The 8th edition of Business2Sea – Sea Forum was organised by Fórum Oceano, the Portuguese Maritime Cluster, in collaboration with CETMAR Foundation, from 14th to 16th of November 2018. The event took place in Oporto, under the main topic “2030 Sea Challenges”, gathering around 600 stakeholders from 10 European and non-European countries.
Business2Sea is an international event dedicated to the development of projects and business, in the different sectors of the Economy of the Sea. The initiative comprised a series of thematic workshops and conferences, pitching sessions, B2B meetings and an exhibition area.
In its own stand, Fórum Oceano promoted the ongoing projects in which it is involved, namely the EBB project, giving some key information on EBB’s aims and objectives.
It is well known that oceans are home to an enormous biological diversity and represent a reservoir, barely explored, of a multitude of bioactive molecules with potential applicability in different fields such as human health. The path from collecting marine organisms, detecting molecules with biological activity, all the way until these reach the market as a pharmacological product, is extremely complex.
In this context, the Centro Tecnológico del Mar (CETMAR) organised on November 9, 2018, under the project BlueHuman, a seminar entitled “From the ocean to the laboratory: Marine genetic resources and their application in the development of new bioactive molecules”.
The purpose of this seminar was to know in depth aspects related to this complicated process, including the legal aspects surrounding the use of genetic resources for commercial purposes. The seminar involved multiple stakeholders from the scientific community, industry, civil society and policymakers.
The researchers Antonio Villanueva, Belén Sánchez and Laura Movilla from the University of Vigo represented the EBB team at the seminar.