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Granada Health Technology Park (PTS)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 10 March, 1997
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España (APTE)
International Association of Science Parks (IASP)
Asociación Española de Bioempresas (ASEBIO)
Triple Helix Association (THA)
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
ECCP Responsible Person
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Cellular and Molecular Biology
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
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: 
Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENyO)
Research Organisation
López-Neyra Parasitology and Biomedicine Institute (IPBLN)
Research Organisation
Biomedical Research Center (CIBM)
Research Organisation
Centre of Excellence for Research into Innovative Medicines (MEDINA)
Research Organisation
Functional Food Research and Development Center (CIDAF)
Technology Center
University Hospital
BIC Granada: European Business and Innovation Center
Rovi Pharmaceutical Loboratories
Telefonica R&D
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

PTS Granada is a model for the transfer of basic clinical research and technology in the area of health and biomedicine, that contributes to economic development through:

  • The promotion of interdisciplinary research in biomedicine at an international level, in order to make medical advances through the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of illnesses.
  • The protection and transfer of knowledge generated especially in the field of health and biomedicine.
  • The consolidation of a health sciences business framework based on technology and aimed at clinical practice.
  • Being a centre of excellence for healthcare which meets the healthcare needs of patients.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 
  • Identifying research lines from University or Research Centers that can potentially become profitable enterprises.
  • Promoting University Spin-Offs and technology based start-ups, paying special attention to those sectors related to Health and Life Sciences.
  • To manage and mobilize public and private financial resources in collaboration with the organizations and institutions for economical development.
  • Internationalization services
  • Communication and dissemination activities
  • Networking activities and partnership building
  • Urban planning and edification projects (technical advice on Biomedical architecture and engineering and Scientific and Technological equipment)
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: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
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?: 
Eurobiomed (France)
Technology Partners (Poland)
Aeroplan Cluster (Poland)
Fundación Tecnova (Spain)
OOST (The Netherlands)
Agrifood Capital (The Netherlands)
INEGI (Portugal)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

ACTTiVAte: PAn-European Clusters for Technology Transfer and new VAlue chains


The overall concept of the project consist of supporting innovation in SMEs and fostering the smart reindustrialization of Europe by enabling the emergence of new cross-border and cross-sectoral value chains  resulting from the translation of advanced technologies among selected sectors with strong synergies. These new value chains will be created from the interaction of the following sectors: aerospace, agro-food sector, health and ICT.

Success Story / Achievements: 

Prticipation in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP)

The MIT REAP is a capstone global initiative at MIT designed to help regions accelerate economic growth and job creation through innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE). Partner regions form multi-disciplinary teams and commit to a two-year learning engagement with MIT. During this engagement, teams work with MIT top faculty and the broader REAP community through a series of action-learning activities to build and implement a custom regional strategy for enhancing their IDE ecosystems.


YUZZ: Young Entrepreneurs Scheme for ICT Projects

The Yuzz scheme, run by the Banesto Foundation and the Ministry of Finance, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, provides support to young entrepreneurs working on ideas related to new information and communication technologies (ICT). The aim of the YUZZ programme, in which PTS Granada is the local partner, is to discover talent, but also to turn that talent into a real business project. The Yuzz scheme has been up and running for 2 years, and during that time the Banesto Foundation, and its partners in the 22 provinces where the scheme is run, have provided the selected entrepreneurs with everything they need to develop their ideas so that they can launch them on the market: a network of experts, business training, personalised advice and tutorials, an online collaborative work platform, and all the administrative and legal support they need should their business idea become a reality.



Participation in the definition of the New European Funding Policy 2014-2020: RIS3: “Regional Innovation and Smart Specialization Strategy”. Andalusia has identified various strategic sectors: Agrotech, Biohealth, Clean Energy, Aerospace, Tourism and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It has started the creation of unique “Centres of Excellence” in the region for each strategic sector.


BIC Granada Soft Landing Program

Through this program, The PTS Granada Business Innovation Center, BIC Granada, offers a solution for Spanish Innovative Companies working in life sciences and health sector which are interested in selling their products and services outside Spain.  This program is also designed for companies trying to find partners and collaborators in other countries and markets. Some of the Soft Landing services are: Access to offices of BICs along Europe and other incubators in different international areas; Access to new international markets by means of agreements between EBN (European Business Center Network) and USA, China, Russia, Brazil and other countries; Logistic support and specialized consultancy from the BIC or the international partner; Help for managing new legal, financial and cultural challenges when starting a company in a new country.


Organization of specific brokerage events and focused or sectorial company visits abroad

  • I & II International Biotechnology Meetings: The aim of these annual trade events is to identify international opportunities for business and scientific collaboration in the markets selected, which include Morocco, Finland, the United Arab Emirates, France, the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. They also aim at helping Andalusian companies taking part make new business contacts. This event includes presentations on key topics for the biotechnology sectors in the invited countries, as well as one-on-one business meetings.
  • II Congress of Scientific Entrepreneurs: in 2014, the PTS hosted the II Congress of Scientific Entrepreneurs including the II Congress of the Association of Scientific and Technological Entrepreneurs, the I Workshop and the XXXI National Congress of Junior Enterprises, the VI University of Granada Spin-offs Session, an Andalusian Technology Corporation seminar and a Private Investment Forum. Congress attendees also had the opportunity to share success stories by entrepreneurs in the fields of ICT, biotechnology, biomedicine and geology.

Participation in the 2014 Medical Expo in Casablanca (Morocco): PTS Granada organized the joint visit of a delegation of companies and institutions to the 15th MEDICAL EXPO and 7th AFRICAN-ARAB FAIR FOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, celebrated in Casablanca (Morocco) from 19th to 23rd March 2014. Granada's group of delegates, which had its own booth at the event, was made up of 33 representatives from PTS-based institutions and companies. They had the chance to establish commercial exchanges and explore business and collaboration opportunities for research, advanced training and technical assistance for the governments and healthcare institutions present at the Fair. They also participated in the Scientific Programme, with 6 conferences centered in the research and economic potential of a technological space like PTS Granada. The Medical Expo is sponsored by Morocco's Ministries of Health and Industry, and the Africa-Arab Fair is sponsored by the Commission of the African Union and the League of Arab States. Representatives from around 50 countries attended the event, which provides the perfect opportunity for national and international investors to sound out new potential partnerships in the health sector.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 
  1. PTS Granada offers numerous research centres as well as specialised facilities such as one of the biggest European platforms for high-throughput sequencing, a network of public bio banks and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) rooms located in research centres and public hospitals to support clinical research in advanced therapies The region has a very strong healthcare system, leads in number of transplants, in health IT as well as robotic surgery thanks to its experienced clinical teams and skilled workers available at a competitive cost
  2. Public policies for research in this sector have attracted many scientific groups of international renown to the region. There are more than 550 externally funded research groups, both academic and private, active in Andalusia, which provides numerous partnering opportunities for companies wishing to engage in R&D
  3. The region has a very strong healthcare system, leads in number of transplants, in health IT as well as robotic surgery thanks to its experienced clinical teams and skilled workers available at a competitive cost
  4. Since 2009, Andalusia has been a national leader in terms of creation of biotech companies, making the region one of the most dynamic bio clusters in Spain
  5. Significant low business costs compared to the main Spanish regions and Western Europe and excellent R&D infrastructure, with state-of-the-art facilities