If the environment is right and both sides are genuinely interested in working together then the cooperation between biologists and engineers will lead to top technologies. One example of such cooperations is the bioreactors of the Department of Cell Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.
In order for a company to make efficient use of its potential and its specific skills it must focus on its own core competences and on the cooperation with other companies that have supplementary skills. This is all the more important in economically difficult times when investors and banks tend to shy away from investments. The implementation of cooperations between companies raises a number of general issues as well as specific issues relating to drug law regulations.
In the second article in the series on the platforms successful cooperations BioValley presents an encouraging approach for improving the quality of life of severely ill cancer patients and the successful establishment of an industrial biochip platform.
This internet portal an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides foreign researchers and scientists with a wealth of easily accessible information about research opportunities in Germany.
The first joint public appearance of the numerous players of the BioRN top cluster underlines the importance of cooperations between industry and science. At the first annual BioRN conference the Cell-based and molecular medicine top cluster announced the successful start of five cooperative projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In a strategy workshop the companies involved in the projects presented all 36 individual projects as well as conveying an idea of the broad range of cooperations between research and industry.
At its New Year reception Biberach University of Applied Sciences outlined the universitys success the establishment of its biotechnology programme is going smoothly and student interest remains steady. Biberach also has a successful track record of acquiring third-party funding and has established new national and international cooperations.
The ability of scientists from different disciplines to understand each other as well as excellent communication skills play an ever-increasing role in the transfer of knowledge from academic research to industry. Vice president of research at the Konstanz University of Applied Sciences HTWG Professor Gunter Voigt explains how academia and industry work together and also highlights the conditions that are necessary for such cooperations to lead to a successful outcome for both parties.
The German Medical Technology Association BVMed advocates for process optimization and a drive for quality through stronger cooperations in the healthcare market. Our common aim is to keep our healthcare affordable at a high level of quality for everyone. To do so we need continual process optimization and a stronger quality consciousness in healthcare. This requires the joint efforts of health insurance funds physicians hospitals and medtech companies states BVMed chairman Dr. Meinrad Lugan in the newly published Annual Report 200809.
Boehringer Ingelheims research cooperation with the two biotech companies Evotec and Orexo is making good progress. Swedish Orexo AB recently announced that it has extended its three-year research cooperation with Boehringer Ingelheim for another year up to November 2009.
Intensive cooperation between the engineering-driven sectors and the biotechnology sector is a prerequisite for driving forward automation in the field of biotechnology. The Engineering – Life Sciences – Automation (ELSA) cluster initiative of BioRegio STERN Management GmbH aims to promote cross-industry cooperation. A study entitled ‘Biotech meets Autotech’, which was carried out as part of the ELSA project, provides insights into the current status of cooperation and the potential offered by closer collaboration.
The German Medical Technology Association BVMed is hoping that the new information campaign MedTech-Compass will promote transparent and effective cooperation between the industry medical institutions and physicians.
German biotech companies are optimistic about 2008. So says a survey conducted by the German Biotechnology Industry Association BIO Deutschland e.V. in cooperation with the biotech magazine transkript.
The boundaries between traditional scientific disciplines are becoming less and less distinct. Interdisciplinary cooperation is often required to study complex processes and biomolecular issues. Interdisciplinary cooperation is central to chemical biology, a scientific discipline that applies chemical substances, methods and tools to the study of biological systems ranging from the chemical synthesis of biologically active substances to the specific chemical modification of biomolecules.
The INTEREG IV B programmes are financial instruments of the European Union designed to support the European-wide cooperation between small- and medium-sized companies, research institutions and government authorities. A meeting held on 22nd July 2009 in Heilbronn provided special information on the programme, with a special focus on the cooperation between North-West and Central Europe.
Should they work with a long-standing cooperation partner or should they set up another company that was the decision faced by the staff of the Discovery-IT department of Nycomed formerly ALTANA Pharma in the spring of 2007.
The German Cancer Research Centre and the Spanish company Chimera Pharma SL have signed an exclusive licensing and cooperation agreement. The two partners will develop a therapeutic vaccine against cervical cancer.
The Comprehensive Infectious Diseases Centre at the University of Ulm was recently presented to the public. The centre is responsible for coordinating the cooperation between specialists in the diagnosis and therapy of complex infectious diseases.
The German Cancer Research Centre and the Centre for Molecular Biology Heidelberg have created a new type of cooperation between the university and the Helmholtz Society. They hope that this will help increase their attractiveness to high-calibre scientists.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed on march 4th, the European Commission (EC) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) formalise their desire to maintain and further develop their cooperation.
A group of researchers at the University of Tübingen led in cooperation with colleagues from Saarbrücken and Oxford have shown that proteins aggregate when certain salts are added and that the proteins dissolved again when more salt was added.
The second Science to Market Conference took place in Hannover, Germany, on October 6 – 7, 2009. The aim of the conference was the promotion of cooperation between academia and industry in the area of pharmaceutical biotechnology.
In cooperation with numerous industrial partners and with the support of public funds, researchers at the ILM are focusing on the optimisation of sealer materials and remineralisation substances as well as on effective and permanent preventive caries treatment.