European SME clusters in the global value chains: the experience from the cluster cooperation partnerships in high-tech and health tech

Date - 05/02/2019
9:30 - 13:00


You are cordially invited to a seminar “European SME clusters in the global value chains: the experience from the cluster cooperation partnerships in high-tech and health tech” which will be held on February 5th, 9:30-13:00 at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Lithuania to the EU (Rue Belliard 41-43, 1040 Brussels).

The main objective of the panel is to discuss how clusters and cluster partnerships and/or network organizations can support the development of new global value chains, helping the European high-tech companies in general and the SMEs operating in the field of medical technologies in particular to reach out to potential new customers in the third countries. Five big questions have been raised by the cluster policy makers to the cluster coordinators which would be addressed during the individual presentations and the panel discussions.

  • Question 1: Can the cluster partnerships (e.g. INNOSUP value chains or COSME supported cluster partnerships) serve as the springboards for facilitating and empowering SMEs to become global leaders in their niche and/or creating new ventures for global markets?
  • Question 2: Can the products based on medical technologies be co-developed in cooperation with companies across different cluster organizations?
  • Question 3: How the IPR can be managed in the cluster partnerships in alliance with the counterparts from the non-EU countries (especially those where IPR is most frequently jeopardized)?
  • Question 4: What is missing in EU support to help cluster SMEs to scale up, e.g. intra-EU B2B and Business-to-technology centers matchmaking events, more INNOSUP new value-chains grants but targeting the full cycle of innovation.
  • Question 5: How to make the knowledge and skills base of the European RTOs more accessible to the high-tech SMEs developing and offering the products in the health tech application markets?


Agenda of the event:

9:30 -10:00 am –  Welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:10 am – An introductory word by the organizers

10:10 – 10:30 – Keynote presentation “European Cluster Policy – using clusters to support innovation in SMEs” by Dr Anna Sobczak, Policy Officer for clusters and emerging industries in the context of smart specialisation in industrial modernisation

10:30 – 11:30 am –  Individual presentations by the speakers (the list is provided below)

11:30 – 11:45 am – An open floor for the comments from the participants

11:45 – 12:00 am – A round-up

12:00 – 1 pm – A networking buffet session


The panel would include these speakers :

  • Alberto Baldi, bioPmed cluster (Turin, Italy), the coordinator of ESCP MAGIA
  • Emilie Romeo (Lyon, France), Lyonbiopole, a project manager, ESCP MAGIA
  • Kathrine Myhre (Oslo, Norway), CEO of Norway Health Tech
  • Linas Eriksonas (Vilnius, Lithuania), the coordinator of ESCP LASER-Go Global
  • Marc Pattinson, ECCP project coordinator
  • Roi Villar, (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)Biocat, Head of Internationalization,
  • Waqar Ahmed (Oslo, Norway), the coordinator of INNOSUP INNOLABS, the coordinator of INNOSUP CROSS4HEALTH

The panel will be moderated by Anaïs Le Corvec, Network Manager for the Council of European BioRegions and International Marketer at Asserta Global Healthcare Solutions.


Please register here by February 1st.


Due to security reasons, the access to the venue is only upon the registration, please present your valid ID/passport at the entrance.


If you have questions or need more information, please contact Mr. Linas Eriksonas,, +370 614 10640




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