Biotech Updates

EU's High-Level Expert Group Puts a High Priority on Biotechnology

July 16, 2010

The European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) accepted the appointment of the European Union's new High-Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KET) that will be counseling the European Commission. Among the five KETs, industrial biotechnology has been chosen to be highly prioritized for the Europe 2020 Strategy of the European Commission. Chemical conversion through bacterial and enzymatic techniques is vital in achieving EU's goal of a sustainable, low carbon, knowledge-based economy.

"We need to take a more strategic approach towards deploying promising innovation in the field of biotechnology. We will need regulatory courage and commitment towards securing the funding of pilot and demonstration plants as well as ‘first-of-their-kind' production plants," said Dr. Andre Koltermann, Vice President of Süd-Chemie and EuropaBio representative on the High Level Expert Group.

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