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Polish Biotech Association established

Polish Biotech Association established

Publish date: 2013-01-30

On 24th of January 2013 , in Lodz, Poland, several representatives of small and medium-sized innovative companies from Polish sector of biotechnology and life sciences initiated establishment of Polish Biotech Association – Association of small and medium-sized innovative enterprises (SMEs) from Life Sciences sector.

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Prof. Tadeusz Pietrucha – CEO of
Bio-Tech Consulting

Creation of new, innovative products for the biotechnology or healthcare in current condition in Poland is characterized by a completely different specificity of business activities than in the case of e.g. generic drugs. The costs of implementation of innovative projects by SMEs are usually very high and first revenues come after few years. Therefore, the organization of the environment for innovative SMEs will allow the efficient presentation of their interests for representatives of state institutions.

- First stages of the development of  high-risk innovative projects are often funded from public  resources. The association will help raise the funds and show how to efficiently influence the authorities. It will also facilitate cooperation among members of the association  - said the initiator of the PBA establishment, Prof. Tadeusz Pietrucha – CEO of Bio-Tech Consulting.

One of the main purposes of Polish  Biotech Association will be interaction with the National Centre for Research and Development in Poland to create sectoral programs reflecting current Polish conditions and to support actual development of Polish biotech implemented on the basis of SMEs.

- Currently, the National Centre for Research and Development is one of the main sources of financing for Polish R&D sector. With decreasing European grants, the National Centre for Research and Development will play an increasingly important role – explained Prof. Pietrucha.

As one of its important activities, PBA will  try to adapt existing legislation to meet the requirements of the operation of innovative SMEs of Life Sciences sector. An important aspect will also be the development of regional cooperation, primarily among enterprises in Central Europe and promotion of Polish innovative bio-sector at home and abroad.

There are about 60 companies in Poland, which primary goal is to develop innovative products for health care. Part of enterprises thrive on the boundary of chemistry and biology. Over 80% of them employs less than 10 people. Therefore, despite the enormous potential of some of this companies, acting alone they are too weak to efficiently fight for their interests.

There are more than 12 Polish SMEs from Life Science sector that created Polish Biotech Association.

Maciej Wieczorek,  the director of Mabion and Celon Pharma companies, who was present at the meeting, pointed out that the most important element of the Association should be promotion of innovation.

- We must be internally coherent. Our clearly defined, common denominator should be the innovation. Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises are promoted in all EU programmes and in the National Centre for Research and Development. This is the most desirable group of companies, which according to all available studies, is characterized by the highest cost effectiveness in the utilization of grants for innovations – said Maciej Wieczorek.

The Association will also actively create conditions for the emergence of as many innovative start-ups as possible, which should become an essential tool for the commercialization of research outcomes. It  wanted also to be an active partner for Polish scientific institutions.

Translation from biotechnologia.pl by Jacek Plewka

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