AIR Institute shows companies new business opportunities in the framework of Salamanca Tech with the DIGIS3 seal of approval

Salamanca Tech, a project coordinated by AIR Institute, member of DIGIS3, has shown the business community all the opportunities that are opening up in the city as a biotechnology and innovation benchmark in Europe. The Mayor, Carlos García Carbayo, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Benjamín Crespo, and the Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Salamanca, Juan Manuel Corchado, inaugurated the conference 'Salamanca Biotech: a growing business environment', which took place in the Chamber of Commerce of Salamanca and was aimed at companies in the province.

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Roundtable on business growth

With the aim of connecting entrepreneurs, investors and businesspeople to create strategic alliances, the conference enabled them to learn about the potential of new technologies associated with science, health, sustainability, entrepreneurship and logistics. This was made clear at the roundtable moderated by Pedro Luis Pisonero Pérez, CEO of Iberaval; and made up of María Pilar Armero Martínez, from the Innovation Unit of the Institute of Biomedical Research of Salamanca (IBSAL); Adriana Casillas Barros, CEO of Tebrio; Ana Catarina Bento, business manager of CeGaT in the north and west of Spain; and Miguel Ángel Ávila Santiago, CEO and co-founder of Neurofix.

During the roundtable, the participants agreed on the intense work and technological growth taking place in Salamanca, which Pedro Luis Pisonero assured "is valued more outside than inside the city". Each speaker presented their work and the origin of their respective entities, providing insights into the needs for entrepreneurship and meeting the needs of the market, as well as the possibilities of financing.

Neurofix Pharma is one of the few companies in Spain that is in the clinical phase IIA of product development; Tebrio detected a global need on the animal feed market and worked at a legal level from Brussels to open the different markets, and the IBSAL is made up of hundreds of researchers who carry out their work in Salamanca and, according to Pilar Armero, "they need support to make their initiatives visible and to give rise to great projects and products". For her part, Ana Catarina Bento, a native of Porto, offered her vision of Salamanca as a city "with strong biotechnological potential and great support from the university". She also wanted to highlight the quality of life and "a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem that attracts people from abroad".

Roundtable at the Salamanca Tech conference

Innovation in Salamanca and Castilla y León

Mayor Carlos García Carbayo has highlighted the creation of wealth and employment through a scientific model based on knowledge, the bio-health industry, and the green economy, which comes from all the talent that exists in universities and research centres. Proof of this is that Salamanca was the province of Castilla y León with the highest growth in technological employment in 2023, according to the latest data published by the Cotec Foundation for innovation.

For his part, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Benjamín Crespo, highlighted the work being carried out by the institution to promote and encourage the adoption of technological solutions in Salamanca companies through the different programmes they develop, and recalled the importance of public-private collaboration to "retain local talent, attract investment and position Salamanca as a real HUB of innovation in the technological and biotechnological field".

In this regard, Professor Juan Manuel Corchado underlined the importance of the University of Salamanca as a benchmark in biotechnology thanks to the boost given to the Institute of Neurosciences, the Cancer Research Centre, the Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics and the Biomedical Institute of Salamanca which, together with biotech companies, most of which are located in the Science Park of the academic institution, make up a powerful innovation ecosystem that will be boosted by the upcoming launch of the Abioinnova bio-incubator. "The creation of an innovative ecosystem, such as the one we are promoting through Salamanca Tech, not only attracts investment, but also facilitates the retention and attraction of talent", emphasised the Professor of Artificial Intelligence.

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