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Photonics cluster OPTITEC

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 5 May, 2000
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Pôle de compétitivité (France)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Association Française des Pôles de Compétitivité (AFPC)
European Technology Platform Photonics21
European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmailGender
Delphine
Lapray
Cluster Manager
Female
Ziga
Valic
Internationalisation Responsible
ziga.valic@pole-optitec.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Italian
Russian
Slovene
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defense
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Micro- and Nanotechnology related to agrofood
Food Packaging / Handling
S3 EU priority areas: 
Photonics
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Bio-pharmaceuticals
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
230
Number of SME members: 
148
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
51
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
26
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

OPTITEC's mission on the regional/national level is to foster and promote activities of the photonics and imaging sectors in the south of France and to strengthen the synergies between its stakeholders (research, higher education and industry sectors).

On the European level OPTITEC fosters the participation of its members in various EU research and development programmes, notably in Horizon 2020. In order to enhance the visibility and competitiveness of its members it facilitates the interaction with the European partners.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Enabling Facilities sharing
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

OPTITEC is a key player in the development of companies, in terms of business activity and jobs in the field of photonics in French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur & Occitanie:

Extending the range of services to SMEs, from R&D to market

OPTITEC is building up its range of actions for companies by playing a role at the core of their strategy of development, R&D, funding, intellectual property, international outreach, competencies, etc. The support may be on both an individual and collective basis, encouraging joint projects between SMEs in order to be collectively more competitive on national and international markets.

Enhancing the synergy between SMEs and major industrial groups

For SMEs, OPTITEC plays the role of interface with the major groups and outsourcers in the photonics sector and beyond, with the aim of building up technological and business partnerships. 

Encouraging the transfer of technologies from academic research to SMEs

OPTITEC maintains its links with academic research, on the understanding that the high level of R&D in the Cluster’s SMEs is a key factor with regard to the markets of the future.

European office in Brussels

In 2014 OPTITEC consolidated its offer of services linked to European funding programmes by appointing a full-time representative in Brussels for the purpose of representation, intelligence gathering and providing support to its members in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme.

Adaptive Optics Platform PEMOA

PEMOA platform, whose main mission is to promote the technology of adaptive optics for new industrial applications, includes three systems dedicated to: - higher and continuing education courses; - ophthalmology; - power lasers.

Various agreements with with industry and academia were concluded in 2013 in order to foster promotion of the platform in their respective networks and to contribute to its dynamic by providing training courses and organizing events in the PACA region.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Israel
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Singapore
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: 
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Spain
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?: 
OptecBB
PhotonicSweden
SECPhO – Light Technologies Cluster
OPTOSCANA Cluster
Photonics Netherlands
Photonics Finland
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

OPTITEC is currently coordinator of Horizon2020 CSA project EPRISE (Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe) and COSME Go International project EU KETs4Dual-Use (European Key Enabling Technologies for Dual-Use Worldwide).

Previously, OPTITEC coordinated FP7 project OASIS (Open the Access to Life Science Infrastructures for SMEs) and participated as a partner in FP7 project LightJumps: European photonics business development accelerator.