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Smart Growth - Enhancing Industry and Research Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region

Regions and Clusters in the Baltic Sea Region will promote smart growth by enhancing cross-border collaboration between Life science industry and academic research. The main tools are shared business services and support in addition to promote the establishment of a Baltic Sea Region Fund for research, innovation and education. This was discussed today at a round table in Szczecin, Poland.

The round table was the second in a row aiming to implement an innovation agenda for ScanBalt BioRegion released by the EU FP 7 project Bridge-BSR 25th of June in response to the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy. The innovation agenda is expected to influence the coordination between various EU funds like the EU structural funds, the EU 7th Framework programmes for research and technological development and the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. In addition it is expected to be a tool for the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy, not least the flagship project “health region”. Prof. Jan Lubinski who established the biotech company Read Gene S.A and at the same time works at the Szczecin Medical University says “We need stronger interaction between companies and universities in order to exploit the potentials of Life sciences. This holds true for Szczecin and the Pomeranian Region as well as for the entire ScanBalt BioRegion. Cross-border collaboration is a heaver to achieve this and today we took a step forward”. Prof. Hans-Robert Metelmann, Chairman of ScanBalt adds “ScanBalt BioRegion will establish the service and support tools in collaboration with the clusters and regions. In addition we need a Baltic Sea Region Fund for research, innovation and education if we have ambitious goals for the Baltic Sea Region as a globally leading health region and green valley. This is a task for the national and regional politicians”. For information on the regional workshops in Bridge-BSR please contact project manager Liane Lewerenz, BioCon Valley, at +49 160 98916042 or e-mail For further information on Bridge-BSR and ScanBalt BioRegion please contact General Secretary Peter Frank, ScanBalt, at +45 27141078 or e-mail pf@scanbalt.orgSee also and


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