BioMarket and plan for next 3 years

The team at Rothamsted Research that bring you the annual BioMarket event and are planning the provision of these services through to the end of 2006


The team at Rothamsted Research that bring you the annual BioMarket event and the year round interactive technology transfer data base on are now planning the provision of these services through to the end of 2006. The submission to the European Commission has been shortlisted for part-funding as a Specific Support Activity under FP6 and contract negotiation have been initiated. The competition for funding was especially demanding and having been chosen the team is determined to make the next 4 events even better than before.

Following on the next Biomarket in November 2003 this show of support from the European Commission will help to provide a series of 3 more annual events under the title "BioProducts 4 Food" as well as the complementary interactive web site. A small advisory panel is now being assembled to represent the diverse interests of the sector as well as ensuring a pan-European approach.

We have been especially grateful for previous support from the FP5 Quality of Life specific programme as well as our regional sponsors such as East of England Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Food and Rural Affairs and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The events have also greatly benefited from additional help provided by industry contributors such as Martineau Johnson, Ernst and Young and ATC.

In his announcement Commissioner Philippe Busquin referred to the improving food quality and safety priority of specific programme 1 'Integrate and Strengthen the ERA' of FP6. He said, "In an effort to support research infrastructure, 12 specific support actions (SSA) have also been chosen, focusing on training and networking researchers and technology transfer particularly in candidate countries - as well as disseminating results, sharing good practice and assisting international debate on emerging technologies. The projects selected also reflect the Commission's drive to support greater international participation in the Framework Programme." He added "As such a large number of proposals and topics were submitted, . a high number were not selected for funding ."

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