Workshop Program

June 2nd, 2019

19:00 - 21:00 Early registration of participants

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

20:00 - 21:00 Walk in the Historical City Centre of Bratislava - optional, depending on the weather

June 3rd, 2019

7:45 - 8:45 Registration of participants

9:00 - 9:30 Opening session:

Welcome (Prof. S. Miertuš, UCM and ICARST)


  • University of SS. Cyril and Methodius (Prof. R. Boča - Rector),
  • EC DG RTD (Dr. G. Kogan, EC, DG RTD Representative)
  • JRC-EC (Dr. G. Van Den Eede, JRC DG Representative)
  • CEI (Dr. P. Canciani, CEI Representative)
  • ICGEB (Dr. E. Buratti, ICGEB Representative)
  • Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Ing. L. Miháliková, OMEO, MFEA, Slovakia)

Opening of the Workshop (Dr. J. Jurkovič, Director General, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

Key lectures

Chairs: Prof. S. Pastoreková, Prof. M. Dundar

9:30 Trends and prospects in Biotechnology (Prof. O. Kayser, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany)

10:00 The future of pharmaceutical public-private partnerships: From input to impact (Dr. R.L.A. de Vrueh, Lygature, Utrecht, Netherlands)

10:30 Coffee break

International programs to support biotechnologies development - current state and plans for next EC planning period, situation in CEE

Chairs: Prof. R. Boča, Dr. E. Buratti

10:50 Horizon Europe - the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027 (Dr. G. Kogan, EC, DG RTD, Belgium)

11:10 Challenges in genomics research and transfer into innovation and practice in Europe: Ways for increased involvement of CEE countries (Dr. G. Van Den Eede, JRC-EC, Belgium)

11:30 Programs of RIS3 in Slovakia related to Biotechnology and Biomedicine (Dr. M. Šponiar,  Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

Chairs: Dr. G. Kogan, Dr. M. Dettenhofer, Prof. J. Sokol

11:50 ICGEB Biotechnology program contribution to the international programs in Biotechnology and to the support to regional cooperation of CEE countries (Dr. E. Buratti, ICGEB representative, Italy)

12:10 CEI regional programs on Bio-economy and Biotechnology (Dr. P. Canciani, CEI representative, Italy)

12:30 Biotechnology and activities of EBTNA (Prof. M. Dundar, President of EBTNA, Turkey)

12:50 Discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

International programs, projects and supporting strategies - continued

Chairs: Dr. P. Canciani, Prof. L. Bláha

14:00 Can we make the knowledge transfer from the research to industry in Biotechnology in CEE countries more efficient? (Dr. M. Dettenhofer, CEITEC, Czech Republic)

14:30 Alliance4Life Initiative: Towards efficient regional cooperation in Pharma/Med Biotechnology and Biomedicine in CEE Countries (Prof. S. Pastoreková, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia)

Chairs: Dr. G. Van den Eede, Prof. O. Slabý

14:50 EIT Health: The health innovation journey (Dr. M. Gurdała, EIT, Hungary)

15:10 Towards multi-parametric syndrome-based point-of-care devices for the diagnosis and surveillance of Arboviruses (Dr. A. Marcello, ICGEB, Italy)

15:30 Coffee break

15:50 High content screening: from large libraries to functional hits (Dr. L. Braga, ICGEB, Italy)

16:10 Anti-influenza potential drugs: synthetic vs natural compounds (Prof. J.M. Rollinger, University of Vienna, Austria)

16:30 Discussion

16:45 Panel discussion I: Priority challenges in Med/Pharma BT in 2021 - 2027 in Europe and in CEE countries (Grand challenge themes relevant to Med/Pharma BT and to S3; research - industry partnerships in BT; priorities and strengthening of the role of CEE countries; potentials and needs of researchers in CEE countries - centralized instrumentation facilities, post-gradual education, networking, support to patents, etc.; pharmacovigilance and quality control - harmonization of the legislations and standardization of the methods for of pharma and medicinal products, and food supplements)

Panelists: Dr. M. Dettenhofer (CEITEC), Prof. S. Miertus (UCM), Dr. P. Canciani (CEI), G. Kogan (EC DG), E. Buratti (ICGEB) - Dr. M. Dettenhofer (CZ) Introduction; Statements, Short Contributions - 10 min each:  Dr. M. Bertelli (Italy), Dr. G. M. Keseru (Hungary), Prof. J. Pastoreková (Slovakia), Prof. J. Turňa (Slovakia), Dr. D. Plaseska-Karanfilska (Macedonia), Prof. O. Slabý (Czech Republic), Dr. M. Gurdała (Hungary), Prof. Z. Kurtanjek (Croatia), Prof. D. Tapaloaga (Romania), Prof. J. Begovic (Serbia), Prof. L. Pojskić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dr. G. Bacinschi (Moldova)

18:45 - 19:00 Possible common platforms and projects - setting up the working groups for possible join project concepts (preparation of the working group discussion on Tuesday afternoon program) 

19:00 Dinner

20:00 - 22:00 Poster session and free discussion at the posters

June 4th, 2019

Chairs: Dr. D. Plaseska-Karanfilska, Dr. M. Bertelli

9:00 Emerging therapies and therapeutic concepts for lysosomal storage diseases (Prof. T. Beccari, University of Perugia, Italy)

9:30 Establishing an European diagnostic network in genetics: GENIUS - MAGI experience (Dr. J. Miertus, Dr. M. Bertelli, MAGI, Slovakia - Italy)

9:50 Current trends in the research of genetics and obesity (Dr. S. Paolacci, Dr. M. Bertelli, MAGI, Italy)

Chairs: Prof. J.M. Rollinger, Prof. F. Berti

10:10 Design and development of new potential drugs against influenza A virus (Prof. V. Frecer, Prof. S. Miertus, UCM, ICARST, Slovakia) 

10:30 Fragment based approaches against CNS targets (Dr. G. M. Keseru, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

10:50 Discussion

11:00 Coffee break

Chairs: Prof. M. Čertík, Prof. I. Donati

11:20 Ethnobotany and medicinal plant biotechnology: From tradition to modern aspects of drug development (Prof. O. Kayser, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany)

11:40 Multi-scale polymeric constructs scaffolds for tissue engineering (Prof. Chiellini, University of Pisa, Italy) 

Chairs: Prof. I. Márová, Prof. L. Pojskić

12:00 Biotechnology development and transfer of know-how to industry: ICGEB approach (Dr. N. Skoko, ICGEB, Italy) 

12:20 Mikrobial transformation of waste into value added products including biodegradable and biocompatible polymers applicable to medical application (Prof. F. Chiellini, University of PIsa, Italy)

12:40 Discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Chairs: Prof. D. Tapaloaga, Prof. J. Begovič

14:00 Mechanically actuated pathways as new targets in regenerative medicine and tumor management (Dr. G.C. Forte, FNUSA, Czech Republic)

14:20 Active immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease - targeting the altered biochemistry of tau protein to halt neurodegeneration (Prof. M. Novák and Dr. P. Novák, SAS, Slovakia)

14:40 ICGEB research program on neurodegenerative diseases (Dr. E. Buratti, ICGEB, Italy)

Chairs: Prof. J. Turňa, Prof. Ž. Kurtanjek

15:00 New biomarkers and biosensors for early detection of cancer (Dr. J. Tkáč, Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia)

15:20 Immune-surveillance: a novel platform for biomarker discovery (Prof. G. Fassina, Xeptagen, Italy)

15:40 Discussion

16:00 Coffee break

16:20 Working Group Discussion (panel discussion II - continued from Monday panel discussion I) - Proposals for Strengthening Regional Cooperation - Selected topics working groups for project platforms in the next planning period (themes, competences, instrumentations, cooperation formats).

16:30 Discussion in working groups and writing draft concepts of proposals (projects, other initiatives)

17:30 Plenary presentation of proposals

18:00 Final recommendations and conclusions of the Workshop


19:00 Dinner

*Speakers, panelists are being confirmed