The Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse hosted on 12 and 13 January the first workshop of the second phase of Refbio, Transborder Biomedical Research Network (2016 - 2018). During the two days more than 160 Spanish and French professionals from the field of health and biomedical research took part.
During the event eight collaborations were presented and 64 working meetings were held between researchers and companies in the sector. All of them aimed at implementing projects in the strategic areas of information and communication technologies, medicines and their clinical trials, chronic diseases and active aging.
Among the innovations presented was the launch of a new knowledge transfer work package, where researchers and companies will have access to good practices and validation programs for biomedical technologies, as well as the opening of a Call for R&D&i projects for the professionals of the member centers of the network with a budget of about € 500,000.
Through continuous meetings and gatherings, Refbio II establishes a collaborative network to strengthen and facilitate the transfer of exploitation of R&D&i results over a period of 30 months. Its objective is to advise cooperation through the implementation of cross-border projects, but also to enable scientific enrichment through the mobility of staff, giving them access to research and training infrastructures.
More about Refbio
The second phase of Refbio (2016-2018) is defined as the stage in which the cross-border Biomedical Research Network will allow the effective transfer of biomedical R & D results and its development in the Pyrenees area.
The project is co-financed by 65% by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The objective of the POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the Spain-France-Andorra border area. Its assistance focuses on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies for sustainable territorial development.
Refbio is composed by the following members:
- Navarrabiomed-Fundación Miguel Servet – Leader.
- Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (CHU Toulouse)
- Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR)
- Cluster Santé Osasuna de Aquitania
- Fundación Vasca de Innovación e Investigación Sanitarias (BIOEF)
- Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria (BIODONOSTIA)
- Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Aragón (IIS ARAGÓN)
- Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Hospital Universitario de País Vasco (BIOCRUCES.
- Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse (UPS)
- Contact: Pierre Bodin, International Project manager. Navarrabiomed.