The future of healthcare Research & Innovation in Europe
Concrete examples of cross-sectorial collaboration
The European Research and Innovation Days, taking place on 22-24 September, are a unique opportunity to join the conversation on European research & innovation priorities. Healthcare must be one of those priorities. Healthcare systems in Europe face increasing challenges on a number of fronts; at the same time, technological and scientific advances offer new opportunities to solve these challenges. Especially now, efforts are needed to improve health resilience and support Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
Five industry associations representing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technologies industries operating in Europe (COCIR, EFPIA, MedTech Europe, EuropaBio and Vaccines Europe) have come together to work on a Strategic Agenda for the proposed European Health Innovation Public-Private Partnership (PPP) under Horizon Europe.
As the Strategic Research Agenda is still under development, new examples in three areas (obesity, asthma and breast cancer) illustrate how only a cross-sectoral partnership bringing together stakeholders along the patient's journey can make significant progress towards addressing unmet health needs. How will the combination of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and biomarkers research create a better understanding of obesity? How can we enhance the use of ground-breaking biologics and smart inhalers to faster diagnose patients with steroid-resistant asthma? How can we integrate and assess new and promising therapies for breast cancer care?
As the scientific priorities and operational structure of the partnership are under development, we show what cross-sectorial health R&D&I could concretely look like – provided that the necessary efficient processes and flexibility are put in place.
Stay tuned! This selection of examples is only a start, more examples will be shared over the next months. You can also submit to examples of translational research challenges that require cross-sectorial and public private collaboration and would have a transformative effect on patients or healthcare systems.