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The University of Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, has inaugurated a pilot research laboratory set up with 5.2 billion forints (EUR 13m) worth of European Union funding. Chancellor Zoltán Bács said at the ceremony on Tuesday that the pharmaceutical lab would operate in a development phase until 2026, then start a production phase following a 1 billion forint additional investment. The lab will have capacity for commercial production of virus- and bacteria-based biological active ingredients. Rector Zoltán Szilvássy said the lab would develop bacteriophages capable of eliminating antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. György Kossa, who heads the board of trustees of the foundation that runs the university, said the school had long focused on establishing a health-care industry ecosystem involving close cooperation with industry players. Culture and Innovation Minister Balázs Hankó underlined the special role attributed to universities in strengthening the country’s economy. He said that the Debrecen University was among the 13 universities undertaking to develop their science parks in the framework of the government’s Neumann Janos Programme. The pilot research laboratory had been set up in the university’s science park, said Hankó.