Last week, April 7-9, marked the return of the BioIberoAmerica Congress. This 3rd initiative was a unique congress that brought together scientists, entrepreneurs, industry, and clinicians, who develop their research and work in the area of Biotechnology.
According to Lorenzo Pastrana, Head Office of INL Research, Technology and Innovation, biotechnology “is one of the main technologies that will change the relationship between people and the environment, how we understand health and how we understand industrial processes. Biotechnology is capable of providing more sustainability to the different processes, and how it is also capable of providing new therapeutic strategies”.
The opening session counted with the participation of Lars Montelius, Director-General of INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Lorenzo Pastrana, head of INL’s Research, Technology and Innovation Cabinet, José Teixeira, president of the Portuguese Society of Biotechnology and Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga.
For Ricardo Rio, Biotechnology is “one of the most important keys” to responding to the current and future challenges of society. And over the last two years, Braga has positioned itself as an international reference, assuming itself as a true capital of innovation in various fields of activity and this recognition must also be a very important path for all those who work in this area of Biotechnology”. Braga “is particularly committed to sustainable development” and available to be “a true living laboratory for new experiences, new concepts and new services that could be developed in the area of biotechnology”.
More than 200 Biotechnologists came to Braga to showcase their work and speak about such different topics as biomedicine and biomaterials, agricultural, marine, food, environmental and industrial biotechnology, molecular biotechnology, systems biology and metabolic engineering, bioreactors, biocatalysis, separation processes, and biosensors, biotechnology, nanobiotechnology, bioinformatics, ethics, and society. These were just a few of the possible areas and applications that the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), University of Minho and researchers from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America many other partners introduced to all the participants, at Altice Fórum Braga.