WP7 External Evaluation

2nd visit of external experts

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.

From left to the right: Dr.Dace Tirzite, expert of Project development department of the LIOS, Prof. Osvalds Pugovics, Director of the LIOS, Prof. Roland Pochet, chair of the external evaluation team, Prof. Maria Santos, external expert, Prof. Maija Dambrova, coordinator of the InnovaBalt project, Mr. Gatis Silovs, Deputy Director of Innovation Department, Ministry of Economics, Mrs. Inga J─ôkabsone, Deputy director of Department of Higher education, research and innovation, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia, Prof. Ivars Kalvins, coordinator of InnovaBalt project, Mrs. Raina Dureja, Executive Director of Association of Latvian Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry, Mr. Hans Koeppen, external expert.