About us

Specipig is a pioneer breeding and biomedical research centre focused on the pig model.


As biomedical preclinical Contract Research Organization (CRO) specialized in the pig model we provide support to the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device industries.

As breeding centre we focus on miniature pigs and we are developing our own miniature pig breed, Specipig®.
Specipig is located in Barcelona, a strong life sciences cluster, and next to the international airport.

Board Members

Independent member

As well as being a successful entrepreneur with a long career, Antonio Parente has a doctorate in chemistry for 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).


He holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Ramon Llull University (La Salle) and a PDD from IESE. Since 2000, Amat has been directly involved in setting up several biotechnology and biomedicine businesses. He has acted as president of CataloniaBio & HealthTech business association for the mandate 2018-2022.

Head of the Quality Assurance Unit

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

Director of Animal Welfare

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.

Director of Animal Healthcare and Production

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.

Management Team
Test Facility Manager
Head of the Quality Assurance Unit
Head of Administration
Head of Business Development
Head of Services & Operations
Administration and Quality
Quality Control Technician
Quality Assureance Technician
Study Director
Study Director
Study Director
Experimental Manager
Study Personnel (VETERINARIAN)
Study Personnel (TECHNICIAN)
Study Personnel (TECHNICIAN)
Housing & Breeding Center
Breeding Manager
Housing and Facility Manager
Feasibility Manager
Breeding caretaker