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Global Biopolymer Network - presentation and discussion at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington


On April 24, 2013, the Embassy of Slovenia in Washington D.C. in cooperation with Embassy of Kenya hosted a high-level level event featuring presentation and discussion on cutting edge biopolymer projects in medicine, agriculture and waste management. The event focused on transformational power of biopolymers for sustainable development in Kenya and COMESA region.

CE PoliMaT, along with Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA), Harvard Kennedy School and VDI/VDE-IT introduced the Global Biopolymer Network and its partners’ joint efforts to tackle global issues and enhance competitiveness. The event featured CE PoliMaT CEO Mateja Dermastia, Prof. Dr. Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Frank L. Douglas, CEO of Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) and Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker, Head of the Department for International Technology transfer at VDI/VDE-IT, Germany.

Opening remarks were given by Ambassador of Slovenia to the U.S. Roman Kirn, who emphasized in his address that the activities of CE PoliMaT on the U.S. market are significant and present an important role model for other companies in the field of innovations and technology transfer. Mr. Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School gave motivation to the Slovenian scientific field and internationalization efforts: »Emerging technologies bring countries together and leveraging the knowledge for new generation of sustainable products create an opportunity for innovation creation and establishing  new, global networks«.

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