The European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) is the EU-Commission’s quality labeling system for cluster organisations and ensures that these are professionally managed and focus on providing value to members and stakeholders of the cluster. The criteria for receiving the Gold Label include organisation, strategy, finance, members, services, results and recognition of the cluster organisation.
- “It is gratifying to see that Biopeople has received such a great recognition from the EU. This goes to show that we have innovation networks in Denmark of highest international standard, which Danish companies can draw on in their development and internationalisation efforts,” says the Danish Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard.
Facilitating public-private partnerships
Life Science Team Leader Tine Hartmann Nielsen from Invest in Denmark explains that a network like Biopeople is also of great value to foreign investors: “In Denmark we have a long tradition for public-private partnerships which offer unique opportunities not least within R&D and clinical trials. Biopeople facilitates that companies, Danish or foreign, see and seize these opportunities.”
Biopeople’s aim is is to stimulate innovation through activities that bring researchers and stakeholders together across disciplines, sectors and public-private boundaries. The network organisation helps academia and industry to co-create and develop ideas into new projects, products and services to benefit global health and welfare.
Biopeople embraces and clusters universities, research organisations and hospitals, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, industry associations as well as pharma, medtech, medical device, food and biotech companies. Biopeople is part of the Danish infrastructure for innovation established and co-funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.