Since December 2017, ICT4Life project has obtained the support of thirteen new entities or individuals from very diverse sectors! For its final year, ICT4Life is devoted to preparing the exploitation process by strengthening collaborations to maximise the impact of the project results at the European and national level. For this reason, ICT4Life has been focusing on creating connections with innovative SMEs (carrying research in e-health or digital innovations) and policy-making entities. These new collaborations contribute to enlarge the ICT4Life community and to diffuse knowledge on ICT4Life innovative solutions to redefine integrated care for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other type of dementias.
On the public and policy-making side, we are glad to welcome among our supporters MEP Sirpa Pietikaïnen (PPE, Finland), MEP Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy), MEP Massimo Paolucci (S&D, Italy). One national agency also joined our network: Agenas, Agenzia Nazionale per i servizi sanitari Regionali (Italy), as well as the non-profit organisation Alzheimer Belgique.
ICT4Life also created a connection with public research bodies: the Department of Human Motricity Studies of Lisbon University (Portugal) and the Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology Research Group of Leuven University (Belgium) and IMIBIC, a Biomedical Research Centre in Cordoba (Spain), which will bring further expertise and support in the medical aspects of the project.
ICT4Life also received the support of four SMEs very active in the field of innovation and research:
(1) Visiona Ingenieria de Proyectos: a technology company, coming from the leading research in diverse technologies, specialised in converting that research into innovative products;
(2) Aitex Textile Research Institute: a private research association which performs characterisation trials and certification of textile materials and articles; and
(3) Therapaenis: a diversified technology and medical company, focused on improving people’s lives through sustainable innovation in eHealth and patient treatment and recovery.
(4) Frontida Zois Ltd is a duty home care referral company providing personal care to elderly and disabled persons, helping them to live independently in their own environment with the highest quality of life that is achievable.
Finally, we also received support from Smart4MD (Support Monitoring And Reminder Technology for Mild Dementia), a EU-wide research project focusing on improving the quality of life of people with mild dementia and their carers.