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Small and medium-sized Seville laboratories create UPLA against large firms


December 3, 2010

Small and medium-sized laboratories in Seville recently created a limited company to which have been called UPLA (Union professional laboratories Andalusian), in order to compete with large multinational firms and thus to prevent the destruction of jobs in AndalusiaIt has also been affected by the crisis and budget cuts.

UPLA is integrated by professionals dedicated to the clinical analyses (biologists, doctors, pharmacists and chemists), and is committed to the challenge of creating "a network of laboratories to ensure that personalized patient care and reduce costs", explained managing director UPLA and President of the Andalusian Association of biologistsEdward Moran.

From large firms that are historically concentrated between Catalonia and Madrid, Andalusian clinical analyses sector is made up of small and medium-sized laboratories that have, each with a minimum of three professionals and a maximum of 15, according to Moran. "With the Union defend our productive fabric to prevent our activity, jobs and wealth generated by her take large firms based in other autonomous communities", adds Morán. Also estimated that at present clinical analyses are around 20,000 direct and indirect jobs in Andalusia.

For the moment, the UPLAcuenta with 106 centres for diagnosis and sampling in the city of Seville. "At the moment we are expanding as the objective will be to create an Andalusian network", said Managing Director. To large firms based in other autonomies "our hallmark is personalized service, which are themselves specialists who care for the patients, take samples and the analysis carried out," he told Morán.

The "strangulation" which has been subjected the small and medium-laboratory has already led to several closures in Seville. The market "is very difficult at the moment due to the crisis and large laboratories is very difficult to compete with." Points out the Morán President that the challenge is that samples be analysed in Andalusia, and that they do not have to be transferred to Catalonia or Madrid.