ES43 - Extremadura

Population per km² (2017) : 26

Proportion population older 65 year % 20,64%

Total population (2019) 1065424

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Modest +

Regional website

Government of Extremadura. Health Care Service (Servicio Extremeño de Salud). University of Extremadura


Extremadura is an autonomous community of the western Iberian Peninsula with a population of 1 million. The strategic activities of the region include a focus on socio-health care and those aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Thus, tele-medicine, tele-care, or the development of applications for care and assistance in the home, as well as the monitoring of chronic patients.

The region also has a focus on the use of the use of "ohmic" techniques (genomics, proteomics, among others), and the development of health technologies, medical devices and new drugs. The health sector is also focussing on making infrastructure and public services a model of a "living laboratory" in which to generate and validate technologies that improve the quality of life of citizens.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes - We have an on going Personalized Medicine Clinical Implementation Project founded with 5.3 Million Euro ( We are looking for partners to share the information and other potential applications

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? yes 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? yes 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

ERAPerMed? no 

Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative?  country level member 

Vanguard Initiative? no

European Regions Research & Innovation Network? yes 

S3ClusSport member? no

Policy documents


  1. National level: Spanish Senate: Initiative for national strategy for genomics medicine and personalized medicine   

  2. National level: Spanish National Initiatives Survey (Private- Roche Institute)   

  3. National Current Status of Precision medicine in Spain. La Medicina Personalizada de Precisión, foco de interés en todas las comunidades autónomas

Topics covered by policies : Medical research and innovation (-omics, biomarkers, diagnostics, etc.); Education, training and skill development; Prediction and prevention; Electronic and mobile health solutions; Public awareness, patient participation with respect to Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation objectives:

Q - Human health and social work activities; Q.86 -   Human health activities; M.72 - Scientific research and development; P -   Education

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS07 - Health; NABS09 - Education; NABS133 -   R&D related to Medical Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation objectives: D - Digital transformation; D.20 - Big data, data   mining, database management; D.23 - Cloud computing and software as a service   and service architectures; D.27 - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); D.31 -   Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks);   G - Public health & security; G.46 - Ageing societies; G.49 - Public   health & well-being; H - Service innovation; H.51 - New or improved   organisational models; H.52 - New or improved service processes; H.53 - New   or improved service products (commodities or public services); I - Social   innovation; Other

Funding for a dedicated programme related to personalised medicine

Policy document (RIS3): Yes 

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes

Major initiatives


  1. MedeA Personalized Medicine Clinical Implementation in the Health Care Service Implementation

  2. Clinical Research Center. Personalized Medicine Unit Clinical Implementaron Unit. Laboratory

  3. Biobank University Hospital

  4. Agreement in process with Andalucía

  5. Research Collaboration with Galicia

  6. Potential with Portugal

  7. Registry for rare diseases in Extremadura (Spain)

  8. Innovative initiatives for the promotion of active aging in the EuroACE region 2014 - 2020 INTERREG V-A Spain - Portugal immigration Improving the scientific excellence of the cross border cooperation area in the research field with the potential to become internationally competitive (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by: (1a) enhancing research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest. "In recent years there has been a constant movement of patients from rural to urban areas. Within this framework of healthcare disparity within regions, the project aims to:

  • Create upgraded secondary care structures for citizens in the cross border area

  • Increase the quality of health service provision both to local and moving population (tourists, migrants etc).

  • Improve provided services

  • Eliminate the conditions excluding sensitive social groups by encouraging cross border healthcare cooperation among structures and their management

9. Digital Innovation Hubs:

· FIWARE Space 

· Technologies for Efficiency Digital Innovation Hub Extremadura (T4E DIH)

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - Very high

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region - Very high

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM -  Very high

Image attribution

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium