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ISTANBUL HEALTH INDUSTRY CLUSTER

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 31 December, 2013
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Istanbul Subregion
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
SEVIM
TEKELI
Internationalisation Responsible
00902165163482
sevim.tekeli@boun.edu.tr
CENGIZHAN
OZTURK
Cluster Manager
00902165163482
cozturk@boun.edu.tr
SEDA
SENOL
ECCP Responsible Person
00902165163482
seda.senol@boun.edu.tr
Languages spoken: 
English
Turkish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Technology fields: 
Health information management
Remote diagnostics
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Biotechnology
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Medical Devices
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
151
Number of SME members: 
151
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
19
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
14
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 
  • Increasing the dialog and improve cooperation among industrial companies and universities and developing and strengthen the existing academic research and service infrastructures to meet the urgent and specific needs of the local health tech industry,
  • Providing joint labs, support spaces and other common purpose infrastructures for pre-competition research needs,
  • Focusing on new entrepreneurs: establishment of a set thematic pre-incubators, advanced incubators and specific pilot production infrastructures,
  • Providing support services to project teams in capacity building, technical consultancy, technology transfer, intellectual property; either in house or via effective referral to its supporting partners and
  • Organizing events (seminars, meetings and workshops) to facilitate collaborations by bring people together in focused events and develop and offer new training programs to help, expand and improve the regional industrial workforce
  • Developing shared exhibition/demo areas and specific national/international marketing strategies for the whole cluster
  • Assisting in the development of regional healthcare industry innovation districts and physical infrastructures, including industrial parks dedicated exclusively to health tech.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Details of support services: 
  • Increasing the dialog and improve cooperation among industrial companies and universities and developing and strengthen the existing academic research and service infrastructures to meet the urgent and specific needs of the local health tech industry,
  • Providing joint labs, support spaces and other common purpose infrastructures for pre-competition research needs,
  • Focusing on new entrepreneurs: establishment of a set thematic pre-incubators, advanced incubators and specific pilot production infrastructures,
  • Providing support services to project teams in capacity building, technical consultancy, technology transfer, intellectual property; either in house or via effective referral to its supporting partners and
  • Organizing events (seminars, meetings and workshops) to facilitate collaborations by bring people together in focused events and develop and offer new training programs to help, expand and improve the regional industrial workforce
  • Developing shared exhibition/demo areas and specific national/international marketing strategies for the whole cluster
  • Assisting in the development of regional healthcare industry innovation districts and physical infrastructures, including industrial parks dedicated exclusively to health tech.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Israel
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME

1.‘R&D and Innovation Capacity Building of Istanbul Health Industry’ Project was supported by the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) within the scope of "Innovative Istanbul Financial Support Program.

2.Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Clustering Support Program

 

Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

ISEK is one of the few health technologies-focused cluster in Turkey. It is located in Istanbul where 38% of Turkey's total industrial output has.  Members comprise both industrial companies and also strong research centers and NGOs as well as public institiutions.

ISEK is open and willing to collaborate with other clusters on H2020 and COSME projects, organizing joint events, experience exchange, etc.