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On February 24, a seminar titled “The role of biomedical research in knowledge economy and success stories of bitechnology start-ups” will be held at the National Library of Latvia, Conference Centre part D, Mūkusalas Str. 3, Riga.

Knowledge economy is an economic system which is based on intensive creation and use of intellectual capital, notably, by capitalizing on scientific discoveries and applied research. Biotechnology is one the fastest growing fields of knowledge economy nowadays. It is based on innovation and interdisciplinary approach and is used in agriculture, pharma, food and chemical industry, medicine and other fields. For example, in medicine, it allows to create products not only for treatment, but also diganostics, prevention and personalized medicine.

Research plays an especially important role in development of new products via biotechnology. New studies require time and finances, but the application of the existing results is often halted by the lack of connection between science and entrepreneurship. Therefore, a vital role is played by start-ups – enterprises built on innovative ideas and technologies.

This seminar will provide a great opportunity to biomedicine, biotechnology and other specialty experts, as well as the society at large to learn not only about the role of research in knowledge economy and the need to build a stronger connection between science and entrepreneurship, but also about practical steps and examples about founding a biotechnology or biomedicine start-up. The aim of the seminar is to provide its audience a concentrated 360-degree perspective on this vast topic with guidelines on where and what kind of information to look for to build a start-up.

In the first part of the seminar, Dr.habil.oec. Baiba Rivža, General Secretary of Latvian Academy of Sciences, Linda Gabrusenoka, the Head of the RSU Technology Transfer Office, and Līga Lārmane, Director of the Patent Department at the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia will talk about what is knowledge economy, what is the role of technology transfer in it and intellectual property.

In the second part of the seminar, Raimonds Lapiņš, Deputy State Secretary on Economic Issues at the Ministry of Economy of Latvia, Ilze Nēliusa, Head of Startup Support Division at the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Viesturs Sosārs, Co-Founder of TechHub Riga, and Sigvards Krongorns, associate of Verge HealthTech Fund will introduce the broader perspective of founding your own start-up.

Lastly, the third part of the seminar will be devoted to practical aspects of establishing and developing a biotech start-up, shared by Agnese Veckalne, “Longenesis” Ltd., Mārtiņš Borodušķis, “Alternative Plants” Ltd., Māris Belte, “FertereX” Ltd., Ģirts Smelters, “Exponential Technologies” Ltd., Arsenijs Sergejevs, “VeritaCell” Ltd., and Gatis Mozoļevskis, “Cellboxlab” Ltd.

Date: February 24, 2023
Time: 09:30 – 15:40

In personNational Library of Latvia, Conference Centre part D, Mūkusalas Str. 3, Riga Latvia

Live stream – Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre Facebook page

Participation: Registration form (number of seats is limited for in-person event)

Contact: Zigmunds Freibergs zigmunds.freibergs@biomed.lu.lv

Seminar programm: Program

INTEGROMED is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme, grant agreement 857572