For the third time since 2010 the Council of German Bioregions and BIO Deutschland hosted the German Biotechnology Day to provide an opportunity for the sector to discuss the current political, economic and internal industry issues.
The latest figures from the biotechnology sector commissioned on the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research were presented at the German Biotechnology Days in Frankfurt/Main.
During a teleconference at the beginning of May, the experts from BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Licences and Technical Contracts discussed the latest developments on the interparty motion in the Bundestag (lower chamber) to amend the EU directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions that was submitted by the parliamentary groups supporting the government. The working group also discussed its planned survey on patent legislation.
BIO Deutschland’s partner association, EuropaBio, has set up the Joint Task Force on Rare Diseases and Orphan Medicinal Products (JTF) in cooperation with the organisation, European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE).
Professors, scientists and business representatives have sent an open letter to the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany to lobby for a professional standard of education for students, particularly those taking bioscience degrees.