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Catalonia and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Since 2009, we have been working to build a bid to lead the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in health/life sciences promoted by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

In 2011, the EIT announced their proposal for a strategic innovation agenda (SIA), which expects to start up the next KICs in early 2014 (the formal call for proposals is expected to be launched in late 2012 or early 2013). Biocat has progressively adapted its strategy to fit the evolving process, closely following the work of the first three KICs created, and has participated actively in various consultations held by the EU to assess the EIT process and guide its upcoming steps.

In order to strengthen Catalonia’s capacities at the forefront of European innovation in health and the life sciences, in 2011 Biocat has continued working to start up initiatives in the areas of training (Moebio), technology transfer (Medical Technology Alliance) and research valorization, identifying projects that promote collaboration between public and private stakeholders, identifying potential partners, and forging alliances with them to ensure the success of the bid for the future KIC.

Future bid for a KIC in health/life sciences

In June 2011, the EIT sent its proposal for the strategic innovation agenda to the European Commission. At the same time, the EC started up an open consultation on all the relevant issues in this agenda, with huge participation, above all from private companies and higher education centers. Spain was one of the EU states with the highest participation rate.

The consultation process served to determine the thematic areas that the calls for new KICs will focus on:

• Human Life and Health
• Human Learning and Learning Environments
• Food for Future
• Manufacturing by and for Creative Human Beings
• Security and Safety
• Mobility and Smart Cities

The BioRegion of Catalonia is well positioned to offer assets in research, training and business activity, and to draft a proposal for the KIC in health/life sciences for the upcoming call.