The Southern Europe Biocluster (BSE), created at the end of 2007, is a network of specialized competitiveness bodies that work together to achieve international projection and drive projects in the biotechnology and healthcare fields under the framework of the Euroregion.
Interaction among members of the Euroregion in competitiveness networks and joint projects is aimed at creating an excellence hub and generating highly competitive products and services in the biotechnology and biomedicine sector. The BSE is one of these networks, made up of the top biotechnology and biomedicine hubs in the member regions: BioIBal and the Government of the Balearic Islands Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs (Balearic Islands), Biocat and CataloniaBIO (Catalonia), Biomerides and Eurobiomed (Languedoc-Roussillon) and Cancer Bio-Santé and BioMedicalAlliance (Midi-Pyrénées). There is an associate member, Innovalis Aquitaine (Aquitaine), founder of the informal network in the 2007, and that will soon be adhered to the formalized network.
The BSE aims to:
• Facilitate networking among the clusters.
• Encourage development in the sector.
• Make biotechnology a driving force for the economy of each of the member regions.
• Position the metacluster on the international stage.
Nevertheless, a joint vision for all the different regional and sectorial stakeholders is required. For researchers, the Euroregion is an opportunity to increase their access to resources, collaborations and R&D funds, while for biotech and pharma companies it is a chance to forge alliances to strengthen the sector’s competitiveness through improved innovation and technology transfer processes and better access to funding and resources. In addition to these different visions we must add the expectations of each member region, given the specific characteristics and needs of their respective biotechnology and biomedicine sectors. Therefore, a shared vision must be created that encompasses the expectations of all the stakeholders and regions, which is one of the BSE’s top priorities.
This project has received funding from the Government of Catalonia’s Department of External Affairs as part of the Euroregion Program 2008 for Euroregional cooperation networks.