Life science is one of the most dynamically developing industry in the world. This is no different in Małopolska. Life Science is an interdisciplinary specialisation combining medical, biological and biochemical sciences. Here, innovations are created every day.
Life science is a very broad concept. Therefore, it was divided into two groups. The first one is health and quality of life. It consists of products and technologies used in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases of both humans and animals. The other group encompasses bioeconomy and its intermediates as well as products used for the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, materials and energy. Innovation costs money. That's why high expenses on R&D of Małopolska companies can be observed. These expenses increase year by year. Life science has a significant share in the education profile of future staff (in Małopolska there is a large percentage of students in the fields of biology, agriculture and environmental protection). Another condition for success in the development of specialisation is close collaboration of various environments. Knowledge transfer from university laboratories to enterprises is necessary. There is a suitable climate for this in Małopolska. A large number of business environment institutions direct their offer to companies from the life science sector. The largest of these institutions are Klaster LifeScience Krakow, MedCluster and the Jagiellonian Innovation Center. The Małopolska Center of Biotechnology supports cooperation between science and business and conducts scientific research. The research and development institutions also include the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences and the National Research Institute of Animal Production.