Lyonbiopôle and Biowin plan to form a transborder cluster
Paris/Gosselies – Biotech cluster Lyonbiopôle in the Rhône-Alpes region and Biowin, which is based in the French-speaking part of Belgium, have laid the foundations for a transborder cluster. “From the outset, we wanted to adopt a concrete inter-cluster approach,” said Philippe Archinard, CEO of Transgene SA and Chairman of Lyonbiopôle. The focus of the alliance will be on three topics: R&D, training and communication. To accomplish its goals, the two bio-regions have developed a common R&D program to develop prediction methods for the safety of new biological drugs. Initially, each of the regions will develop projects financed at the regional or national level. The clusters will subsequently collate their research within the framework of European programmes. In the area of training, Biowin and Lyonbiopôle are currently evaluating the needs of their members and the offers available in their respective regions, and the training modules developed will then be consolidated at European level. The programmes will either be “made available” to members of the other clusters, or will be integrated into a wider European offering. Both clusters also want to raise general public awareness regarding biotechnology and medicine. One of the partnership’s aims is to inform both generalist journalists and those specialised journalists who play a key role in communicating content to a well-informed audience.