The Council of German BioRegions recently convened in Hamburg for its first meeting of 2014. The representatives of the bioregions approved the application by the Mainz-based “leading-edge cluster” Ci3, Cluster for Individualised Immune Intervention, to join the council. Other topics on the agenda included the German Biotechnology Days, the Bioregions’ Innovation Prize and the Biotech>inside initiative.
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At the beginning of March, members of the Working Group on Regulatory Matters met in Mannheim to discuss the group’s future strategic direction.
The members of the Working Group on Diagnostics used the opportunity provided by the Personalised Medicine Convention (PerMediCon), which took place in Cologne at the end of March, to discuss current topics.
The Working Group on the Industrial Bioeconomy met at BIO Deutschland’s offices in central Berlin on 26 February. Katrin Rübberdt, biotechnology spokesperson at DECHEMA, who was invited as a guest speaker, gave a presentation on the Biotechnology Association (Fachgemeinschaft Biotechnologie) in DECHEMA and on its past and future activities.
On 27 March, the first EuropaBio board meeting of 2014 took place in Brussels. Peter Heinrich, Chairman of the Board of BIO Deutschland, attended the meeting in his capacity of board member of EuropaBio.
On 26 March, a BIO Deutschland representative attended a meeting of the national associations in EuropaBio (National Associations Council – NAC) in Brussels, at which the association representatives heard about current issues in the member states and discussed planned joint activities.
The focus was on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during the one-day Personalised Medicine event, which was organised by BIOCOM and took place in Berlin on 7 March. BIO Deutschland was a cooperation partner of the event and was thus able to offer its members a discount on admission.
The SME Alliance set up by the German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW) attended two meetings in Berlin in March. BIO Deutschland was also represented. The alliance took advantage of a week in which parliament was sitting to discuss current SME topics with Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.