The price was awarded Tuesday, October 25, evening during the gala dinner of the Baltic Development Forum Summit 2011 and the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Gdansk.
BioCon Valley is awarded for its outstanding work with linking the strongest innovation milieus in the Baltic Sea Region within the field of life science and health.
BioCon Valley has among other things developed the protein rich blue sweet lupine into a “soybean of the north”. The network has also mapped competences within the field of life sciences and health in the Baltic Sea Region. The outcome is a strategically important database of actors in economy and industry (yellow pages in life sciences and health).
"I am especially proud about the award because it merits work and efforts which have been started more than a decade before by BioCon together with ScanBalt to develop the vision of a joint healthy and wealthy Baltic Sea Health Region", says Wolfgang Blank, Managing Director of BioCon Valley.
The award is handed out by Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and BSR Stars. BSR Stars is a flagship within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and is lead by the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA. The purpose of BSR Stars is to create a number of world leading innovation hubs in the Baltic Sea region by linking strong Research & Innovation milieus, Clusters and SME networks. www.bsrstars.org
BDF is a high-level network for decision-makers from business, politics, academia and media in the Baltic Sea Region. www.bdforum.org
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