Project Summary

The North-West Europe (NWE) region has monothematic clusters focused on advanced materials, regenerative medicine or medical devices, which are recognised in RIS3 Strategies as part of Smart Specialisation. However, many advanced materials innovations with medical market potential (e.g. via 3D printing, nanotech coatings & biodegradable polymers) occurring at the crossroads of these disciplines fail to get adopted or are slow to enter the market and thus cannot offer solutions for the aging NWE population.

Barriers to the take up of these specific type of crossover innovations include: 1) SMEs and other stakeholders are poorly networked between themes and regions; 2) Incomplete availability/awareness of testing/characterisation infrastructure for scale up within and across regions; 3) Long investment-to-financial-return cycles and difficulty to raise risk capital; 4) Changing regulatory framework for Medical Devices in the EU with strong requirements on health safety testing and materials characterisation. As a result, SMEs active in these sectors are less competitive than they otherwise could be. MATMED addresses these issues across 8 NUTS2 regions: Greater Manchester (UK), Gelderland, Overijssel, Limburg (NL), Münster, Köln (DE), East Flanders & Flemish Brabant (BE).

MATMED will run a web-based open innovation and learning platform between regions to connect SMEs with researchers, specialised private investors and each other beyond their own regional networks. A multi-stage voucher scheme will facilitate at least 40+ transnational collaborations, 20+ products reaching technology validation (TRL 4-5) and 10+ reaching technology demonstration phase (TRL 6-7), attracting at least €5M of additional funding from private investors to help innovative solutions reach the market. The sustainability of the matchmaking & pilot testing facilities and the brokerage network is ensured by sustained local support combined with member contributions.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
GM Business Support Ltd Chris Greenhalgh 90 (Lee House) Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester
M15JW
United Kingdom
chris.greenhalgh@businessgrowthhub.com https://www.businessgrowthhub.com/
Name Contact Name Email Country
Center for NanoTechnology (CeNTech) Ltd. Holger Winter hw@centech.de Germany
Development Company East Netherlands NV (East NL) Niek Wellink niek.wellink@oostnl.nl Netherlands
Ghent University Sandra Van Vlierberghe Sandra.VanVlierberghe@UGent.be Belgium
MedLife Christa Roos roos@medlife-ev.de Germany
The University of Manchester Sarah Cartmell sarah.cartmell@manchester.ac.uk United Kingdom
Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (Maastricht University) Samaneh Ghazanfari samaneh.ghazanfari@maastrichtuniversity.nl Netherlands

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