Tartu Biotechnology Park and BioMed SA have been a partner to several European projects in FP 5, FP6 and FP7. Tartu Biotechnology Park collaborates closely with biotechnology parks and innovation relay centres (IRCs) in Europe as well as in the USA and Canada to develop international projects and cooperation links for the benefit of biotechnology SMEs.

Ongoing projects:

Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance (ALLIANCE+)

Alliance+ is a Baltic Sea Region-wide blue biotechnology network thatIR BSR_logo_EU-supplement_horizontal_297mm matches organizations & individuals, e.g. SMEs, scientific institutions, public authorities, regions, investors, from the commercial and academic field.
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Biomarker commercialisation (BIC Bridge 

Interreg Baltic Sea Region - European Regional Development FundBIC BRIDGE is based on the project main outputs and results from BiC – Biomarker Commercialization. Thanks to the regular project, the BiC consortium managed to tackle specific challenges from the biomarker development and commercialization field.
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Cluster Excellence in Life sciences – Internationalisation of SMEs (CELIS)

CELIS combines some of the world-class life science ecosystems in Europe, where cross-sectoral fertilisation has given rise to promising new technologies and products, resulting in new value chains. The project builds on the existing Health Axis Europe Alliance, with the aim to professionalise and expand this inter-regional cooperation and increase its impact, especially for SMEs among their members.

CELIS clusters set up a series of actions to exploit the SME innovation engine in several crucial fields, translate ideas into applications and reduce time to market. The project will offer SMEs access to emerging markets, leverage partnerships with companies, university hospitals and researchers from different sectors and regions and increase visibility for the innovation potential of participating SMEs at European level. Simultaneously, the project will prepare, train and coach cluster staff.

Focus: digitalisation, clinical useful biomarkers, companion diagnostic, micro and nano-electronics, multi-omics


Vouchers (EU ClusterXchange pilot scheme)

  • To support short-term exchanges in COSME participating countries (min 3 days up to one month)
  • Aim: promoting new growth opportunities for SME and industrial transformation by supporting collaboration efforts to boost internationalisation, market research, technology and knowledge transfer and promoting SME’s uptake of innovation and advanced technologies
  • Up to a max of EUR 1 100
  • Max one exchange for each beneficiary
  • Target groups: focus on SMEs, but including clusters, research institutions, digital hubs, technology parks

Contact in Tartu Biotechnology Park
Eleri Seer

Tel.: +372 7 383 053

EIT Food

EIT Food RIS aims at strengthening those regions in Europe which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agrifood sector. There is currently a network of 13 EIT Food HUBs located in 13 targeted RIS countries, one of which is Tartu Biotechnology Park in Tartu, Estonia. 
Tartu Biotechnology Park’s goal as EIT Food Hub is to promote EIT Food Community activities, to provide the necessary support for local entrepreneurial talent in the food sector and to help to reach the true potential of the local food sector.
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EIT Health

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe.
EIT Health is one of the EIT Innovation Communities and a consortium of  over 140 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 15 EU countries.
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Estonian Connected Health Cluster 

Connected Health Cluster (CH) is a permanent, mutually beneficial partnership between stakeholders in Estonia, who are committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health solutions, at scale on commercial terms.  CH is part of the European Connected Health Alliance and ScanBalt network. The aim of the Connected Health  Cluster is:

  • to impact healthier life and improve patient care
  • to provide economic growth through the adoption of connected health solutions
  • to accelerate global access for the Estonian cluster members

Our vision is to transform healthcare services through the implementation of connected health solutions. By encouraging innovation through entrepreneurship and providing a collective forum for connected health advocates, CH brokers solutions for these challenges, thereby creating financial efficiencies for Estonian government and ultimately helping healthcare providers to deliver quality care for people, patients and families in Estonia and internationally. Connected Health Cluster has got 60+ partners, which includes 43 companies (startups, health IT, biotech), R&D partners and need partners, i.e. hospitals, GPs, big Pharma, spas, sportsmen, etc.

The activities of Connected Health cluster are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund in total amount of 600 000 EUR.

More information on Connected Health cluster website.

Contact in Tartu Biotechnology Park:
Sven Parkel

Tel.: +372 7 383 053

European Innovation Zone in India (EIZI)

A European Innovation Zone in India (EIZI) is a soft landing place for start-ups and innovation actors coming from Europe (EU member States and countries associated to the EUs research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe) located in a well-established and strong Indian Incubator and accelerator.

The EIZI has a designated contact person who can “receive and guide” the European innovators who want to explore business and co-creation opportunities in India. In other words, it is a platform from where a first contact person in India will navigate the European innovator into the Indian ecosystem.

The overall aim of the EIZI is to facilitate the matchmaking with European innovation actors that want to explore the Indian ecosystem for business and co-creation opportunities.

The EIZI is based in reputed Indian incubators and accelerators that have strong infrastructure and space, a vibrant ecosystem, connects with corporates/industry/R&D and the ability to provide services for market access, mentors, organise events, delegation visits, and soft landing for European innovators.

From preliminary contacts among creative and like-minded actors, access to market can be facilitated and the possibility to spend time in India/at the Incubators premises, allowing to become more familiar with the Indian innovation ecosystem.

For more info, projects and services, visit EIZI homepage HERE.


GEN.ERA is a project where five EU life Sciences clusters and agency partners join and share their international competences and know-how to improve the scale-up of European companies (Start-ups and SMEs) involved in the genomics value chain apply to healthcare, by a facilitated and successful collective access to a targeted global market.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Create a shared vision centered around the genomics value chain, capitalized on our specialization and strengths.
  • Identify the most promising international markets for our SMEs
  • Prepare SMEs to competition, giving the keys to success

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Finished projects

Read more about the previous projects Tartu Biotechnology Park has been part of and find out about their results.

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