The cell is the basic unit of life. The blueprint for
how these small but incredibly complex 'cell factories' work
will find an enormous range of uses.
more we understand about cell function, the more we will be able
exploit cells in the fields of health, environment, agriculture,
the agro-industries and the chemical industry.
The problem-solving approach of this key action addresses the relative
weakness of Europe's small research-based biotechnology firms and
entrepreneurial ventures. These knowledge-based new companies represent
a reservoir of industrial competitiveness, scientific and technological
innovation, opportunities for inventors, and jobs creation which
is still underexploited in Europe. The challenge is to integrate
the whole range of innovation - from advanced research, through
technological development to industrial exploitation - providing
an environment in which scientific results can rapidly be exploited
and transformed into products and processes which benefit society.
Principal targets are improved therapeutic solutions for health
care, improved environmental sustainability and improved quality
in food, agro-industry and fine chemicals.