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Cluster Excellence in Life sciences – Internationalisation of SMEs


CELIS stands for ‘Cluster Exchange in Life Sciences – internationalisation of SMEs’ and is one of the 13 European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4X) selected under the last call for proposals of the European Cluster Excellence Programme (COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02)

CELIS helps clusters, networks and business and innovation support organisations to maximize opportunities linked to cross-sectoral and inter-regional cooperation and internationalisation. It offers them and their members unique opportunities to expand their relationships and to develop public-private partnerships. Moreover, clusters can catalyse mutual learning and facilitate access to emerging markets outside Europe/to emerging international markets.

CELIS addresses these challenges by combining some of the world-class life science ecosystems in Europe, where cross-sectoral fertilisation has given rise to promising new technologies and products, resulting in new value chains. The project builds on the existing Health Axis Europe Alliance, with the aim to professionalise and expand this inter-regional cooperation and increase its impact, especially for SMEs among their members.

CELIS clusters set up a series of actions to exploit the SME innovation engine in several crucial fields, translate ideas into applications and reduce time to market. The project will offer SMEs access to emerging markets, leverage partnerships with companies, university hospitals and researchers from different sectors and regions and increase visibility for the innovation potential of participating SMEs at European level. Simultaneously, the project will prepare, train and coach cluster staff.

CELIS is funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme (GA No.: 873857).

Project web site:

Key words: Emerging technologies, biotechnology, medtech, nanotech, biomarkers, market, personalised medicine.


BioRN Life Science Cluster Rhine-Neckar

BioRN is the science and industry cluster of the Rhine-Main-Neckar region around Heidelberg, one of Germany’s strongest biotech hubs. It is a non-profit network fostering health innovations and serving its members by creating a rich translational ecosystem as well as promoting, representing and connecting the regional innovation stakeholders.
Our vision is to develop the region into a world-leading life science cluster attracting international investments and top global talent.
BioRN has more than 100 institutional members, including the top academic and research institutions, 7 global pharmaceutical companies, a large range of small and medium-sized enterprises bolstering the life science ecosystem as well as local government organizations and interest groups.

Smart Hub Flemish-Brabant / Health

Smart Hub Health is the life science and health cluster of Flemish Brabant, the most innovative province of Flanders and Belgium. Smart Hub Health focuses on medical (bio) technology, stem cell technologies, medical devices, bioelectronics , regenerative medicine and e-health. The cluster further supports the development of strong links to other technology fields such as micro/nano-electronics, 3D-printing, photonics, advanced materials and advanced production technologies.

Smart Hub Health services more than 100 members, mainly SMEs. The cluster promotes and supports networking and innovative collaborations among its members, facilitates access to public support, provides trainings and internationalisation support and brands the sector nationally and internationally.

BIOPEOPLE - Denmark's Life Science Cluster

Biopeople is Denmark's Life Science Cluster. We are a neutral catalyst for collaboration between companies and public research, and our strategic priority is to support the paradigm shift in the life science and health care sector. We build competences and value in collaboration with educational institutions and companies that leads to increase in jobs and export.

• Catalyzing innovation by creating inspiring meeting places for public and private stakeholders within Life Sciences
• Inspiring to cross disciplinary collaboration and partnership bringing smaller companies, public/private synergy and internationalization into the spotlight
• Supporting the development of professional competences within especially internationalization, innovation and foresight

Tartu Biotechnology Park

Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP) provides physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Biopeople contact:

Jesper Bredmose Simonsen, Idéklinikken, Region N

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