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TITTAN Almere May 2017

An update on the third inter-regional workshop in Almere, Netherlands within Thematic Area two of the project exploring health innovation ecosystems.

TITTAN Inter-regional Workshop 3 in Almere

The TITTAN project aims to establish a network for exchanging experiences with 7 European regions.

The designing of an action plan started in April 2016 and will last two years. Three Health related-Thematic Areas are being addressed within the project. Inside-Out Technological Innovation questions were studied in the most recent months.

The DHI participates in TITTAN project (Translation, Innovation, & Technology Transfer in Ageing Network) which aims to tackle the increasing of the number of people aged 65 and over in Europe. The project is funded by the Interreg Europe programme.

The project is divided into three different action lines. Last priorities were focused on inside-out technological innovation issues. Gezondheid Fabriek (The Netherlands partner) hosted a three-day Workshop. All partners and some of their respective stakeholders shared good practices to reduce the gap between research and the market in health sector.

There were three intense days of work, with presentations of good practices from TITTAN partners and their regional stakeholders. There were also study visits prepared by the host as examples of innovative initiatives in both cities, Amsterdam and Almere, as well as meetings for monitoring, coordinating and planning the TITTAN project.

On the first day, together with the good practices, some stakeholders discussed their projects: from innovation in the field of nutrition for healthy aging to cutting edge technology coming from Galicia, the Basque Country and, Lower Silesia. After that, all partners participated in a study visit at the A-Lab Amsterdam, the co-working space where there is a mix of creativity and technology.

During the second day, the rest of the good practices were presented from Galicia (Pre-commercial development of research results PRIS), Scotland (Digital Health & Care Institute), Saxony (C3-Saxony) and Lower Silesia (medical massage as a medicine in geriatrics and an example of the first showroom apartment for the elderly in Poland, among others). Tuesday's work was completed by study visits to various innovative initiatives in Almere, such as HealthFactory (a living lab), Big Data Value Centre (data intelligence) and Senior Live (a social innovation).

The Amsterdam DataLab was the place chosen for the last session of the workshop, to review the progress of the TITTAN project, as well as to plan the in-situ visits for the rest of the thematic area. Led by the Italians and Dutch partners, TITTAN partners will carry out up-to-5-days stays in a region with relevant experience in the field of inside-out technological innovation. These individual visits complement the collective Study visits done during the workshop, by giving to the visiting partner the opportunity to address specific questions, in accordance with its own needs. The proposed in situ visits are:


Learner Partner

Mentor Partner

Good practice/s

- Lower Silesia


- Open Innovation Platform

- Healthy Saxony

- Lower Silesia



- Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI)

- Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL)

- Research & Development in Scottish Universities


Healthy Saxony

- C3 Saxony


City of Almere

- Health Factory



PRIS, HIP and E-Saude

- City of Almere


- M4FUTURE, Comprehensive Corporate Innovation Model

- Age Friendly Basque Country


In addition to this workshop, all partners hold several meetings with their respective regional stakeholders such as research centres, Universities and private company clusters. All these initiatives will benefit citizens of the regions involved indirectly, in particular, elderly people and patients with chronic illness.

All European partners are proud to be participating in the TITTAN project. They are already realizing how significant this project can be in each of the participating regions. And last but not least, they mention as a central point of the project success, the good cooperation, smooth communication and excellent working environment among the project partners that prevail not only during the workshops but from a distance as well.

The TITTAN project which is worth 1,7 M. € is lead by ACIS (Health Knowledge Agency from Galicia in Spain). The following organizations are the European partners of the Interreg Project: BIOEF Basque Foundation for Health Research and Innovation (Spain), DHI Digital Health & Care Institute from Scotland (United Kingdom), FRRB Regional Foundation for Biomedical Research from Lombardy (Italy), HS Health Saxony (Germany), LSVMO Lower Silesian Voivodeship Marshall Office (Poland) and City of Almere (The Netherlands).

Moreover, in collaboration with DHI, the following organizations are involved in the project at a regional level: The Alliance, College Development Network, NHS24, The Scottish Government Ehealth team, National Services Scotland, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and Scottish Health Innovations Ltd.