Is EuropaBio involved in EU projects?
EuropaBio is involved in one EU Research projects (FP7) and has been participating or coordinating several other projects in the past.
The objective of the Star-Colibri project (FP7) is to promote coordination and work to overcome fragmentation in the field of biorefinery research, to facilitate information exchange and cross-fertilization, and to support break-through innovations by facilitating industrial exploitation of research results. In practical terms, we will monitor ongoing research projects throughout Europe, which will be analysed and the best will be chosen to form StarClusters, a transnational cooperation system combining project complementarities. On the longer term, the project will also contribute to shaping the European Union's policies in the field of biorefineries, through a Research Roadmap 2020 and a Vision Document 2030, as well as through contributions to the Lead Market Initiative on Biobased Products. For more information, contact Jasmiina or visit the project website.
Nine European Technology Platforms (ETPs) active in the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) sector are joining forces with the overall objective of contributing to the creation of a strong KBBE in Europe. BECoTEPs analyses the cross-cutting issues and seek to improve the understanding and implementation of R&D and policies on these issues at European and MS level. One of the main results of the BECOTEPS project is the development of a white paper on the bioeconomy including several recommendations on how to develop and strengthen this sector at European level and in Member States. For more information, contact Antoine or visit the project website.
This project develops a 'Development Capacity Index' (DCI) for biotech companies in the new Member States, highlighting the growth potential of healthcare biotech. The project delivers a publicly accessible database of information, enabling companies to be profiled among important stakeholders including VCs, equity investors, media, analysts and makes it easier for Biotech to Biotech and Pharma to Biotech partnerships. For more information, visit the project website.
The Biorefinery Euroview is designed to support European policy (agriculture, forestry, energy and research policies in particular) and to strengthen the European Research Area, in order to increase the competitiveness of European territorial systems in the biorefinery field.
The project aims at improving understanding of bioethical issues by using the daily practices of biotechnology companies, to elaborate clear and independent positions based on regularly updated scientific and technological data. It will also contribute to include industry into the dialogue with the largest audiences.
The BioRegions network brings together for the first time, biotechnology clusters across Europe in a network with the key objectives of identifying and addressing issues that affect biotechnology company and cluster development.
This project, funded by the European Commission, addressed the question of whether consumers in the EU buy GM-foods when they are available on the shelves of grocery stores. As part of the ongoing debate on this and related issues, there have been many opinion polls asking people what they would do about GM-foods but few, if any, direct investigations of what they do actually do in practice when they go shopping. The project therefore also explored the question of whether opinion polls are reliable indicators of people’s actions.
The study involved ten Member States – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK – together with participation from organisations taking an EU-view both from a consumer and an industry perspective. The report of the project can be read here.
The objective of LifeCompetence is to implement state-of-the-art competence management tools and processes, that master these challenges and make the competences in ongoing and future projects in the LSH priority accessible towards the key target groups. The purpose is to leverage the research investments made by the EC by enhancing the research collaboration process between academia and industry, in particular SMEs. Visit the project website.
The overall aim of this Co-ordination Action is both, firstly, to anticipate the societal and ethical issues likely to arise as nanobiotechnologies develop and, secondly, to use the lessons from the European GM debate to respond pro-actively and responsibly to the probable public, media and political concerns. Visit the project website.
STACCATO aims at assessing the competencies of the supply chain in Europe (existing or planned technologies and systems), through a technology watch and a mapping of the equipment and technology environment and the STIB. More information.
TP Plants and Health
Establishing a European Plant Genomics and Biotechnology Platform, PGBTP, involving key stakeholders from academia, industry, the EU, Member States and citizens' representatives will play a key role in addressing societal concerns about plant biotechnology. It aims to develop policy options on plants for healthy lifestyles and for sustainable development to drive the European plant science R&D sector towards achieving the Lisbon Summit objective, for Europe to be "the most competitive knowledge based economy in the world by 2010". More information.
White Biotech TP
This SSA is to establish an European Technology Platform for white (industrial) biotech, involving the key stakeholders from academia, industry, the Commission and the European Parliament, Member States and citizens' representatives. This will be essential to unleash this exploitation potential, while removing barriers, setting out coherent policies and creating broad public awareness of the potential benefits to society at large. This project will contribute to strengthen the European Research Area and to achieve the Lisbon objectives by countering the current fragmention, by agreeing on a coherent Strategic Research Agenda and by delivering an Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the Vision Paper. More information.
Young and Innovative Companies
The aim of the YIC status project is to develop a common plan for realisation of Young Innovative Company status in four Nordic/Baltic countries and to disseminate the experience gained to biotech organisations in other parts of Europe. Visit the project website.
This project aims to increase the number of SMEs, particularly high growth technology companies, to invest more in R&D through participating in FP7. The project also aims to overcome existing barriers to collaborations between academic research and corporate groups and SMEs, and improve the effectiveness of knowledge transfer and financing of further development, through specialized assistance and training to make these collaborations materialize. More information.