When: Friday 26th of August from 9h00 to 11h00/11h30
Healthcare innovations – social innovations – scaling up
The Flemish government has funded the establishment of 6 Care Living Labs for the past 3 years (2012-2016) coordinated by a Program Office, a role taken by iMinds . One of Living labs is LiCalab- Living & Care Lab. The mission of LiCalab is to support companies and care organization in their development of new products or services for the healthcare market, by involving end-users in the whole development process, from idea to market.
In the past 3 years LiCalab supported a number of companies. One of the big challenges our companies – especially SMEs – have to overcome when introducing those newly developed products and services on the market is the scaling up of their innovations after the development phase. The big challenge is to create enough clients to make a profitable business.
The healthcare market has two specific features that make it complex for SMEs. First, the healthcare market is a semi-regulated environment, , insurance companies or the government sometimes reimburses products, sometimes they do not. Second, large care organisations and governmental organisations often have to follow public procurement rules when buying products or services. SMEs often lack knowledge of these specific regulations and public procurement rules, so they lack knowledge of the requirements for successful market access.
A possible solution to this problem is to create a transnational Care Living Lab (TCL), a transnational accelerator for the introduction an scaling up of healthcare innovations across Europe. The TCL could be established by building a network of existing care living labs (care ecosystems) that can support companies in different stages of innovation and through different means. These can be for example during the development phase by involving users, providing design expertise to develop new concepts and by expertise on market entry such as business modelling skills and knowledge of the requirements for scaling up innovations (in Europe).
LiCalab developed in the past years a close collaboration with other European care living labs, like Brainport Healthy Living lab (NL) , Care Hub Liverpool (UK), iMinds Living labs (focus on digital innovation only). (https://www.iminds.be/en/succeed-with-digital-research/proeftuinonderzoek). These four living labs have the same concern about the scaling up of strong healthcare innovations (in Europe). In the past year these parties worked on the first steps of a transnational Care living lab trough setting up the following concrete projects:
CrossCare: a cross-border cooperation of 3 Flemish and 3 Dutch care living labs. SMEs can get 50% of the development costs needed through CrossCare. Also they get support by 1 Dutch and 1 Flemish care living lab in the development process. The goal is to introduce those newly developed products and services on both the Flemish and Dutch market.
Seas2Grow: The objective is to setup a proactive Silver Economy (SE) market framework, accelerating the delivery of innovative tools, solutions and services for SMEs, to boost their innovation performance. French, Flemish, Dutch en UK partners (living labs) are involved.
New Futures (by Rens Brankaert, Brainport Healthy Living Lab) In this workshop we start from the experiences of those 4 Living Labs to spur the discussion on the challenges and co-create ideas on the right service offering (what should the TCL do – co-creation, live tests, business development, giving information on local procurement rules of healthcare organizations,…., and what not ?) and the rich governance of the TCL (which governance structure in a transnational living lab constellation could work? )
In this workshop we start from the experiences of those 4 Living Labs to spur the discussion on the challenges and co-create ideas on the right service offering (what should the TCL do – co-creation, live tests, business development, giving information on local procurement rules of healthcare organizations,…., and what not ?) and the rich governance of the TCL (which governance structure in a transnational living lab constellation could work? )
Draft agenda and workshop set-up:
Who should attend? Living Lab mangers, practitioners and researchers / Health related LLs / Health related professionals and SMEs. Max capacity: 40 people
Workshop organisers: Kelly Verheyen