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The European Biotech Week (28 September-4 October) celebrates biotechnology, an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953.

The discovery of DNA opened the door to a better understanding of the world we live in both for scientists and for society. It triggered crucial discoveries and deeper knowledge on genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and stem cells.

Biotech entrepreneurs were able to translate this knowledge into applications for many sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, food, energy, water sanitation and biochemical processing, all of which have changed the world for the better.

Biotech associations are key in helping to maximize the potential of biotechnology. In Europe, the National Associations Council, hosted by EuropaBio, represents 15 national biotech associations that together represent over 1,800 small- and medium-sized biotech companies and organisations.

More information and events can be found on the Biotech Week website.

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