The European meta-cluster project bioXclusters plus (European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Personalised Healthcare) has been selected by the European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (EASME) for the call for proposals COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Going International.
bioXclusters plus is a continuation of bioXclusters, an initiative which was funded by the EC from 2012 to 2014. The initiative joins together four cluster partners: Biocat (Catalonia), BioM (Bavaria), bioPmed/Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero (Piemonte) and Lyonbiopole (Rhône-Alpes, project leader), whose objective is to reinforce and promote the international competitiveness of their SMEs in strategic global markets. The new bioXclusters plus project, supported from 2016 to 2018, aims to address the next decade of European challenges related to healthcare and SME growth, thanks to a common vision of personalised healthcare as the paradigm for future global healthcare solutions. To address this , the bioXclusters plus partnership aims to be the most competitive European meta-cluster initiative in personalised healthcare, delivering cutting edge solutions at a global level through its innovation ecosystem and offering an entry point for global players to Europe.
In this regard, the consortium’s internationalisation strategy plan will not only focus their activities on three countries which have already been explored (US, China and Brazil) but also on other markets such as Japan.
The kick-off with representatives from the four clusters was held on January 26-27 in Lyon.
Outcomes from the initial 2-year pilot period of bioXclusters
The first, two year action plan of bioXclusters was recognised as a true collective success, having resulted in 11 agreements and collaborations between European SMEs and business partners in the US, China and Brazil. bioXclusters developed privileged links with local science parks and cluster organisations in these target markets, signing six Memorandums of Understanding offering key entry points for European SMEs to these markets. Moreover, the bioXclusters partners built and shared communication tools, as well as a Joint Action Strategy for internationalisation with a long term vision based on trustful relationships. The project outcomes and recommendations for SMEs have been collected in a dedicated handbook available online.