Minister Spoorendonk at GEOMAR Biotech

Minister Spoorendonk visits Alliance project

Anke Spoorendonk, Minister of Justice, Culture and European Affairs of the State of Schleswig-Holstein visited GEOMAR-Biotech on 30 August 2016. A special focus of her visit rested on the Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance project, which is coordinated by the GEOMAR-Biotech.

During the visit, Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir, head of the GEOMAR-Biotech, explained in detail the various potentials of marine biotechnology and the rationale behind the Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance.

"The endless potential of blue biotechnology is very little exploited around the Baltic Sea region. In the ALLIANCE project we therefore bring together all relevant stakeholders for the successful development of sustainable and innovative products and processes from marine sources of the Baltic," said Professor Tasdemir. Overall 22 partner institutions from the Baltic Sea and beyond work together in the project, including research institutions, biotechnology clusters, economic development agencies and the SUBMARINER Network for the sustainable use of marine resources in the Baltic Sea.

"The blue biotechnology has a significant potential for Schleswig-Holstein as well as for the entire Baltic region. Strategic approaches which you are pursuing are enormously important for the future-oriented development of the so-called blue biotechnology ", minister Spoorendonk emphasized to the staff of GEOMAR-Biotech. The visit was part of this year's summer tour of the minister.

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