Denmark or Sweden), and the Catalan pharmaceutical industry is the 5th more productive within the EU-15.
  • Spain is the second European country when it comes to the number of clinical trials with a growth of a 30% between 2005 and 2016.
  • Spain is a world leader in advanced therapies drugs trials.
  • More than 40% of the Spanish research spending is done with the collaboration with the public health sector.
  • Hospital Vall d’Hebron, with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, leads in medical oncology trials. 

2. Barcelona already has the adequate infrastructures in Torre Glòries 

3. Barcelona, knowledge hub in southern Europe

  • Barcelona is the 5th European city in terms of scientific production.
  • It has advanced research infrastructures such as the Sincrotrón Alba, the first particle accelerator in southern Europe and Mare Nostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputer in the continent.
  • Barcelona has six public and two privates universities.
  • More than 32,000 Master and Ph.D. students within the area of Barcelona. 
  • Barcelona is the only city with two of the best eight European business schools: ESADE and IESE.
  • Barcelona has around 190,000 university students at business schools. 

4. Barcelona, world city in tourism and congresses

  • Barcelona is the 3rd city in the world when it comes to the number of international conferences organized.
  • Barcelona counts with more than 46,000 hotel places in 200 four and five stars hotels with excellence and good value for money.
  • The metropolitan area of Barcelona, excluding the city, has more than 800 hotels and 15,000 rooms for tourists.
  • The number of the annual overnight stays in Barcelona is 19.5 million.
  • Fira de Barcelona regularly hosts the main world medical and pharmaceutical congresses. An average of 50,000 specialists meet in Barcelona every year. 

5. Barcelona, connected with the world

  • Barcelona airport is the 2nd in Europe with independent connections, with 200 destinations of 100 companies and one of the highest punctuality indexes in Europe.
  • Barcelona airport is the 7th busiest in Europe and the 17th in the world in international travelers traffic.
  • Barcelona is a European hub for low-cost airlines.
  • The airport is 35 minutes away from the city center, connected by an excellent metro and buses network.
  • The high-speed train connects Barcelona with Madrid in 2.5 hours and with Paris in 6.25 hours.  

6. Barcelona, quality of life capital

  • Barcelona average temperature is 18.4ºC and has more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year and 4.7 kilometers of beaches. 
  • Barcelona is ranked 15th in the world in terms of urban security in a list led by Tokyo.  
  • Barcelona is in the top 25 of cities in the world with the best environmental sustainability. 
  • Barcelona counts with a broad coverage of social services, including dependent people.
  • Barcelona has a great gastronomy with a restaurant with three Michelin stars, three with two stars and nineteen with one. Catalonia has three restaurants with three stars, among them, one of the best in the world, five with two stars and forty-six with one.
  • Barcelona has nine World Heritage Sites (Unesco): seven Gaudí buildings, Palau de la Música and Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site.
  • Barcelona is the city of music: Liceu, Palau de la Música and festivals such as Primavera Sound or Sónar. 
  • The city has 56 museums, 40 libraries and 1,904 sports facilities. 
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