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Promoting Public-Private Research Cooperation In The Field Of Health

The Ministry of Economy and the National Research Fund issued a joint call for digital tech for human health projects, encouraging increased collaboration between public-private research with their new digital platform. Become a player in the digitalization of your daily life!

Photo: The call for projects should stimulate collaborative projects through public-private research partnerships in the field of innovative digital technologies for human health. / Credits © Shutterstock

In a very strict regulatory environment, developing of products or services related to health technologies is no easy task. The requirement of clinical data documenting safety, performance and benefit to patients before bringing new health tools to market represents a major hurdle for companies active in this segment.

This is why the Ministry of Economy, in partnership with the National Research Fund (FNR), has launched a joint call for projects to encourage companies, research and healthcare organizations to collaborate. To facilitate this, a new digital platform, research-collaboration.lu, was initiated by Luxinnovation, the national agency for the promotion of innovation.

“The objective of this call for projects is to stimulate collaborative projects through public-private research partnerships in the field of innovative digital technologies for human health,” explains Jean-Philippe Arié, manager of the HealthTech Cluster at Luxinnovation.

Tomorrow’s medicine will be increasingly personalized, predictive, preventive and participatory. Behind this “4Ps medicine” are tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet the new needs of both patients and healthcare professionals, particularly through innovative digital solutions.

“It will allow everyone to engage in the path of a digitized medicine with a real economic impact for the country.”

However, up until now, researchers and clinicians have not really had the tools to easily integrate the innovation brought by private companies. On the private side, companies have also struggled to integrate Luxembourg’s clinical research.

Thanks to this new platform, it will be easier to bring together and encourage the emergence of projects between the different sectors. “This will enable the implementation of collaborative projects supported by new financial opportunities, which will allow everyone to engage in the path of a digitized medicine with a real economic impact for the country,” says Pascal Fabing, Head of Corporate R&D and Innovation Support at Luxinnovation.

In concrete terms, the digital platform www.research-collaboration.lu will enable the support, encouragement and implementation of such collaborative projects. It is structured around three key functionalities: an “Ideation” section, which aims to generate topics and bring together expertise; a “Project Definition” section (pre-application), which allows to match proposed initiatives with the needs identified by the Ministry of Economy and the FNR; and a “Technical Proposal” section (full application), in order to complete the aid applications with essential technical annexes.

Interested parties have until June 30 to submit a first “pre-application”, bearing in mind the importance of considering the financing structure. For companies, the partners will then have until October 15 to complete their “full applications”.


This article is brought to you by Luxinnovation and reflects only the opinion of the author.

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