EU launches new technology platform – ‘Animal Health’
The European Commission, in partnership with industry, has launched a technology platform on ‘Global Animal Health’ to deal with major animal diseases in the developing world and in Europe.
Launched at a Dutch Presidency conference aimed at defining a common research agenda and mobilising a critical mass of resources, the platform is supported by Development Commissioner Louis Michel, Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.
‘Europe has a proven record in research into transmissible animal diseases, stated Mr Potocnik. ‘Further research to develop better tools to prevent and control outbreaks in Europe and other parts of the world will be an important contribution of the scientific community to this technology platform.’
The Global Technology Platform for Animal Health is an industry driven initiative, which will create a partnership covering the whole chain, from innovation to delivery of new vaccines and tests, explained Mr Kyprianou.
It will bring together veterinary, pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies, research institutions, the financial world and the regulatory authorities at European level. The project aims to conceive and deliver the most up-to-date tools, such as new vaccines or tests to control major animal diseases.
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