The Basque Health Cluster is the association for the bioscience and health sector. Our main objective is to coordinate, represent, manage, promote and defend the common interests of our member companies.

Vision

In this context, the Basque Health Cluster will consolidate itself to become a cluster organisation of excellence, which efficiently and sustainably represents and promotes the development of the bioscience and health sector in the Basque Country and its international positioning.

Mission

To contribute to the development, growth and internationalisation of the member companies by creating a differential value proposal to boost their competitive improvement, promote dynamic cooperation between the different stakeholders in the bioscience and health industry in the Basque Country and encourage interaction with other sectors.

Our lines of action

Technological innovation

  • Stimulation of coperation projects (identification of challenges and dsynergies)
  • Promotion and encouragement of inter-cluster collaboration (within the Basque Country, nationally and internationally)
  • Promotion of strategic and technological monitoring

Sectoral growth and invigoration

  • Encouragement of knowledge and relationship between the different cluster partners.
  • Promotion of connectivity with the Basque Plublic Health System and existing R&D infrastructures in the Basque Country.

Value proposal and visibility of the Cluster

  • Strengthening the value proposal – definition of the new services
  • Recruitment of the new members
  • Positioning and visibility of the cluster
  • Representation of the sector and dialogue and alignment with the public administration

Investment and specialist funding

  • Identification and dissemination of funding opportunities
  • Adaptation to and development of new public-private funding instruments

Internationalisation

  • Support for the internationalisation of companies
  • Promoting the international dimension of the association

Attracting and developing talent

  • Continuous training and improvement of partners’ management skills
  • Identification of employment needs and professional profiles
  • Supporting the recruitment of talent for BHC

What is our differential value proposal?

As our primary goal is to contribute to people’s health and well-being, we are commited to the Sustainable Development Goals.

History

BioBasque Strategy

In 2000, the Basque Government advocated providing a boost to the Basque economy in order to adapt to an increasingly changing and competitive world, making a strategic commitment to new strategic sectors based on knowledge and innovation. This resulted in 2002 in the first strategy designed specifically for developin biosciences in Spain: the 2010 BioBasque Strategy.

Basque Biocluster

It was constituted on 17 October 2010 as the “Basque Biocluster” association, which was made up of 14 founding companies:

  • AJL OPHTALMIC
  • BIOFTALMIK
  • BIOLAN MICROBIOSENSORES
  • BIOTECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (BTI)
  • DOMINION PHARMAKINE
  • HISTOCELL
  • IDOKI SCF TECHNOLOGIES
  • INKOA SISTEMAS
  • INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (INNOPROT)
  • LABORATORIUM SANITATIS (LABSAN)
  • LABORATORIOS BROMATOLOGICOS ARABA
  • NORAY BIOINFORMATICS
  • ONE WAY LIVER GENOMICS (OWL GENOMICS)
  • PROGENIKA BIOPHARMA

Basque Health Cluster

Years later, after a strategic review focusing on the sector’s market and identifying the health sector as the main niche activity of its members, the Board of Directors decided to broaden the cluster’s sphere of action. Consequently, in January 2017, the Basque Biocluster became the Basque Health Cluster. Healthcare delivery, medical devices and digital health would now become part of the cluster.

Tenth anniversary durign the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: Celebrating 10 years of service

When the pandemic struck in 2020, it highlighted the importance of having a bio-health sector with productive capacity. The pandemic crisis highlighted the need to invest in the bio-health sector as an essential component. The cluster has managed the crisis by informing, coordinating and intervening to speed up urgent responses, in collaboration with public and private companies and institutions. The cluster, now in its tenth year, has become the backbone of the Basque bio-health ecosystem with a growing number of members.

Governance

Executive Committe

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Mikel Álvarez

Presindent

Oiarso S. Coop.

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Julio Font

Vicepresident

Histocell S. L.

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Asier Albizu

Secretary and treasurer

Biolan Health S. L.

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María Pascual de Zulueta

Managing director

Basque Health Cluster

The executive body of the Basque Health Cluster is the Board of Directors

Azucena Castro

Basque Trade & Investment

Maria Ángeles Ibarrondo

Bioef

Asier Albizu

Biolan Health S. L.

Eduardo Anitua

Biotechnology Institute (BTI)

Jorge Presa

Cyber-Surgery

Gonzalo Hernández

Faes Farma

Juantxu Martín

Gogoa

Julio Font

Histocell

Clarisa Salado

Innoprot

Gaizka Grajales

Mizar

Mikel Álvarez

Oiaso S. Coop

Pedro Esnaola

Oncomatryx

Joseba Vidorreta

QuirónSalud

Iñigo Pagoaga

Roxall

Julen Oyarzabal

Viralgen

Gurutz Linazasoro

VIVEbiotech

The sovereign body of the Basque Health Cluster association is the General Assembly, which is made up of all the members who attend the session called for this purpose.

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