The European Commission renews its support to the bioXclusters Alliance, “the European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Personalised Healthcare”
The European meta-cluster project bioXclusters+ (European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Personalised Healthcare) has been selected by the European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (EASME) call for proposals COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Going International.
BioXclusters+ is a continuation of bioXclusters, first initiative funded by the EC from 2012 to 2014. The initiative gathers4 cluster partners: Biocat (Catalonia), BioM (Bavaria), bioPmed/Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero (Piemonte) and Lyonbiopole (Rhône-Alpes, project leader), aiming to reinforce and promote international competitiveness of their SMEs on strategic global markets. The new bioXclusters+ project, supported from 2016 to 2018, aims to address the next-decade European challenges related to healthcare and SMEs growth, thanks to a common vision of personalised healthcare as the paradigm for future global healthcare solutions. To address this new paradigm, the bioXclusters+ partnership intends to be the most competitive European meta-cluster initiative in personalised healthcare, delivering at global level cutting edge solutions through its innovation ecosystem and offering an entry point for global players to Europe.
In this regard, the consortium internationalisation strategy plan to focus their activities on three countries already explored (US, China and Brazil) but also on additional markets such as Japan.
The kick-off with representatives from the four clusters was held in January 26-27 in Lyon.
Outcomes from the initial 2-year pilot period of bioXclusters
The first 2-year action of bioXclusters was recognized as a real collective success, resulting in 11 agreements and collaborations between European SMEs and business partners of the US, China and Brazil markets. bioXclusters developed privileged links to the target regions with local science parks and cluster organisations, signing six Memorandums of Understanding offering key entry points for European SMEs to these markets. Moreover, bioXclusters partners built shared communication tools, as well as a Joint Action Strategy for internationalisation with a long term vision based on a trustful relationship. The project outcomes and recommendations for SMEs have been collected in a dedicated handbook available online.