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ScanBalt Campus Creates Critical Mass in the Baltic Sea Bio-Region10.10.2005 - (idw) BioCon Valley Initiative
The Interreg lll B co-financed project ScanBalt Campus (SC) has experienced a remarkable succes as result of a call for tenders with 7 proposals for ScanBalt Campus Knowledge Centers or Networks. The proposals were inside the following themes: Baltic Entrepreneurship Training, Education and Training for Leaders of the Life Science Industry of the Future, Environmental Biotechnology, Informational Biology, Intellectual Property and Bio-entrepreneurship, Molecular Diagnostics, Regenerative Medicine. ScanBalt Campus is to be seen as a tool, an umbrella or platform, for universities and other institutions to cooperate and cluster competencies and resources to reach "state of the art" within life sciences and biotech in the Baltic Sea Region.
One important aim of the Interreg lllB co-financed ScanBalt Campus (SC) pilot-project is to act as a catalyst for the aggregation of critical mass across borders in a bottom up manner according to the following criteria:
- Activities should stimulate the Bologna process
- Activities should be inside life sciences and biotechnology
- Activities should be within ScanBalt BioRegion
- Activities can be both education and research
- Activities should require mobility between at least two countries
- Activities should be based on win-win situations for the partners
- Activities should strengthen links to industry when possible
- Participants have to be members of ScanBalt (Institutional or Founding)
SC is to be seen as a tool, an umbrella or platform, for universities and other institutions to cooperate and cluster competencies and resources to reach "state of the art" within life sciences and biotech. It also offers a possibility to strengthen cooperation between universities, private companies, hospitals and others actors, the so called "triple-helix", in an arena co-owned, but outside of the universities. SC gives room for a flexibility needed to cope with the dynamic and variable demand for education, which is not easily effectuated within the present regulated system.
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BioCon Valley is the Life Science initiative of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (www.bcv.org). As one of the German BioRegions BioCon Valley supports the commercial use of modern life sciences and bio- and medical technologies in the region. BioCon Valley´s tasks are networking, managing life science centers (bioincubators), project management and coordination, and life science specific public relation. Since 1996 the number of employees at the companies in the region has tripeld to more than 2.000. BioCon Valley collaborates in strategic partnership to the life science initiatives at the Baltic Sea (www.scanbalt.org).
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