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Regenerative Medicine in Europe, Emerging Needs and Challenges in a Global Context

Funder: 7th Framework Programme
Timeline: May 2008- May 2011
Investigators: S Hogarth and B Salter at King's College London

The REMEDiE project is examining the socio-economic, political and bioethical dimensions of regenerative medicine (RM) and seeks to understand the development of Europe’s RM sector in the context of an increasingly global biomedical economy. Work Package Four seeks to inform policymaking within Europe by:

  • Developing a comprehensive picture of the current dynamics of RM innovation within Europe
  • Assessing the policies and alliances which Member States and the EU might adopt to strengthen Europe’s position in the RM sector.

To do this we are undertaking detailed case studies of six European member states: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK. For each country we will:

  • Map the strategies employed by member states in terms of national research programmes, commercialisation initiatives and international alliances
  • Analyse the factors which enable (or hinder) the development of effective innovation strategies and international alliances.

In this research project we have conceptualised how states can support the RM innovation process as a triangle of interacting policy domains: science, society and the market. The policy issues which might be addressed include:

  • The development of a viable R&D platform
  • The creation of market conditions favourable to commercialisation and
    The formation of regulatory regimes which address ethical concerns and issues of risk and safety.

Within Europe this policy agenda is addressed by actors in a complex multi-level governance framework involving the European Union, Member States and regional governments. Thus we are interested in how the development of RM within individual member states is shaped by interactions between these different governance levels, the capacity of the different institutional actors to make effective policy interventions and their relationship with counterparts in the broader global polity.

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