Boosting cross-border cooperation
Szczecin/Greifswald – In Greifswald, the consensus in mid-March at the “Life Science for Health Economy – Chances and Challenges in Polish-German Cooperation” meeting was that the life sciences would benefit remarkably from cross-border collaboration. About 45 cooperation partners from Western Pomerania and the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern highlighted ongoing successes in their well-established collaborations. Among them: Germany’s Dot GmbH (Rostock) recently expanded know-how in regenerative medicine through a cross-border partnership with Prof. Miroslawa El Fray from the Technical University Szczecin. She has broadened the firm’s portfolio from artificial bones to biocompatible soft tissue. Read Gene founder Prof Jan Lubinski presented the latest findings from omics analyses of the Polish breast cancer tissue biobank, which includes biopsies from more than 200,000 patients. Together with the Greifswald-based Competence Center for Functional Genomics, Lubinski has linked the onset of breast cancer with the nutrition factor selenium. Studies will now be expanded within the “Study of Health in Pomerania”. The latest Polish-German cooperation project will focus on cross-border newborn screening.