The Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC) has been working with colleagues in Cluster Saude de Galicia (CSG), Spain, on innovation in healthcare, including digital technology.

Cluster Saude de Galicia (CSG) is a private, non-profit entity for public-private cooperation to support innovation in the co-creation of solutions that improve peoples’ health and well-being. As a professional collaboration platform for global projects and alliance, CSG has over 80 partners, 50 projects and more than 100 markets, with the aim of continuing to create global alliances for the economic and social development of Galicia. Learn More. 

Members include patient associations, entrepreneurs/start-ups, regulators, small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals as well as universities, technology centres, biomedical foundations, non-profit associations and professionals from health and social care sectors.

Learning Expedition to NI

MOIC was delighted to host a delegation of 9 visitors from Galicia for their first Learning Expedition to NI. The aim was to learn more about the NI Health and Life Sciences Ecosystem and find partners within NI that could lead to successful collaborations and business relationships. The Galician delegation included the General Secretary of the Regional Ministry of Health, Vice General Director of Comprehensive Social and Health Care from the Ministry of Social Affairs, the CSG President, Managing Director, Business Developer and International Trade Technician, and representatives from the Health Tech industry.

MOIC and Invest NI developed a 4-day programme to showcase innovation and facilitate introductions in the NI Health and Life Sciences Ecosystem. The Launch Event in Invest NI included presentations from Cathy Harrison (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, DH), Prof Mike Scott (Director, MOIC), Brendan McGuigan (Invest NI), Joann Rhodes (HIRANI) and Stephen Kelly (Department for the Economy) and Rocío Mosquera Álvarez (President, CSG).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MOIC and CSG was signed at the Launch event by Prof Mike Scott and Rocío Mosquera Álvarez. The MOU strengthens the partnership to collaborate around research, learning exchange, innovation and business development.

Throughout the 4-day programme the delegation had a series of meetings, demos and discussions on Medicines Optimisation, Digital Innovation, and technologies to support Active and Healthy Living and enjoyed a number of site visits across NI, including Ulster University, Queen’s University, DIAL and C-TRIC.

It is anticipated that a delegation from MOIC and NI will visit Galicia in the Autumn to learn more about the innovation in the Region and further strengthen partnerships.