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warsaw ochota campus b io i nfo m ed research centre
Warsaw Ochota CampusBioInfoMedResearch Centre

Jerzy Duszyński

Marcin Szumowski

plan of the presentation

Plan of the presentation

Ochota Campus Introduction

Building human potential and infrastructure

Core competencies and growth opportunities

Taking the next step

Synergies with EU, national, regional initiatives

The Ochota Campus of 2020 – benefits for the region, Poland and Europe

Faculty of Biology Warsaw University

Faculty of Chemistry Warsaw University

Faculty of Geology Warsaw University

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS

Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), UW

Institute of Geophysics Warsaw University

Faculty of Mathematics Warsaw University

Banacha Clinical Hospital

The Medical University of Warsaw

Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, PAS

Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, PAS

International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), UW

Prepared by: Marcin Szumowski, IBD PAN

the ochota campus

TheOchota Campus*

14 scientific institutions in one square kilometre:

Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS): Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (NIEB), Institutes of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering (IBBE) and Medical Research Centre (MRC).

International Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IIMCB)

Warsaw University (UW): Faculties of biology, chemistry, physics (geophysics), geology, mathematics and Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), Heavy Ion Laboratory (HIL)

The Medical University of Warsaw and the largest clinical hospital in Poland.

* Ochota is one of the central districts of Warsaw

the ochota campus in numbers

The Ochota Campus in numbers

Total employment > 5500;

research scientists > 1500 (~50% in bio-sciences);

PhD students > 1000 (~50% in bio-sciences)

Total annual turnover > 50 million euro

Total assets > 150 million euro

Advanced Technology Centre in Biotechnology,

Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BioInfoMed)

equipment and facilities
Recent and pending

(2005 – 2006)

investment projects

in excess of €15 M

EU Structural (75%)

and National (25%)


Equipment and facilities

building human capital

Building human capital

In one decade (1980-1990), ~700 scientists from the Ochota Campus emigrated to USA, France, UK, Germany…

Many of them are eager and willing to return

Their standard requirements include:

independent laboratory with 3 or more staff (including 2 or more PhD students)

start up funds of 100 000 - 500 000 €

50 -100 m2 of lab space

easy access to top-level core research facilities

2-4 are currently insufficient or lacking in the Ochota Campus

Faculty of Biology UW

Faculty of Chemistry UW

Faculty of Geology UW

Heavy Ion Laboratory UW

Nencki Institute

Faculty of Mathematics UW

Warsaw Medical University Hospital

The Ochota Campus in 2000

Taking the next stepOchota Campus of 2020
  • „ … There are great gaps in the research areas covered by truly international laboratories. In the area of the Life Sciences, with which I am familiar, I would suggest that it would be of major benefit to establish an Institute for Neurobiology (perhaps in Poland), an Institute for Microbiology (perhaps in the Czech Republic) and an Institute for Plant Biology (perhaps in Hungary). If all three were based on the highly successful EMBL model, then such franchising could have the same powerful impact both scientifically and regionally.”
          • From an assessment paper by Frank Gannon,
          • Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • Neuroscience is one of the key competence areas of the Ochota Research Campus
Modern Core Competencies
  • Spending on Biomedical Research as % of total Research Funding (stimulating the modern knowledge based economy):
  • Australia 66%
  • USA 55%
  • EU average 25%
  • -Poland < 20%
  • The Ochota Campus has the intellectual potential, concentration of resources and demonstrated scientific excellence to reverse this unfavourable ratio for BioMed funding. Our research focuses on:
  • - molecular biology, bio-medicine and neurosciences
  • - high-power computing and modelling (bioinformatics)
  • - protein structure research
  • - preclinical and clinical research (diseases of the nervous system, vascular patophysiology, cancerogenesis, etc.)
synergy with esfri priorities

Synergy with ESFRI* Priorities

BMS (BioMedSci) ESFRI working groups will most likely support the following projects:

Structural Biology Network (centres equipped with X-ray, NMR, PET, electron

microscopy etc.)

Archiving & phenotyping mouse and rat central facilities

European network for advanced clinical research


Emerging embryonic projects:

- systematic biology

- imaging biological structure


*ESFRI – European Strategy For Research Infrastructure

synergies with other activities

Synergies with other activities

International level

roughly 1/3 of Poland’s participation in FP6 First Priority can be accounted for by projects realised by the Ochota Campus institutions

involvement in several EU GRID projects

8 EU Centres of Excellence

National Level

Advanced Technology Centre BioInfoMed

seven national competence centres in priority technology areas

several investment projects funded from structural funds

Regional level

development of a nearby Warsaw Technological Park (City of Warsaw initiative)

Innovation through technology transfer from scientific institutions to industry requires industry pull (market demand) and scientific push (innovative ideas, technologies). Warsaw area accounts for nearly 40% of all R&D and higher education institutions in Poland.Warsaw has also the highest concentration of high-tech industry (e.g., nearly 40% of telecom industries are located in the region).

ochota campus of 2020 a vision

Ochota Campus of 2020 - a vision

an internationally recognized EU scientific research centre with an international steering committee, over 2000 scientists, over 1500 PhD students and many satellite institutions

one of the largest interdisciplinary bioscience centres and the highest concentration of scientific potential in CEE

a leading centre in neurobiology and neurodegeneration

world leading expertise in protein modelling and structure

national biobanks and associated patient history databases of hereditary cancer and rare diseases

regionally unique diagnostic capabilities (e.g., genetic screening, bio-medical imaging, fMRI, PET, etc.)

balanced funding from multiple international and national sources including the private sector

core facility development

Core facility development

requires a multi-stakeholder approach: scientific community, industry, local governments and administration as well as funding agencies at all levels

strategic resource allocation from ESFRI, European Investment Bank, Structural Funds (national and regional levels), national funds, industry (~200 M euro)

Ochota Research Campus of 2020 will capitalize on the existing scientific excellence and core competencies adding modern infrastructure, core facilities and international programmes to join the European elite of leading biomedical research centres.