The seven French health competitiveness clusters create a network

To increase the visibility of their 1,300 members, including 1,000 SMEs, and promote their economic value, the health clusters will speak with one voice

The seven French health competitiveness clusters - Alsace Biovalley, Atlanpole Biotherapies, Cancer-Bio-Santé, Eurobiomed, Lyonbiopole, Medicen Paris Region and Nutrition-Health-Longevity - announce today that they are stenghtening their collaboration to highlight the results of the activities they have undertaken since 2005 for the benefit of the health sector in France and abroad.

Together, these clusters count 1,300 members, including 1,000 SMEs. Large companies, academic institutions, local authorities, hospitals and healthcare facilities reinforce this unique and dynamic ecosystem. Close to 1,000 members, including 748 SMEs, have already participated in projects certified by the clusters, which represent nearly €5 billion ($6.2bn). These resulted in the marketing of 400 products and services, as well as the creation of 54 companies.

Building on this success, the seven clusters decided to intensify their common activities in order to recognize the innovation capacity of their members as well as the combined economic value of the health industries they represent.

"We are delighted to develop the networking activities of the seven health competitiveness clusters. This will give a new boost to existing inter-cluster actions that we started in 2014. In view of the next development phase for the competitiveness clusters, we are organizing ourselves to multiply and structure these actions," the seven presidents of the clusters said in a joint statement. "Together, we are stronger and offer more opportunities to our members. The consolidated figures show the impact the clusters have on the French economy. We will continue our mission to boost employment, improve the attractiveness of regions and re-industrialize France."

The competitiveness cluster policy was initiated in 2004 to mobilize key factors of competitiveness and to drive growth and employment in promising markets. Competitiveness clusters act in public/private cooperation, together with research entities, industry organizations, SMEs, large groups and training bodies to develop synergies and enhance cooperation. They are present throughout the country, where they contribute by transforming scientific and technological knowledge into therapeutic and economic value.