13 May. 2011 posted by EuroBioForum
EuroBioForum has been officially introduced at the ‘European Perspectives in Personalised Medicine’ Conference on 12 & 13 May 2011 in Brussels, which was organised by the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation.
EuroBioForum is a newly established platform for public and private parties active in the life sciences sector in Europe. By proactively scouting for promising themes in health research and connecting science, industry, government, finance and patients, EuroBioForum aims to stimulate new alliances and partnerships that will address health-related grand challenges.
“To capture Europe's untapped potential, cooperation between different stakeholders is key. Our objective is to capitalise on potential European added value. Personalised Medicine is the first theme on our agenda”, states to Dr Wouter Spek, managing director of EuroBioForum. "Personalised Medicine aims at better predicting, preventing and treating or curing diseases based on a patient’s individual characteristics”.
Recently appointed Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of EuroBioForum and Director Biocentre Finland Professor Eero Vuorio adds: “It is very fortunate that EuroBioForum has selected Personalised Medicine for its focus area. Creating a platform for the different public and private actors in this promising new area of health research is well timed. We are in the middle of a major paradigm shift in drug development, medical diagnostics and therapeutic approaches. Through recent meetings it has become obvious that much more information exchange and new collaborative approaches are needed to translate the huge amount of data from the new genetics, "omics" and imaging technologies into clinical practice”.
Over the next four years, EuroBioForum will create cross-linked networks for different communities. By organising summits, targeted meetings and online contact, EuroBioForum will act as an incubator for emerging activities. EuroBioForum will offer a platform for interaction and policy alignment and will act as a broker in bringing the right people together through cross-linked research and finance networks. Moreover, EuroBioForum envisions its network offering great opportunities for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of RTDI (Research, Technological Development and Innovation) financing in Europe.
EuroBioForum is funded by the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation) under the 7th Framework Programme.