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The Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) renews its board and aims to increase visibility and influence throughout Europe

Marc Dechamps is now member of the Board

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.

Of its 30 members, 20 gathered to meet on April 4th and 5th 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, as the vice president, and Tero Piispanen, as treasurer, are the other renewed positions within the board.
While Céline Quéron and Per Spindler, continue their mandate, the new board members are: Alberto Baldi, Marc Dechamps, Andreas Persidis and Rosa Puzio.

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.

The Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) renews its board and aims to increase visibility and influence throughout Europe

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.

High impact projects

Another of the most important aspects of the annual meeting in Athens was the presentation of SafeN-Medtech, a large-scale European project in which CEBR is a core partner for the next four years.

It is an Open Innovation Testbed in the field of Nano-enabled Medical Technologies, endowed with 15 million euros of funding, and in which CEBR will develop a large part of the tasks of communication, exploitation strategy and international networking. The project reaches CEBR only 2 months after closing another European project linked to the KETs and its implementation throughout Europe (

Likewise, in the coming weeks, four CEBR working groups will be set up around microfinance, European relations, the evolutionary role of the clusters and the purchasing schemes, which have been defined as topics of greatest interest to the CEBR members.

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