Poland’s new Virtual Research Institute to help in fight against cancer

Poland's first Virtual Research Institute (WIB) will work on the development of new drugs, mainly those against cancer, Deputy PM and Development, Labour and Technology Minister Jaroslaw Gowin said at an event which launched the institute on Friday.

WIB will form "a very modern" virtual space for cooperation with the best teams of researchers from Poland and likely from around the world, Mr Gowin told during a press conference held jointly with Minister of Science and Higher Education Wojciech Murdzek.

He also told reporters that WIB was among only a few institutes in Europe which function in this way. He also announced that it will have a budget of PLN 450 million (EUR 98.6 mln) for research and PLN 22.5 million (EUR 4.93 mln) "for all work related to the functioning of the institute". He added, "the establishment of the WIB was preceded by years of expertise, years of preparation".

Under the program, funding will be provided to research teams that will plan research tasks that fit into a specific agenda. The program will allow the implementation of tasks located in various scientific units in Poland.

The entity managing the Virtual Research Institute program in the field of medical biotechnology and oncology is the Łukasiewicz Research Network - Polish Center for Technology Development (PORT) with its headquarters in Wrocław. Funds for the research will be provided by the Polish Science Fund established at Poland's state bank BGK.