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SPonge Enzymes and Cells for Innovative AppLications


SPECIAL is an EU-funded, 7FP project aiming at delivering breakthrough technologies for the biotechnological production of cellular metabolites and extracellular biomaterials from marine sponges. The consortium unites seven world-class research institutions covering a wide range of marine biotechnology-related disciplines and four knowledge-intensive SMEs that are active in the field of sponge culture, drug development and nanobiotechnology. GAIA participates as a full partner. Besides being involved in sampling and farming activities (RTD), it leads the Dissemination and Outreach WP. Launched at the end of 2010, SPECIAL will end in November 2013. Visit the SPECIAL YouTube Channel!