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On 22nd October 2013, during the Italian Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) in Naples, Assobiotec and CLIB2021 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote a reciprocal cooperation between their enterprises. The first organisation, which works within the Italian Federation of the Chemical Industry (Federchimica), is the Italian Association for the Development of Biotechnology. It represents more than 130 companies or science and technology parks involved in many biotech-related fields. The second one is the Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie, the bioindustry cluster located in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous Land of Germany. Its 90 members come from the world of university, finance, industry and small and medium enterprises, with an international share of about 35%.
The two partners intend to develop a strategy of cooperation by identifying mutual fields of interest in the biotechnology area. Assobiotec and CLIB2021 will give their support in applying for Italian, German or European funding programs and will provide the resources for the exchange of students, graduates and scientists. Alessandro Sidoli, President of Assobiotec, said that the cooperation with clusters around the world is essential: this new agreement will enable to connect the Assobiotec‘s members directly to a region with the highest biotech industrial growth in Europe. Manfred Kircher, the Chairman of the Advisory Board CLIB2021, intends to cooperate in order to initiate several new German-Italian partnering projects in research and development (R&D).
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