CPHI, the world’s largest pharma event comes to Barcelona next week

The world’s largest pharmaceutical event arrives next week at Fira de Barcelona with nearly 2,000 exhibitors, representing thousands of pharmaceutical companies, and the expected attendance of more than 40,000 industry executives from 170 countries. Due to its size and global scope, CPHI Barcelona – which will occupy the entire Gran Via venue from 24 to 26 October – will have an economic impact of more than 120 million euros in the Catalan capital, according to independent analysis, especially on the city’s hotel, restaurants, transport, and leisure sectors.

The trade fair, which was already held in Barcelona in 2016, brings together the world’s leading and most innovative pharmaceutical companies and drug developers, together with consultants, and technology and service providers. The event includes both a trade exhibition and a congress where the main challenges for the future of the sector will be discussed. The agenda will include topics such as the development of formulations for new therapies, product innovations, bioproduction, pharma 4.0, quality management, circular economy in the sector, patient-centric development, hiring diverse talent and establishing business partnerships for success.

CPHI Barcelona -– widely known as the ‘heart of pharma’ – sees billions of euros of contracts signed each year and is the genesis of many of the industry’s biggest manufacturing partnerships – with every part of the pharmaceutical development and manufacturing supply chain in attendance. The event plays a key role in fostering partnerships between companies developing both generics and innovative medicine globally – including many of the Covid vaccines of recent years.

Significantly for Catalonia’s rapidly growing biotech and pharma manufacturing sector, the event also brings with it vital contacts, investment companies and global pharma that will be invaluable in accelerating the region’s growth. In fact, just last month Barcelona was selected as Europe’s 2nd best destination for biotechnology investments by global pharma executives in the CPHI annual survey. This report also highlights Spain as the sixth country in the world with the highest pharma growth potential by 2024.

Innovation to produce pharmaceuticals

Organised by Informa Markets, CPHI Barcelona will showcase the latest innovations in drug production, from ingredients and generics to capsules and excipients, machinery, packaging and biopharmaceuticals.

New this year, CPHI is launching a special start-up marketplace at the event, specifically designed to help accelerate the development of emerging companies in the pharma and healthcare industry, facilitating the presentation of their innovations and value propositions to investors and the international pharmaceutical community in attendance.

“We are delighted to bring global pharma supply chain to Barcelona. Our last visit here was hugely popular with our attendees, it’s a fantastic venue and the city is home to one of Europe’s most thriving pharma and biotech industries. We hope our event makes not only a significant economic contribution this week but has a lasting positive legacy for companies in Spain over the next year,” commented Adam Andersen, executive vice-president pharma at Informa Markets.

For his part, Constantí Serralonga, CEO of Fira de Barcelona, stresses the importance of CPHI’s return to the Catalan capital “the holding of a global event of this size and economic impact is excellent news for the city, but it is also a valuable opportunity for business, international connections and development for the pharma industry in Spain and for the local ecosystem of biotech and healthcare startups”. At the same time, Serrallonga recalls that hosting CPHI again confirms “the increasingly recognised international positioning of Fira as a venue for top-level global events, especially in the medical and technological fields”.

Specifically, in addition to CPHI, Fira’s venues will host more than twenty medical trade fairs and congresses in 2023. Among those held this year are Infarma, the medicines and parapharmacy trade show, the World Parkinson’s Congress, the World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer and the EUSEM on emergency medicine, among many others.

Barcelona, October 16th, 2023

For further information on CPHI Barcelona, please visit: https://europe.cphi.com/europe/en/home.html

About CPHI

CPHI is the leading global community for pharmaceutical professionals, hosting
a portfolio of digital and in-person connection opportunities across the whole pharma supply chain on a scale like no other

At the heart of Pharma

CPHI Barcelona (24-26 October 2023 at Fira Barcelona, Barcelona), CPHI & PMEC India (28-30 November 2023 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR – Delhi, India); Pharmapack Europe (24-25 Jan, 2024 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles – Hall 7.2, Paris). CPHI Japan (17-19 April, 2024 at the Big Sight Exhibition Centre – Tokyo, Japan); CPHI North America (7-9 May, 2024 at Pennsylvania Convention Center, United States); CPHI China (19-21 June 2024 at SNIEC – Shanghai, China); CPHI South East Asia (12-14 Jul 2024 at QSNCC, Bangkok, Thailand); CPHI Middle East (10-12 December 2024 at Riyadh Exhibition & Convention Centre – Saudi Arabi); With support from year-round pharma news, products and services at CPHI Online.

About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organizer, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year.

For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com


Alex Heeley or Nidhi Narain
De Facto Communications

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Email: a.heeley@defacto.co.uk / n.narain@defacto.co.uk

Salva Bilurbina/ Maria Dolors Herranz
Fira de Barcelona
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