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Portugal: Closer ties with the Subcontinent

08.03.2010

Lisbon – Portugal’s “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” (FCT) is to channel funding into collaborations between Portuguese and Indian life science companies and research within the networking pilot programme “New Indigo” (http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/cooptrans/eranets/newindigo/). The initiative, which provides up to EUR50,000 of funding for workshops and a two-month researcher exchange programme, will be dedicated to projects that focus on “biomarkers and diagnostics”, “bioinformatics for health”, and “structural biology for health”. The overall aim of its 1st call is to establish high-quality research networks and to strengthen existing contacts in order to initiate and prepare joint projects. New Indigo is also aimed at identifying research hotspots in Europe and in India, and sharing experience with other geographic ERA-Nets. Proposed projects have to involve at least two European partners and one from India. The initiative is currently supported through national funds from Austrian, French, German, Indian, Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, and Portuguese research budgets. Potential Indian partners can be researched at www.newindigo.eu/info/india.html. Pre­registration for this first NPP call on biotechnology and health is March 8th (2010).

PortugalPortugal

02.12.2011

Lisbon – Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are gaining ground in southwestern Europe. According to the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio), Portuguese farmers planted nearly 60% more genetically modified maize...

PortugalPortugal

07.10.2011

Lisbon – In the southwest of Europe, GMOs are gaining ground. According to the European Association for BioIndustries EuropaBio, Portuguese farmers have grown nearly 60% more genetically modified (GM) maize this year compared to...

PortugalPortugal

11.08.2011

Lisbon – According to a report published by business intelligence provider Espicom, the future for biopharma on the westernmost tip of Europe looks anything but sunny. Its analysts predict that by 2016, the pharmaceuticals market...

PortugalPortugal

14.09.2009

Coimbra/San Francisco/Munster – Portuguese and US researchers have discovered a new factor that determines whether an embryonic stem cell (ESC) will remain pluripotent or not. After the team under Miguel and Joao Ramalho-Santos...

PortugalPortugal

12.07.2009

Madrid –The Spanish Ministry of Health is investing in future biotech treatments. In July, it signed a EUR60m contract over a recombinantly manufactured flu vaccine developed by Rockville-based Novavax. In Phase II trials, the...

09.05.2009

Lisbon/New York - A Portuguese-US research team has discovered a new molecular mechanism that enables gamma herpes viruses to chronically infect patients. Gamma herpes viruses infect white blood cells (B- or T-lymphocytes)...

PortugalPortugal

21.02.2009

Lisbon – Portugal’s Bial SA has granted American company Sepracor the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise eslicarbazepine in the United States and Canada. Bial will receive US$57m up front.

PortugalPortugal

03.11.2008

Poco Barreto – In mid-August, 60 anti-GMO activists destroyed a field planted with insect-resistant Mon810 maize in Portugal. Near the small Algarve town of Poco Barreto, activists from the “Movimento Verde Eufemia” trampled...

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