The agreement signed by the national employers’ association of the Healthcare Technology Sector and the Basque Association of Biosciences and Health will promote projects that strengthen the innovative industrial fabric, entrepreneurship and the value of data.
The initiatives will involve different agents in the healthcare value chain: companies, SMEs, corporations and healthcare institutions, scientific-technological entities and sectoral associations.
One of the first actions to materialise will be the holding of a matchmaking event on robotics and medical devices in 2023.
Madrid, 5 JuLy 2023. The Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies, Fenin, and the Basque Health Cluster have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of projects and services in the field of healthcare that favour the transformation of the Basque Country’s bio-health ecosystem, through a new technology-based industrial fabric, entrepreneurship and the value of data.
To this end, the agreement will promote synergies between companies in the Healthcare Technology sector, the Biosciences sector and innovative start-ups that seek to integrate solutions into the value chain. “We are very pleased to collaborate with the leading association in the Biosciences and Health area in the Basque Country, with which we share the same philosophy and lines of action, such as the search for differential value proposals through technological innovation, sector dynamisation, and the attraction and development of talent, for the benefit of the industrial competitiveness of the region and Basque society”, said Margarita Alfonsel, secretary general of Fenin.
For her part, Idoia Muñoz, director of the Basque Health Cluster, points out that “we consider it essential to work together with the national federations of the sector to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the industrial ecosystem of our territory, promoting innovation in such promising areas in healthcare as robotics and medical devices”.
More specifically, by virtue of this agreement, both parties will collaborate in initiatives in the field of healthcare technology, entrepreneurship and innovation that bring together different agents in the healthcare value chain: companies, SMEs, corporations and healthcare institutions, scientific-technological entities and sectoral associations, both in the Basque Country and in other autonomous communities. The advanced training of professionals linked to projects and programmes arising from this agreement will also be promoted, with the aim of retaining the best talent in the Basque Country.
In the case of Fenin, this collaboration is the result of its strategy of “industrial innovation poles”, which aims to “create competitive ecosystems in biosanitary R&D&I in the autonomous communities through, among other actions, the holding of matchmaking events that attract investment, promote public-private collaboration and position the host regions as industrial innovation poles of reference”, says Sergio Muñoz, director of Innovation, Digital Health and Emerging Technologies at Fenin and coordinator of the Spanish Platform for Innovation in Healthcare Technology promoted by this Federation.
Precisely, one of the first actions that will materialise within the framework of this agreement will be the holding in the Basque Country -from 2023 and on an annual basis- of a ‘Matchmaking: intelligent solutions in health to innovate products and processes in robotics and medical devices’, as well as a biennial fair to present innovations in healthcare technology and processes.
The Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies represents more than 500 manufacturers, distributors and importers established in our country, which represent more than 80% of the total turnover of healthcare technology. Founded in 1977, the Federation is at the service of a strategic and essential business sector for our healthcare system and for the health of the population, which has played a key role in combating COVID-19. A sector that provides professionals and patients with technologies, products and services that act in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, control and monitoring of illnesses and contributes to the continuous improvement of people’s quality of life, normalising patients’ lives.
About the Basque Health Cluster
The Basque Health Cluster is an association of the biosciences and health sector in the Basque Country, which represents 2.5% of the Basque Country’s GDP and has a turnover of 2,400 million euros per year, with more than 10,000 direct jobs in the Basque Autonomous Community and investments in R&D&I areas and programmes that exceed 150 million euros. The Basque Health Cluster currently has 114 associated entities that bring together the entire value chain, integrating the sub-sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, medical devices and in vitro diagnostics, digital health and care, and its main objective is to coordinate, represent, manage, promote and defend the common interests of the associated companies, contributing to the development, growth and internationalisation of the associated companies through the configuration of a differential value proposal that boosts their competitive improvement, promotes dynamic cooperation between the different agents in the Biosciences and Health field at regional, national and international level and favours interaction with other sectors.