EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research

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EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research

A Task Force on Biotechnology Research, established in June 1990 by the European Commission and the White House Office of Science and Technology, has been coordinating transatlantic efforts to promote biotechnology research and its applications for the benefit of society. This mandate has been renewed every five years since its creation.

The EC-US Task Force has proved an effective forum for discussion, coordination and developing new ideas, and it also serves as an important think-tank. It focuses on the future of biotechnology and challenges the scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic to expand their thinking beyond specific scientific disciplines.

Task Force members are European Commission and US Government science and technology administrators who meet annually to enhance communication across the Atlantic, and to encourage collaborative research.

A number of joint workshops take place every year. The reports of these workshops are available on the 'EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research' website.