S3MARTMED: Support interregional Smart Investments in Medical Technologies



A new initiative co-funded by the COSME programme of the European Union, ESCP for Smart Specialisation Investments – from 1st October 2018 to 1st October 2020 (24 months)


The 5 Clusters Project partners: Lyonbiopole as coordinator (Auvergne Rhône-Alpes), Biowin (Wallonia), BioPmed (Piedmont), GAPR – Medsilesia (Upper Silesia), Bioregion STERN (Bade Wurttemberg)


Since 2017, 24 regions have joined the group of S3 Platform Industrial Modernisation dedicated to Medical Technologies. In the framework of this Platform, led by the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Lombardy Regions, the regional authorities, clusters and RTOs have met regularly to share experiences and identify collaboration opportunities that could be supported within the regional S3 strategies. The Platform is assisted today by the Re-Confirm consortium in order to define future Investment projects.


In order to complement this approach, the 5 clusters partners of the S3martMed project, that have been part of the S3 Platform, have decided to set up a new ESCP to contribute to the emergence of interregional collaboration, in particular between RTOs and SMEs for future investments.


The purpose of the starting initiative is to foster interregional and cross-sectoral cooperation between European clusters and their SME members in the field of medical technologies through the establishment of a unique cluster partnership. Through its action, the partnership will participate to the implementation of the Smart Specialisation policies with their Regions and encourage future investments in medical technologies.


The partnership will offer cooperation opportunities thanks to the organization of B2B and C2C networking at interregional level, involving SMEs, Technological centres and key stakeholders from the partners’ regions and beyond. All the networking activities will be opened and shared with all the regions, clusters and their SMEs, involved with the S3 Medtech Platform.


As a second step, once the interregional collaborations will emerge and be identified between stakeholders, the S3martMed will support these business collaborations in their maturation until the definition of investments/funding scenarios together with regional authorities. The identification of common territorial/cluster development strategies and the attempt to align practices (e.g. evaluation criteria and methodologies, schedule of publication of financing calls, etc) will be the “glue” that will make possible multiregional initiatives. Once again in this phase, regions and clusters will be invited to share their experiences and contribute to the work.  


Other Partnership activities

  • Set up a Joint Partnership Agreement and a Joint Cluster Strategy
  • Organise Webinars and Brokerage events, thanks to a dedicated platform for networking
  • Support the Emergence of interregional Business collaborations and provide Cluster supports for the definition of Smart Investments plans with regions. 


Results expected: 

  • Set up a Joint Partnership Agreement and a Joint Cluster Strategy
  • Ensure a Strong Visibility of the partnership in Europe and Beyond
  • Mobilise the S3 Medtech Platform
  • Mobilise 500 EU SMEs 
  • Support the Emergence of 25 collaborations and the Signature of 15 Business agreements thanks to the Cluster support and Regions. 



More information to come on ECCP website

Contact: Emilie ROMEO, Lyonbiopôle -

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