By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
On June 30, 2023, EuropaBio announced that it “set in stone the first European recommendations on biomanufacturing with the publication of its Biomanufacturing Policy Summit 2023 report.” On March 15, 2023, EuropaBio hosted its inaugural Biomanufacturing Policy Summit in Brussels, “marking the first major milestone from its newly established Biomanufacturing Platform.” The Summit captured priorities of 80 industry leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders to highlight the crucial role of cross-sectoral biomanufacturing for Europe’s future. The recommendations include:
- Recognizing cross-sectoral biomanufacturing within high-level European strategies, such as the European Union (EU) Industrial Strategy, Pharma Strategy, Bioeconomy Strategy, and Green Deal Industrial Plan;
- Creating targets for increasing biomanufacturing within the EU economy, supported by policy strategies that identify and recognize its economic, social, and environmental contributions across sectors;
- Coordinating at a policy level the alignment between research and development (R&D) focus, industrial priorities, and commercial applications toward delivering sustainable products and processes through biomanufacturing;
- Recognizing and addressing critical points and vulnerabilities within biomanufacturing value chains to improve European competitiveness;
- Aligning legislation to address unintentional barriers to biomanufacturing scale up for Europe;
- Positioning regulatory frameworks and resources for product rather than process-driven criteria to increase agility and accelerate Europe’s green transition;
- Recognizing Europe’s improved resilience resulting from biomanufacturing capacity for healthcare preparedness and supply chain resilience across sectors;
- Supporting the uptake of European innovation converted into value-added businesses and economic development and incentivizing investment into start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to scale-up biomanufacturing within Europe;
- Creating a skills pathway for biomanufacturing and advanced manufacturing to ensure access to critical re-skilling and up-skilling in all European countries; and
- Ensuring a global level playing field for transition to sustainable biomanufacturing processes and products.
According to EuropaBio, the recommendations from the Summit will underpin its growth of the Biomanufacturing Platform, working with industry across sectors to ensure that it receives the visibility and recognition required.