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BIOVEGEN - Spanish Technology Platform for Plant Biotechnology

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 15 December, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Comunidad de Madrid
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Gonzaga
Ruiz de Gauna Gutiérrez
Cluster Manager
(+34) 627 428 373
gruizgauna@invegen.org
Male
David
Lapuente Pinilla
Project Manager
(+34) 664 130 877
dlapuente@invegen.org
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Technology fields: 
Crop Production
Cellular and Molecular Biology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Sustainable agriculture
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Plant biotechnology & Plant production
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
120
Number of SME members: 
82
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
6
Number of larger company members: 
14
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
18
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

BIOVEGEN – Spanish Technology Platform for Plant Biotechnology is a public-private partnership, led by the business sector, which brings together entities from the agrifood sector with an interest in R&D in applied Plant Biology. Our objective is to improve the agrifood sector competitiveness through the incorporation of new technologies based on Plant Biology. To that end, BIOVEGEN coordinates agrifood entities, connecting technological offer & demand and generating business opportunities through public-private collaboration. BIOVEGEN develops collaborations and R&D projects, identifying technological challenges of the sector. The Platform also serves as an interface between science community, business sector and administration. To do so, BIOVEGEN offers a wide range of tools to facilitate R&D activities to its members. Currently, the Platform has 120 members: 102 companies and 18 research centres, as well as the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation, which co-finances the initiative. Furthermore, BIOVEGEN is open to partnerships with other entities within the sector.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

RDI Projects

Strategic Innovation Agenda

Events (special participation/assistance conditions)

Publications 

Collaborations (acess to BIOVEGEN network)

Complementary services

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Colombia
Egypt
India
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Vegepolys valley
Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía
Greenport West-holland
Agrifood Clust-ER
Agrocluster
Femac
Terralia
Agri Sud-Ouest innovation
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: