Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

“On a par with Malaysia”

29.04.2009

Athens –The 5th International Biotechnology Forum (IGBF5), which is to be held May 8-9 in Athens, boasts appearances by three Nobel Prize winners. Andrew Schally, Richard Roberts and Sir Peter Mansfield will speak at the opening ceremony of the two-day-event, which as the website promises “again brings together the crème de la crème of the BioScientific and BioBusiness world.”
Greece might be at the centre of the European biotechnology world for these two days in May, but for the other 363 days of 2009 it will be anything but – at least not yet, according to Nassos Alevizopoulos, a BioBusiness consultant and Senior Vice President of the US biotech company Regulon Inc.
“Despite some recent signs of activity, Greek biotech is embryonic; say at the level of Malaysia,” says Alevizopoulos. Until 2005, he was the CEO of Bionova, the Greek company that hosts IGBF. Today, there are at least 15 R&D-based biotech companies in Greece, he continued, and to increase international outreach in the looming credit crunch, these companies have recently created HellasBio, a non-profit biotech industry association.
As in Italy, the concept of biotech venture capital (BVC) has just begun to emerge in Greece, but “one HellasBio member leads its market in Europe already, while two other innovative Greek biotechs have also attracted professional European BVC for products that were developed locally,“ Alevizopoulos says. If all goes well, he hopes to see “50 companies in 5-10 years.” To reach this ambitious goal, the Greek business leader aims to exploit his country’s large expatriate bioscientific community in the US and EU, and take advantage of repatriated scientists and executives. Meanwhile, Malaysia is not idle. At the BioEurope Spring conference in Milan, the flashiest booth belonged to South-East Asia – not South-East Europe.

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06.03.2005

Athens - A three-day conference covering all issues of biotechnology at both fundamental and application level will be held in July this year in Athens: “2nd International Greek Biotechnology Forum - IGBF2”. The event aims at...

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05.02.2005

Athens - The Greek agriculture minister recently announced that the country will destroy over 9,000 acres of fields planted with biotech-mixed cotton. The Greek government will pay affected farmers an estimated Euro4 million....

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05.02.2005

Heraklion/Paris - Together with French Vaxon-Biotech S.A. the Herak-lion University Hospital in Crete has completed the phase I trial of Vaxon's candidate vaccine VX-001, which contains a single optimized cryptic peptide that...

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13.11.2004

Athens - The Hellenic Innovation Centre presented a new technology in October that enables the production of high-grade pharmaceutical raw material like Inter-feron- and - , Erythropoietin, FSH, and HGH, without unwanted...

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09.10.2004

Heraklion - The recent research advances on lymphocytes, the most sophisticated of all mature hematopoietic cell types, will be presented during the 2nd Gene Regulation in Lymphocyte Develop-ment Workshop to be held on October...

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08.05.2004

Valetta - Further to the launch of its DNA Forensics division in February 2004, Synergene Profiling, a subsidiary of the Synergene Biotechnology Group, has successfully completed its first DNA forensic cases.Contracted on behalf...

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08.05.2004

Athens - The Helenic Society for the Study and Applications of Growth Hormones will hold the 2nd International Congress on Adult Consequences of Childhood Endocrine Diseases from May 6-8 in Athens. Main topics are going to be the...

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09.04.2004

Attard - The international network Gendia has recently developed a new fast pre-natal test for the most common aneuploidies by quantitative fluorescent PCR (QF-PCR). Gendia was founded last year by the Malta-based biotech company...

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05.03.2004

Rhodos - SEED ECOLOGY 2004, the first thematic, scientific conference devoted exclusively to seeds and the environment, will take place in Rhodos (April 25 to May 1). The scientific program will cover all aspects of seed eco-logy...

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05.02.2004

Athens - Biovista recently announced he licensing of its Journal Research AnalystTM (JRA) market intelligence tool by Upstate, Chalottesville/USA, one of the leading suppliers of cell signaling reagents and kinase screening...

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