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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 20 October, 2006
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+48 504150466
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Hospitality and Tourism
Technology fields: 
Biochemistry / Biophysics
Health information management
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Human health activities (medical services)
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Healthy food and nutrition; Modern, sustainable agriculture; Environment
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
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Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
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Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
The University Hospital in Krakow
Larger Company
Jagiellonian University
The National Research Institute of Animal Production
Research Organisation
Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy

The Foundation’s mission is to develop collaboration networks in the area of life sciences in order to pool and exploit the potential of individuals and institutions – including businesses, universities, independent research units, business support organizations and local authorities in the Małopolska region.

The Foundation supports entrepreneurship and innovative activities connected with life sciences, and works to create suitable conditions for effective commercialization of the outcomes of scientific research at universities and R&D institutes.

The Foundation also concerns itself with pooling and expanding resources and expertise contributed by organizations working in the life sciences domain, to facilitate effective exploitation of knowledge and opportunities associated with the ongoing development of innovative knowledge-based economy.

The Foundation acts in support of the Małopolska Bio-Region, which represents an ecosystem of innovation. To this end the Foundation develops a collaborative network, bringing together partners from six distinct “interest groups”:

  1. Innovative companies working in the field of biotechnology and life sciences (BioF group; 34 partners).
  2. Companies and institutions which provide support for other innovative enterprises (Biz group; 14 partners).
  3. Healthcare providers (Med group; 11 partners).
  4. Scientific institutions engaged in R&D activities (R&D group; 7 partners)
  5. Universities and schools engaged in scientific and educational activities (Edu group; 6 partners).
  6. Regional authorities and self-government (GOV group; 3 partners).
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
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Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Klaster LifeScience Krakow offers the access to a well-organized cooperation network operating in both scientific and business sections of the life science sector.

The network already consists of institutions of diverse type, structure and size:

  • Service and manufacturing companies of a widely understood life science sector (biotechnology, environmental protection, public health, clinical research etc.),
  • Universities and research institutes, employing highly qualified personnel specializing in the life sciences,
  • Specialist hospitals with an excellent staff, equipment and expertise for all diseases and treatments.

Marketing And Communication Tools On The Internet

The offer includes Klaster’s basic communication media, such as lifescience.pl portal and lifescienceopenspace.com blog, as well as other publications and catalogs published systematically (e.g. the Klaster’s bulletin) or occasionally (various conference and fair papers e.g. “Global Biomaterial Directory”).


Tools Of Cooperation Through The Internet

Each Klaster’s Partner obtains a business account and Internet address at our domain – lifescience.pl, that will enable the access to Klaster’s Intranet on the www.Podio.com.  Currently, the system offers:

  • KLSK Intranet – dedicated to provide all necessary information about projects, events, enterprises, institutions, ideas and other dynamically defined operations
  • KLSK Funds and Financing – contains everyday news concerning funds, programs, contests and presents a variety of other possibilities for financing from official domestic  and foreign sources
  • KLSK Global innovation Networks – includes the news, data about events and projects as well as invitations to collaborate at an international level

Tthe platform https://tto.lifescience.pl is an adequate tool to support the development of innovative projects and promote them on the international arena. The platform encourages the development of innovative projects, commencing with the pre-phase until commercialization of a project in compliance with worldwide acceptable standards and regulations.


Conferences, Courses, Workshops And Seminars Organized

Klaster organizes open workshops, courses, seminars and other events concerning innovations and entrepreneurship which are mainly (but not exclusively) dedicated to employees of companies and institutions – Klaster’s Partners. In particular, our offer includes periodical events :

  • Klaster Open Day – event which takes a place every year in spring
  • Life Science Open Space – international forum of cooperation in life science domain (it takes a place every year in October)


Projects And Programs –Cooperation Options

Partners have a possibility to participate in activities of chosen “thematic working groups”, whose objective is to coordinate collaborative activities concerning chosen subject. Klaster’s proposal includes two opportunities:

  • Project Marketing – usage of Klaster as a partner as well as platform for promotion of the results of projects;
  • Foundation – as Klaster’s leader may be a partner in realization collaborative projects


International Cooperation Networks

Klaster LifeScience Kraków is the active partner in several international networks that enable global or trans European cooperation:

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Arab Emirates
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: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Biocon Valley
BioPmed - Piemont innovation Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

ProBio Malopolska - PROmocja potencjału gospodarczego BIO- Regionu MAŁOPOLSKA na arenie międzynarodowej (2016-2019)

ECRI - Excellence Cluster for Regional Improvement (2016-2018)

CECM - Centre for New Methods in Computational Diagnostics and Personalised Therapy (2017-2018)

AMICI – Anti Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious disease (COST, 2016)

BFCC – Baltic Fracture Competence Centre (Interreg, 2016-2019)

PATHOS - Platforms Added Together for Med-Tech Sector Innovations Originate Transnational Synergy (Interreg, 2013-2015)

SMEGoNET - SME Go Global Networks (Interreg, 2011-2014)


RPO - Regionalny Program Operacyjny

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The biggest advantage of Malopolska region is its human capital. Krakow and the Małopolskie Voivodeship are one of the most important academic centers in Poland, providing the high level of education. 10% of the region’s population has higher education, most of them are in the working age. Young, educated graduates of Krakow’s universities take first places in the national rankings.

There are 24 higher education institutions in Małopolska (10 public and 14 private), which employ 21 000 people (including about 1 800 teachers) and 160 000 students (including postgraduate, PhD and external students; this number accounts for 10% of the students in the country). Many strong educational centers conduct teaching in the area of ​​life science, e.g.: Jagiellonian University, Cracow University of Technology  or the AGH University of Science and Technology  and Agricultural University.

Malopolska with its the metropolitan city of Krakow and the surrounding region is characterized by high investment attractiveness, good transport accessibility and the presence of high technology sector, R & D institutions, universities and well-developed network of banking services and rich natural resources.

Apart from university units, also private companies carry out R&D, mainly in the following branches: biotechnology, pharmacy, medicine, IT, system automation, automotive industry… and many others.