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Biodonostia commences operation with a view to becoming an international reference point within health research

2010 November 15

The Lehendakari and the Minister for Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, have inaugurated the Basque Country's first Healthcare Research Institute.

The Lehendakari has stated that he is convinced of the importance of turning also to health, science, research and innovation for "growth, job generation and social inclusion."

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has inaugurated Biodonostia, the Basque Country's first Healthcare Research Institute, which hopes to become a "reference point at national and international level." This project will strengthen, in a preferential manner, "translational" research, the Lehendakari stated, that is, "research that moves from the laboratory to the bedside for the fastest transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice," enabling "more efficient" care for patients.

The Lehendakari has stressed the support of all institutions for the Basque Country's first biomedical research centre, stating that this shows the relevance of this project and the capacity for agreement in the strategic projects of the region.

The inaugural act also included the participation of the Minister for Heath, Rafael Bengoa, the Minister for Science and Innovation, the Deputy General for Gipuzkoa, Markel Olano, and the Mayor of San Sebastian, Odón Elorza. The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has defined research as both knowledge and wealth, given that 270 professionals are involved in Biodonostia. In this sense, the Lehendakari has affirmed that the Basque Government is attempting to turn to science, research and innovation for "growth, job generation and social inclusion within healthcare as well."According to the data provided, investment in R&D within the Basque public healthcare system in 2009 amounted to 40 million euros, "a historical figure" representing 22% more than investment made last year.


  • User autodeleted
    2010 November 16

    No me gusta esto de que no se que cosa se va a "convertir en referencia" En el gobierno anterior todo se convertía en referencia porque Euskadi era el centro del mundo. Me da cosa que los de ahora sigan con el mismo rollo. Para que un centro de investigación biosanitaria sea una referencia en alguna parte, tienen que pasar muchos años y tienen que publicar muchos artículos científicos. Por otra parte eso de referencia es una frase bastante vacía. Si alguien publica un artículo científico y otra persona lo cita ya es "una referencia". Pero supongo que no es esto lo que se quiere decir.

  • 2010 November 16

    Enhorabuena al Gobierno vasco y al Ministerio de Ciencia por esta nueva iniciativa. Espero que dé muchos frutos.

  • @Ayto_SS
    2010 November 15

    Comentario de Twitter:
    RT @irekia_news: Biodonostia abre sus puertas para convertirse en un referente internacional de la invest. sanitaria.

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  • El lehendakari, Patxi López; el consejero de sanidad y consumo, Rafael Bengoa; la ministra de ciencia e innovación, Cristina Garmendia; el diputado general de Gipuzkoa, Markel Olano; el alcalde de Donostia, Odón Elorza