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Creation of a biotechnology cluster network across Europe

Final Report Summary - BIOREGIONS (Creation of a biotechnology cluster network across Europe)

BIOREGIONS was a pan-European project with the objective to develop and launch a European network of biotechnology clusters. The network, called the 'Council of European BioRegions' (CEBR, please see online), was developed by leading clusters in Europe, including Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Heidelberg, Munich, Basel, Flanders and Uppsala.

CEBR was launched in 2006 and following the project end, the network became financially self-sustaining through subscription fees from members and is now a successful and extremely active cluster network, building links across Europe and stretching out to the United States. The CEBR mission is 'to build a competitive European biotechnology sector on the world stage through networking, collaboration, recommendations for policy and sharing best practice between regional biocommunities.'

Its members are:
- full members: organisations that are the primary point of contact for biotechnology small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within their biocommunity (typically cluster managers, incubators, networks etc);
- associate members: any other organisation that supports biotechnology development.

Activities include:
- special interest groups in critical biotechnology support areas (talent management, innovative finance, emerging regions, cluster measurement, technology scouting and maturation, shared facilities ...) where members work together to share good practice and develop new activities;
- project platform, bringing together members to work in projects across Europe, resulting in projects including BIOCT and ABCEUROPE, over EUR 4 million in size. The project platform also welcomes members to bring to SIGs projects that they are running – resulting in Europe-wide input and dissemination CEBR is an actively growing network, with proactive members who share the common objective of delivering a single European biotechnology sectors, with effective support for biotech SMEs anywhere in Europe.