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European bio-entrepreneurs. - Examples of start-up companies in the biotech sector

Funded under: FP5-LIFE QUALITY


This publication introduces a selection of companies active in the biotech sector that have in one way or another been involved in community-funded research. These companies have all been created recently or have gone through a restructuring which can qualify them as being start-ups. This selection is not meant to be a list of the best of biotech in Europe, but rather an attempt to provide examples of the great diversity of companies being created in the biomedical, environmental, agri-biotech and industrial bioprocesses and products areas. The intention was also to present a wide spectrum of experiences and business models. Some of the companies have been financed by private capital from the scientists themselves whereas others have sought venture capital or direct equity financing from a bigger company. The companies should therefore be seen as representatives of the vast number and variety of entrepreneurial activities going on in Europe and will hopefully serve as triggers for continued development in this sector of the knowledge-based economy.

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Authors: BENEDIKTSSON I, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Brussels (BE);JOLIFF-BOTREL G (EDITORS), European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20026 EN (2001), pp. 32. Euro: 7.00
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1789-7
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