The medicine and bio-sanitary industries are strategic sectors in Asturias.
With the drive of infrastructures such as the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA), support for R&D projects from the University of Oviedo and the

notable innovative activities undertaken by the Fernández-Vega Ophthalmology Institute, Asturias demonstrates its marked support for the development of biotechnology, bio-information and biomedicine.


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Connected to over
250 companies
from various

Asturias is a point of reference in Europe for active ageing.
The European Commission has chosen Asturias as one of the Reference Sites of Europe in innovation regarding Active and Healthy Ageing.

innovation & technology

Technology Centres, R&D&I Institutions, Clusters

asterisco    Bio-printing: theAsturias Technological Production and Industrial Design Centre (PRODINTEC) is abenchmark in the field of 3D bio-printing in terms of technological development and experience in R&D projects through its roll to roll pilot line, thanks to over 10 years of experience in additive manufacturing technologies. The objective is to one day use the same additive manufacturing techniques to produce human tissue and organs.


The University of Oviedo offers new courses adapted to the European Area of Higher Education with qualifications that cover most fields of knowledge. Some 30 % of its over 22,000 registered students follow technical degree courses (Biotechnology, Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Mining and Energetic Resource Engineering, Forestry and Natural Environment Engineering, etc.).
The following University of Oviedo Master’s Degrees related to the development of the health sector are outstanding:

  • International Master’s Degree in Analytical
    and Bio-analytical Sciences
  • Master’s Degree in Environmental andHealth Bio-technology
  • Master’s Degree in Food Bio-technology
  • Master’s Degree Biology and Reproductive Technology
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Development
  • Master’s Degree in Biomedicine and Molecular Oncology
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing of Emergency and Critical Care
  • Master’s Degree in Neuroscience Research

Accredited Vocation Training, with 17,000 registered students, more than the 35 % following technical degrees, completes the technical qualification of the Asturian workforce, combining theoretical training with work experience undertaken in companies.

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Leading company in the national dairy sector and the first Spanish dairy
company to be awarded the AENOR Healthy Workplace Certification.
The company produces milk, enriched dairy products, cream, cheeses and yoghurts.

Leadership in innovation is one of its cornerstones, working alongside other leading companies, universities and bodies to support R&D&i in projects with objectives such as discovering food products that may reduce the risk of chronic pathologies from middle age, and identifying factors which influence human microbiota and its role in obesity and associated disorders.


Multinational producer of raw materials for the pharmaceutical sector.
The Bayer acetylsalicylic acid plant in Asturias is where 100 % of the active
ingredient for Aspirin is produced. Some 200 million units of aspirin are consumed around the world each day.

Additionally, and as a result of its high levels of  competitiveness, experience and quality, the Bayer plant in Asturias, plans to take on the worldwide production of an active ingredient for an anti-parasitic drug for pets.


The IMOMA is a private initiative by Corporación Masaveu, Cajastur and
Medicina Asturiana to fight against cancer. Its care activities are based around three cornerstones: coordinated, relevant and personal attention towards patients, the integration of molecular biology advances in clinical protocol, and backing the very latest generation radiotherapy.


The Fernández-Vega Ophthalmology Institute undertakes specialised care activity in the field of Ophthalmology, attending around 100,000 patients annually, of which some 65,000 are from outside Asturias.
Alongside this activity, it carries out clinical research to assess results, with a view to continuously improve and incorporate new medicalsurgical treatments, improving traditional services and offering new products in the fields of ophthalmology and vision sciences, based on its R&D&i projects.

Instituto Oftalmológico Fernández-Vega