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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 12 November, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Oslo og Akershus
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
National Centre of Expertise
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmail
Kathrine
Myhre
Cluster Manager
kathrine.myhre@oslomedtech.no
Waqar
Ahmed
ECCP Responsible Person
waqar.ahmed@oslomedtech.no
Languages spoken: 
English
Norwegian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Technology fields: 
Remote diagnostics
Sensors & Wireless products
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
200
Number of SME members: 
130
Number of larger company members: 
40
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
30
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Oslo University
University
Oslo University Hospital
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

For better living and better healthcare. Norway Health Tech is Norwegian centre of excellence in health technologies, and a cluster organisation of approx. 200 institutions comprising of companies, hospitals, investment firms, as well as knowledge and research institutions - all with a focus on health technology and innovation. There has been an extensive growth of numbers of companies in the Norwegian health technology industry over the last years, and 24 % of the companies are startups, of these, more than 50 % are in the medtech category. Many of these companies are based on ideas and results from research. They are innovative and research intensive, and are hiring employees with high and specialized skills. These companies invest for future growth, and represents both an attractive job market, and investment and acquisition possibilities. More than 130 Health Technology Companies in Norway Health Tech represents both startups and SMEs In order to develop, test and verify best-in-class health technology products and solutions, the industry needs access to demanding customers, and test and verification facilities. Norway Health Tech has been part of developing, and/or formed partnerships with four Norwegian test-beds; the Intervention Centre at OUS, the Living Lab for connected care at C3/OUS, the test-bed at Sunnaas Hospital (rehabilitation) and the Lørenskog development nursing home. In addition, the cluster coordinates a Nordic project and network of 7 additional Nordic test-beds.  The cluster as well coordiate a EU funded Reseach and Innovation project with aims at development of automated testing of next generation smart embedded medical technologies.

Norway is the hub of world leading Oil and Gas industry – Oslo Medtech has strong collaboration with local industry providing products and services to subsea oil and gas ecosystem and continuously explore groundbreaking underutilised innovations in Energy sector be adapted and utilised in healthcare sector.  During 2016, Norwegian Government has sponsored a “Norwegian Pumps & Pipes initiative”, which aims to create a collaboration space for knowledge transfer between oil/Energy and health care sectors where Norway Health Tech is playing key role by providing insight into the needs of healthcare sector. 

Two major hospitals in Norway, Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital, with their substantial medical research activity and facilities are members of Norway Health Tech. Combined they provide healthcare services to over a million patients each year, and employ health- and medical personnel counting more than 25.000 people. Norway Health Tech also include some of Norway’s most important research institutes and universities, various industrial development agencies, companies specializing in QA and standardization issues, as well as players from the venture capital and finance sector.  One of the health technology sector’s main limitation is the small amount of private capital that are available for investment in the early/seed phase. The cluster has recruited a number of investors and funds to strengthen the knowledge about- and access to capital for company development and scale. Norway, together with the rest of the world, faces major health challenges related to the handling of an increasing aging population, large population diseases and dramatic cost increases in health care. 

Norway Health Tech works to facilitate close cooperation between the cluster participants, generating cooperation between medical technical industry and health care, initiating innovation processes, and contributing to the development of products and services in medical technology.  

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 private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Details of support services: 

Market entry support to members: we lead several business network targeting specific market entries for medtech companies, i.e. UK business network helping startup companies reaching a larger market. We have conducted several similar projects in Germany and US and have plans to expand this activity to Japan.

Accelerating the healthcare innovation cycle by “I wish I had” method adapted from Cimit Boston. Fostering user- and design driven projects.

Access to private and public capital by hosting Investment Conferences, building up a Business Angel Network and helping entrepreneurs to address R&I funding calls on national and international level.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
India
United States
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: 
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Sweden
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?: 
Europe, USA, China, India
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Norway Health Tech has been a regional and national success. The cluster has established a strong national position as the leading expert on national and international collaboration, innovation, and development in the health technology area. This is a result of the cluster’s rapid growth and development during the five-year ARENA project and then since 2015 as Nantional Centre of Expertise. In December 2016, Norway Health Tech accompalished another major milestone by achieving the "Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD" that demonstrate highly sophisticated cluster management and our committed to further improve organisational structures and routines for the benefit of an even higher performance. Important contributing factors in the success and national position of the cluster include:

  1. Attracting partners representing the entirety of the health technology value chain 
  2. Expansion of the membership base, from 32 to 200
  3. Built trust and new relationships between companies, and between companies and R&D and educational institutions, investors, service providers, test beds, hospitals and care units in municipalities 
  4. Has initiated and started 257 innovation collaboration projects in four years, that generated NOK 185 mill in public financing
  5. Coordiation of R&D&I projects (www.innolabs.io and www.u-test.eu) granted under EC framework programme H2020
  6. Voted the best innovation organization by Innovation Norway in 2013
  7. Awarded “national center of Expertise” label in health technology by Innovation Norwa

The cluster is also recognized as a valuable contributing resource in policy development processes relating to health, innovation and industry development, by regional and national authorities and policy makers.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Norway Health Tech is a health technology cluster, dedicated to accelerate and support the development of new medtech and eHealth products, services, and innovative solutions for the Norwegian and global healthcare market.

Our mission is to industrialize world class health technology products and services that enable sustainable and high quality treatment and care, and Norwegian medtech industry growth. Striving towards this mission we continuously look for strategic coolaborations which:

  • Facilitate R&D&I collaboration between research, industry, and healthcare providers, nationally and internationally
  • Accelerate market update of innovation products and services
  • Stimulate and facilitate market-driven innovation and innovative procurement processes
  • Facilitate clinical trials, testing and verifications
  • Accelerate business development and international scaling
  • Attract development and investment capital
  • Provide co-working space in our Medical Growth House
  • Spread the word on the Norwegian health technology industry nationally and internationally