Our Health sector is large dimension, very globalized and growing fast. It is also highly competitive and very knowledge-based.

Globally, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry ranks first in the percentage of sales invested in R&D.

On the other hand, it is a highly transversal sector, ranging from pharmaceuticals to medical devices,  as well as information, communications and electronic technologies (ICT), the multiplicity of services and, of course, the provision of care, with products and services with high added value. It generates qualified employment, and technological innovation, reputation and credibility are differentiating factors. (Health Cluster Portugal, 2013)

Due to its relevance and growing impact on the economy, as well as its transversal and synergistic nature with other sectors, Santa Maria da Feira has been creating conditions for the development of a local cluster in the field of health and hosting important investments and various units, such as:

  • a biotechnology park, whose objective is to sponsor, develop and apply advanced knowledge in the field of life sciences, operating as a business condominium.
  • laboratory units equipped with dedicated professionals and state-of-the-art technology with a strong automation component in unique conditions, such as the existence of a Class 4 and 5 Clean Room, available to all elements of the companies installed or whoever just wants to rent punctually the available means.
  • a medical and research centre, which presents itself as a multidisciplinary reality in the fight against oncological disease, bringing together the most innovative existing technology, with the best technicians and specialists, in an eco-sustainable building, which aims to be a harmonious and inspiring space for its users.
  • Reference companies in the development of state-of-the-art equipment for the provision of healthcare;
  • Infrastructures and programmes that promote well-being/active aging.

In short, Santa Maria da Feira already boasts or is developing companies and projects ranging from research, production of medical devices, diagnostic techniques and services and treatment and continued care units, which it is important to boost, becoming a reference in the economic areas associated with the health sector, as well as improving the provision of health care.
The Europarque – Health, IT & Research hub is a privileged space for hosting companies in this sector.

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