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Catalonia has recently joined the NIMAC network, made up of official bodies and organizations from Massachusetts (United States), Northern Ireland and Finland, to promote business opportunities and clinical and research collaboration in these countries. This has come about after a Catalan delegation made up of representatives from the Government of Catalonia, TICSalut and Biocat was invited to take part in a meeting held by the network in Boston last October.

NIMAC, created in 2009, focuses its activities in three key areas: diabetes, tissue engineering and medical technology. They organize meetings periodically to pool knowledge and breakthroughs in these fields. The first event this year, entitled Stronger Economy-Healthier People, will be held 6 to 10 February 2012 in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere and Oulu (Finland).

Participants from Catalonia will include Joan Cornet, CEO of the Foundation TICSalut, who will participate in the talk entitled The Future Connecting Health and EIP-Active and Healthy Ageing on 8 February, together with Chris Taylor, president of EuMHA Manchester MHealth Ecosystem (United Kingdom); Andrew McCormick, secretary of the Northern Ireland Department of Health and Social Security; Hannu Hämäläinen, advisor to Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; and Niilo Saranummi, research professor at the VTT Technical Research Center in Finland. In this same session, Peteris Zilgalvis, head of the European Commission’s ICT for Health Unit, will also speak on the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership-Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA).


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