Health is the fastest-growing industry in Navarra this century


The sector, which has more than 80 companies and employs 31,000 people in the Autonomous Community of Navarre, has increased its turnover by 23% since 2016. This was stated by Mikel Irujo, Regional Minister of Industry and Ecological and Digital Business Transition, at the opening of the ‘8th Bio-Health Meetings #8RNAEN’. This meeting brought together in Pamplona the main health innovation agents from New Aquitaine, the Basque Country and Navarre to promote their inter-regional collaboration.

In particular, Minister Irujo valued the development achieved by the health “ecosystem” in the region. This value chain, in particular, currently exceeds 80 companies involved, employs 31,000 people in the region and has increased its turnover by 23% since 2016. “It is the industrial sector that has seen the greatest growth so far this century”, Irujo pointed out. And, for this reason, he encouraged those present to work together for two reasons. Because, he said, “the European Union, which is our sphere of action, obliges us to collaborate in an ever-changing world”. And, fundamentally, “because of the benefits that the health industry brings to society in terms of job creation and well-being, which is why we have to cooperate together in order to grow together,” he added.

These events took place at the ‘8th Bio-Health Meetings #RNAEN’ organised by the Navarra Health Cluster (NHC), the Basque Health Cluster (BHC), the Alliance Innovation Santé Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Enterprise Network Spain of the University of Navarra, CEIN and Sodena. The congress also had the collaboration of Bihartean, Polepharma Gipso, Eukampus Fundazioa and the Clúster de la Salud España. It was sponsored by Sodena, the Government of Navarre and the Euroregion of New Aquitaine, the Basque Country and Navarre.

During these meetings, the companies Bread Free, in the ‘Biopharma’ category, and Hemotic, in ‘Health Technologies’, won the first Euroregional Bio-Health Awards 2023, worth 3,000 euros each. The former is a biotech startup specialising in the manufacture of wheat flour suitable for coeliacs, while the latter develops disruptive solutions for blood banks based on mathematical algorithms.

Source: Pamplona Actual