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Network for Blue Biotech

07.06.2004

Faro - Recent advances in the field of genomics have opened up many exciting avenues of research. Marine biology, however, has largely been excluded from the so called “genomics revolution”. Until now: On May 11, during the EUROCEAN 2004 event in Galway, Ireland, details were presented of a Network of Excellence (NoE), newly established with funding from the Commission that aims to introduce the genomic approaches and technologies developed in other fields to the marine sciences.
One of the partners in the “Marine Genomics” NoE is Professor Adelino Canario, director of the Algarve centre of marine sciences at the University of Algarve in Portugal. “The aim of the Network is to integrate approaches throughout Europe,” he explained. “One example will be the development of high-throughput gene sequencing techniques for the study of marine biology.” This element of the project seeks to provide research centres throughout Europe with enabling technologies designed to identify the gene functions of a wide range of marine life.
“A further aspect of our work will be to provide marine researchers with access to technology platforms, comprising experimental equipment and databases that integrate the produced data. This is made possible through the participation in the NoE of a number of large research centres in countries like Germany, France and the UK,” said Professor Canario.
Indeed, the network as a whole brings together 44 institutes of varying size from 16 European countries, which ensures the involvement of some 300 researchers in total. In order to make this possible, the European Commission has invested Euro10 million in the scheme, under the “Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems” priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
In addition to the scientific and technological elements of the project, emphasis will also be placed on the transfer of know-ledge to the wider research community through Europe.
In his own country, Portugal, Professor Canario hopes to encourage research centres and teams not involved in the network to adopt the technologies and approaches that will be developed, as for many of them it will be the first time they have used such techniques.

Italy, PortugalPortugal

16.09.2006

Milan/Sintra – The Italian pharmaceutical company Recordati S.p.A agreed in July to acquire Jaba Farmacêutica (Sintra, Portugal) and all other pharmaceutical businesses belonging to the Grupo Jaba in Portugal. The purchase price...

Italy, PortugalPortugal

16.09.2006

Porto Alvo/Catania – Biotech company Alfama recently signed a scientific collaboration agreement with the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Catania (Italy). The purpose of the collaboration is to obtain...

PortugalPortugal

17.03.2006

Faro - The University of the Algarve (UALG) has inaugurated a new laboratory for genetic engineering (Bio tério) at its Centre of Molecular and Structural Biomedicine (CMBE) in southern Portugal. The Biotério has as its objective...

PortugalPortugal

29.01.2006

Porto - Researchers at the Portuguese Biomedical Science Institute of Porto University say they have discovered a vaccine that could prevent one of the most common health complaints worldwide: dental decay or caries. The vaccine,...

PortugalPortugal

26.11.2005

Porto - While a number of European countries debate on how to achieve EU competitiveness goals such as the Barcelona 3% target, other nations have already accepted that such aims will remain out of their reach until 2010.Portugal...

PortugalPortugal

13.11.2004

Despite a considerable growth of the private economic sector, a good R&D infrastructure and a generally positive attitude towards biotechnology, a significant biotech industry did not develop in Portugal like it did in other...

PortugalPortugal

10.07.2004

Lisbon - Hovione, an international pharmaceutical company and CyDex, Inc., which is creating new pharmaceutical products through innovative drug delivery technologies, recently announced an alliance to develop and commercialize...

PortugalPortugal

07.06.2004

Tavira - The 3rd Recombinant Protein Production Meeting will take place on November 11-14 this year in the city of Tavira (Algarve) in southern Portugal. The main aim of the meeting is to evaluate and compare the technological...

PortugalPortugal

09.04.2004

Oeiras - The start-up Gene Express Lda. is Portugal's first Affymetrix Service Provider. Founded earlier this year by scientists of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and the Instituto Superior Técnico, the company looks back on...

PortugalPortugal

09.04.2004

Lisbon - Dr Luís Amado, Executive Director from the Portuguese biotech association APBio achieved a further benefit for the winners of the annual BioEntrepreneur Contest in Portugal: awarded teams will be listed in “PEX” for 12...

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