Angela Merkel has announced an investment grant to finance young innovative companies. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has called for growth in Germany to be strengthened by tax credits for research and development (R&D). And Christian Linder, who was the FDP’s spokesperson on technology policy until recently, and his counterpart from the CDU, Heinz Riesenhuber, have set up a new initiative for tax incentives for R&D.
The experts from BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Diagnostics met in Berlin in March to discuss the topic of companion diagnostics. In an introductory lecture on the subject, Christiane Chène (Dr. Regenold GmbH) presented the regulations on companion diagnostics in the USA and compared them with the situation in Europe.
As reported in the February newsletter, BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Licences and Technical Contracts has produced a position paper on the Bundestag’s interparty motion to amend the EU directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions.
BIO Deutschland calls for the Directive by the Genetic Diagnostic Commission to Take Practice Requirements into Account
In March 2012, BIO Deutschland submitted a position paper calling for pragmatic regulations on parental testing. In its statement on the draft regulation by the Genetic Diagnostic Commission (GEKO), the association emphasised that no further barriers should be established for small and medium-sized biotech enterprises active in the field of parental testing.
The experts from BIO Deutschland’s new Working Group on the Industrial Bioeconomy held their constitutive meeting in Berlin at the beginning of March. The participants discussed the current state of affairs in the bioeconomy sector, as well as possible priority topics and tasks to be tackled by the working group.