Integrated Operational Model

NORTEXCEL2020 operational model guarantees the integration of a set of dimensions to implement a complete strategy for innovation.

As a key innovation player, NORTEXCEL2020 will position itself as an integrator and broker, creating an umbrella to coordinate and merge knowledge (lower TRLs) created in the existing R&D centres by integrating those multiple knowledge bases to develop applied research (TRLs 6-9), technology transfer and technology trading, hence becoming a champion on innovation – an innovation company.
The integration of different dimensions and the combination between internal excellence capabilities and comprehensive networking, creates the conditions for leveraging this initiative and maximizing impacts, by acting in three interlinked pillars:

Tech transfer
Pillar I
Pillar II
Pillar III
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Research and Technology Transfer

NORTEXCEL2020 actions of Pillar I will promote applied research and technology transfer activities, with focus on vertical domains of medical technologies, for the development of novel competitive solutions and creation of economic value.


Applied research in the areas of Advanced Materials, ICT and Health technologies
A dedicated network with a broad range of actors from business, academia and healthcare sector, in order to promote their collaboration and iteration in RDI actions
Market and customer-oriented assessment and assistance in the development of new medical solutions
Technology Transfer Office
Support in certification, regulation and standards, health technology assessment, quality management and production of medical technologies
Informed assessment and assistance in developing protocols for the implementation of necessary pilots or clinical studies

With its Mobility pillar, NORTEXCEL2020 will actively pursuit of an enlarged and permanent mobility and international exchange practice for researchers and staff, and to attract to NORTEXCEL2020 activities some of the best national and European organizations within the concerned fields.


Establishment of cooperation agreements with European and International organizations for research cooperation, including exchange of secondments and joint post-graduation programmes
Develop doctoral programmes with industry and academia with promoted international mobility (inwards and outwards)
Active use of European Commission’s mobility programmes, including H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions
Offer hosting support services for incoming researchers, including support for dual-career couples

NORTEXCEL2020 will become an innovation company and its implementation strategy includes the aim of contributing to develop and foster a local ecosystem nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the smart application areas of medical technologies.


Provide infrastructural support to new entrepreneurs, including area for incubation, training and coaching services, and technology transfer services
Support established firms in the region to include innovation strategies and improve its competitive advantage
Offer of expert advice to help entrepreneurs in the development and scale up of their ideas and businesses
Promotion of open competitions with vouchers and grants for access to experts’ advice and consulting services
Promote the access of entrepreneurs to capital for the launch and scale-up of their business plans
2020 Indicators

NORTEXCEL2020 initiative has targets clearly defined to be reached until the end of 2020, which will allow to measure the success of the proposed approach.