ECHAlliance is proud to announce the creation of the 1st French Ecosystem, with the launch of Nice Ecosystem marking the newest addition to the growing International Network of Ecosystems.
Nice, metropolis of 5 million inhabitants in Provences Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA), is one of the most advanced regions in France in terms of research and innovations within the health and social care, IT and electronics sectors. Over several years, this ‘French Riviera’ metropolis has developed a strategy focused on the wellbeing of its citizens and especially, around the older population for active & healthy ageing.
This strategy, which has enabled the development of a number of innovative projects, is led by NICE’s Mayor, Christian ESTROSI, alongside the city council, and is supported by a cross-sector group of stakeholders including the University Hospital of Nice (CHU de Nice), the University of Nice, several world-renown research centres, large companies, SMEs and start-ups, policy-makers and funders of the health & social care economy.
More than 150 organisations joined the launch event of Nice’s Ecosystem, exploring the strengths and challenges facing the region in digital health, active and healthy ageing and the Silver Economy.
The multi-stakeholder working group participated in a whole day of presentations, debates and networking opportunities, showcasing:
Policy-makers, such as the NICE City council and metropolis, the Regional Council of PACA, the Regional Health Agency of PACA, the European Commission;
Health & social care providers, such as the University hospital of NICE;
Research organisations, such as the INRIA and the I3S lab;
Expert centres, such as France Silver Eco and the CIU Santé;
Private insurance/mutual fund, AG2R La Mondiale;
Companies, such as Healthways, Tunstall, Orange Healthcare, Sanofi, Accelis, Ignilife, Feeligreen;
Clusters and innovative projects supports, such as BPI France, the AAL Programme, and the competitiveness clusters Eurobiomed and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées (SCS).
Fellow ECHAlliance Ecosystem, the Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem, joined the speakers to present an update of the achievements of theManchester Ecosystem and its work on the PROFOUND EU project on falls prevention.
Brian O’Connor, Chair of the ECHAlliance, said
“I’m delighted to welcome NICE city and the entire PACA region as a member of our International network of Ecosystems. The work being done in Nice has already enabled the development of ambitious projects for innovation and disruption across the health and social care system.
The ECHAlliance International Network is delighted to welcome to our community one of the most dynamic regions in France and excited to begin what we know will be very fruitful collaboration with stakeholders across the Ecosystem.
This is an important step, both in the development of our network and reinforces the ECHAlliance’s role as Global Connector in Digital Health and Active & Healthy Ageing.”
Olivier Guerin, Vice-Mayor of Nice and regional lead on health policy, said
“Our main objective here is to design new services, from health and social care to the Silver Economy, and bring them to the population, especially our older citizens.
Our strategy is based on 2 complementary pillars, the smart city programme and the European city for Health. A number of internationally renowned research and clinical teams as well as companies are based in NICE, and the nearby Science Park of Sophia Antipolis. The ECHAlliance Ecosystem approach will support the stakeholders, enhance local and International connections and collaborative projects, in order to create an enabling environment, from the foundational research to the implementation of solutions.
We are delighted to be working with our Trusted Connector partner the ECHAlliance, which provides instant connections internationally and complements of existing strategy.”
The Mayor of NICE, Christian ESTROSI, opened the Ecosystem and the building in which the first meeting was held (27 Delvalle will provide a focal point for Nice’s health and innovation strategy, providing a full range of services from business support and start-up incubation through to evaluation of solutions in its living lab).