To reinforce R&D investment, the Latvian government and Education and Science Ministry will support nine National Level Research Centres (NLRC) including centres dedicated to pharmacy and bio-medicine, food processing technologies, nano-structured and multifunctional materials, structural and construction technologies and public health and clinical medicine. Latvian CRO (Contract Research Organization) activities are also gaining recognition.
Two sectoral clusters have been identified, which aim to win a place in global markets.
The Life Sciences Cluster of Latvia comprises about 30 pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology companies, as well as educational and research institutions, skilled in organic chemistry and biopolymer research, microbiology and virology, genomics, immunology, biotechnology, and wood chemistry.
The Clean Technology Cluster embraces 21 enterprises and research and educational institutions involved in renewable energy, waste and pollution, water management, clean technology, equipment and solutions and energy production, accumulation and storage.
A Smart Specialisation Strategy is being implemented in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.