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Final Report - SPIDERA FOR LIFE (Speeding collaborations in the life science and health domain of the European research area and beyond)

Project ID: 37207


The EC currently undertakes most networking through physical meetings (personal, conferences, trade shows, etc.). The same is also true for National contact points (NCPs) and Innovation Relay Centers (IRCs) (direct meetings and workshops) and Economic and Technological Information (ETI) projects, which also facilitate physical networking. Physical networking activities are popular, especially amongst academia and larger organisations, who normally have the appropriate resources to support these, both in terms of sufficient staff and travel budgets and have a tradition of participation in such activities.

SPIDERA FOR LIFE utilised the concept of web-based online networking to assist in the rapid creating of new business relationships between individuals and organisations in order to create collaborative partnerships. The network platform leveraged powerful social network analysis capabilities, to help facilitate and promote these new relationships and collaborations between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and academia.

The ultimate objective was to accelerate research, dissemination of information and increase the competitiveness of European health-related industries and businesses. The ultimate objective is to improve the health of European citizens and address global health issues including emerging epidemics. Their final report lists the project partners, aims and objectives and includes logo.

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