ScanBalt Forum 2017 promotes the Baltic Sea region as one test and development site in Health
Nearly 90 participants were present at ScanBalt Forum in Tallinn 18 October to discuss the many projects and activities working towards the common goal of the Baltic Sea Region as one test and development site within health and health care.
Together the projects have flagship status in the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy by being part of the PA 7 Policy Area Innovation within the project umbrella “HealthRegion”.
The currently running projects Baltic Fracture Competence Center, ProVaHealth, BaltCity Prevention, BiC, EduShare, IC Health and BONEBANK all gave presentations and provided input to an exiting and lively day.
This was spiced up with inspirational talks by Lars Lindsköld, Region Västra Götaland, Benno Legler, WifOR and Sachin Gaur, InnovatioCuris. They delivered food for thoughts which were intensely discussed during the breaks.
Dr. Movchan, Saint Petersburg Region gave a highly interesting insight into the Saint Petersburg Medical and Pharmaceutical Cluster and declared the interest in working closer together with the Baltic Sea Region.
Key conclusions from ScanBalt Forum
At the end of the Forum it could be concluded that there are common interests and potential synergies between the projects which should be better exploited by linking them together in the pursuit of:
- better service offerings for SMEs, clinics and scientist
- more effective utilization of scarce resources
- improved project visibility
- better anchoring of project outcomes
- promoting smart specialization.
In particular digital health, data and registries came out as key words connecting the project portfolio and being of common interest.
There were specific requests from the projects that more attention should be directed towards facilitating the market access across borders and enhancing dialogue with the policy level.
The project leaders together with ScanBalt and its members will now discuss how to follow up on the conclusions at the Forum both in the short, mid and long-term perspectives.
We would like to give our sincere thanks to the many participants at ScanBalt Forum 2017 for all their support, enthusiasm, good ideas and creativity!
Session 1: A Digital Health Agenda for the BSR – Steps towards practical implementation
Session 2: Commercialization in Health Care – BSR as one test and development site
Session 3: Entrepreneurship and education in HealthCare – Export of knowledge
Session 4: Preparing for the future