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European strategy for life-sciences and biotech

According to a new European communication put forth by president Barroso, there is a strong need to specifically promote the development of life-sciences and biotechnology in the EU, in particular by increasing research and promoting competitiveness. In a mid-term review of the Strategy on Life-Sciences and Biotechnology 2002–2010 a refocus of actions has been proposed to promote a competitive and sustainable European knowledge based bio-economy. The European Research Centre has produced a relevant study called Bio4EU that recommends the following: 
  • promote research and market development for bio-based products and improve the uptake of new technologies;
  • foster competitiveness by facilitating knowledge transfer and innovation from the science base to industry;
  • encourage informed societal debates on the benefits and risk of life sciences and biotechnology;
  • emphasize a sustainable contribution of modern biotechnology to agriculture and use plant science for energy and environment applications;
  • improve the implementation of the legislation and its impact on competitiveness by removing administrative burdens.
Life-science and biotechnology strategy