BIO Deutschland Holds its Tenth General Assembly - Biotechnology Sector Association Elects a New Board
Hanover (8 October 2013) – The sector association of the biotechnology industry, BIO Deutschland, elected a new board for the next two years yesterday afternoon during its tenth ordinary general assembly, which was held in Hanover ahead of the leading biotech trade fair, BIOTECHNICA.
BIO Deutschland was one of over 600 exhibitors at this year’s BIOTECHNICA in Hanover.
The European Biotech Week took place from 30 September to 4 October 2013 at the initiative of EuropaBio to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Despite the public holiday in Germany on 3 October, BIO Deutschland decided at short notice to support this important campaign and organised a media event on YouTube, where association members uploaded videos to a channel set up for the event.
BIO Deutschland member biomastec – the network for new technologies for the efficient use of biomass – recently held the first Bioeconomy Days in Frankfurt. The aim of the expert network, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, is to provide market-oriented research and development on innovative technologies, products and services for the use of organic waste.
On 9 October 2013, representatives of BIO Deutschland took part in the workshop, Green Genetic Engineering – Teaching Openness towards New Technologies, in Hanover. During the well-attended event, participants shared their experiences of dealing with green genetic engineering, which is currently a controversial technology.
With help from BIO Deutschland, the new company directory “Health – Made in Germany. Biotechnology for Health, Nutrition and Well-being” was produced by the Medical Biotechnology Working Group of the export initiative for the healthcare sector run by Germany Trade and Invest.
The most recent meeting of BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Diagnostics took a different form to previous meetings. At the beginning of October, the working group organised a joint meeting with the Working Group on Regulatory Matters at BIOTECHNICA to discuss the topic of companion diagnostics in detail from various perspectives.
The Working Group on the Industrial Bioeconomy held a meeting chaired by Andre Koltermann of Clariant Produkte at Messe Hannover’s congress centre on 8 October during BIOTECHNICA 2013. The agenda included discussion on communication measures that have been completed, such as the flyer on white biotechnology, the brochure on entrepreneurs and BIO Deutschland’s stand in the bioeconomy section at HANNOVER MESSE 2013.
On 8 October, the members of the Working Group on Communication and Public Relations met at Messe Hannover. The meeting was chaired by Claudia Gutjahr-Löser of MorphoSys and included discussion on and evaluation of several PR measures undertaken by BIO Deutschland, such as a brochure for the new members of the German Bundestag on the association’s official positions and participation in the European Biotech Week.
BIO Deutschland’s Working Group on Regulatory Matters used BIOTECHNICA in Hanover as an opportunity to hold a meeting. Following a short presentation on the paediatric test plan and its regulatory requirements, the experts discussed the effects of the Paediatric Regulation.
On 27 September, the Working Group on Technology Transfer met at Provendis’ office in Mülheim an der Ruhr to discuss the results of the Technology Transfer Symposium in June and the group’s next steps.