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Wielkopolska Medical Cluster
July 29, 2011   
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Businesses affiliated with the Wielkopolska Medical Cluster in the western city of Poznań, Wielkopolska province, have found a way to work together while competing with one another on the market.

The businesses speak in one voice without giving up corporate identity. They have a common goal despite the fact that they pursue different marketing strategies.
The Wielkopolska Medical Cluster was established Nov. 17 last year as an initiative by Poznań-based businessmen associated in the Wielkopolska Capital Club and the Polish Chamber of Importers, Exporters and Business Partners. The cluster was a response to public demand for readily available medical services of a high standard. What started as a group of four companies—running private hospitals and medical centers, a consulting firm and the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing in Poznań—has since grown to 20 members, including enterprises, universities and business environment institutions.
Dr. Grzegorz Bigaj, head of the Wielkopolska Medical Cluster, says the idea behind the cluster is to create a platform for quality medical services by using the joint potential of people, enterprises, institutions of higher education, research and development centers and business environment institutions working together with local and regional authorities across the Wielkopolska region.
Companies working together as part of the cluster prioritize innovation and development. They want to speak in one voice on problems faced by the medical sector and the difficulties it encounters in negotiations with National Health Fund. They have also adopted a joint position on inadequate access to medical services for patients.
In its operations, the Wielkopolska Medical Cluster focuses on three basic areas: new medical technology; improved health center management, which involves the computerization of management processes; and the functioning of the healthcare system as a whole. Agnieszka Dokowicz

Projects being conducted as part of the cluster are still at an early stage. The founders of the Wielkopolska Medical Cluster aim to accomplish the following goals:

-establish network connections between health centers so that they can provide complementary medical services to patients;
-ensure support for medical service providers in their contacts with the National Health Fund, public institutions and agencies and local governments;
-encourage projects carried out jointly by the medical, pharmaceutical and related sectors;
-draw investors to the medical, pharmaceutical, IT and related sectors;
-foster the development of member companies using new medical, pharmaceutical, IT and medicine-related technology;
-expand the range of medical services available in the Wielkopolska region by introducing new technology, materials, tools and medical supplies;
-carry out new research and business projects;
-improve competitiveness thanks to reduced operating costs, including the costs of logistics;
-take advantage of EU grants available for the cluster’s development;
-enable auxiliary services, such as business consulting, access to know-how, and legal services;
-enable support for enterprises in the start-up phase;
-raise the profile of enterprises affiliated with the Wielkopolska Medical Cluster;
-help the enterprises work with one another and share expertise;
-bring the cluster to the international scene during trade missions and exhibitions abroad.
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