Joan Massagué, named Ambassador of the Catalonia BioRegion

Joan Massagué (c) IRB Barcelona

Joan Massagué (c) IRB Barcelona

This afternoon the vice-president of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia), Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, has named Joan Massagué, adjunct director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and director of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Programme at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), Ambassador of the BioRegion of Catalonia. Massagué has been awarded this recognition during the BioRegion Forum held in Barcelona today. The director of IRB Barcelona, Joan J. Guinovart, received the plaque on behalf of Massagué, who expressed his gratitude through a recorded message.

In the presentation of the Forum, the president of the Executive Committee of Biocat, Manel Balcells, stated that the Catalan BioRegion has grown as a sector, has consolidated as a cluster and has gained international projection. “The last point is, without a doubt, a channel of growth. To strengthen it, and because there are trajectories that have promoted it and that deserve public recognition, today we will award, for the first time, recognition of the title of Ambassador of the BioRegion of Catalonia.”

The vice-president also presented an award to Màrius Rubiralta, Secretary of State for Universities of the Ministry of Education in recognition of his trajectory and his role as a key figure in setting up the BioRegion. Màrius Rubiralta (Born in Manresa, 1952) holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences and is a senior professor of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona (UB). During his career, Màrius Rubiralta has served as director of the Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Chemistry, vice-president of the Health Sciences Division, vice-rector of research at the UB, member of IRB Barcelona, director of the Barcelona Science Park and rector of the UB. In April 2008 he was appointed Secretary of State for Universities, which formed part of the Ministry of Science and Innovation. In May 2009 he took up his present post at the Ministry of Education.

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