The JIC became coordinator of the SynBIOsis project – Maximizing Synergies for Central European Biotech Infrastructure, which is supported by the 7th framework programme for research and technology development in the area of Regions of Knowledge. The SynBIOsis project is targeted on setting models of cooperation between the academic and commercial spheres in the area of transfer of research results.

Part of the project is the transfer of experience from developed European regions, in which cutting-edge research infrastructure constitutes a significant part of knowledge, innovation and economic development. In the first analytical phase of the project, partners will conduct a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the current situation, to be followed by knowledge transfer itself and good practice. The final phase will be the creation of an action plan, which on the basis of current project outputs will propose directions for further cooperation between the two regions and sources of their financing. The local authorities of the partner regions will also be involved in the preparation of the action plan. The biggest benefit for South Moravia will be the advice from leading research institutions with experience of the transfer of knowledge to the sphere of application.

Participating in the SynBIOsis project are 7 partners from the South Moravia region and Italy. The South Moravian region side consists of Masaryk University, the CEITEC Cluster association of companies - bioinformatics, with the JIC as coordinator of the project. The Italian partners are Area Science Park Trieste, ELETTRA Synchrotron, the cluster in the field of molecular biomedicine CBM and the innovation company APE Research.

The project was supported by the 7th framework programme of the EU, Regions of Knowledge scheme, to the amount of 1 million Euros. Part of the project is also cooperation with other European centres of biotechnology science, for example Cambridge Science Park, Health Valley in Holland, Medicon Valley in Sweden and Denmark and the French Genopole Biopark. The project was launched in September 2009 and will last for 36 months.

You can read the press release of the kick-off meeting here.