The European Commission has nominated External experts for the project evaluation:
The first visit of External experts took place in Latvia, November 7-10, 2016.
Experts visited the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) to assess the capacity of LIOS, including human resources, equipment, organisational and management structures, technology transfer possibilities and management of IPR, collaboration with other research institutions and partnerships with stakeholders. During their mission experts visited also the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, the Latvian Academy of Sciences and the Joint Stock Company Grindeks to gain comprehensive insight about the policy of science and innovation ecosystem of Latvia. The mission of External experts is to elaborate the recommendation for the LIOS to assure its sustainability in line with innovation strategies and market trends. The next visit to LIOS is planned for December 12-15, 2016.
Visit in the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
From left to right: Prof. Roland Pochet, chair of the external evaluation team, Prof. Osvalds Pugovics, Director of the LIOS, Dr. Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia, Prof. Maija Dambrova, coordinator of the InnovaBalt project, Mr. Hans Koeppen, external expert, Prof. Maria Santos, external expert, Inga Jēkabsone, Deputy director of Department of Higher education, research and innovation, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia
In the Latvian Academy of Sciences
From left to right: Prof. Andrejs Silins, General Secretary of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Maija Dambrova, coordinator of the InnovaBalt project, Prof. Maria Santos, external expert, Prof. Osvalds Pugovics, Director of the LOIS, Prof. Roland Pochet, chair of the external evaluation team, Prof. Ojars Sparitis, President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Mr. Hans Koeppen, external expert.
In JSC Grindeks (http://grindeks.eu/ )
From left to right: Prof. Maria Santos, external expert, Prof. Osvalds Pugovics, Director of the LIOS, Mr. Hans Koeppen, external expert, Prof. Maija Dambrova, coordinator of the InnovaBalt project, Prof. Roland Pochet, chair of the external evaluation team, Dr. Juris Bundulis, chairman of the Board, Grindex, Dr. Ilmars Stonans, Head of the R & D department, Grindex.
The 2nd visit of external experts took place in December, 12-15, 2016.
Together with InnovaBalt project management group experts discussed the preliminary evaluation report of LIOS. Experts met with Mrs. Inga Jekabsone, Deputy Director of Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Ministry of Education and Sciences of Latvia, Mr. Gatis Silovs, Deputy Director of Innovation Department, Ministry of Economics, Mrs. Raina Dureja, Executive Director of Association of Latvian Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry. Participants of meeting shared opinions about the LIOS current position in scientific ecosystem and further possibilities for the most successful exploitation of LIOS capacities in European Research Area. Mrs. I.Jekabsone informed about the science funding policy in Latvia, including steps to join the EU-OPENSCREEN, the European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology. Mr. G.Silovs presented support scheme for technology transfer that will start to work in January 2017 and will help institutions to commercialize their results. Mrs. R.Dureja stressed that LIOS is an Excellence centre in drug discovery, the only institution of this level in Latvia. LIOS helps Latvian enterprises with knowledge exchange and education. Latvian pharmaceutical industry is not able to use all of LIOS competence, so it is good that LIOS is ready for the EU and global level challenges.
Experts were interested to get information about opportunities to develop the structure for the clinical trial phase-1 in Latvia and about possible participation of LIOS in the preclinical/clinical studies of the most promising candidate drugs. This question was discussed in the experts’ meeting with Dr. Dins Šmits, Chairman of the Riga Stradins University Convent of Councillors.
In the meeting with LIOS Scientific Council and scientists of LIOS Professor R. Pochet presented assessment of LIOS, SWOT analysis and recommendations for further development to ensure the sustainable exploitation of existing potential of LIOS in the field of drug discovery together with the leading European research institutions.
The evaluation of LIOS’ overall research quality and capability will be carried out by high-level independent experts, nominated by European Commission.
Implementation of WP7 will start in September 2016.