LSIPR Newsletter 02:13 As for intellectual property, Eurasanté provides participating companies with training on the legal aspects of R&D including IP protection, as well as guidance on the regulatory challenges of conducting clinical trials and the ethical burdens companies in the sector must observe. That said, when LSIPR visited, a spokesperson for one company managed to show a slide to journalists containing information about developing technology that was not yet protected by IP. He hastily withdrew the slide on realising his mistake, but perhaps such errors indicate that IP education, especially for the newer companies, could be improved.
conference will take place in Dresden later this year, before returning to Lille in 2014.
Other networking and education opportunities come in the form of the BioFit conference, which was held in Lille in 2010 and again, in December 2012. Panels on collaborative R&D, IP in the tech transfer process, and out-licensing deals with big pharma all aimed to provide guidance on the various hurdles companies need to overcome in order to secure their innovations. With more than 350 attendees spread between academia, pharmaceutical companies, tech transfer offices and cluster representatives, in theory it provides an excellent opportunity for innovative companies to fill the gaps in their knowledge. The BioFit
Lille Nord-Pas de Calais may not be the largest life sciences cluster around (or even the largest in France), but it does boast some unique assets that should ensure it continues to grow. And France, Europe and the wider life sciences and biotech industry should all hope that it does. After all, cluster development is a strategic objective of Europe’s Competitiveness Council, and in a sustained economic downturn, the ability to innovate is arguably more crucial than ever. n
In the cluster Name: Genoscreen Founded: 2001, Lille Business: Genomic services Employees: 30 IP: At least three patents, including biomarkers for Alzheimer’s
In the cluster Name: Alzprotect Founded: 2008, Lille Business: Anti-Alzheimer’s drugs IP: Founders André Delacourte and Patricia Melnyk named inventors on multiple patents
In the cluster Name: Innobiochips Founded: 2008, Lille Business: Multiplexed immunoassays Patents: At least two granted
Life Sciences IP Review
Published on Mar 4, 2013