A year has passed since our project Rafts4Biotech officially started last January and coinciding with our first anniversary all the partners have met in Brussels for our third General Assembly. It has been a year full of scientific progress, successful discussion and knowledge exchange that has served to set up the basis of the project that will allow us to move forward during the next three years.
Moreover, to train our team in the art of exploiting bacterial lipid rafts in industrial settings, we have celebrated our first Rafts4Biotech Industrial Event. The aim of this meeting was to foster technology transfer from the laboratories to the market and thus we counted with the help of our industrial partners enGenes, Enantis, Biosyntia and Naicons. Their testimonies and first hand experience served to shed light on how to do the transition from the academic to the biotechnology world as well as to encourage the young researchers of the consortium to consider it as a valuable career option. Also, to provide a different point of view and engage in discussion with the consortium members, external guests were invited to the event: Cristina Merino, IPR Representative from CSIC, presented the basics rules and procedures needed for the technology transfer, while Daniel Pando (Nanovex) and Christian Klose (Lipotype) presented their companies and shared their industrial experiences with the consortium.
These days of joined work in Brussels have been very fruitful and keep us motivated to make out of 2018 another successful year for Rafts4Biotech. Stay tuned and follow our progress!