1st Cypriot-Italian Health Industry Web Forum.

June 30, 2020


Innovation, Economics and Management in the Health Industry
Models of Excellence and International Cooperation

It was held on 25th June 2020 the 1st Cypriot-Italian Health Industry Web Forum, organized by the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, with the participation of representatives of institutions, as well as some of the most important companies and associations in the field, universities and institutions of both Countries.

The aim of the Round Table was to create the first institutional meeting opportunity between institutions and companies operating in the various health articulations on the Italian-Cypriot axis with the intent of promoting and strengthening relations between the two Countries in this specific industry.  

The event, organized in collaboration with the Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB) and with the University of Nicosia, under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Cyprus and of the Embassy of Cyprus in Italy, witnessed the important institutional participation of His Excellency Kyriakos Kokkinos, Cyprus Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, and of the Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus, His Excellency Andrea Cavallari, of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Italy, His Excellency Minas Hadjimichael, both also Honorary Presidents of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

The works, moderated by Federico Franchina, Vice President of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, after the introduction greetings from Giuseppe Marino, President of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, from George Petrou, President of Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation, and from the representatives of the institutions present at the forum, continued with an interesting Round Table, which developed following two main topics: health innovation and management.

The very noteworthy panel of speakers, as concerns the topic of Health Innovation, saw the succession of the speeches made by Christakis Hadjiloucas from Cyprus Health Insurance Organization (HIO), Christakis Sergides from Cyprus Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Association (PHARCHEM), Michele Uda from Assogenerici – Italian Generic and Biosimilar Drugs Industries Association (Associazione Italiana Industrie Farmaci Generici e Biosimilari), Xanthos Lyssiotis from Cyprus Association of Importers of Medical and Scientific Instruments (SAIEEK), Fabio Santambrogio from the associate company Fujifilm Italy SpA, which has however recently defined a significant distribution agreement in Cyprus, and Carmen Lipari from Istituto Clinico Polispecialistico Cure Ortopediche Traumatologiche (Private Hospital), other associate company that looks with particular interest to the Cypriot new health reality.

As regards the second topic of the Round Table, focused on Health Economics and Management, there were the speeches given by Neophytos Karamanos from University of Nicosia, Paolo Pozzilli from University Campus Biomedico of Rome, Michela Stancheris for Marco Ferlazzo from Italian Association of Private Hospitals (Associazione Italiana Ospedalità Privata – AIOP), Markos Christoduolides from Cyprus Association of Private Hospitals (PASIN), Iacovos Ghalanos from KPMG Cyprus, Elizabeth Johnson from European University of Nicosia, Daniela Baglieri from University of Messina and Pierluigi Petrone from Assoram – National Association of Logistic and Commercial Operators of Primary Pharmaceutical Distribution (Associazione Nazionale degli Operatori Logistici e Commerciali della Distribuzione Farmaceutica Primaria).

The interventions of these qualified speakers provided for an overview of the activities of the respective belonging realities dwelling on the great opportunities that the health sector offers to companies on the Italian-Cypriot axis also in terms of cooperation between the two Countries.

Particularly, on one hand, speakers from Italian universities (University Campus Biomedico of Rome and University of Messina) and from Italian health organizations and companies (Assogenerici, Italian Association of Private Hospitals, Istituto Clinico Polispecialistico Cure Ortopediche Traumatologiche, Fujifilm Italy SpA, Assoram) highlighted Italian strengths in this field and the potential of international cooperation with Cyprus.

On the other hand, speakers from Cypriot universities and local health associations (University of Nicosia, European University Nicosia, Cyprus Health Insurance Organization, PHARCHEM, SAIEEK, PASIN, etc.) greatly contributed to the discussion presenting the Cypriot reality in order to implement partnership and mutual collaboration between the two Countries.

The completion of the works was entrusted to Costas Katsaros, Vice President of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Founder Partner of Emilianides Katsaros Law Firm, who confirmed the great opportunities and prospects offered by the health industry on the Italian-Cypriot axis at this particular moment in history, focusing on the important role of the Chamber also in terms of local support.

For further information and insights on the activities of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and on the contents of this article please write to: info@camcomitacipro.it

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