Harmonising standardisation strategies to increase efficiency and competitiveness of European life-science research (CHARME)
Biotechnology is an enabling technology that alone, or in combination with cognate technologies, provides the capacity to spur huge leaps in the performance and capabilities of numerous sectors, such as healthcare and medicine, agricultural production, and industrial production. In this context, a prerequisite for modern R&D is a high quality of the research data. By enabling re-use of research assets, research is made considerably more efficient and economical.
Good networking of the Action participants, not only from Europe but around the world, forms an important basis of CHARME. Only through an intensive exchange both within the scientific community and with various interest groups and industry can the project results be realised and implemented. Owing to the current, dynamic developments in biotechnology and its cognate disciplines, with its standardisation initiatives and establishment of an international standardisation committee on biotechnology, a situation has been created that urgently needs the pooling, networking and harmonisation of the various activities in order to be able to achieve optimal results. This will be done, in the first instance, using systems biology research as an exemplar.