Centre of Excellence in Medical Technologies
NORTEXCEL2020 Association

NORTEXCEL 2020 Association is a not for profit association under the Portuguese law created in November 2015 to host the new Centre of Excellence on medical technologies in the Norte region of Portugal.

The centre of excellence proposes a singular model as an ‘innovation company’ (inspired by our international partner Joanneum Research), with a key role in transferring technology and know-how in Norte region. The new centre will act as an interface institution between the scientific community, business fabric, industry, entrepreneurship, start-up communities and public sector in order to build synergies and bridges of cooperation and contribute to the articulation and coordination of research activities efforts and, thus, increase the competitiveness and business potential of regional actors.

NORTEXCEL2020 includes as founding members the research and innovation partners of the teaming initiative – Polytechnic of Porto, INOVA+ and Joanneum Research – as well as two other relevant stakeholders from the Norte region of Portugal – Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho and Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto.

Largest portuguese Polytechnic Institution

Polytechnic of Porto occupies the first position in the ranking of polytechnics and is placed in the upper segments of the national higher education ranking. It stands out for its ability to instruct students with knowledge needed for the working market.

Leading company in innovation services

Leading company in Portugal in innovation services and one of the leaders in Europe. It delivers highly specialized services in research exploitation, technology transfer and innovation management to clients in public administration, research and private businesses

The innovation company

Business oriented leader of innovation and technology providers. With focusing on applied research and technology development, it plays a key role in transferring technology and know-how in Styria, Austria.

A national reference in health services

One of the leading hospital in the Norte region, and one of the few structures at national level with responsiveness across all line of health care. It is a reference of innovation and knowledge in the Cardiology Service.

A social solidarity institution

Private institution of social solidarity, with intervention in health, special education, environment and Social assistance. It runs the Norte Rehabilitation Centre, which targets programs aimed at physical rehabilitation.

NORTEXCEL2020 already mobilized close to 20 members from high-level research & innovation organizations, advanced users and companies that will contribute to this initiative.

Our Vision
Be the leading international centre in medical technology innovation
Our mission

Promote and conduct applied research, innovation and knowledge transfer activities in the health domain, complying with regional and European societal challenges, in order to boost competitiveness and sustainable economic development of the Norte region of Portugal

NORTEXCEL2020 Association

NORTEXCEL2020 positions itself as the umbrella capable of federating different knowledge bases, integrating resources and knowledge and effectively interfacing with the market

NORTEXCEL2020 starts where the other institutions usually stop, developing a highly specialized unit in applied research and technology transfer, improving cooperation levels across the innovation system and optimizing the use of resources. The centre of excellence has 4 core areas of activity to fulfill its mission. There are 3 main cross cutting R&D+I groups on cancer, cardio and care, gathering high level knowledge in advanced materials, medical technologies and ICT.

Innovation with a purpose

NORTEXCEL2020 project
WIDESPREAD 1-2014: Teaming