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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 10 January, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Noord-Brabant
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Ingrid
Relou
Cluster Manager
Female
Hein
Ria
ECCP Responsible Person
+31652607187
rhein@bom.nl
Female
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Biochemistry / Biophysics
Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
S3 EU priority areas: 
Human health activities (medical services)
Ageing societies
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Business innovation
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
100
Number of SME members: 
93
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
10
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Lifeteczone is a network of Lifesciences and Medical Technology SME's in the South of the Netherlands. Lifeteczone is an association for an through SME's. We want to achieve business growth and speeding up innovation processes of SME's. Lifeteczone is a portal/helpdesk, to help SME's find their way in the region in all public and private services available. To realize this, Lifeteczone has an informative website and organises 6 networking meetings a year. Lifeteczone is a very small organisation itself. There is 1 person hired to execute the services. This person is paid for by the members. Luckily we have an active board, with boardmembers who do a lot of extra work, besides their own activities. And the initiator and founder of LifetecZONe: BOM, Brabant Development Agency, is chair of the board and put 20% time of the program manager Lifetec in LifetecZONe, to keep things running and speeding up processes.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
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 collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

The services provided are depended on the needs of our SME's. 50% of the members belong to Medical Technology in the region, and 50% belongs to Lifesciences. Both sectors work in a different way, but they have the same target groups. So we try to adapt and adjust according to the trends and developments in the sector. The main thing is that we want to improve our businesses in the region. Matchmaking is a large part of the work: helping companies to find the right collaboration partners in the region. Via BOM/Brabant Development the international perspective is added. Lifeteczone is activitly involved in Biomedica: the collaboration in the Euregion with Medlife (Aachen, Germany), Happy Aging (Hasselt-Diepenbeek, Belgium) and Interface/Biowin Liege (Belgium, Walloon)

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Israel
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Denmark
Germany
Spain
United Kingdom
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Medlife
Happy Aging
BioWin
Brightlands
CEBR
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

LifetecZone realized matches between companies, to improve their businesses and their TRL levels. LifetecZONe connects specific EEN questions with SME's expertise in the region. LifetecZONe collaborates with other clusters in the Euregion via Biomedica. LifetecZONe uses the assets in the region: Universities, Pivot Park, High Tech Campus, Brightlands, and optimizes knowledge-valorisation transfer. 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

LifetecZONe is a small network, but a very strong network. It exists already for many years and is a self supporting organisation, with a lot of commitment of the SME members. The SME members are really dedicated to move forward and doing things. Not only talking. The CEO's of the SME's involved are creative and have a lot of vision on how to proceed with their company's and also in connection to LifetecZONe. With LifetecZONE we really make a difference because it consists of really personal contacts between people. Ingrid Relou, as the program coordinator, has a lot of experience in the Lifesciences and Medtech field. She was a long time part of the EEN network in Europe and knows very well how to match companies with each other. Ria Hein, as chair of the board, connects LifetecZONe, the network, with the regional development agencies in the south of the Netherlands.