Vifor Pharma joins Barcelona Tech City to speed technology integration for the benefit of patients

With the incorporation of Vifor Pharma as corporate partner, Barcelona Tech City adds a new player to the Heath Hub Project

Barcelona, July 3, 2020- Vifor Pharma, a pharmaceutical company with a wide network of subsidiaries and partners around the world, joins Barcelona Tech City as a Corporate Partner. Barcelona Tech City is the Association that represents more than 1,000 companies in the digital and technological sectors in Barcelona.

Under this agreement, Barcelona Tech City reinforces its commitment to the health sector as a relevant economy driver for the future. Barcelona holds two key elements to consolidate the sector as one of the most dynamic industries. On one hand, it has a long tradition of companies in the health sector; on the other, Barcelona has grown a digital and technological ecosystem that can provide dynamism and a relevant qualitative leap for future challenges.

Connecting companies such as Vifor Pharma with the Barcelona technological ecosystem strengthens the industry and consolidates the evolution of the health sector. The priority, in this case, is to deepen in new tools to cover the new medical needs that may arise.

In words of Antonio Charrua, General Manager Vifor Pharma Spain, “with this partnership, Vifor Pharma strives to connect and create synergies with other companies and to identify new opportunities that also contribute to the benefit of patients. The speed of change in this and other sectors need to reinforce the integration of new technologies to promote changes. Those should allow us to adapt to the needs of patients and caregivers and contribute to the sustainability of the health system. This collaborative and technological environment will represent a growth area to maintain our commitment to medical innovation.”

Likewise, Miquel Martí, CEO of Barcelona Tech City, says: “the partnership with Vifor Pharma allows us to expand our support in the field of technology applied to life sciences, making another step in the development of a future Health Hub of the Association. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of having a strong local structure in the Health field (digital health, healthtech and medical devices) that is in permanent connection to the technology sector in order to innovate in the development of new products and services that respond to real needs. This is the only way for us to face future challenges with guarantees. ”


About Vifor Pharma
Vifor Pharma, a company belonging to the Vifor Pharma Group, is a world leader in research, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of iron deficiency. The company also offers a diversified portfolio of prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter products. Vifor Pharma, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has an increasingly global presence and an extensive network of subsidiaries and partners worldwide. Vifor Pharma Spain is based in Barcelona. and

About Barcelona Tech City
Barcelona Tech City is a private non-profit association created by successful entrepreneurs that represents more than 1,000 companies in the digital and technological sectors based in Barcelona. This association collaborates with the different agents that make up the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Barcelona: entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, corporations, universities, business schools, public and private organizations, consulting firms and investors. The main objectives are to consolidate the city as an international technological hub and boost innovation among the
different agents that make up the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Barcelona, which employs 50,000 professionals.

Barcelona Tech City launched the Pier 01 project in 2016 with the aim of becoming a benchmark technology space in Europe. Located in Palau de Mar (La Barceloneta), in its nearly 11,000 square meters, it brings together 100 companies and startups with more than 1,000 professionals. Barcelona Tech City has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top six most innovative hubs in the world.

Barcelona Tech City is working on the extension of the Urban Tech Campus Project, adding new hub complexes that specialize in technologies with great potential as AI or Blockchain, while others focus on sectors such as mobility. As part of this initiative, Canódromo by Peninsula has also been incorporated as a hub for video games and cultural industries. The Association has recently added two new spaces: Pier 03, specialized in blockchain, and Palauet | Barcelona Tech City, a social meeting club for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.



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