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North-East Innovative Regional Cluster for Structural and Molecular Imaging (IMAGO-MOL)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 7 September, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Nord-Est
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Romanian Cluster Association - ClusteRO
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Vasile
Fotea
Other
0040740046569
imago.mol@gmail.com
Male
Lucian
Nita
Project Manager
0040755083383
luc@rms.ro
Male
Alina
Capitanu
Project Manager
0040751358863
acapitanu@adrnordest.ro
Female
Cipriana
Stefanescu
Other
0040722852158
cipriana.stefanescu@yahoo.com
Female
Carmen
Mihai
ECCP Responsible Person
0040740132230
cluster.imago.mol@gmail.com
Female
Radu
Iliescu
Other
0040720603246
radu.iliescu@umfiasi.ro
Male
Puiu
Serbescu
Other
0040722534448
office@tehnopol-is.ro
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Romanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Health information management
Cytology, Cancerology, Oncology
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Human health activities (medical services)
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
personalized medicine, translational medicine
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
29
Number of SME members: 
14
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Rubik Hub (part of North East Regional Development Agency)
Incubator
Tehnopolis - scientific and technology center
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa" Iasi
University
Romsoft
SME
North-East Regional Development Agency
Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" of Iasi
University
Emergency County Hospital "St. Spiridon" Iasi
Emergency Clinical Hospital "Prof. Dr. N. Oblu "
Regional Oncology Institute Iasi
Scan Expert
SME
Pixeldata
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

IMAGO-MOL Cluster mission is to support the competitiveness development of the structural and functional molecular imaging sector in North East Region

Scientific objectives:

·                     The cluster aims to initiate and develop fundamental and applied medical studies, in vivo and in vitro. The studies will track physiological and pathological medical aspects through methods  of molecular imaging, functional (eg. scintigraphy) and structural, with proper resolution (X-ray CT, MRI, ultrasound etc.).

·                     The cluster aims to develop a platform for molecular and structural medical imaging competitive in the context of medical imaging on nationally and internationally level.

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Fields of activity:

·                     Development of a platform in the molecular and structural medical imaging providers/stakeholders in the North East Region, including basic and applied medical studies that will follow the medical aspects of physiological and pathological molecular imaging methods.

·                     Research-developing activities for Medical Imaging domain and technologic transfer, with formative impact in universitary and post-universitary education, economic impact (SME development) and practical impact  (improving some disease diagnosis and treatment)

·                     Development of projects in partnership in order to obtain funds necessary for researching activities and technology transfer in the field of medical imaging.

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
Hungary
Italy
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

-  Participation at EU-Western Balkans Cluster Policy Learning and Matchmaking Event at Zagreb, Croatia between 22 and 23 November 2018;

-  Participation at Cluster 2 Cluster session in partnership with Pharmapolis Cluster from Hungary, at Debrecen, Hungary, on 22 November 2018

- Participation at Cluster Fact Finding, 16-21 May 2015 at Lyon, at the headquarters of France Association Cluster and Rhones-Alpes Regional Development Agency;

- Participation at the economic mission Innovative clusters: a solution for economic development of the North-East Region of Romania, Bruxelles, 7-8 May 2015;

- Organization of the study visit at the Pharmapolis Cluster headquarters, Debrecen, Hungary, 28 September – 1 October 2015;

- Participation at ITC Zone Utrecht Fair, Netherlands, March 2015;

- Participation at Warsaw International Healthcare Exhibition, Poland, 8-9 October 2015;

- Participation at the EuroVis Conference, Cagliari, 25-30 May 2015

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Pharmapolis Cluster
RTD Health Cluster
Madrid Network
BioLAGO
Cancéropôle Lyon Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Hellenic BIO Cluster
DSP Valley
Bergisch.Smart.Health
bioPmed Piemonte Healthcare Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
Other

Institutional building and increasing the visibility of North-East Innovative Regional Cluster for Structural and Molecular Imaging - support framework for increasing the RDI  capacity of the members and SMEs competitiveness in the area - IMAGO MOL

 

Competiveness Operational Program 2007-2013, Support for integrating enterprises into supply chains or clusters.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The IMAGO- MOL cluster developed a project that had as research theme the creation of a database of unique medical data (USMED) for all medical units part of the system. A unique database was created by integrating all PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) available from all hospitals. Medical data is stored in local PACS and in the moment that a patient comes to a medical unit that is integrated into the system, a request is made into the system to collect all data specific to that patient. All PACS containing data of that patient will send these data to the local PACS where the current doctor can analyze them in order to establish the correct diagnostic.

 

The IMAGO-MOL Cluster project team developed also SurgeryAssist application that connects to USMED, downloads requested images and displays them on a screen in the operating room. This application includes the main functionalities of a DICOM viewer (zoom, annotation, rotate, split, etc.) most of them through voice command. In this way the surgeon can voice control the image display mode without pausing the surgery act.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

IMAGO-MOL Cluster is the first medical cluster from Romania and intends to develop in partnership the following project ideas:

  • Developing and improving e-health services with participative approach of the patients (empowering patients in taking part in managing their health state).
  • An application for tele-monitoring patients: using wireless sensors to feed online patient health parameters values. This would be a web application that the physician can connect to anytime and anywhere in order to assess the health state evolution of the patient.
  • An integrated system to assist communication and tele-monitor severely incapacitated patients. The application implements a two-way communication system with patients who lost their speech ability following a neurological accident. Dialogue is built though technology methods using keywords or pictograms displayed in front of the patient, successively, in order for them to choose the most appropriate one, by using a mechanical control or by eye focalization.
  • Retro-prospective researches of functional and structural research for early diagnosis of cerebro-spinal degenerative changes and stroke.
  • Radiotracers uptake mechanisms studies: finding the best molecules to be traced for neoplasia evolution.
  • Research on the synthesis and applicability, by in vitro and in vivo studies, of new radiotracers for PET and SPECT techniques  and in combination with structural imaging
  • Research on the synthesis, structural and functional characteristics, by in vitro and in vivo studies, of new nanoparticles radiotracers and applicability in diagnosis and treatment
  • Combined structural and functional imaging studies, both in vitro and in vivo, on the diagnosis and evolution of certain malignancies
  • Surveillance and epidemiological alert IT software for the sensitivity profile for bacterial infections, useful in preventing the multidrug development and realization of a geographic “map” distribution of microbial antibiotic sensitivity level.
  • imaging research of telemedicine and ITC sector in the context of the fact that IT softwares have applicability in improving patients healthcare and preventions of certain pathologies