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Lancement de la plate-forme des clusters d’innovation de l’Eurométropole


15 mars 2011, Tournai

Alps Bio ClusterBiotech and medtech in Alpine Spacewww.alpsbiocluster.euAlpine Space programmeEuropean territorial cooperation 2007 - 2013

alps bio cluster biotech and medtech in alpine space
Alps Bio ClusterBiotech and medtech in Alpine Space

Federating 8 partners from 5 Alpine countries: FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, AUSTRIA

  • Coordinated by:

ADEBAG (Grenoble Alps Bio Network)

  • 7Project Partners:
  • Lyonbiopôle(Rhône Alpes)
  • BioIndustry Park Silvano Fumero(Piedmont)
  • Milan Chamber of Commerce(Lombardy)
  • BioAlps(Western Switzerland)
  • Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung(Tirol)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum München

(German Research Center for Environmental Health)

  • Weihenstephan - Triesdorf

University of Applied Sciences(Upper Bavaria)

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Alps Bio ClusterBiotech and medtech in Alpine Space

Cluster Key figures


750 Biotech companies

550 Medtech companies

1 200 SMEs

80 big companies


35 universities


66 research centres

Supporting services:

29 incubators and science


17 technology transfer



27 Venture capital companies*

  • * Results from Alps Bio Cluster territorial analysis – June
  • 2009


  • Establish a transnational cluster with 2 main working axis managed by specific groups of experts:
    • “New diagnosis and therapies” in thebiotech sector
    • “Autonomy and Healthcare” in themedtech sector
  • Encourage transalpine cooperation between R&D centres, universities, start-ups and SMEs
  • Support collaborative projects
  • Boost joint economic development by reaching a critical mass of key players
  • Build a common Alpine brand

Our vision

"A Healthy life at home in the Alps in a natural environment worth to be preserved"

alps bio cluster events
Alps Bio Cluster - EVENTS

Past events

  • ESB - Sept.8, 2009, Industrial Day C@ ESB in Lausanne, Switzerland (12 speakers, 53 face-to-face meetings)
  • Medtech Partnering Day “ICT & Health” - Nov.24, 2009 in Innsbruck, Austria (58 attendees – 74 face-to-face meetings)
  • Alps Bio Cluster Catalyst Event on “Biotherapy and Diagnostics” - Dec.1, 2009 in Lyon, France (35 attendees – 3 thematic round tables)
  • Winter Seminar on Environmental Biotechnologies to improve Human Health and Quality of Life – Solutions for the Alpine Space - Feb 3 & 4, 2010 in Munich (Neuherberg), Germany (70 participants – 17 experts)
  • “ICT & Care: toward personalized services” - July 7 & 8, 2010 in Grenoble, France ( 70 participants – 23 speakers)
  • International Summer School on Biotechnologies – Freising (Munich) - from 26 July to 1st August 2010 in Munich (Freising), Germany ( 26 students participants)
  • Alps Bio Cluster brokerage event for Business and research profiles @ Biotech 2010 – Oct. 27, 2010 in Milan (45 participants – 129 face-to-face meetings)
  • The events are the basis to build a strong network: opportunity to gather our actors in order they get to know each other better
  • They are open to all actors of the Alpine Space but also to all international actors working in the same field of interest
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Alps Bio Cluster - EVENTS

Lessons learnt

A lot of event already exist in Life Science:

Involvement of actors is easier when it is backed to a well-known international event

Summer School is a well-adapted event to the students as it fills in the gap between researchers and industry

Win-win event : For the industrials, it is an opportunity to increase their visibility at the European and international level and be in contact with foreign students that could be their future employees. This kind of event could thus be sustainable by financing it with sponsorship (universities and companies)

alps bio cluster thematic networks
Alps Bio ClusterThematic networks

Establishment of 3 cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary networks

managed by a leading group

  • “e-Care” linked to the axis “Autonomy and Healthcare”
  • “Ecosystem services for human health”
  • and “ Converging technologies and Personalized medicine” linked to the axis “New diagnosis and therapies”
“e-Care” pilot network

linked to the axis “Autonomy and Healthcare”


Leading Group “e-Care”

    • Global Context
      • Healthcare sector is facing increased needs due to the ageing population and the raise of the chronic diseases.
      • Cost reduction in European public budgets : high demand of quality and efficiency to the medico-social systems
    • Challenges in the Alpine Space
      • The lack of health professionals in Alpine Space
      • The difficulties to reach hospitals because of isolated situations
      • An increasing tourist population during winter and summer seasons
      • Transnational area : different features of the European medico-social systems and medical information systems

Leading Group “e-Care”

    • The main objective to reach is :
    • To take a better care of isolated
    • patients and/ or at home by using
    • ICT technologies integrated to
    • medical devices : “Personalized care services”
    • Composition
      • around 12 experts from companies,
      • academics, research institutes,
      • medico-social field,
      • end-users organisations of the Alpine Space

Leading Group “e-Care”

    • 1st meeting
    • 7th July 2010 - Grenoble, France
    • 4 defined axis of working :
    • 1. A common technological European initiative: integrated platform open source & interoperable, development of technologies : low energy, self adaptive system and data fusion software
    • 2. Access to the market for SMEs:
      • how to reach a strong dissemination, what is the good level of deployment: regional, national, European ?
      • How to involve big medical devices companies in the network ?
    • 3. Lobbying at European level: recommendations on PPP e –health to take into account specific mountains areas
    • 4. Transnational management of projects : methodology & support to set up European projects for the FP 7 ICT & Health Call 7
“Ecosystem services for human health”

Pilot Network

linked to the axis “New diagnosis and therapies”


Leading Group “Ecosystem services for Human Health”

      • Composition
        • Around 12 experts from representing companies, academics, public entities
        • and research institutes of the Alpine regions
    • Challenges in the Alpine Space
      • Environmental pollution in the Alps: air, soil, water and biota with the impact on human health and quality of life
      • The Alps offer a multitude of options for bio indication, bio detection, bio remediation and bio energy...
      • But lack of external trust, reliability and lack of internal cooperation between academia and industry especially innovative SMEs

Leading Group “Ecosystem services for Human Health”

  • Objectives to reach
    • The leading group = a representative voice of the Alpine space, through which the above issues could be addressed
    • Care has to be taken to preserve the Alpine region as an growing economic space in a delicate environment
    • Networking and clustering are indispensable:
      • to yield best impact of accumulated academic knowledge and practical green solutions offered by SMEs
    • Important to stimulate discussions between stakeholders: local authorities, policy makers, SMEs and researchers on green biotechnologies and foster public/private partnership

Leading Group“Ecosystem services for human health”

    • 1st meeting
    • Spring seminar in Munich in May 2011
    • Road Map and Action Plan
      • Set up a system of criteria and indicators to point out local needs
      • of Green biotechnologies
      • Production of draft guidelines for policymaking and decision making in
      • the field environmental biotechnologies
      • Identification of collaborative / research projects that could be set up
      • at a European level
alps bio cluster best practices
Alps Bio ClusterBest Practices

Bottom-up approach is necessary for the different thematic network in order to take into account their own features and needs:

  • e-Care:

Organization of thematic information meetings: presentation of funded projects, presentation and explanation on European Programmes which could interest our companies, meeting with PCN

Personalised support actions:

  • Support companies for their European partner search
  • Increase their visibility at the European level
  • Package for building European projects: information, support, shared costs between the different actors of the cluster
  • Foster innovation by transnational collaboration
  • Ecosystem services for human health

Importance to involve the public authorities to influence the local environmental policies and speed up the implementation of the green solution : following to the Winter Seminar a manifesto was spent to local authorities of each partners of the project to make them aware of the field problems

Environmental biotechnology field has a real need of networking activities in order to build collaborative projects.

alps bio cluster up coming events

Up coming events

  • “e-Health 2011”- 12 April 2011, Lausanne
  • Spring Seminar on environmental health, 11-13 May 2011, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Final convention Alps Bio Cluster, 4-5 July 2011, Innsbruck
  • Medtech Summer School - 18-23 July 2011, Grenoble

Info on upcoming events on

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