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2018 is a remarkable year for European projects within BioWin

Barely a year and a half after the creation of the Europe team within BioWin, the cluster can pride itself in being involved in no less than 3 European projects

Barely a year after the creation of the Europe team within BioWin, thanks to the relationships established and the work of the director of the Europe Team, Monique Marrec-Fairley, the cluster can pride itself in being involved in no less than 3 European projects; two in the MedTech sector and one in Bioproduction. 
Launched in February 2018, the project for the COSME, MAGIA programme – the European Medtech alliance dedicated to supporting the internationalisation of SMEs – now groups 4 clusters of excellence, with the main objective of promoting the internationalisation of their SMEs, firstly through cooperation and sharing resources, and secondly by making the innovative European medical-technologies industry more visible.

 

The participating clusters are pooling their knowledge, skills, best practices and their dynamic MedTech companies to reach the critical mass necessary to promote internationalisation, reach an appropriate position on the international scale and provide coordinated, joint and strengthened strategic support to companies. 
"The MAGIA project is a fine opportunity for Wallonia and for the cluster" says Monique Marrec-Fairley, Director of European projects for BioWin."We are going to work with 3 other European regions to establish a strategy which aims to help SMEs in the MedTech sector become international. This sector is one of the priority topics of BioWin. It is a first stage and we hope that MAGIA will open the door to other projects in this field.", concludes Monique Marrec-Fairley.
 

We hope that MAGIA will open the door to other projects in this field

And as one European project leads to another, BioWin is moving into second gear and is now taking part in the S3martMed project, which is officially launched in October. Thanks to the mapping work done by MAGIA, this new project has a sound basis to begin. 
5 regions are working on this project: Lyonbiopole (Coordinateur), BioWin, BioPmed, MedSilesia et BioRegioStern.
The aim of this new project is to map the skills of each region and their requirements, whether at the financial, business or regulatory levels, in order to secure the SMEs of the sector over the long term.

Lastly, BioWin has just submitted a European project Innosup Horizon 2020 called BIONICS, as coordinator, in the Bioproduction sector. After having submitted its concept and having it validated in phase I last June, the 8 partners spent the summer writing phase II. 
The challenge of this project is to support SMEs in the innovative development and improvement of processes for the production of biological products, firstly by incorporating new technology and secondly by skills training in this field.  
The results will be known by the end of the year.