After the official launch of the Calabria 2014-2020 POR event, which was held on Wednesday 28th April in the regional headquarters, European Commission and Member State Delegations visited Biotecnomed, the management company of the Health Technologies Innovation Cluster.
Charlina Vitcheva, EU Director General for smart and sustainable growth in Southern Europe, Francesco De Rose and Christopher Todd of the European Commission, Carla Cosentino and Giuseppe Guerrini from the Agency for Regional Cohesion, accompanied by Paolo Praticò, in charge of management for POR Calabria, were all guests in the cluster’s new facilities, where the results obtained by the company, thanks to financing from the POR 2007-2013, were presented.
Following the visit to the brand new mechatronics, IT and bioelectronics laboratories, President of Biotecnomed, Giovanni Cuda explained the cluster’s mission and goals. Simona Lombardi, Biotecnomed’s General Manager and Antonio Lidonnici, Project Manager, then picked up the story and went into the details of the project, listing the results obtained in the previous scheduling. In particular Simona Lombardi showed the company’s future development routes, which will be added to by the new project from the biotech incubator and the soon-to-open FabLab.
Finally, some of the 14 Biotecnomed partners presented their latest applications, such as Infobyte@, specialising in telemedicine, Calabrodental and Technological, two pioneers in the dental and prosthetics sector and the Sant’Anna Institute who presented its Aramis robot arm for upper limb rehabilitation.
The delegation then transferred to the Magna Grecia University. After the welcome from the Rector Aldo Quattrone, the neuro-imaging, genomics and proteomics laboratories were visited.
Director Charlina Vitcheva concluded the visit by declaring herself satisfied with the cluster’s technical and scientific standard, urging it to constantly do more, especially with regard to raising companies’ awareness of innovation and technological transfer.