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Jaume Amat

President

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He holds a degree Telecommunications Engineering from Ramon Llull University (La Salle) and in PDD from IESE Business School. Since 2000, Amat has been directly involved in setting up several different companies in the biotechnology and biomedicine arena. Currently he is president of the CataloniaBio & HealthTech association of companies for 2018-2022.

Antonio Parente

Independent member

As well as being a successful entrepreneur with a long career, Antonio Parente has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Barcelona, an MBA from Esade and a PADE (senior management diploma) from IESE. He was a founder of CataloniaBio, and in 2010 and 2014 was president of the association (today CataloniaBio & HealthTech).

Xavier Barrera

Director of Animal Healthcare and Production

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He earned a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and later went on to finish his training in molecular biology at the University of Minnesota. Barrera has been technical director at Semen Cardona since 1998. After more than 20 years working with swine, he has become a world-renowned expert in swine reproduction and animal healthcare and production. He has given numerous courses in Europe and the United States. 

Pere-Joan Cardona

Director of Animal Welfare

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He holds a PhD in Medicine and an MSc in Animal Welfare from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is head of the Experimental Tuberculosis Unit and head of the animal facilities at the Health Sciences Research Institute of the Germans Trias i Pujol Foundation. Cardona co-founded biopharmaceutical company Archivel Farma and biotechnology firm Manremyc. He has devoted his career to tuberculosis research for the past 15 years. 

Judit Amposta

Director of Quality Assurance

She holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and has specialised in implementing Quality Assurance Systems in biomedical companies. She is the technical director at Archivel Farma and co-director of the postgraduate programme in Quality Systems for the Pharmaceutical Industry and Pharmaceutical Research at the University of Barcelona.