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EC launches innovation partnerships to foster sustainable research

02.03.2012 - With three new Innovation Partnerships, the European Commission (EC) intends to eliminate weaknesses, bottlenecks and obstacles in the European research and innovation system.

The key challenges to be met are the supply of raw materials, sustainable agriculture, and active and healthy ageing. It’s the Commission’s view that all three require a more concerted innovation effort across the public and private sector, in order to improve quality of life and position Europe as a global leader. The agricultural productivity and sustainability partnership aims at the reversal of the recent trend of diminishing productivity gains and targets to improve soil quality to a satisfactory level by 2020. In order to increase innovation supporting exploration, extraction and processing of raw materials, the Commission launched the raw materials partnership. The project is set to improve recycling of electronic equipment and other waste and calls for the development of substitutes for critical raw materials. Finally, the European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing seeks solutions for the demographic change in Europe. The number of European citizens aged 65 and over will double over the next 50 years. This poses the European care and social systems to a challenge and calls for redesigning these systems in the interest of patients, healthcare systems and the innovative industry. 

FundingEU

11.07.2014 Among the seven newly launched Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) of Horizon2020 are two with deep roots in biotech: IMI is going into its second round while the newly established Bio-based Industries partnership invests in bioeconomy.

Stock marketNetherlandsUKBelgium

10.07.2014 Not one but two biopharma companies are seeking entry into the stock market: After Abzena raised €25m in an IPO earlier this week, Argen-x has followed suit and sold shares worth €40m.

M&AUKIreland

08.07.2014 Abbvie is determined to bring home British rare disease specialist Shire in a merger worth £30.1bn (€37.9bn). So far, Shire has rejected all offers from the US company.

M&ASwitzerland

04.07.2014 Genentech, a member of Swiss Roche Group, is set to acquire US-biotech Seragon Pharmaceuticals Inc. With the move, Genentech will obtain the rights to investigational breast cancer treatments.

M&AFranceGermany

03.07.2014 Nicox S.A. is stretching beyond the European market: The French eye health specialist is set to acquire Aciex Therapeutics Inc., a US-based pharma company with several ophthalmic therapeutics nearing market maturity.

FinanceBelgium

01.07.2014 Belgian antibody specialist Ablynx has raised €41.7m through a private placement of new shares and plans on boosting their range of nanobodies in development.

BioeconomyBelgiumUK

30.06.2014 Building on a £1.2m financing round, Celtic Renewables partners with a Belgian pilot plant to bring its bio-fuel made from whisky production residue to an industrial scale.

ConventionEUUK

25.06.2014 Sun, celebrities and a scandal - the world’s largest biotech convention is getting off to an explosive start in San Diego, California.

InvestmentGermanyNetherlands

24.06.2014 Bayer Healthcare is getting back into gene therapy with a US$252m deal aimed at the development of a haemophilia A treatment.

InvestmentNetherlands

20.06.2014 Tomtom founder Pieter Geelen invests in Dutch biotech Ocello, the company behind a 3D mapping technology used for predicting drug behaviour in patients.

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