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Experts in Biosafety
April 27, 2004   
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by Andrzej C. Składanowski

The Center of Biosafety Research and Molecular Biomedicine (BioMoBiL) is formed by research groups originating from the University of Gdańsk and the Medical University of Gdańsk, and is coordinated by the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology.

This unique faculty, founded in 1993 was built upon international experience thanks to support by the program TEMPUS 07191-94, granted for 1994-1997. The faculty was founded to promote integration of the scientific environment with the academic community of the Tricity area of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia.

The staff include scientists recognized as national experts in several fields of molecular biology and biotechnology, such as DNA replication, tumor cytogenetics, restriction enzymes, chaperone proteins, heterologous protein expression, recombinant vaccines, pathogenic parasites, plant-pathogen interaction, and others. Basic and applied research performed in the units covers the areas of molecular biotechnology, biomedicine and environmental protection. Research groups focused in the BioMoBiL Center were classified within the top rank by the State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN).

Research grants
Projects performed in the Center are supported by grants from various sources, such as the KBN, the Foundation for Polish Science, the INCO-Copernicus and Framework Programs of the European Union, the Swiss National Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Polish-U.S. Skłodowska-Curie Fund, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Wellcome Trust and others. Several research units were also awarded with major investment grants from the KBN and from the Foundation for Polish Science. These grants allowed the construction of new laboratory facilities accommodating research groups of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology opened in 1997, as well as construction of a modern animal facility respecting strict safety and ethical standards, to be opened in 2004.

The main objective of the BioMoBiL project is to create a regional Center, which will provide expertise in biosafety and molecular biomedicine. The final effect will be the implementation of innovative methods in molecular diagnostics with the genomics approach. The project will promote awareness of safe biotechnologies oriented at diagnosis and treatment of humans, animals, plants and the environment through higher education and dissemination of knowledge among the public. The Center will aim to create infrastructure for the commercialization of scientific results by implementation of technology, which will be supported by creating structural links between the Center and the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park.

BioMoBiL Center
The BioMoBiL Center was established at the university research units and its biggest achievements concern basic sciences. However, with the advent of Poland's accession to the European Union, our applied research becomes a paramount aim. The promising results and patents pending on animal disease vaccines and modern diagnostics for human hepatitis, salmonellosis and other invasions are our assets. Production of useful plant cultures resistant to microbial invasions and extraction of valuable plant substances are also ready to commercialize. The whole set-up for a battery of methods to detect toxicity and eco-toxicity of old and new chemical compounds is under way.

European projects
The Center units are successfully involved in realizing projects within FP6 and NATO Science Programme. Already accepted are:
Port Check-Development of "on site" molecular diagnostics and quarantine pests and pathogens
Quorum-Quenching-Analysis of quorum-quenching factor (s) of bacterial isolates selected from potato rhizosphere
viRgil-European vigilance network for the management of antiviral drugs resistance.
Talent Scout-Stepping up economics and technological intelligence,
ScanBalt Competence Region - a model case to enhance European competetiveness on live sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health on global scale,
EST - Designing molecular test system for toxicological and eco-toxicological risk assessment.

Professor Andrzej C. Składanowski
tel. (+48-58) 349-14-70
e-mail: acskla@amg.gda.pl
Professor Jacek Bigda
tel. (+48-58) 349-14-34
e-mail: jjbigd@amg.gda.pl
Ewa Kiszka
tel. (+48-58) 349-12-07
e-mail: ekiszka@amg.gda.pl
The BioMoBiL Center, 3A Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie St. 80-210 Gdańsk, Poland
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