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The Centre for Factories of the Future Ltd (C4FF) is an SME located in Kenilworth, UK and is the instigator of the Factories of the Future project in the UK and supported similar developments in the EU (1984-2004). C4FF has an established reputation for developing novel manufacturing systems and software for factory management including for lean practices. They also have many years of experience in ICT and manufacturing research and development as well as instrumentation and control projects. They have developed several CNC systems in collaboration with machine tool manufacturers. Their work has led to a new Clean Diesel and Management System.

Actuate Innovation is a group of companies that has been active since 2016, aiming to identify the needs of companies and provide them with the necessary software and process solutions. The client portfolio consists of entrepreneurs, micro SMEs, SMEs and large firms. The most powerful feature of Actuate which has founders with a background of entrepreneurship, is to be able to determine the right needs and to have the team and knowledge to answer this correctly.

LUT University (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969.
Our international community is composed of approximately 6,000 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education

The University has 31,000 students, 7,700 of whom travel from all over the world to study here, and 195,000 alumni in 200 countries. Its global focus has led the institution to establish a university in Suzhou near Shanghai, in partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong University, as well as a campus in London.
The University is the largest provider of 100% online postgraduate degree courses in Europe with over 10,000 students studying for Liverpool degrees around the world.

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) is one of the most renowned Portuguese Higher Education institutions, excelling in the promotion of academic quality, the production of top-ranked science, and the symbiotic connection with a wide range of affiliated health centers and hospitals. In this context, FMUP’s proximity to the University Hospital Center of São João is of particular relevance, allowing for the existence of the Centro Académico e Clínico do Porto.
From 2015 to 2020, 174 projects were financed through competitive calls (31 with international institutions), granting a total of 28.4MEuros in funding. FMUP also fostered more than 250 clinical trials and published nearly 6,000 WoS indexed scientific articles (71 are Highly Cited) -43% are published in Q1 journals. FMUP’s publications have aggregated a total of 56,800 citations involving international collaborations in 37% of cases. Among the various scientific areas, Cardiovascular Diseases, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Neurosciences, and Allergology stand out particularly – due to the quantity and quality of scientific production.
The institution is also most benefited from the integration of two prominent R&D Units: CINTESIS and UnIC – and from the closeness and scientific collaboration with I3S. FMUP promotes a dynamic dialogue between basic and clinical sciences and between Data Science and Health Sciences, guaranteeing a leading position in translational and clinical research in Portugal.

Merinova Technology Centre is an important and neutral background actor, whose mission is to make the energy cluster in Vaasa region even more successful. Our cutting-edge expertise is in energy technology and developing business and their operating conditions in Vaasa Finland. We are involved in various projects, programs and services both regionally, nationally and globally.