The BIOPHARMAC Project, which was co-funded by the European Transnational Cooperation Program MAC 2007-2013 and FEDER funds, had the following partners: Canarian Foundation of the Canary Institute of Cancer Research (FICIC, Tenerife - Spain), Madeira University (Portugal), Universidade dos Açores (Portugal), University of La Laguna (Tenerife - Spain), and Cabildo Insular de Tenerife as Project Leader.
The general goal of the BIOPHARMAC project (project that gives continuity to the BIOPOLIS Interreg IIIB project), was to strengthen the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry based on Macaronesian knowledge and biodiversity.
One of the main tasks of the project was the development of transregional and transnational cooperation networks in the field of Biotechnology and Pharmacology.
Its purpose was to promote and facilitate the scientific and technology transfer from universities and other R+D+I centres to companies, strengthening the research, technology and innovation system of the participating regions at a regional and international level and, thus, contribute to improve the competitiveness of this sector.
The objectives of the BIOPHARMAC Project during the years 2009 and 2012 were to promote the R&D of excellence in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector of Macaronesia, transfer knowledge and technology from the areas of Biotechnology and Pharmacy to the business sector and promote the creation of new Technology-Based Companies in Biotechnology and Pharmacy.
In order to perpetuate such objectives and ensure the sustainability of the results achieved, in 2011 the Institutional Network of Transnational Cooperation between Universities, Research and Development Centers, Investors and Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries of Macaronesia was set up.
BIOTRANSFER was a project for the transfer of biotechnology research aimed at business profitability and mobilization of business flows, co-financed by the Madeira, Azores and Canarias Transnational Cooperation Program (2007-2013).The Cabildo Insular de Tenerife participated as the Project Coordinator, together with the University of La Laguna, Universidade da Madeira, Universidade dos Açores, Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso and Universidade de Cabo Verde.These entities collaborated to generate an intelligent, sustainable and integrating biotechnology research that allows the research community to refinance itself through the commercialization of its R+D+i and the creation of new products and services that generate growth, employment and competitiveness.
BIOTRANSFER's main aims were the following:
- To lay the foundations to generate business flows from opportunities of I+D+i offered by Macaronesia in the field of the Biotechnology.
- To promote the technology transfer and stimulate the economic activity associated with the results of I+D in biotechnology.
- Set up a model of profitable biotechnology research in which the research and development activities of the participant partners is aligned with the needs of the companies or becomes an engine for the creation of new companies.
Biotransfer gave birth to the Bioincubadora, still being worked on. The virtual bioincubator is an online tool that helps to evaluate the new ideas as an economic option, developing them as a product, a service, or an economical profitable bussines. It adds guidance by qualified technical staff from el Cabildo Insular de Tenerife or from any of the other project partner entities.