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- From 2009 to 2012, Estonia ran a National Biotechnology Programme to develop and improve both academic and applied research in the biotechnology field. The framework included grants for the coordination and implementation of the “Archimedes Foundation” projects in the fields of training, education and research.
- Biotechnology is highlighted as one of the priority areas in the Estonian Strategy for Research and Development and Innovation for the 2014-2020 period. More specifically, one of the three listed priorities revolves around the effective use of resources.
- The Estonian Ministry of Agriculture is currently developing “Estonian Bioeconomy Strategy for the period up to 2030”; however no draft document is publicly available yet.
- Mentions of biotechnology are quite frequent in strategic policy papers, however the technology is most considered for its health applications. Nevertheless, its role in the development and production of new materials, recycling, energy and many other fields has been increasingly acknowledged in recent years.
Who is there?
- Tartu Biotechnology Park
- Estonian Cluster of Health Technology – Estonian Healthtech Cluster
- Icosagen – biotechnology products and services company
Examples to watch
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Estonian companies also tend to get involved in international research and innovation projects such as under Horizon 2020.
An Ernst&Young report of 2010 has assessed the potential for the development of modern biotechnology in Estonia, including possibilities for industrial biotech uptake.