On the 8th August 2011, Juan Jose Arenas was awarded, together with the University of Cantabria (UC) Chancellor Federico Gutiérrez-Solana and the Pharmacy College President Dr. Carmen Peña, the "Emboque de Oro" Prize in its XXIX edition.

These awards, granted by the House of Cantabria in Madrid, recognize the promotion of Cantabria carried out by different personalities of the region in their work.

The ceremony was attended by UC Professor Rogelio Olavarri; Santander's Ateneo President, Carlos Galan (who made the biographical portrait of Juan José Arenas); and Cantabria's Government President, Ignacio Diego; among other authorities.