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Innovation in Manufacturers of Products Used in Life Sciences (Micro Project)


Specific Objective Innovation
Project Budget €500,000
ERDF Amount €400,000
Duration 01/2021-04/2023 (27 months)


Life sciences and nutrition are important sectors for the Channel area, with high export and growth potential. However, businesses in these sectors face several obstacles, such as access to international contacts, knowledge of how to adapt products for international markets and capacity building.

These obstacles have heightened during the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of Brexit. Ensuring that businesses can grow and thrive is essential to aid wider economic recovery, with innovation and internationalisation being proven ways to help.

The Innovation in Manufacturers of Products Used in Life Sciences (IMPULS) project will aid business recovery in the region by providing bespoke, cross-border business support. This will be built on and complement existing support provided by local Chambers of Commerce and government export support teams. 

IMPULS will facilitate access to new knowledge, technologies, partners and opportunities in the healthcare sector, to help firms compete more effectively in international markets and increase export activity. 

The project will deliver an online ‘pathway programme’ of networking and showcase opportunities at industry events. It will also facilitate cross-border contacts for businesses that need to partner with a company in order to continue trading post-Brexit.

IMPULS aims to support 100 life sciences and nutrition SMEs and production sites across the Channel area. The long-term benefits for SMEs will be increased knowledge, innovation capacity, international contacts and export sales potential.

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Lead Partner

Kent County Council
Kent, England

Project Partners

Association Eurasanté
Nord Pas-de-Calais, France
Biotech Santé Bretagne
Bretagne, France
South East Health Technologies Alliance
Surrey, England