Madrid, 18 January, 2013
The French Ambassador to Spain, Jérôme Bonnafont, visited the CNIO yesterday, where he had a meeting with the Centre's Director, Maria A. Blasco. Upon arrival, Bonnafont was presented with a copy of the science dissemination book Desarmando al cáncer, published by the CNIO. He was accompanied by the French Embassy Health and Social Affairs Counsellor, Annie Thomas, and the Science and Technology Counsellor, Bertrand Bouchet.
Blasco outlined the institution's most significant strengths as a Centre for international excellence and identified its main objectives for growth over the upcoming years, highlighting the Clinical Research Programme; the Programme´s main objective is to translate advances in cancer research into the diagnosis and care of patients with cancer.
The ambassador expressed his knowledge about the CNIO´s prestige in the world as a leading centre for cancer research, and highlighted the need to promote partnerships between the CNIO and research centres in France, such as the Institut Gustave-Roussy, which also specialises in cancer research.
The visit ended with a mutual expression of desire to formally agree on a long-lasting institutional collaboration in the form of meetings amongst scientists as well as participating in business opportunities and other types of entrepreneurships.