The South Transdanubia region, with often underestimated economic potentials, is not only an attractive destination for tourists with its historical and cultural values, spas, Mediterranean climate and wine regions, but it holds huge opportunities for industries such as the healthcare, the building, or the IT sectors.
A group of regional innovation leaders has set the long-term goal of transforming the region into a more liveable and healthier area, a leader in research and innovation, boost economy and create new jobs.
In January 2022, our consortium won a grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its department responsible for health developments, EIT Health. The leader of the consortium is the Institute of Transdisciplinary Discoveries (University of Pécs (UOP), Medical School) and two partners are the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya, and Health Industry Innovation Center of Pécs Ltd.
Since its establishment in 2018, our Institute has promoted university culture to the wider society, disseminated the effectiveness of scientific research, and created interactions not only within the university, but also outside its walls. Through the process of transdisciplinarity, we connect actors from different scientific fields, the economic and civil sectors with new methodological approaches and effective communication. We provide a space that facilitates and encourages the cooperation and the efficient division of labour between sectors in such way that it serves not only the participants, but the society as a whole. The main pillars of our activity are education, research, innovation, science communication and establishing connections. As a member of the EIT Health (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) international network, we connect striving talents with industrial partners, which results in innovative products, services and setting up businesses.
The Chamber of Commerce representing the business community in Baranya county is committed to the development of businesses and the competitiveness of the county. They provide 26,000 businesses with access to up-to-date economic and market information and offer advice. It manages 3 clusters: the Southern Transdanubia Machinery Industry Cluster, the Construction Industry Technology Cluster and the Baranya Gastronomy Cluster. The Chamber is the initiator of several successful campaigns (#Heti1Helyi, #ajelenaböszód). In the past 23 years, it has participated in nearly 110 projects implemented at international level for the development of important sectors for the economy, such as vocational training, labor market, tourism, business development, trade, environmental industry, cultural heritage, and innovation.
The Center was founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting collaborations with university research centers, companies and institutions interested in healthcare to improve the health of the population, prevent and treat diseases, and promote economic development.
The task of the Center includes supporting the work of the Biotechnological Innovation Cluster (BIB Cluster) and developing its network. The cluster, which now has more than 40 members, specializes in the health industry and medical biotechnology, including the development, production and distribution of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices.