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LifeTech City - Pole of competitiveness in medicine, life sciences and medical informatics

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
LifeTech City - Pol de Competitivitate în domeniul medical, al științelor vieții și al medicinei informatice
2014 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
1.3. Research infrastructures
2.1. R&D cooperation projects between academy and industry
2.3. Knowledge transfer structures between academia and industry
7.1. Public sector innovation initiatives
Presentation of the measure:

This project is part of a more comprehensive project developed under the Digital Mures Strategy. The scope of the Digital Mures Strategy is to integrate Tirgu Mures in the global network of local public authorities that provide to their citizens improved public services via ITC. This network brings together local public administration around the world and connects them into the network of Digital Cities.
Discussions on a possible implementation of such project was driven by the desire to develop integrated, innovative and efficient public services within the city of Tirgu Mures, to increase the quality of public services, reduce the administrative costs for the public sector, while reducing the administrative burden for the citizens, increasing the quality of services for the citizens and contributing to the creation of new jobs in economic activities that provide high value added. These objectives are the ones assumed by the Municipality in the context of the Digital Mures Strategy, as first pillar of the strategy. The objectives are correlated with these identified by the World Bank in the Functional Review Analysis, conducted by the World Bank in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Romanian Government by the IMF, the World Bank and the European Commission in 2009.
The second pillar of the Digital Mures Strategy aims to implement the Science City for Research and Technological Development and ITC in the Healthcare sector. This technological and research park will attract foreign direct investments (FDI) in the region, by capitalizing on the comparative advantages that Tirgu Mures has: excellent reputation in the healthcare and ITC sectors.
As a first step in the development of Science City concept, Tirgu Mures developed a Competitiveness Cluster for Research and Development in Healthcare Medical Informatics  and related disciplines (LifeTech City), which brings together partners from the business environment, academia, healthcare facilities, NGOs, etc. Fundamental advantages of the structure developed under the Competitiveness Cluster are synergies developed between the 3 types of projects: investment project, namely the construction of a business center, complex R&D projects developed by universities and companies and soft projects, aimed at sustainable development of the cluster.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Subsidised loans (including interest allowances)
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

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What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

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Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?: