Strategic cooperation between Medical University of Lodz and Roche Poland
On 20th of June the Knowledge and Innovation Zone hosted a press conference connected with the cooperation agreement signed by our University and Roche Poland which concerns common research and development projects to be carried out within the model of public-private partnership. The programmes initiated within this cooperation include implementation doctorate programme whose aim is to create better conditions for development of cooperation between the university and the company. Roche specialists and MUL researchers will jointly design projects in search of new solutions and resources to support balanced development of health care services.
– The role of academic centres is invaluable both in creation of new research teams and as a partner in joint ventures in health care. In collaboration with Medical University of Lodz we are launching the first implementation doctorate programme. The programme actually promotes diversification of economy and redirection to high-value services according to guidelines in the Strategy for Responsible Development, says Agnieszka Kosowska, Director of Public Policy and Legal Affairs Roche Poland.
– From our standpoint, it is extremely important to cooperate within the framework of EIT Health. It is a realistic chance to co-author schemes of significant value for the development of modern health care services but also to implement solutions provided by Polish researchers for patients all over Europe, she adds.
Medical University of Lodz belongs to the top Polish medical universities which substantially contribute to the development of innovation in health care and creation of solutions for health care system. MUL’s extensive experience in initiating and conducting projects concerning coordinated health care and telemedicine has already made the university a reasonable partner for public-private cooperation. Our university’s assets also include technological and intellectual background for clinical and research activities as well as innovative and educational programmes carried out in collaboration with EIT Health- an international network of more than 140 partners from 14 European countries.
– Medical University of Lodz develops its scientific, research and development activity very rapidly. The number of projects we participate in is constantly increasing. We cooperate with over 150 best universities and research institutes in Europe such as: Karolinska Instytut, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, IESE Business School, University of Leuven, University of Groningen or Max Planck Institute. Strong partners warrant innovation and high scientific standard of projects run within the framework of so called knowledge triangle which includes education, research and innovation. By such assumption, research projects should be continued in collaboration with business while seeking their application in medicine and healthcare system, explains Prof. Lucyna Woźniak MD, PhD, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, Medical University of Lodz.
Roche Poland is the leader in innovative solutions in healthcare. Apart from their basic activities, for many years Roche has been engaged in multimillion investments in research and development in Poland. Only in 2014-2016 the company spent PLN 1,5 billion on that purpose. It is in Poland that two major Roche centres are located: Regional Centre for Clinical Trials in Centre and Eastern Europe and Global IT Solution Centre, which is a biotech company supporting over 91,000 employees globally in over 100 countries.
Warsaw Institute-Oncology Centre and Roche Poland jointly create the Centre for Research and Development which is building capacity for innovative medicine in Poland and provides unique opportunities for Polish researchers.
In 2016 Roche engaged in cooperation with Warsaw University over stable and efficient mRNA, a breakthrough in innovative genetic medicine. The discovery made by Warsaw University research team was the basis for the greatest commercialization of Polish research. Together with Warsaw University Roche Poland also carries out an acceleration project BioMed Academy.