Cluster organisations have reacted quickly to help in the coronavirus pandemic. They were highly engaged in supporting with the development and supply of personal protective equipment, respirators, other medical equipment, and vaccines, in providing orientation to their members, in helping the companies adjust to the situation, and in collaborating with regional and national governments. But are we ready for a future crisis and what are the capacities of the European healthcare, life-science and biomanufacturing clusters and companies?

In this context, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, DG GROW, organised the EU Clusters Talk “Fitter for the future: Building resilience & preparedness in Europe's pharma and healthcare sectors” on 6 July 2022, 8:30 – 10:00 CEST, to take stock, look at the lessons learned, and speak about the crisis preparedness of the EU pharma, life-science, and healthcare sectors. Furthermore, we heard from Ukrainian colleagues about the situation of their healthcare system, their challenges and their needs.

Speakers included:

  • Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General of Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and Head of the Task Force for the industrial scale up of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, European Commission
  • Mar Martinez, International Cooperation Officer, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Ignasi Biosca Reig, Chief Executive Officer at Laboratorio Reig Jofre SA

  • Francesco Senatore, Business Development Communication & Projects Toscana Life Sciences Foundation

  • Anaïs Le Corvec, Network Manager, Council of European BioRegions

  • Tetyana Vorontsova, Head of Rivne Medical Cluster

  • Sergey Kutsevlyak, CEO, MedStar

  • Dmytry Rusnak, Anesthetist, Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH)


If you missed the session, please find here the Talk recording.


Please find below a summary of this EU Clusters Talk which includes the key takeaways from the session. Please note, you must be logged in to your ECCP account to access this summary.

EU Clusters Talks: The bi-weekly meeting point for the cluster community

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform invites the cluster community to a regular online meeting to discuss up-to-date insights into the latest industrial policies and cluster activities, cluster knowledge, best practices, the latest ECCP news, and funding opportunities.

The EU Clusters Talks take place every two weeks. Information on the next Talks will be published on the website – stay tuned for more!

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