Inovita Platform was established in 2011, with a joint effort by the Life Sciences and Technologies Center of Bogazici University, SUNUM of Sabanci University (a research center on nanotechnology), and Istanbul University (support from its Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Unit and Health Sciences Institute). Inovita’s startup funding was received from the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) with the tough goal of transforming the scientific research and new technologies of the universities and R&D centers of companies into a real economic value for Istanbul region. Over the years, it has conducted several activities: widely attended thematic workshops, seminars and meetings, as well as sectorial publications and preliminary support services.
Main Industry: Technology Transfer
Inovita opened its thematic incubation center within Bogazici’s Kandilli campus in 2012, a first of its kind in Turkey with a sole focus on life sciences and health technologies. In 2014, several new professional activities are planned by active Inovita members (more professional educational, training and consulting services, a sponsorship/membership program, direct links to regional technoparks, more support for early startup companies). Thus, Inovita initiated a regional industrial cluster with the support from Istanbul Chamber of Commerce: Istanbul Health Technology and Life Sciences Cluster (also known as Istanbul Health Industry Cluster).
ISEK – Istanbul Health Industry Cluster is an output of Inovita Life Sciences and Technologies Cooperation Platform that has been founded with the formal support from Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Technnopark Istanbul, Bogazici University, Sabanci University and Acibadem University, Inovita has transferred its business network to a regional industrial cluster: ISEK - Istanbul Health Industry Cluster in 2014.
Istanbul Health Industry Cluster (www.i-sek.org) is a collaboration of various industrial companies with the related university research centers, public institutes and NGOs in Istanbul Metropolitan Region. Industrial companies differ from large-scale corporations to SMEs and start-ups with a focus on medical devices and biotechnology as well as pharmaceutical fields. ISEK comprises more than 120 firms, 17 universities (relevant research centers), 11 NGOs, 2 public institutions and 1 hospital.