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Research & Innovation

ShareBiotech – Strengthening the Atlantic Area Biotechnology Sector

Launched in 2010, ShareBiotech is a European- funded collaborative research project that aims to strengthen the biotechnology sector in the Atlantic Area of Europe. The main objective of this project is the creation of strong links between the key biotechnology industry and academic stakeholders, within the ShareBiotech regions. This will allow companies to leverage the research expertise and facilities within academia, thereby accelerating R&D and innovation in the life sciences.

The project is being implemented by a consortium of 10 partners from France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. The Biosciences Research Institute (BRI) at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is one of the Irish representatives in the consortium. The BRI, led by Dr. Paul Tomkins, has expertise in toxicology, biomedical sciences, microbiology and cell and molecular biology. The BRI group is co-located with the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at AIT. The two groups collaborate closely, particularly on industrially-focussed projects relating to medical engineering and biotechnology.

Researchers at AIT are in the process of gathering information from the biotechnology sector in the Atlantic Area, through the use of surveys, interviews and other data sourcing. This will help to reveal the current needs of researchers and companies as regards access to core facilities, advanced technologies and specialised training. This information will be used by AIT to develop a model for the widening of access to life science technology core facilities, implementing new management models and to facilitate connection of the main biotechnology stakeholders in the region. These measures are intended to replicate benefits of formal cluster models.

It is anticipated that one direct output of this research will be a website, through which biotechnology companies can access key information on core technology facilities (expertise and equipment) in the Atlantic Area. The website will also facilitate the collaboration of research centres and companies to support their R&D activities.

The ShareBiotech project has the potential to significantly strengthen the European biotechnology sector and facilitate the generation of much better resourced, partnered and researchdriven domains, reflecting the predicted growth opportunity areas in biotechnology.

Testimonials

“Under ShareBiotech, AIT will generate new data and knowledge to influence development of the biotech sector and separately facilitate specific projects with individual companies.”
Paul Tomkins - Athlone Institute of Technology

Client: ShareBiotech
Institution:
Athlone Institute of Technology
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
National Priority Area: Diagnostics

Industry Programmes Manager
Breda Lynch
Office of Research
Athlone Institute of Technology
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Co. Westmeath, Ireland
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Director, Biosciences Research Institute
Prof. Neil Rowan

Athlone Institute of Technology
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