The core objective of SpidERA for Life is to accelerate collaborations between SMEs and Academia operating in the Life Science and Health domain within Europea and beyond.

The project is a European Commission FP VI funded venture.

SpidERA for LIFE utilises the concept of web-based online networking to assist in the rapid creating of new business relationships between individuals and organisations in order to create collaborative partnerships. The network platform leverages powerful Social Network analysis capabilities, to help facilitate and promote these new relationships and collaborations between SMEs and Academia. The ultimate objective is to accelerate research, dissemination of information and increase the competitiveness of European health-related industries and businesses. The ultimate objective is to improve the health of European citizens and address global health issues including emerging epidemics.

SpidERA’s main goal is to become recognised as a key resource for Life Science and Health players in Europe, and to become a preferred choice for creating new collaborations and technology-transfer start-ups.

In order to accomplish these objectives, the project action plan is focused on the following areas of work:

  • Understanding user needs through research, opinion polls and continuous feedback with social network practitioners, newcomers and potential users
  • Design a community based on trust models and powerful online services (search opportunities, blogs, knowledge repositories, support to commercial joint ventures, … )
  • Support to users to ensure they each maximise the value of the platform for their business objectives through active support and mentoring ...
  • Enhancement of Social Network based on the enrichment of cooperation opportunities among researches, investors, companies and entrepreneurs.

SpidERA assists in bringing people from SMEs and Academia closer together by removing barriers to communication, trust and collaboration. SpidERA expects to facilitate connections between distant parties by creating the ability to make ‘warm’ introductions through trusted parties (a colleague of a colleague).