First discussions on the establishment of ScanBalt BioRegion and the association ScanBalt® fmba took place in 2001.
On the picture are seen the participants in the round table during 1st Baltic Biotech Forum in Teschow which should mark the beginning.
In September 2004 ScanBalt® fmba had its founding general assembly during 3rd ScanBalt Forum in Turku and became a non-profit member association.
About ScanBalt® fmba
ScanBalt® fmba (in short ScanBalt) is the organisation for the Baltic Sea or Nordic-Baltic Region's Health and Bio Economy community, named ScanBalt BioRegion.
ScanBalt is a not-for-profit member association (VAT
The aims of the regions and the regional networks constitute the basis for ScanBalt. ScanBalt acts according to a shared vision for ScanBalt BioRegion. ScanBalt has a return of investment by the members of more than 15 to 1 since 2001.
The following core services are available for the members:
• Promotion of regional competencies, events and activities
• Establishment of thematic consortia and alliances
• Attraction of resources and funding
• Coordination of projects and activities
• Strategic partnerships with other regions
• Advancing policy issues and opinions
ScanBalt acts according to a strategy for ScanBalt BioRegion setting priority areas and actions lines. See short overview of the current strategy following the menu to the left.
Examples of results:
• ScanBalt BioRegion is a strong brand supporting regional marketing and promotion in Europe’s most innovative macro-region, The Baltic Sea Region
• The global knowledge on regional competencies throughout ScanBalt BioRegion strengthened
• Shared strategies, agendas and action plans for development of ScanBalt BioRegion prepared and implemented
• ScanBalt an efficient incubator for flagships, alliances and consortia supporting regional strategies and implementation of the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy, Innovation Union and Horizon 2020
• Infrastructure for trans-national innovation, technology transfer, business development, research and education initiated in projects supported by the EU, Nordic Innovation Center, NordForsk, national and regional funds
• Thematic networks and training inside various disciplines of health and life sciences established supported by the EU, Nordic Innovation Center, NordForsk, national and regional funds
• Regional clusters and networks initiated where lacking
• Internationalization of clusters and networks promoted
• Collaboration with leading and emerging global clusters enhanced
• Research on Top of Europe represented in ScanBalt Academy and established as an independent association
• Policy issues advanced via strategic communication and opinion papers
• ScanBalt has a return of investment to the members of more than 15 to 1
The secretariat is formally (legal entity) located in greater Copenhagen area (Denmark) while liaison offices are located in Tartu (Estonia), Gdansk (Poland), Netherlands (Groningen) and Copenhagen (Denmark).
ScanBalt keeps a lean and efficient organisation based on regional involvement and the members active participation striving to constantly setting new standards for effective use of the resources.
For contact information to the secretariat and liaison offices see www.scanbalt.org/about+scanbalt/organisation/contact