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The Council of European Bioregions renews it's board and aims to increase visibility and influence throughout Europe


Written byPer Spindler

The Council of European BioRegions, CEBR, has partially renewed its board to open a new stage marked by the growth of the association and a greater presence towards the European institutions

CEBR is a membership-driven network of life science clusters and regional ecosystems across Europe. Together, CEBR represent and support a critical mass of SMEs, and hundreds of universities and research centres. Of its 30 members, 20 gathered to meet in April 2019 in Athens (Greece), to celebrate the annual meeting, during which elections were held. The newly elected board members renewed their trust in Stephanie Wehnelt (Head of International Affairs of BioM) to lead the association. Francesco Senatore (Toscana Life Science Foundation) as the vice president, and Tero Piispanen (Health Turku) as treasurer, are the other renewed positions within the board. While Céline Quéron (ID2Santé) and Per Spindler (Biopeople) continue their mandate, the new board members are: Alberto Baldi (BioPMed), Marc Dechamps (Biowin), Andreas Persidis (Hellenic BIO) and Rosa Puzio (Atlantopole BioTherapies).

Ambitious strategic lines

The CEBR annual meeting was held this year at the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos in Athens (Greece). During 2 days, the partners analysed the activities carried out throughout 2018, reviewed the accounts of the association and discussed the strategic lines for the coming years.

The main objective of CEBR is to become a real and effective representative of the interests of life science cluster/ecosystem coordinators towards important stakeholders, such as the European Commission, in order, for example, to participate in the decisions over funding instruments. It also works to become a powerful European cluster platform capable of maximizing networking and collaboration among its members.

In accordance with its current mission, the new board has set as main objectives of the new mandate: to increase the number of partners, to gain visibility and presence towards the European Commission, to influence in future programs to support SMEs, to have a greater impact on the development of European life science environments and to become the voice for such ecosystems.

More information about CEBR:

Biopeople contact: Per Spindler



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