French feel optimistic over biotech future:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The French biotech industry association, France Biotech, says it is encouraged by recent statements by President Jacques Chirac, supporting the creation of a favourable environment for biotechnology companies. In particular, it welcomes the prospect of a free enterprise zone for young technology companies. Dr Philippe Pouletty, president of the association, says that the Plan Biotech 2002 approved recently by the French government (see Clinica No 981, p 4) is a "significant first step", but that a five-year plan is needed for France to reach its objective of being in a leadership position in Europe by 2007.