CBM, acknowledged by Regional Law 26/2005 and identified as Innovation District in Regional Law 3 of 02/20/2015, has the role of developing the potential of the Smart Health Cluster in the Italian Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in the biomedicine, biotechnology and bioinformatics sectors.
In this context, CBM has the task of creating close links between the industrial and research systems, as well as regional and national institutions in order to develop synergies covering the regional health sector. CBM is in charge of the “Smart Health” area in the framework of FVG region’s Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) and plays a leading role in building relationships between all the actors in this field - entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians, policy makers and people involved in finance and education - with the goal of promoting business innovation and social and economic growth at a regional level.
In line with S3, CBM contributes to developing a Regional innovation ecosystem in the following technological development trajectories:
Biomedical technologies, in vivo and in vitro diagnostics;
Medical informatics and bioinformatics;
Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living (AAL).
As a member of the National Technological Cluster ALISEI - Advanced Life Sciences in Italy - CBM is the regional reference point and technological coordinator of Life Sciences at both national and European level.
The Smart Health Cluster consists of around:
- 150 companies
- 3 Universities
- 14 research centres, foundations and associations operating in Life Sciences, including 2 Academic Medical Centre Hospitals (Trieste and Udine) both validated by the Joint Commission International (JCI)
- 2 Scientific Research and Healthcare Institutes (IRCCS)
- 4 Science and Technological Parks.
Representation: help public administrations to define local policies and instruments; promote national and international cooperation; raise awareness on the activities performed and increase visibility on territorial and cross-border cooperation.
Technology and knowledge observatory: update the mapping of competences, and infrastructures of public research groups and enterprises operating in the BioHighTech sector; identify skills and technologies.
Multi-Stakeholder Networking: strengthen the research system supporting enterprises; map and monitor enterprises innovation needs, public research system competences and infrastructures, also by implementing network activities. Enhance research and knowledge transfer; support enterprises in access to capital; promote networking and partnership with other Clusters at regional, national and European level.
Culture and training: identify and bridge the gaps in local training needs; set up and implement long-term training processes; disseminate prevention culture, well-being and active ageing based on new training practice.