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Navarra is well-known for its excellent healthcare services in Spain. Fed by this healthcare sector and future trends, the biopharamaceuticals sector is immensely relevant scientifically and technologically in Navarre with a very high specialization index of 265 and 227 (in comparison to the European average of 100) in biotechnology and pharmaceutical products, respectively. The distribution of patents between 2008 and 2014 was 8.3% and 9.7% of the total patents respectively (the second leading sector in patents).

To this end, Navarre has a dozen companies that manufacture medical equipment and healthcare technology. The sector has enjoyed increased exportation with a potential for further growth, producing 3.7% of all patents between 2008 and 2014, with a 19% increase over said period.

It is an innovative industry that aims for the following objectives:

  • The development of personalized medicine
  • An increase in the efficiency of Healthcare Services (e-Health)

You can find more information on the importance of this sector in the 2020 Navarre Industrial Plan.

If you would like to be a part of this Forum, just complete the membership form and you’ll get personalized mailings with relevant European information on this sector. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the face-to-face Forums organized.

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Developing technology that will help type 1 diabetes patients forget their disease

Developing technology that will help type 1 diabetes patients forget their disease

Monday, 29 de Augost de 2022

The Innovation Radar, an initiative to identify high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded projects, has deemed two key inventions of Norwegian nanosensor technology company Lifecare ready for commercialisation. Part of the EU-funded FORGETDIABETES project, Lifecare and its partners from Germany, France and Italy are developing an immuno-optimised, fully implantable and automated bionic invisible pancreas (BIP) that could drastically improve quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes.

Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative on tobacco

Commission decides to register new European Citizens' Initiative on tobacco

Thursday, 25 de Augost de 2022

The Commission has decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Call to achieve a tobacco-free environment and the first European tobacco-free generation by 2030'. The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to propose legislation to save new generations from falling into tobacco addiction, to act against related environmental dangers and against smoking. More specifically, they ask the Commission to propose legal acts to end the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to citizens born in 2010 onwards. The initiative also calls on specific measures to achieve tobacco-free and cigarette butt-free beaches and riverbanks and to eliminate tobacco advertising and its presence in audiovisual productions and social media, between others.

Novel method based on smart materials shows real-time cell damage

Novel method based on smart materials shows real-time cell damage

Friday, 29 de July de 2022

Biological cells are subjected to mechanical stress from their surrounding substrates all the time, which affects how they behave. To study cellular behaviour, researchers supported by the EU-funded 4D-BIOMAP project have now developed a novel method based on magneto-active polymers. The new experimental-computational method allows researchers to non-invasively control complex deformation modes in cellular substrates in real time. Thanks to this system, scientists can instantaneously evaluate the mechanical effects on cells and the effect on different biological responses.

New Pact for Skills partnership to boost digital skills

New Pact for Skills partnership to boost digital skills

Thursday, 21 de July de 2022

With the support of the Commission, EU associations, companies, organisations, trade unions, universities, training providers and national federations set up a new partnership for skills in the digital ecosystem. This new partnership will enable the upskilling and reskilling of workers and attract more people to the digital industry. The partnership will help people and businesses acquire necessary digital skills, which will contribute to the objectives of the digital and green transitions of Europe's economy.

From plant polyester to wound dressing

From plant polyester to wound dressing

Monday, 18 de July de 2022

People with a compromised immune system often suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds, making them particularly susceptible to infection. To better protect these patients, the EU-funded MIMESIS project is working to create a biomaterial-based wound dressing that draws its inspiration from plant polyesters and is thus able to mimic the skin’s antimicrobial and regeneration properties.

Safeguarding our healthcare systems against cyberattacks

Safeguarding our healthcare systems against cyberattacks

Monday, 18 de July de 2022

The mission of the EU-funded PANACEA project has been to develop technical solutions to detect and manage risks in complex IT environments such as hospitals. The project brought together multidisciplinary expertise for the design of a toolkit that addresses IT weaknesses and offers an essential service in healthcare.