A look back at BRIGHT's objectives and our progress at the end of the project

Submitted by Perrine Speybroek on 31 January 2024

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Eurasanté has joined BRIGHT in 2021 to participate in the growth of the European cluster dynamic as the 3rd largest healthcare cluster in France.

BRIGHT seeks to enhance the excellence of five world-class European Life Sciences and Healthtech industrial clusters through a European Strategic Cluster Partnership, to advance in their excellence to better support the ecosystems’ to master the challenges of digital transformation and increase their digital maturity, to help SMEs scale-up and be more competitive internationally, and to support Digital Health value chain unlock its potential.

BRIGHT also seeks to intensify cross-cluster and cross-sector cooperation between the partners their stakeholders, also with other ecosystems in Europe, through the implementation of an intensive, novel and cost-effective approach of the ambitious "ClusterXchange" scheme set up by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

We had 5 specific objectives of the BRIGHT strategic partnership, which are targeted to answer the aspects described above and to address the main challenges and the scope of the topic, as set in the “European Cluster Excellence Programme” call for project.

We wanted to create a Strategic Partnership of world-class Life Sciences and Healthtech clusters aimed at strengthening the organisations’ excellence at managerial and operative levels. We have learned to work together over the 2 years of the project and have now put in place a 3-year strategic roadmap to organize our collaboration outside the project.

We aimed to build on the clusters’ own and complementary capacities and services to strengthen their services and develop and implement a joint portfolio of programs to better support SMEs within their ecosystems and across Europe. By studying our internal services and skills we were able to determine how each cluster could best help SMEs and other European clusters in their development. We now have a complete offer for our future prospects.

Through our events we have promoted cross-sector and cross-border collaboration on a European-wide scale, strengthening both clusters’ and SMEs’ ability to face the challenges of digital transformation.

We have strongly supported Digital Health SMEs in their specific challenges, thus contributing to the European strategy on Digitalisation of the Medical Technologies and Healthcare industry and the transformation of European healthcare systems. We've given them a number of contacts and food for thought, not least thanks to our latest initiative: ClusterXchange.

We developed and implemented the "ClusterXchange" scheme, building immersive agendas of activities especially designed to satisfy the networking, learning and collaboration needs of clusters and stakeholders (both host and visiting organisations) from the partners’ ecosystems and across Europe. Thanks to these exchanges, which took place at key times in the European ecosystem and in our countries, our partners and participants were able to exchange views with strategic players in digital healthcare and discuss the sector's evolution. They also greatly enhanced their knowledge of players in other European countries, and of their topics and working methods.

The BRIGHT project as a whole has been an opportunity for all partners, as well as participants, to learn from each other and exchange views on the future of digital healthcare in Europe. We were able to learn a lot, both in terms of our working methods and our strategic biases. But most importantly, we can now work together to support companies and clusters in the development of digital healthcare.

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