Marine Biodiscovery


The Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery research programme was established as a multidisciplinary research consortium to build capacity in the Marine Biotechnology area within Ireland. Funded through a Marine Institute award of €7.3 million to researchers from University College Cork, the National University of Ireland Galway, and Queen’s University Belfast, it focuses on the discovery of new drugs and advanced bio-materials from marine animals, algae and microorganisms. The programme is an important part of the overall objectives of "Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland", where Marine Biotechnology “Blue Growth” has been identified as a potentially important economic driver.