The Life Science Cluster has been awarded Cluster Management Excellence Label BRONZE from The European Cluster Excellence Initiative. “We are proud to receive the BRONZE  label,” says Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen, CEO of The Life Science Cluster, who has worked purposefully towards Cluster Excellence since she took on the position in 2019.

The European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) is a pan-European initiative by the European Commission with the aim to create more world-class clusters by strengthening cluster management excellence.

The Life Science Cluster fulfils the set of Eligibility Criteria for Cluster Management Excellence Labels of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative and has participated in the cluster benchmarking process. Since 2008, more than 1,100 cluster management organisations have been benchmarked according to this methodology.

Strives towards excellence

“To be awarded the bronze label now is a recognition of our cluster management work so far and the certification will also provide tools for us to continue our strive for excellence,” says Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen. “The international benchmarking and the structure documented through the certification, provide a good base for delivering quality services to our cluster members.”

The Life Science Cluster is a network for all companies and organisations for which the life sciences are key. The Cluster has over 80 member organisations within health, marine, agricultural and industrial sectors. The overall goal is to create more jobs within the life science sectors. The Life Science Cluster was established as a network in 2016 and became an Arena Cluster in the Norwegian Innovation Clusters in 2019.

“Our goal is to receive the gold label from The European Cluster Excellence Initiative and continue the process of professionalization to become an Arena Pro Cluster,” says Hanne Mette Dyrlie Kristensen.

About the ECEI Bronze Label

The ECEI BRONZE Label – Striving for Cluster Excellence documents the intention of a cluster management organisation to strive for excellence by improving its management capabilities and performance levels. The label is awarded upon fulfilment of two conditions:

1) The applying organisation has been benchmarked by one of The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis experts.

2) The applying organisation fulfils the set of Eligibility Criteria for Cluster Management Excellence Labels.

Each cluster organisation is analysed based on an interview conducted by an impartial European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis benchmarking expert. The interview covers 36 indicators with regard to the structure of the cluster, the cluster management and the governance of the cluster, financing of the cluster management, services provided by the cluster management, contacts and interaction within the cluster and achievements and recognition of the cluster.

Results are presented as an individual report to the cluster management and also include recommendations for further improvement in line with the requirements of the ECEI cluster quality label.

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