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II HCP Annual Conference: "Strengthening the competitiveness of the Portuguese health cluster: New paradigms. Better opportunities."







09:00 | Registration


09:30 | Conference opening

  • Luís Portela | President, Health Cluster Portugal
  • Fernando Leal da Costa | Secretary of State Assistant to the Minister for Health


09:45 | Keynote address: "Portugal and the challenges of the EU and the globalization"

  • João Salgueiro | Economist  [view+]


10:15 | Roundtable "Access to financing and business models for companies in the health sector"

Discussion topics:
. Access to financing in times of crisis: challenges and opportunities for the health sector.
. Main sources of financing for companies in the health sector.
. The financing of SMEs and start-ups of the Health sector.
. Non-traditional financing sources.
. Venture capital and business angels in Portugal.
. What do big buyers look for? How to communicate with the big buyers?
. What does a large company seek for as an investor?


  • Álvaro Almeida | Professor, Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto  [view+]

Keynote speaker:

  • António Murta | President, Pathena  [view+]

  • João Barroca | General Manager, Bayer Portugal  [view+]
  • Joaquim Sérvulo Rodrigues | CEO, Espírito Santo Ventures  [view+]
  • Nuno Arantes Oliveira | CEO, Alfama; Member of the Board, HCP; President, P-Bio  [view+]
  • Pedro de Noronha Pissarra | President & CEO, Biotecnol  [view+]


11:30 | Coffee break


12:00 | Roundtable "Opportunities in the 7th Framework Programme (and upcoming Programmes) for the health sector"

Discussion topics:
. Health in FP7 (and in upcoming Programmes).
. How to boost the Portuguese participation in FP7 – Health (and in upcoming Programmes)?
. Who can participate?
. How to build/integrate a consortium and a project?
. How to write a competitive proposal?
. Support for SME.
. Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).



  • José Mário Leite | President, ALIA – Associação Lusófona e Internacional de Administradores de Ciência; President, NCURA International Region; Deputy Director, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência  [view+]

Keynote speaker:

  • Cornelis Vis | Policy Adviser, European Commission - Bureau of European Policy Advisers  [view+]


  • Frank Heemskerk | CEO, RIMS – Research & Innovation Management Services  [view+]
  • Hicham Abghay | Healthcare Sector Group coordinator, Enterprise Europe Network  [view+]
  • Joana Camilo | National Contact Point – Health, GPPQ – Gabinete de Promoção do 7.º Programa-Quadro de I&DT  [view+]
  • Stéphane Hogan | Head of Unit, Horizontal Aspects, Health, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission  [view+]


13:15 | Lunch


14:30 | Opening

  • Carlos Oliveira | Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation


15:00 | Roundtable "Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. The relationships between Academia and Industry, and between SMEs and large companies"

Discussion topics:
. Technology/knowledge transfer between Academia and Industry and between SME/start-ups and large companies: the current situation in Portugal and the World, and future prospects.
. Technology/knowledge transfer modalities and their advantages and disadvantages.
. Main obstacles to technology/knowledge transfer and how to overcome them.
. How to find investors? Resources and tools for technology/knowledge transfer.
. Dos and don’ts in the process of technology/knowledge transfer.
. How to create and strengthen partnerships between Portuguese science and technology institutions and Portuguese/foreign/multinational companies?
. Entrepreneurship and spin-offs.
. How to ensure the alignment of R&D effort to market realities?
. Managing intellectual property in the process of technology transfer.



  • Peter Villax | Administrator, Hovione; Member of the Board, HCP  [view+]

Keynote speaker:

  • Simcha Jong | Professor, University College London  [view+]


  • Edward Gates | Chairman, Wolf Greenfield  [view+]
  • Elvira Garcia Hernando | General Manager, Lilly Portugal  [view+]
  • John R. Kettman | Member of the Board, Radix BioSolutions; Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas  [view+]
  • José Manuel Mendonça | President, INESC Porto – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto  [view+]
  • Sérgio Simões | Vice-Presidente, Bluepharma  [view+]


17:00 | Closing session


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Information & Support


  • Conference venue:

    Grande Auditório do Centro de Congressos do Taguspark
    Núcleo Central, 100, R. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva, 2740-122 Oeiras
    Telephone: + 351 214 226 900

  • How to arrive?

    View map and get driving directions in Google Maps (here)

    View information about public transports in Taguspark's website (here).




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