Boost4Health - The Life Sciences Hub of NWE (B4H)


To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout NWE regions

Project Summary

The NWE life science sector is not exploiting its full potential due to the fragmented market and limited critical mass of its clusters. To grow sustainable new business, innovative NWE life science SMEs need to focus on international markets, but are held back by: * Lack of knowledge on internationalisation * Big differences in health care systems, cultures, re-imbursements etc. * Product validation under different regulationsVarious studies show that as a result European SMEs often remain small or sometimes prefer to move their business to the less complex US market to grow. In Boost4Health, a partnership of 11 leading life science SME support organisations with strong business networks, will address this market failure by setting up a transnational support programme to help NWE SMEs grow internationally by bringing their life science innovations to European markets. The support programme consists of 3 outputs that will directly help SMEs overcome the above barriers: * International business growth strategy programme with coaching and matchmaking provided by support organisations, experts and peer companies * Marketplace and €1,2M micro-funding programme to access international expertise (e.g. market insights, legal support), facilities (e.g. incubator, lab space), partners (e.g. business development support) and financing (e.g. innovative procurement, crowd-funding) * European product validation network (clinical trial sites, hospitals, home care) for validating life science innovations with users abroadB4H uses innovative mechanisms where SMEs help other SMEs, building a strong transnational community that lasts beyond the project and positions NWE as a key life science hub. B4H will help 300 SMEs increase their TRL levels through coaching, matchmaking and financial support thus bringing forward the introduction of new life sciences innovations to the international market.

Project Partners

  • GM Business Support Ltd

    90 Lee House, Great Bridgewater Street
    Manchester
    M1 5JW
    United Kingdom

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  • Kent County Council

    County Hall Invicta House 2nd Floor
    Maidstone, Kent
    ME14 1XX
    United Kingdom

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  • Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV (Oost NV)

    40 Laan van Malkenschoten
    Apeldoorn
    7333NP
    Netherlands

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  • Biocat, la Fundació BioRegió de Catalunya

    4-8 Carrer Baldiri Reixac, Torre I planta-1 PCB
    Barcelona
    08028

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  • Université de Liège

    7 Place du 20 Août
    Liege
    4000
    Belgium

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  • ID2Santé, Innovation et Développement de la Santé en Bretagne

    2 Avenue du Pr Léon Bernard
    RENNES Cedex
    CS 34317, 35043
    France

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  • BioRegio STERN Management GmbH

    10 Friedrichstrasse
    Stuttgart
    70174
    Germany

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  • Biopeople; University of Copenhagen

    2 Universitetsparken
    Copenhagen
    2100 Ø

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  • Eurasanté

    310 Avenue Eugène Avinée
    Loos-lez-Lille
    59120
    France

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  • BOM Business Development & Foreign Investments B.V.

    15 Goirlese Weg
    Tilburg
    5026 PB
    Netherlands

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
BOM Business Development & Foreign Investments B.V. 15 Goirlese Weg
Tilburg
5026 PB
Netherlands
rhein@bom.nl http://www.bom.nl/
Name Email Country
GM Business Support Ltd chris.greenhalgh@businessgrowthhub.com United Kingdom
Kent County Council steve.samson@kent.gov.uk United Kingdom
Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland NV (Oost NV) adinda.woelderink@oostnv.nl Netherlands
Biocat, la Fundació BioRegió de Catalunya jfabrega@biocat.cat
Université de Liège a.pierrard@ulg.ac.be Belgium
ID2Santé, Innovation et Développement de la Santé en Bretagne celine.queron@id2sante.fr France
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH jehle@bioregio-stern.de Germany
Biopeople; University of Copenhagen niels.westergaard@biopeople.ku.dk
Eurasanté nlabadie@eurasante.com France

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