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Terms of reference for a study: Regional Biotechnology - Establishing a methodology and performance indicators for assessing bioclusters and bioregions relevant to the KBBE area

Funded under: FP7-KBBE

Abstract

In the rapidly developing biotechnology sector, not only nation-states play an important role in providing an adequate environment, but also, below the national level, local and regional bodies. Here, on the sub-national levels, biotechnology is developing in several forms, i.e. in biotech parks, bioclusters, and bioregions. In fact, as policy-makers have come to realise, geographical concentrations of life sciences activities and networks have a major impact on the national performance of the bioeconomy.
However, the bioclusters' and bioregions' structure, functioning, creation, development, and interconnectedness, as well as the various economic and political impacts affecting them, are not well understood yet. So far, several studies have been carried out on some, or all, of these aspects of clusters in general, but few studies only with respect to life sciences. And none of them, yet, has taken a fundamental approach by laying out the basic lines of a theory of regional biotechnology; and hardly any has aimed towards
analysing the phenomenon of regional biotechnology under political aspects.
Policy-makers, however, need a good understanding of regional biotechnology processes to be able to make the right political choices on how, and to what extent, they should support activities in this field, and direct the available funds in the most efficient way. The Commission has given a clear warning that indiscriminate proliferation of clusters in Europe will not have the desired outcome. Rather, policy should strive for excellence on all levels while fostering the life sciences sector to reach world class.

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Record Number: 9705 / Last updated on: 2009-01-05
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