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DISCO project. (3/13/14). "Press Release: Planning for the Future. Successful DISCO Kick-Off at Cumberland Lodge, UK".

Organisations Organisation DISCO project (EU, FP7, 201311–201710)
  Organisation 2 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  Group Boehringer Ingelheim (Group)
Products Product plant biotechnology
  Product 2 sample extraction (technology)
Persons Person Fraser, Paul D. (Univ London 201403 Professor at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College)
  Person 2 Calikowski, Tomasz (EU 201403 Scientific Officer of European Commission)

From 17 to 18 February 2014 the DISCO kick-off meeting was held at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park, UK. The coordinator of DISCO, Professor Paul D. Fraser of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, hosted the event. After his short welcome address, Tomasz Calikowski, the scientific officer of the European Commission, pointed out the strengths and special features of DISCO within the FP7 Programme for Plant Biotechnology.

During the course of the meeting all project partners of the interdisciplinary and multinational consortium introduced their institutions and outlined their expertise. In addition, the work package leaders provided information about the scope of the scientific work still before them. Subsequently, the DISCO consortium discussed the next steps towards future planning.

DISCO is financed under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the EU with a total budget of 6.5 million euros. The four-year project started on November 1, 2013. It aims at fine-tuning bioactive compound extraction procedures, namely from the two important plant families Solanaceae and Iridaceae. To reach this goal, the partners of DISCO will use the latest enabling technologies to achieve industrial valorisation and commercialisation.

"DISCO is not only just about scientific excellence, but also about feasibility and translation as well as their products and their implementation," says Paul D. Fraser. DISCO is supposed to deliver sustainable biosources applied in nutritional, medical and cosmetical products. Detrimental chemical refining can thus be eliminated, and the adverse environmental impact can be significantly reduced.

European Commission: FP7 This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 613513.

Record changed: 2016-01-10


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