The Baltic Institute of Finland is actively involved in the field of Life Sciences, development of health and wellbeing services through coordinating BioLifeScience cluster collaboration activities and cooperation projects between the XXI Century NCP, representing the pharmaceutical cluster of St. Petersburg, and the Finnmedi Ltd., representing two national clusters of HealthBIO and Well-being in Finland, and the Baltic Institute of Finland. Part of this collaboration as well as the cooperation projects on innovation, the BIF was acting as a key organizer of an international Scanbalt Forum 20-23 November 2012 in Tampere, Finland. The conference was focusing on biotechnology and life sciences representing the 12 countries of the ScanBalt BioRegion and targeting at organizations from business and industry, research and public policy.
BIF will ensure sharing experiences, networks and good practices in regional innovation policy, innovation driven cluster development and innovation promotion in the sectors related to independent living combined with ageing and new environmental sound technologies in Finland and across the Baltic Sea Region with the project partners around the Europe.
BIF will influence the regional and local level policy and disseminate project results through the BIF board, the supervising body composed of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland, City of Tampere, City of Helsinki, Council of Tampere Region, University of Tampere, Technical University of Tampere. In addition, the BIF will involve representatives of the City of Tampere and triple-helix stakeholders and experts in the field of innovation, well-being services and eco-efficient living for senior citizens in the project activities including the study visits, creating regional innovation hubs and mentoring activities.