Cluster Flanders Health Tech: boosting innovative tech projects

I had the opportunity to be part of the evaluation panel of the “2021 project call Fast experimental exploration for future roadmap & new opportunities” promoted by the Flanders Health Tech Cluster.

This is an outstandingly powerful organization for the financing of innovative projects and launching them onto the market. The Flanders Health Tech Cluster focuses on fostering interdisciplinary projects which combine biotechnology, medicine and digital technologies, with the belief that technological convergence creates new opportunities.

To maximize its impact and outreach, the cluster is not limited to the overlap area of the three domains but also includes multidisciplinary opportunities where at least two of the three domains join forces. The cluster promotes R&D collaboration between public institutions, SMEs and large companies. In this call we have had the opportunity to evaluate outstanding interdisciplinary projects, which were highly innovative and had a big potential and were full of innovation. I am sure that with the financial support and advice of the cluster, many of the projects will become flagship in their respective domains.

Technology and innovation

In these projects, the ideas, the degree of maturity, the consortium and innovation have been prioritized to a great extent, while considering well-selected metrics and criteria. Certainly experience is very important when analyzing the potential of a project and the experience of sharing an evaluation panel with experienced heads of venture capital firms, doctors of medicine, responsible for large innovation projects and successful entrepreneurs as well as technology experts has been extraordinary. It has led me to create a course on open innovation that is available to all of you in MOOC format at, which I hope will be useful for all those who want to achieve an efficient innovation process and optimize time.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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