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Lombardy Green Chemistry Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 17 October, 2013
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lombardia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Cluster Tecnologico Lombardo (Lombardy Technological Cluster)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Vanguard Initiative
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Diego
Bosco
Cluster Manager
+39 02 56 660 180
diego.bosco@italbiotec.it
Elena
Mentasti
+39 02 56 660 180
elena.mentasti@italbiotec.it
Daniela
Cipullo
+39 02 56 660 180
daniela.cipullo@italbiotec.it
Languages spoken: 
English
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Downstream Chemical Products
Technology fields: 
Enzyme Technology
Biobased chemical building blocks
S3 EU priority areas: 
Industrial biotechnology
Chemicals & chemical products
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Bio-pharmaceuticals
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Bio-based materials, Biogas
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
45
Number of SME members: 
26
Number of larger company members: 
3
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
9
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: 
NameWebsiteType
Consorzio Italbiotec
Technology Center
Innovhub SSI
Technology Center
Politecnico di Milano
University
Università di Milano
University
Ratti spa
Larger Company
Galatea Biotech
SME
CNR
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

LGCA aims at actively involving all regional players potentially involved in the bioeconomy. It aims at creating, in close cooperation with the regional authorities, the most favourable environment for the development of the bioeconomy in Lombardy. It represents a meeting point for all actors (research, companies all along the different value chains, stakeholders), a major reference for the reginal authorities and an access point to international players.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Details of support services: 
  1. LGCA strictly cooperates with the Regional Authorities in the design of support policies for the bioeconomy in the context of our Smart Specialisation Strategy
  2. LGCA is establishing a network with most relevant bioeconomy clusters at European level
  3. Through specialised "Working tables" on specific topics, LGCA fovours knwledge and cooperation between like-minded members all along different value chains (e.g. biogas, wood, waste)
  4. LGCA distribute regularly information on main bioeconomy topics and opportunities through mailing, Internet site and ad hoc workshops 
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Finland
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Other
Please explain: 

Joint participation in European calls (H2020, Innosup, Alpine Space)

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
BioBased Delta (NL)
BioEconomy Cluster (DE)
CLIB2021 (DE)
Ghent Bioeconomy Valley (BE)
CIS Cluster (FI)
IAR (FR)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

H2020 (CSA on bioeconomy transregional networks), Innosup (cooperation between regional clusters), Alpine Space (regional cooperation for wood-based bioeconomy development) attempted but not successful

Regional calls for cluster development

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The Cluster is co-chair of the Bioeconomy Pilot within the Vanguard Initiative. In addition, it leads the "Biogas beyond energy" table within the same initiative, where 12 European regions are identifying cooperation projects to overcome the current business model, dependent on public support, for the development of a self sustainalbe biogas industry as model of "diffused biorefinery".

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Lombardy offers ideal conditions for the development of the bioeconomy: robust, innovative and differentiated manufacturing industries, very efficient agriculture and adundant forests, excellent research facilities, one of the richest European markets, a formalised support by public authorities. Despite these conditions, the bioeconomy is very slow in taking off. LGCA operates in order to stimulate the economic regional environment, raise awareness and open the regional to international cooperation with more advanced regions.