BioCare – Biomolecules of the sea for environmental remediation and healthcare

Countries: Belgium, France, United Kingdom
Border(s): France-United Kingdom, France-Belgium, Belgium-United Kingdom,
Channel Arc,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - 2 Seas
- The environment, resources and waste
- Healthcare
- Research and innovation
- Cross-border maritime cooperation

Lead partner: Brighton University

"BioCare marine" projet will build a cross-border network of expertise in identifiying and utilising marine biomolecules, found in the two Seas area, for the benefit of its inhabitants' health and the environment in which they live. BioCare will gather together partners from universities, research centres and the Private sector. This network will implement research and development activities and develop new products using our regional marine resources.

BioCare's objectives are to identify, isolate and collect marine biomolecules of medical interest or those that can be applicable in pollution reduction processes. The identified applications concern human dermal tissue regeneration (treatment of chronic wounds, reconstruction of burn injuries…) or metal capture-systems applied to biomedicine in the detoxification of blood and tissues. It will also concern the sector of bioremediation of polluted environs such as post-industrial sites and ground-waters.

Through the identification of two Seas region-specific biomolecules, with a commercial potential, the BioCare project will generate a sustainable approach to this cross-border research, offering an economic imperative to protect the marine environment.


  • University of Brighton (Great-Britain)
  • Universiteit Gent (Belgium)
  • Ifremer (France)
  • Polymaris Biotechnology

Project goals

Promoting cross-border cooperation issues and implement joint actions on issues of common interest throughout the whole area, and in particular those with a maritime dimension.

Project duration

From 01/06/2011 to 30/09/2014

Total cost

2 007 294 €

EU funding

1 003 647 €