Brussels, 03 February 2011
Innovation within the European medical technology industry not only increases competitiveness, but also actively improves EU citizens’ well-being. However, certain barriers to innovation still exist today which prevent Europe’s innovative potential from being used to the fullest. Wanting to improve European competitiveness while tackling societal challenges, the European Commission (EC) in October 2010 launched the Innovation Union Strategy, of which the pilot Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is a key component. Eucomed, the European Medical Technology Industry Association, believes that the medical technology industry is uniquely positioned to contribute to these goals by continuing to drive the competitiveness and sustainability of Europe.