The northern German federal state Schleswig-Holstein is known as “land between the seas”. Already in 2004 its government launched the initiative “Sea Our Future” to pool and promote maritime issues. Schleswig-Holstein’s economy is closely linked to the North and the Baltic Sea. Marine Biotechnology as a future key technology is an integral part of it. Within the SUBMARINER project, Norgenta is responsible for the preparation of a regional development strategy for Marine Biotechnology in Schleswig-Holstein. The process included identification of the main industrial topics and markets (functional food, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and cosmetics) as well as academic topics (marine genomics, marine microbial diversity, biologically active substances, and biobanking). A SWOT analysis was carried out and series of activities were proposed.
The final conference of the CSA MARINEBIOTECH project will bring together scientists, industry representatives, policy makers/advisors and other key stakeholders involved or interested in Marine Biotechnology research in Europe, to
- Provide insight in some of the most important recent and ongoing Marine Biotechnology research, coordination and policy projects and initiatives, including the CSA MARINEBIOTECH project, and look forward towards a future MARINEBIOTECH ERA-NET;
- Discuss the status and recent progress of European Marine Biotechnology research efforts and capacity at various scales;
- Identify critical needs, gaps and challenges to inform future Marine Biotechnology policy and coordination efforts.
The first phase of a new multi-million pound marine science park in Argyll has been completed.
- The new development will support business is Scotland’s growing life sciences and energy sectors and will potentially support up to 125 jobs
- Dunstaffnage site already a globally recognised centre of excellence for marine science
The state of the art building at Dunstaffnage, near Oban, will provide space for businesses wishing to tap into the region’s world leading reputation in marine science research and development. Highlands and Islands Enterprise has received the keys from construction firm Robertson Northern for the first of three buildings planned for development at the Park over the next ten years.
The 20,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space will support businesses in Scotland’s growing Life Sciences and Energy sectors and has the potential to support up to 125 jobs.
The sea is offering the Wilmington area another path to prosperity as research and the business of marine biotechnology prepare to grow here. It’s “an industry that’s waiting to happen,” said Randall Johnson, director of the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s southeastern office.
And a new umbrella organization – the Marine Biotechnologies Center of Innovation – hopes to serve as a catalyst for growth and commercialization of marine biotech efforts, said its CEO, Deborah Mosca.
Mosca and a panel of other experts spoke about the field at a gathering Tuesday at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Burney Center. The upbeat marine biotech program was part of UNCW’s annual Economic Outlook Conference.
The 6th BIOPROSP Conference
A biennial International Conference on Marine Bioprospecting from cold marine environment.
To be held in the world’s northernmost University City in February 20th – 22nd in Tromsø, Norway.
BIOPROSP_13 will focus on the challenges and possibilities related to industrial applications of marine bioactive compounds
Biotech and pharmaceutical industry, scientists, medicine, cosmetics, public support system, decision-makers and others interested in marine bioprospecting.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, recently launched a Government plan to double the value of Ireland’s ocean wealth to 2.4% of GDP by 2030 and increase the turnover from our ocean economy to exceed €6.4bn by 2020. The report,‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland’ was launched at the Marine Institute, Galway.
The plan presents a roadmap for the Government’s vision to tap into a €1,200 billion global market for seafood, tourism, oil and gas, renewable ocean energy and new applications for health, medicine and technology. It sets out three high-level goals to achieve a thriving maritime economy, healthy ecosystems, and to increase our engagement with the sea.
The Taoiseach said “This plan is a dynamic one and will ensure that our vision remains constant – to dramatically improve our ability as a nation and people to harness our ocean wealth. The Government is determined that it will be a key component of our economic recovery and sustainable growth generating social, economic and cultural benefits for all”.
The plan focuses on the State creating the right conditions to promote investment and enable growth. Good governance and maritime safety, security and surveillance of our ocean wealth are key to achieving the targets. The provision of a robust planning and licensing framework, underpinned by robust legislation and regulation can support sustainable development and create a degree of certainty, as well as a safe and stable environment for business and consumers.
Norway’s MareLife issues summer newsletter summarizing recent marine biotech-related activities and projectsPosted On: July 8, 2012
Marelife, the independent science-based marine innovation network, has reinforced its staff and put in operation R&D projects initiated by experienced working groups covering key areas in marine innovation. Read their new summer newsletter which sums up the Marelife activities Winter and Spring 2012.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:00 - Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Concarneau marine station is proud to announce the 4th “Rendez-vous de Concarneau : Where Industry meets Science in Marine Biotechnology” which will take place in August 28-29 2012.
This event gives actors of the industry and the academix research to share and discuss about Marine Biotechnology in order to create and strengthen relationships and bridges between these 2 wide domains of activites. It also aims at providing technology and knowledge transfer among stakeholders within European marine biotechnologies.
A sound strategy for marine biotechnology research, technology development and innovation and a concerted coordination of relevant national and regional programmes are urgently needed in Europe. The Coordination and Support Action ‘MarineBiotech’ is a response to this, aiming at an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology that can deliver ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, a core objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Bringing together 11 partners from 9 countries, MarineBiotech will work with Europe’s other initiatives including SEAS-ERA, ERA-IB, ERA Bioenergy and the new Joint Programming Initiative in Healthy Seas and Oceans, as well as other relevant projects and programmes.
MarineBiotech is coordinated by the Research Council of Norway and managed by BioBridge Ltd UK. The 1st invitation-only workshop Mobilisation and Engagement of Funding Agencies and Stakeholders took place in Faro, Portugal 26th-27th April 2012, organised by the Portuguese science funding agency FCT.
Dr Peter Heffernan CEO, Marine Institute, and Prof Ian Wright, Deputy Director, Science and Technology, National Oceanography Centre (UK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in the presence of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, to foster closer co-operation and joint activities between Ireland and the UK in the area of marine research, development and innovation.
Co-operation planned is strategic and will reflect areas of mutual interest including: hydrography, seafloor and habitat mapping of the Atlantic; the development of fixed point ocean observatories; sensor development and associated platforms, and knowledge transfer and policy advice.
Minister Coveney, welcoming the MoU, re-stated the government’s view that research and innovation are key drivers of economic development and recovery as outlined in the national Consultation Document: Our Ocean Wealth – Towards on Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (www.ouroceanwealth.ie) and the National Research Prioritisation Exercise.