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The Gandia Health Department, FISABIO, Campus Gandia and FAES Join Forces to Strengthen the Safor Health Innovation System


Safor Salut is a cooperation program that unites the scientific, technological, administrative and business capacities of three key agents in the health innovation system of the territorial region of La Safor and its surroundings: the Gandia Health Department through the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO, for its Spanish initials), Campus Gandia of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Federation of Business Associations of La Safor (FAES, for its Spanish initials).

The main objective of the project is to strengthen and promote cooperation in research and innovation between the health, business and university network at the county level to determine their needs and generate innovative solutions and new business opportunities in the health sector through transfer of technology and knowledge, as well as through the development of collaborative methodologies between the three actors.

Safor Salut responds to the need for interconnection between the agents of the local innovation system, an indispensable factor in order to take advantage of the potential of each of the parties. The strategy enables the identification of unmet needs and opportunities for research, innovation and improvement in the healthcare environment, as well as the joining of the business network and the talent that resides at the University, thus making it possible to transfer the results obtained in research to market and the generation of new innovative products and services.


The Safor Salut project, which was very well received by the agents involved and their professionals, has a track record of success resulting from the Polisabio program. This initiative, based on the collaboration between Fisabio and the UPV, was born in 2017 with the aim of generating synergies and promoting new collaborations between UPV researchers and the staff of the Health Departments of the Valencian Community attached to FISABIO, giving rise to successful experiences throughout its three calls.


The presentation day of the Safor Salut program took place on June 12, 2019 at the Gandia Campus. Several companies presented innovative projects related to the health sector from different fields: technological, food, textile and hygiene. At the same time, success stories were presented resulting from the collaboration between the Gandia Campus and the healthcare environment, such as the study of noise, electromagnetic and light pollution in neonatal wards or the treatment of obstruction of the central artery of the retina using ultrasound, among others. Starting this day, several collaboration proposals were identified and at the moment 4 collaborative projects of the three agents involved are being developed.

In 2020, a joint open conference is planned where the plan of work will be announced, as well as the presentation of the current research activity of the three agents and the challenges detected, pitching capabilities and results that could respond to the challenges and the organization of bi and trilateral meetings for the possible implementation of research or innovation projects. The conference, sponsored by the IVIO Chair, will take place at the Gandia Hospital and the date will be confirmed shortly. After the conference, it is planned to hold innovation pills and sessions on enabling technologies in the healthcare environment to identify new research and innovation projects.


In the framework of the Safor Salut project with regard to the health emergency caused by COVID-19, we are going to carry out a focused action to identify specific challenges, since health research and innovation and the union of all agents is proving crucial, and it will continue to be so in the medium and long term.


If you have a project idea related to the COVID-19 emergency of the or any other field of healthcare, and require a partner from the healthcare, university or business sector to execute it, please send the following form to the Safor Salut team by email and we will help you find the partners.

Once the team has been assembled, the project idea can be developed with its own means or submitted to a competitive public call, which in the case of COVID-19, is being funneled at the moment through the Carlos III Health Institute, the Valencian Agency for Innovation (until April 3), Caixa-Impulse COVID-19 (until April 15), Argal Worksop, Ivace, FONDO SUPERA COVID-19 and H2020 coronavirus research.


The action contemplates a possible continuity through to 2021, as well as the scalability of the program to other counties or regions of the Valencian Community.


Campus de Gandia (UPV): Pilar Sánchezpsanche@upv.es, Neus Montoro | niemones@upv.es

FISABIO-DS Gandia: María Prada | prada_marmar@gva.es, Amparo Arlandis | arlandis_ampviy@gva.es, Elena Carrió | carrio_elearg@gva.es

Companies-FAES: Fina López | info@faesafor.com


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