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Tuscany Life Sciences Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 13 June, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Council European Bioregion
Italian National Life Science Cluster Alisei
Italian Scientific and Technological Parks Network
Cluster Management Team: 
ECCP Responsible Person
+39 331 6653881
Cluster Manager
+39 335 5312546
Internationalisation Responsible
+39 340 0917237
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Diagnostics, Diagnosis
Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
ICT for health; Biotech; Nutraceutics;Healthcare
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

Tuscany Life Sciences Cluster (TLSC) mission is to create, maintain and keep growing a productive environment in terms of innovation and business opportunities for all the players of the regional life sciences sector. That purpose is accomplished supporting technology transfer, exploitation of research results, IPR management, creation and development of innovative start-ups, access to regional infrastructure, facilities and expertises, organization of matchmaking and brokerage events, workshops and educational events, both at regional, national and international level. The Cluster interacts with the regional institutions providing support in the development of the policies and the funding schemes to better match the needs of the sector. The same support activity is carried out at national level through the membership of the National Life Science Cluster. TLSC is actively participating to several national and international initiatives aimed to exchange experiences and best practices between operators involved in innovation policy making, such as European regional institutions and clusters

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
BioPmed/Bioindustry Park
Henry Ford Health System Detroit Michigan (USA)
Chicago University Technology Park at Illinois Institute of Technology (USA)
CEBR Clusters Network
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
  • OMVAC (2014-2019) - Advanced ERC grant: Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) from “Vaccinobacter”: A Synthetic Biology approach for effective vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer
  • Nerri (2013-2016) - CSA: Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation
  • AI4Diag (2018-2020) - COSME: Strategic Cluster Partnership for increased competitiveness of European Medical Diagnostics SMEs thanks to Artificial Intelligence
  • REGIONS4PERMED (2018-2022) - CSA: Interregional coordination for a fast and deep uptake of personalised health (coordinator)

Regional Cluster Programme Tuscany Region: Creation and development of a life science cluster - EFSR 2007-2013 and 2014-2020

Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy and Foresight for Life Sciences - Tuscany Region: Support in the definition of the regional life science RIS3 2013-2014

National life sciences cluster ALISEI - Ministry of University and Research

Success Story / Achievements: 

Creation and development of a community of around 330 regional players in life sciences (companies, research centers, innovation centers, institutions, industrial associations), 200 of which are affiliated members of the Tuscany Life Sciences Cluster

Co-founder (in 2014) and contributing supporter of Meet in Italy for Life Sciences, annual B2B reference international event in Italy for the life science sector (last edition 29 countries, 400 registered participants), now involving all the major life science organisations in Italy (last edition 16 main organisers)

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

TLSC is the portal to the wide research, healthcare and entrepreneurial life science system in Tuscany. It has a very close connection with all the relevant stakeholders in the sector, as well as with the regional institutions. It is a reliable and experienced partner, with solid expertise in business development, technology transfer, policies development, data analysis. Specific areas of interest are vaccines, biopharma, biorobotics, biophotonics, medical technology, diagnostics (IVD and imaging), diabetes, immuno oncology, precision medicine, cardiovascular diseases, big data analysis. TLSC is very open for cooperation on all those subjects as well as for innovation adn technology transfer policies projects