In order to increase the HARC potential for innovation ad collaboration with major partners HARC initiated several local and international initiatives. HARC supported the Medical University of Lodz (Prof. Lucyna Woźniak, Mikolaj Gurdała, Aneta Andrzejczyk) in preparation of successful application to the most important initiative of EIT dedicated to create the EIT HEALTH (together with two regional partners invited by MUL: The Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, and Innovative IT Company ERICPOL). This activity of MUL was strongly supported by The Lodz Voivodship and the Ministry of Higher Education. Representative of MUL (leader of WP4, Prof. Lucyna Woźniak as one of 5 people responsible, participated in preparation and presentation of INNOLIFE at the second stage of Evaluation, pitch presentation in front of EIT BOARD, Budapest, December 2014).
Partnership of the Medical University in the INNOLIFE EIT HEALTH gives HARC access to the strongest consortium dedicated to Active Life and Healthy Ageing in EU, with timeline to 2030 and will significantly stimulate and enhance Innovation Partnership on Healthy Ageing research with strengthened IPR protection and other activities improving the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems, boosting and improving the competitiveness of the markets for innovative products and services, responding to the ageing challenge at both EU and global level, thus creating new opportunities for businesses with a collaboration with HARC in particular, and MUL in general.
InnoLife has formed six co-location centres across Europe: in London (UK/Ireland), Stockholm (SCAN), Barcelona (ES), Paris (FR), Heidelberg (GER) and Rotterdam (BENE). All six co-location centres are defined by the EU Innovation Scorecard as high innovation performers and have several collaborative partnerships with reference regions in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Each co-location centre and the InnoStars are characterised by geographical and/or functional proximity, providing the density required for the creation of a stimulating innovation eco-system. They provide a shared physical space, with potential access to laboratories, test beds, offices and seminar rooms to promote close cooperation. This partnership is going to increase pro-innovation approach to research and collaboration with proper intellectual property right protection within HARC and with international partners (participation in Ethical Committee) of INNOLIFE.