The preliminary design for BIO4 Campus, worth a total of around EUR 190 million for the construction and around EUR 100 million for the equipping, has been presented at the Government of Serbia today.
BIO4 Campus is a new bioeconomic camp in Europe, which encompasses four fields: biomedicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics and biodiversity. This space will cover around 20 hectares of land and encompass education, science and research institutions, that is, three faculties and eight science institutes.
The campus will have a total area of 110,000 m2, around 1,200 professors and researchers and around 4,000 students. The beginning of the construction is expected in the first half of 2023, and the works should be finished in the first half of 2025.
The institutions covered by this campus are the Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy and the bioengineering group of the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy.
– I am convinced that this will have an additional impact and further strengthen the economy, raise the average salary and pension and help keep young people in Serbia, while also drawing many to move to Serbia in order to work on the most challenging projects in biotechnology, which is no doubt the future – the prime minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, said at the presentation of the campus.
She pointed out that there were negotiations with the Council of Europe Development Bank about the financing of the construction of that campus. If the answer is not affirmative, another manner of financing will be sought, proceeds from other loans from institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank.