"Around 60% of pharmaceutical companies in Spain are foreign. There are more than 425 companies employing over 40,000 people"

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in Spain has become one of the most dynamic and competitive globally.

The biotechnology industry specifically, has grown hand-in-hand with the pharmaceutical industry. It has now, after two decades, achieved a stage of consolidation as an emerging industry.

“A number of major industry multinationals have chosen Spain as the destination for investment, not only to distribute their products, but to establish their R&D, production and service centers.”

In the field of Life Sciences, the pharmaceutical industry is the industrial leader by volume of spending on research, and accounts for over 20% of total private R&D investment in the country.

This industry employs 5,000 workers who dedicate 100% of their activity to R&D. This figure represents 25% of the employment in R&D in Spanish industry as a whole.

3,000 biotechnology companies form an industry in which innovation and R&D are key. Half of these (50%) lead the healthcare industry with the launch of innovative new products in diagnostics and therapeutics.

Innovation in healthcare technology in Spain offers great potential for development, mainly due to the large size of the market. Spain is one of Europe's principal markets, with over 1,000 companies, 500 of them manufacturers. Over 27,800 people work in the industry.