Network Manager of the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)
Claire Skentelbery started her career with a PhD in plant biochemistry, before moving into
scientific communication and marketing which in turn led to a role as National Contact Point
in FP5 for biotechnology SMEs in the UK.
She then combined a freelance role as technical writer, including Framework applications,
with a growing role in cluster development. She worked extensively within the Cambridge
biotechnology cluster, growing the ERBI biotechnology network and creating links across
Europe with other clusters.
Her increasing international work, led to the formation of the Council of European BioRegions
(CEBR), as a joint initiative between clusters across Europe who wanted to work more
closely together in the support of SME and cluster development and in the defragmentation
of biotechnology in Europe.
She has been CEBR Network Manager since its launch, with over 50
clusters/biocommunities in Europe working together. She combines this with her role as
Secretary General of the European Biotechnology Network, which networks all actors in
biotech, from universities, SMEs, pharma and service providers across all biotech
- Healthcare development skills in Europe - enabling the knowledge-based economy
A short history of skills development in Europe in relation to the demand of industry and
successful development to market. The skills base in Europe should not be a bottleneck to
successful development but they often hamper the development of clusters and the
interaction with partners in the value chain to market.
This session looks at how Europe
should be using existing skills and developing new where needed as well as engaging
partners to share skills.