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Britain, Poland Join Forces On Health
February 4, 2010   
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100 million zlotys is how much the Treasury ministry has set aside this year for businessmen seeking state aid to save or restructure their ailing companies.

Britain and Poland will join forces at an international conference of scientists and entrepreneurs in Cracow on March 3 to swap ideas on boosting innovation and business involvement in healthcare.

Among the conference's organizers are the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce and the British embassy in Warsaw. The event is being held under the aegis of the Polish ministries of Economy, and Science and Higher Education while British ambassador to Warsaw Ric Todd will be one of the hosts. Representatives from top European universities and the bio-medical industry will discuss new models of healthcare, technology and management.

The event arrives in the wake of a zl.1.3 billion cut to the Polish public healthcare system's budget for this year, which caused outrage from hospitals.

"Dealing with the challenges of healthcare in the 21st century is an issue for us all, so this is a very opportune moment for specialists from the UK and Poland to be coming together," said Todd. "I am confident that as a result of this meeting we will see new ideas and concepts."

The conference will focus on major changes in 21st century healthcare as Western health systems face increasingly aging populations.

The conference will discuss innovations including stem-cell therapy, new vaccines for skin and kidney cancer, tissue engineering and a project which aims to transfer patients' medical data to a secure IT system.

The British Foreign Office points out that Poland has the highest number of medical students in the Central and Eastern European region. It also has the interest of investors, a high potential for research and development and the backing of EU funds.

Britain, meanwhile, is at the forefront of the bioscience industry, attracting 26 percent of all pharmaceutical R&D investment in Europe, according to the Foreign Office.

Alex de Moller
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