Refbio is a trans-Pyrenean cooperation network for biomedical research, leadered by Navarrabiomed – Foundation Miguel Servet, involving 9 institutions from 6 regions on both sides of the Pyrenees.
Its main objective is to promote competitive research at a European level in the following areas: oncology, haematology, cell therapy, neuroscience, epidemiology and public health, cardiovascular health, infectious diseases and clinical trials.
Refbio is part of the Cross-border Cooperation of the Territorial Operational Programme Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA) in the field of Health and contributes to the strengthening of the sector, both on the economic and employment levels as well as on research and training.
Thus, Refbio is positioned within the following axes:
At the end of Refbio I in 2015, the balance sheet proves to be very positive with:
The second phase of Refbio (2016-2018) is defined as the stage in which the biomedical cross-border research network will allow the effective transfer of biomedical R & D results and their 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.
9 partners (research centres, hospitals, business clusters and a university) from 6 regions across the Pyrenees, including the Aquitaine region, participate in this new phase. Navarrabiomed – Foundation Migeul Servet will once again be the leader coordinating the overall process of the project.
This second phase aims to strengthen the established bases, in particular through:
Through regular symposiums and meetings, Refbio II aims to establish a collaborative network to strengthen and facilitate over the period of 30 months the transfer of exploitation of the Research and Development results. Its aim is to contribute to the cooperation by implementing cross-border projects, but also to enable scientific enrichment through the mobility of staff, providing access to the research and training infrastructure.
Priority research lives of the network:
ICT1 Information and Communication technologies
Therefore, Refbio’s main objective is to develop and establish a continuing collaboration network among Biomedical Research Centres in the Pyrenees area.
The objectives are: