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 e4you.org, which I hope will be useful for all those who want to achieve an efficient innovation process and optimize time.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.