Joint cluster management for a strong healthcare region
At the interface of business, science and clinics, the HealthCapital cluster management drives networking and the technology transfer in the German capital region. The task of the cluster management is to implement the “Master Plan for the Berlin-Brandenburg Healthcare Region” of the state governments of Berlin and Brandenburg and to further expand the region internationally to become the leading center for healthcare industries and life sciences.
A honorary cluster spokesman and groups of experts advise on strategic decisions and assume representational duties. The Berlin Partner for Business in Technology and the Brandenburg Economic Development Board have joint responsibility for managing the cluster.
The activities of the cluster management are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to promote innovation and cooperation between companies and research institutions with the result of increasing competitiveness for smart, sustainable and integrative growth.
The main drivers and large segments of the healthcare industry in the German capital region are depicted in the following four focal areas:
In all these areas, the integrative topics of skilled workers, settlement, & portfolio development, internationalization, e-health, and an aging society play a central role.
In view of the demographic development and the innovative strength in global competition, the following topics play an important role in all the focal areas.
The medical advances of recent years and the improvements in our living and working conditions have helped people live much longer today than they did 100 years ago. Nevertheless, the medical care of this increasingly older society poses major challenges for our healthcare system, for example in the care of dementia patients.
There is a lot of potential in the Berlin-Brandenburg region to help shape demographic change. Berlin’s age research is unique in Germany and has been instrumental in the development of technical aids for independent living in a familiar environment. In one of the first German research projects, “SmartSenior,” on the subject of age-friendly assistance systems (Ambient Assisted Living, AAL), which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), more than half of the partners came from the Berlin-Brandenburg region. The region is also strongly represented within the framework of the “Future of Nursing” cluster, which was founded by the BMBF. In addition to Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and Lower Saxony, Berlin provides a nursing practice center that tests innovative technologies in practice for their effectiveness.
The integration of e-health will have a decisive impact on the future development of the healthcare industries. The cluster HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg brings together one of Europe’s most attractive life science and healthcare locations, with an important hub for the IT industry including a growing number of IT companies focused on the healthcare market. This provides ideal conditions for developing and evaluating innovative digital health solutions.
The German capital region is internationally known for its excellence in medicine and healthcare. The cluster management aims at pushing ahead with internationalization and thus at strengthening the global position of the Berlin-Brandenburg healthcare industries.
Many healthcare industry companies have relocated to Berlin-Brandenburg in previous years – this is a trend that needs to be promoted. At the same time, companies located in the region as well as startups shall be supported in their growth and expansion.