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The PCB participates in the Barcelona Innovation Zone

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The PCB participates in the Barcelona Innovation Zone

The mayor of Barcelona and the president of the Zona Franca Consortium (CZFB), Jordi Hereu, presented today the Barcelona Innovation Zone (BZ) business platform, a strategic project which aims to transform the Zona Franca industrial area into an innovation space which will accommodate an advanced technology industrial manufacturing park.

This initiative, led by the Consortium, has the support of several institutions and companies that will contribute to the promotion of its development, including the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), the Catalan Association of Biomedicine Companies, the La Salle Technological and Entrepreneurial Innovation Park Private Foundation, the Clinical Hospital of Barcelona, Mercabarna and several production companies from the audiovisual sector. In summary, the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) will sign a collaboration agreement with the CZFB, and many other organizations are expected to join this initiative in the next few months.

The project will entail an investment of at least 3,000 million Euros, including both public and private funds, and three areas of productive specialisation are forecasted: the food sector, the cultural sector and the technological sector. The Barcelona Science Park’s participation will be focused on consulting services in the management and strategic definition of the BZ industrial park, which aims to be a space that hosts expanding entrepreneurial projects that have been incubated at the PCB or other Innovation Parks.

The BZ platform will be managed by an entity that is currently being created and which will adopt the concept of manufacturing technological park with the aim of complementing other bodies of the Catalan science and technology system and other initiatives derived from the National Pact for Research and Innovation. At present, urbanisation construction work is forecasted to begin in mid-2010 and the first productive implantations are expected to be carried out in 2012.