by Gemma Escarré,
The CataloniaBio & HealthTech Innovation Workgroup (WG) was officially launched on the 7th of February at the Barcelona Science Park with the active participation of around fourty biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and digital health companies and start-ups, hospitals and technological centres.
The coordination team, made up of Àngel Alonso (Vecmedical), Isabel Amat (Reig Jofre), Ferran Rodríguez (Hospital Clínic), and Eduard Valentí (Esteve), with the support of Melqui Calzado (secretary general), explained the purpose of this WG and then started the first joint working session to identify the topics of interest which shall be addressed in the forthcoming months.
With a dynamic that favors participation and collective reflection,
the companies agreed that it is essential to promote models of company-hospital cooperation in order to resolve shortcomings such as technology transfer; to foster interactions between innovative ideas in companies and hospitals through catalogues, directories of capacities, or marketplaces; to generate channels to access the innovation market and speed up the process; and promote a culture of innovation with organizations’ structures.
With these prospects, the WG will soon meet again to outline a program of specific actions.
CataloniaBioHT also has a Regulatory Affairs WG, and this year it is planning to launch at WG on Internationalization.