Why was ITEMAS created?
The health technology trade balance in Spain is clearly unfavorable, as revealed by the low Spanish exports compared to imports. This fact occurs despite the fact that the level of knowledge generated in our country in areas related to medicine shows acceptable figures (approximately 3% of the total world publications), which reveals a low profitability of the knowledge generated in what to market value refers.
This fact reflects the low level of transfer of this knowledge to the company, a problem whose causes are multiple and complex, and which leads to low profitability or return on public investment in R&D.
Faced with this situation, and at the initiative of the Carlos III Health Institute, the Innovation Network in Medical and Health Technologies (ITEMAS Network) emerged in 2010, which as of 2014 has been renamed the ITEMAS Platform, with the purpose of promoting innovation in the non-pharmacological biomedical sector.