German-Russian Cooperation Network Biotechnology

The network aims at deepening, strengthening and enhancing the cooperation of German and Russian biotechnology companies (esp. SMEs), academic institutions and decision makers in policy and administration by supporting:

  • R & D between academic and industrial partners
  • transfer of know-how in research management
  • promotion of young scientists
  • development of strategies in
    • commercialization of processes and products
    • marketing on an international scale
    • launching of joint ventures

Joint projects focus on the following R & D areas and fields of application:

  • Genomics, proteomics and biochemistry
  • Molecular biology and molecular medicine
  • Biocatalysts and production processes
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bulk and fine chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Nutrition and food biotechnology
  • Environmental and resource management

The network offers i) partner matching, ii) cooperation support, iii) country specific information, iv) training courses and v) German-Russian conferences and workshops.


Based on agreements between Germany and Russia for strategic cooperation in education, research and innovation, the German-Russian Cooperation Network Biotechnology was launched in April 2005. The German side is funded by BMBF and the participating Federal States whilst the Russian side is financed by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education.

In Russia the A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences hosts the network’s coordinating office which also acts as the Russian National Contact Point (NCP) for the 7th Research Framework Program of the European Union in “Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology”. Since January 2011 the East-West Science Centre (OWWZ) at the University of Kassel, Hessen is the official German coordinator of the network.

For further information on the German-Russian Cooperation Network Biotechnology, please visit the website


Within the network CLIB2021 is the coordinating body for R & D cooperation between enterprises whilst the OWWZ coordinates the cooperation in the academic research field. Other German partners are the University of Bielefeld (bioinformatics and systems biology) and the Laser and Immunology Research Center (Life Center), University of Munich (medical research area). For a short description of the involved institutions please refer to the page Project Partners.

German-Russian Cooperation Network Biotechnology
Anna Schmidt

T: +49 211 67931 32