Guide to biotechnology in Poland published

A new biotechnology atlas of Poland will help researchers and businesses across Europe find partners in Poland. Produced by German biotech network BioCon Valley, the atlas provides an overview of the Polish biotechnology sector, as well as profiles of 109 life science companies and 43 research centres in the country.

"Internationality is a basic requirement for companies in the biotechnology and life science sectors to achieve and maintain competitiveness," said Dr Heinrich Cuypers of BioCon Valley. "We see considerable potential on the Polish Market. Through the sector atlas we hope to facilitate co-operation for our businesses."

According to the atlas, the main strengths of the Polish biotech sector are in the fields of research and development, with a focus on medicine, pharmacy, plant and animal breeding and environmental biotechnology. It also has a strong education system, with 21 Polish universities offering courses in biotechnology and related disciplines. Its legislation, in particular the 'gene law', is also favourable to biotech research. However, the field is being held back by limited investment and a lack of biotech specific infrastructure, in the form of science parks and incubators.

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