Capitank Pilot Projects: joint activities of innovation as a model in Smart Specialisation Strategy
ROP ERDF Abruzzo 2007- 2013 funded the establishment of the Innovation Poles. Capitank is the Pole of innovation in the Chemical Pharmaceutical sector that currently comprises 59 members including large enterprises, SMEs, Spin-offs and the three Universities of Abruzzo region.
Capitank has developed a program focused on industrial research and experimental development that included the collaboration of companies with academia for successful technology transfer.
In particular, during the 2014-2015 period, it has realized a collaborative R & D experience: Pilot Projects.
Pilot Projects have increased the know-how and competitiveness of member companies through the sharing of the results object of experimentation, in the following sectors:
- industrial automation,
- personalized medicine / telemedicine,
- environmental sustainability,
- biotechnology,
- health / safety.
The Pilot Projects have addressed the definition of the Regional Smart Strategy for the 2014-2020 programming period.
The Capitank pilot projects are R & D projects conducted by groups of companies belonging to the pharmaceutical sector in the Abruzzo region. The main condition of participation is that the projects had to guarantee the realization of a prototype within a year.
12 companies/bodies have carried out 6 pilot projects whose results have been presented at Expo 2015

Resources needed

Total: 630.000 Euro (130.000 ROP ERDF Abruzzo). The selection procedure has admitted projects with expenditures of not less than € 50.000 and not exceeding EUR 200,000.00 and the eligible costs for the technical staff, specialist advisory services, tools, equipment, software and material.

Evidence of success

12 companies have carried out 6 pilot projects:
- Experimentation of a management platform and liquid waste trace
- New methods of control for the improvement of microbiological risk
- Immunoconiugate for the treatment of human solid tumors and an innovative site farmaco system
- Mini smart oral solids handling
- Topic - technologies and methods for assessing the carbon footprint
- Monitoring robot for telediagnostics in high-risk biological environments

Potential for learning or transfer

The methodology applied in the Capitank Pilot projects has transferability potential in the European regions.
The collaboration between companies and research organizations is an asset for the improvement of innovative products, exercising a fundamental incentive for competitiveness and increasing their internationalisations' activities.
The pilot projects have stimulated the innovative activity, by promoting intensive interactions, the common use of facilities and exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as by contributing successfully at the technology transfer.

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Main institution
Capitank Scarl
Abruzzo, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
October 2014
End Date
June 2015


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