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Welsh MEP joins biotech judging panel, 18.09.13


Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has been sitting down with leaders in Europe's biotech field to choose the top five candidates to compete in this year's EuropaBio Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award.

 

As a member of this year's judging committee, Kay is once again supporting the EuropaBio award, which has attracted applications from all three sectors of biotechnology - healthcare, industrial and agricultural, from across the EU.

 

The winner of the award will be announced during the first ever European Biotechnology Week which will take place in Brussels in early October. The event will discuss Europe's role in the biotech sector, in comparison with global trends and will include leading biotechnologists, venture capitalists, as well as MEPs Kay Swinburne and Philippe de Backer, who prior to becoming parliamentarians were closely involved in biotech funding. Key speakers will include Jean-Paul Kress, CEO of Sanofi Pasteur MSD; US venture capitalist, G. Steven Burrill, founder and CEO of Burrill & Company; Jim Philp, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD and Philippe de Backer MEP.

 

The five shortlisted companies are: EryDel SpA, an Italian innovative drug delivery company, specialised in the development of drugs and diagnostics delivered through human red blood cells, via a proprietary medical device with the objective of potentially limiting toxicity and reducing the risk of side effects against encapsulated medicine. E-Therapeutics, a UK biotech SME, has pioneered ‘network pharmacology,’ a new approach to drug discovery based on advances in network science and chemical biology, with which it seeks novel treatments for complex diseases, principally cancer and disorders of the nervous system. Gensight biologics from France are dedicated to the development of gene therapy based treatments for degenerative retinal diseases.  They develop innovative approaches to prevent retinal degeneration from occurring in the first instance, and to restore vision in patients suffering from very low vision or full blindness.  Nanobiotix, also hailing from France, aims to enhance the efficacy of radiotherapy treatment in meeting the needs of cancer patients by developing innovative technology that uses nanoparticles called nanoXray, designed to directly enter tumour cells through either direct injection, intravenous injection, or topical application.  Finally UK based PsiOxus Therapeutics is developing a new approach to cancer therapy by using the processes of directed evolution to develop a virus that is a potent killer of cancer cells but with minimal effects on normal healthy cells.


Speaking ahead of this year's award, Kay Swinburne said:

 

"I am delighted to have had the opportunity to sit on the judging committee for this prestigious award and to observe the outstanding quality of the applications EuropaBio have received.  I have a number of years' experience working with companies across the biotech spectrum and I found it incredibly hard to select the top five companies in Europe, due to the high level of innovation demonstrated by all applicants. It's so heartening to see the depth of talent on offer in our biotech companies and I am particularly proud to see two UK SMEs in this year's top five. I very much look forward to celebrating the achievements of our biotech SMEs in a few weeks' time, but I do also hope that this event will once again serve as a reminder that as policy-makers, we have a responsibility to ensure we develop legislation that supports our innovative SMEs and creates an environment where research and innovation of this quality can continue to flourish."

 

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The Pembrokeshire Early Potato was one of only three quality farm products whose applications for PGI status were approved today.
 
The EU PGI schemes protect product names against misuse and under these schemes more than 1200 products are already protected.
  
Commenting on this announcement from the European Commission today Dr Kay Swinburne MEP – who is from West Wales - said:
 
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Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has been sitting down with leaders in Europe's biotech field to choose the top five candidates to compete in this year's EuropaBio Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award.

As a member of this year's judging committee, Kay is once again supporting the EuropaBio award, which has attracted applications from all three sectors of biotechnology - healthcare, industrial and agricultural, from across the EU... (Read more under 'Articles')

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Dr Swinburne, who was a shadow rapporteur for the report, has argued that Welsh can be seen as a positive example of language revitalisation which communities across the EU should follow... (Read more under 'Articles')

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