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European Cluster Partnership in Photonics for Health
ESCP-4i Status: 
Preparation Phase - Strand1
Start of Partnership: 
ESCP-4i Label: 
Main Achievements Document: 
Partnership duration
18 months
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Targeted third countries
South Africa
United States

The Strategic Partnership of Photonics for Health is being built on the basis of the following principles:

  1. Focusing on the application areas related to photonics-enabled technologies in health-related uses;
  2. Establishing links with other clusters active in the areas which can increase the cross-sectorial scope of the present Partnership and open up access to new value chains: in mobility, smart cities, active and assisted living, giving preference to the clusters with complimentary activities;
  3. Leveraging political support in the respective regions while planning visits and activities overseas and aligning with the regional and EU export strategies and the economic diplomacy support initiatives in the targeted markets.
Sectoral Industries: 
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology Fields: 
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCESMedicine, Human HealthMedical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
S3 EU priority areas: 
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
Partnership planned events: 
Target GroupTypeEstimated DateCountryCity
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
United States
Partnership other activities: 

Planning of next-year's missions: the consortium will explore the possibility of organising the missions to Singapore and Malaysia,  Montreal (Canada) and South Africa.

Planning the enlargement of the partnership": the consortium will contact potential clusters in the field of medical technologies, including health-related electronics, ICT. 

The partnership follows the strictly-defined key performance indicators which  include the following main KPIs:

  • Number of SMEs having directly or indirectly benefited from the supported actions, resulting in cooperation projects - 90
  • Increase in the percentage of the turnover from international activities of the SMEs having benefited directly and indirectly from the supported actions, as measured through a survey by the end of the action - 10%
  • Number and volume (i.e. amount/funding) of resulting cooperation projects between the Partnerships and international cluster and business network partners for the benefit of European SMEs  - 6 projects with total budget for cluster SMEs and institutions of >5 MEUR 
Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
Optence e.V. / Photonics Hub Lighting and Electrical Equipment, Production Technology and Heavy Machinery

Optical Technology related to measurements, Optics

KETSAdvanced manufacturing systems, KETSPhotonics

Medical Devices
Germany Rheinhessen-Pfalz 110 79
Systematic Paris-Region Communications Equipment and Services, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems, Advanced Systems Architecture

Digital AgendaICT trust, cyber security & network security, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)Telecommunications

Digital Industries, Experience Industries
France Île de France 800 480
OPTICSVALLEY Business Services

Automation, Robotics Control Systems, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSMicro/Nano electronics, KETSNanotechnology

Creative Industries, Medical Devices
France Île de France 210 150
Human.technology Styria GmbH Biopharmaceuticals, Business Services

Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Products / Drugs

Digital Agendae-Health (e.g. healthy ageing), Manufacturing & IndustryBasic metals & of fabricated metals products

Digital Industries, Medical Devices
Austria Steiermark 135 83
LITEK Lighting and Electrical Equipment

Apparatus Engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnology

KETSAdvanced manufacturing systems, KETSPhotonics

Medical Devices, Mobility Technologies
Lithuania Lietuva 30 25