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flanders.healthTech
flanders.healthTech

Belgium: Flemish Region
Johan Lecocq
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Overview

About us

The spearhead cluster flanders.healthTech aims to further strengthen the position of Flanders as one of the top regions in life sciences and health technology worldwide. With strong positions in the individual areas of biotech, medtech and IT technologies, this new cluster aims to increase the competitive position in the cross-over domain of these three disciplines where tremendous new opportunities are emerging. To maximise its impact and reach, the focus of the cluster is not limited to the intersection where all three domains overlap, but also includes crossover opportunities where at least two of the three domains join forces. In doing so, the spearhead cluster not only enables more collaborative R&D efforts, it also targets a wider range of companies that in turn will increase the viability and footprint of the spearhead cluster.

Set-up as a unique public private partnership, the spearhead cluster will operate as a lever/flywheel in the healthtech landscape, a lean structure tapping into the on-going research of research institutes, picking up on the needs of care providers and translating these into collaborative projects with research actors in Flanders and beyond. The initiative aims to facilitate the development of a more aligned roadmap between industry and research institutes, to stimulate technology innovations by establishing new collaborations and supporting and funding valuable project ideas and projects that are strategically important. The cluster wants to inspire and linksupport and fill possible knowledge and/or technology gaps, with the central goal to increase the competitiveness of the many large and smaller innovative healthtech companies in Flanders.

Established - 09 August 2021
Staff in the management team - 1-5

Cluster composition

  • 83
    Cluster Members
  • 43
    SME's
  • 3
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 25
    Large Companies
  • 8
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Number of civil society members
  • 5
    Other Ecosystem Actors
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Non-Profit
Languages spoken
Dutch English
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Verhoeve Piet
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations - Manufacturing:C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products - Professional, scientific and technical activities:M72 Scientific research and development
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations:C2110 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products - Manufacture of electrical equipment:C2790 Manufacture of other electrical equipment - Scientific research and development:M7211 Research and experimental development on biotechnology - Scientific research and development:M7219 Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
Cross-sectoral industries
Medical Devices
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Health
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Medical or veterinary science; hygiene - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Micro-structural technology - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Nanotechnology - C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Biochemistry; beer; spirits; wine; vinegar; microbiology; enzymology; mutation or genetic engineering - G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing) - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - KETs:Industrial biotechnology - KETs:Micro/Nano-electronics - Public health & security:Ageing societies

Services

Support services provided

Access to the European Internal Market
Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Communication

Support programmes

EU Programmes

Name & description

Innovation Cluster in Flanders

Spearhead clusters

The focus of the Flemish cluster policy is on a limited number of large-scale and ambitious spearhead clusters. These spearhead clusters will develop and implement an ambitious long-term strategy and competitiveness programme for the Flanders strategic domain, in collaboration with companies, knowledge centres and the government (triple helix).

Project name

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States
United Kingdom

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Netherlands
France
Germany

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

Profile name Location
DSP Valley

Belgium

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type

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