The MedicalMountains cluster initiative – one of the winners of the regional cluster competition organised by the Ministry of Economics in 2008 – is specifically targeting small- and medium-sized companies in the medical and healthcare industry with the aim of extending international cooperation and promoting the transfer of new technologies. The funds will be used to put in place professional cluster management structures to support the technology-wide cooperation between small- and medium-sized companies and scientific institutions. “Since the cluster is representative of the entire value creation chain, the medical technology industry, a sector that is strictly regulated, will be able to reduce the time to market for new products. The management organisation will particularly focus on increasing the dynamics of innovation, expanding the area’s international profile, creating integrated medical-technological education and training offers and increasing the number of start-up companies.
MedicalMountains AG is working towards the establishment of a centrally coordinated and exemplary cluster organisation that is able to integrate and expand existing structures, and deal with future challenges in terms of regional, structural and cluster policies.
Source: Freiburg Regional Council, Matthias Henrich (15th March 2011)