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There are no policies in place which are directly related to the industrial biotechnology field.
Who is there?
CPN is considered one of the leading companies in industrial biotechnology due to their R&D activities. They produce hyaluronan products for industrial and R&D purposes.
BioVendor is another well-positioned company but it is at the crossroads between industrial and healthcare biotechnology.
For a full list of biotechnology companies in the Czech Republic, click here.
Czech Bio – the Association of Czech biotech companies
Companies to watch
The university spin-off company Enantis is one the fastest growing biotechnology company with highly innovative R&D program. Enantis specialises in protein engineering and enzyme technologies.
The existing demonstration plants cover more traditional industrial biotechnology applications such as beer brewing.
When the Technological Agency for the Czech Republic (TACR) was put into place in 2011, the Czech R&D landscape changed significantly. The agency became the main funder for R&D projects in the country. Its main objective is the support of applied research, experimental development and innovation. The co-financing scheme determines the amounts of money put into the projects by the public and private sectors. Typically the funding reaches up to CZK 30million per grant.
In parallel to this, the Czech Ministry of Trade and EU Horizon 2020 projects are the main applied research funders in the country.
Biotechnology is generally underdeveloped in the Czech Republic. However, the qualified work force and good educational system for life sciences could be potential assets for industrial biotechnology in the Czech Republic.
Prof. Jiri Damborsky, Loschmidt Laboratories
Department of Experimental Biology & RECETOX