Navarrabiomed welcomes the beginning of the second phase of Refbio, a Transpyreneen biomedical research network.

20 09 2016

The Osasuna health Cluster and the Biocruces Research Institute of Bilbao, new partners of the Navarrese centre led network

Pamplona, September 20, 2016.
Navarrabiomed – Miguel Servet Foundation hosted the beginning of the second phase of the Cross-border biomedical research network of the Pyrenees, Refbio, in order to strengthen the cooperation between France and Spain within the health framework. The 18 managers of the 9 partner institutions met this week in Pamplona to finalise the development of the project, with a total budget of 2,125,000 Euros and a duration of two and a half years.

During its first phase, the 8 Refbio partners managed to involve more than 2,000 professionals and to develop 17 research projects. On this occasion, the network expands its line of action with a new partner in the Basque Country, the Biocruces Health Research Institute of Bilbao, and integrates the Aquitaine region, through the cluster of Osasuna health institutions.

In total, this new phase will involve 9 partners (research centres, hospitals, business clusters and 1 university) belonging to 6 cross-border regions and Navarrabiomed will act again at this stage as head of the project development coordination team.

New features in the second phase of the network
The Refbio objectives in this new orientation focus on the collaboration reinforced by the promotion of Research and Development and Innovation projects, the encouragement of innovation, and the transfer and exploitation of R & D results for companies and clusters.

One of the new features will be the launch of a new knowledge transfer work programme. Good professional practices and biomedical technology validation programs will be made available to researchers and businesses. In addition, the opening of a call for projects R & D + I for professionals of the network’s member centres with a budget of about € 500,000 is envisaged.

Finally, in the context of local actions, Navarrabiomed will propose a day of information aimed at the public concerned by this project: researchers from the public health sector of Navarre and companies wishing to get involved in the Refbio network.

More about Refbio
The second phase of Refbio (2016-2018) is defined as the stage in which the cross-border Biomedical Research Network will allow the effective transfer of biomedical R & D results and its development in the Pyrenees area.
The project is co-financed by 65% by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of the Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The objective of the POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the Spain-France-Andorra border area. Its assistance focuses on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies for sustainable territorial development.

Refbio is composed of the following partners :
• Navarrabiomed – Fondation Miguel Servet – Project leader
• Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (CHU Toulouse).
• Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR).
• Cluster Santé Osasuna pour l’Aquitaine
• Fundación Vasca de Innovación e Investigación Sanitarias (BIOEF).
• Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria (BIODONOSTIA).
• Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria d’Aragón.
• Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Hospital Universitario de País Vasco (BIOCRUCES).
• Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, (UPS).