27/09/2021Life Sciences Translation
Biotechnology – the front line in the battle against pandemics and climate change
A global pandemic and the climate emergency are threatening human health and shaking economies. In response, the biotechnology industry is stepping up and turning future uncertainty into opportunities by solving problems with innovative products and processes. CPSL is ready to join this industry on the front line.
The world’s hopes have been pinned on the biotechnology industry to produce pharmaceuticals and medical devices since Sars-CoV-2 first appeared in Wuhan in December 2019, and the sector has responded by mobilising its knowledge and capacity to find innovative ways to diagnose, treat, vaccinate against, detect, and predict the virus.
It’s a huge task, however, investors have also shown enormous interest. According to the Spanish Bioindustry Association (AseBio), “the volume of private capital has been growing since 2016, but even with the healthcare emergency, 2020 stood out with 46% growth over 2019 and a total of €151,634,021”. Even before the outbreak, according to BIOSPAIN, “Biotechnology activities were at the top of rankings on production growth of economic activities for 2018, up 10.1%”.
Faster approval processes combined with a complex and changing regulatory situation, the introduction of new medical device regulations (Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on Medical Devices on 26 May 2021 and Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices on 26 May 2022) and international clinical trial requirements make streamlined, accurate and, above all, clear communication essential. The services of an expert language provider like CPSL has now become a key link in the process of launching new products and services on the market.
CPSL is ISO certified and the language services provider of choice of pioneering scientific enterprises such as: Bayer, Bio-Rad Laboratories, EKF Diagnostics, Novartis, Oxford Instruments, and Biotech. They, and more than a hundred other sector organisations, outsource the translation and communication aspects of their operations to us. We translate and localise all kinds of scientific, technical and communication materials, while ensuring regulatory compliance and effective communication, lightening the load for them while they focus on making the world a better place.
Clear messages about biotechnology and climate change
When it comes to the other major threat to society – the climate emergency – industrial biotechnology will be an invaluable weapon in the global battle against future pandemics and climate change, the most urgent challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. However, there is also an opportunity for innovative products, new markets, and capital investments. New technologies are constantly developed to counter GHG emissions, with industrial biotechnology as part of the technology toolkit to speed up the shift to a new, circular economy.
After almost 30 years of meetings to forge a global response to the climate emergency, there are signs that the world is finally ready to join forces in order to break the cycle of environmental damage. The United States has re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement, and governments, the business community, and the general population must cooperate and share information with a more open, communicative attitude to address the economic, social, and environmental challenges ahead. Industrial biotechnology, clean energy and scientific research will help slow down, halt, and hopefully reverse the impact of human behaviour on the environment.
According to AseBio president Ana Polanco, “biotechnology products reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65%. They help to slow climate change”. Her view is echoed by Richard Borreani, head of Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability at Bayer Crop Science, who confirmed that, “biotechnology will enable us to adapt crop production to climate change and mitigate its effects, allowing us to produce more sustainable food”.
Visibility is crucial to the success of companies in the bioeconomy
Despite the enormous variety of innovative bio-based products, many are unrecognisable to users and consumers because they are indistinguishable from petrochemical-based products. Governments and organisations are, therefore, keen to educate the world in the benefits of biotechnology with EU initiatives like Biovoices that sets out to create awareness about bio-based products to engage all relevant stakeholder groups through a platform for open dialogue, co-creation, and mutual learning. What’s more, Spain will host BIOSPAIN Trade Show and Partnering, the largest biotech country-based event in Europe, from 27 September to 1 October 2021, featuring thousands of participants from Spain and further afield, and providing a showcase for innovations that will improve people’s lives and save the planet through sustainable growth.
The stakes are high and we know it. Just tell us what you want to say, and we’ll help you share your message with the world. CPSL is qualified to streamline your global communication needs, ensuring high impact and coherence through linguistic excellence and effective localisation for optimal recognition and consumer comprehension. Consistent use of simple, harmonised criteria and language will build trust in your company and products and enhance your reputation.
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