A Platform For Animal Cell Technology
West European biotechnology companies are getting together to establish a mechanism to ensure that they reap the benefits of European Community-funded research on animal cell technology. The firms plan to establish in a Dublin meeting on June 6 an Animal Cell Technology Industry Platform, which will organize technology transfer from a three-year EC initiative. Brussels has earmarked about $4 million for the initiative, a sum to be matched by private enterprise and other sources. "The need is to develop European structures to get the results of research into industry," says Jim Ryan, an official at BioResearch Ireland, an Irish governmental agency. Similar industry platforms already exist for other EC research programs, including the Green Industry Biotechnology Platform and the Yeast Industry Platform.

Human Hormones In Animal Milk
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