2016_06_21_Bilbao_Logo_Biothecnology web articleThe CPMR and its Regions are leading strategic discussions on the development of blue biotechnology – the exploration of sea life that could be used to develop new pharmaceuticals or industrial enzymes.

The CPMR and Basque University (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea UPV / EHU) organised a seminar entitled ‘Regional support to value chains related to blue biotechnology’ on 21 June 2016 in Bilbao (ES).

The seminar, run through the Horizon 2020 project EMBRC PP2, was organised as part of a collaboration between the CPMR and EMBRC, a research facility recognised at EU level that brings together research centres from nine countries.

2016_06_21_Bilbao_Biothecnology web articleAt the seminar, which gathered together EMBRC partner research centres, regional authorities, and the OECD, the CPMR presented its work on the inclusion of blue biotechnology in the Research and Innovation Stratégies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) of Regions.

Participating member Regions explained to the project partners how their RIS3 tackle marine bioresources, and presented their regional strategies for blue biotechnologies.

The discussions also looked at the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between EMBRC and the CPMR which is to be opened to the Regions.

The CPMR and EMBRC PP2 partners have agreed to organise a further conference, via the SEARICA Intergroup, to discuss EU strategy to support the blue biotechnology sector and the work of the EMBRC.

Presentations and discussions from the meeting can be viewed here.