CLOCK Association (Cluster of Clusters for Knowledge) was established, among some Tuscan centers for innovation and technology transfer: ASEV – Empolese Development Agency Valdelsa di Empoli, Consorzio Polo Tecnologico Magona di Cecina, COSVIG-Consortium for the Development of Geothermal Areas, NAVIGO of Viareggio, Toscana Life Sciences of Siena and LUCENSE of Lucca.
The chairman is Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group (the second largest group in Europe in the tissue sector), while the office of vice president is held by Vincenzo Poerio, president of the Tuscan nautical and ports technology district.
The association was born following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2019 between the 6 centers and the Tuscany Region, interested in promoting interventions in support of territorial innovation systems to promote the maintenance and increase of the competitiveness of businesses. “Promoting and consolidating the competitiveness of the Tuscan economic system has been one of the priorities of the regional council during these five years – explains the regional councilor, Stefano Ciuoffo -. To achieve this goal, we have launched numerous measures to support territorial innovation systems, especially through tenders. But also trying to intensify the dialogue between companies, the research system and universities. The birth of this platform represents another fundamental step towards the creation of a widespread territorial system that aims to bring together public and private realities committed to sharing knowledge, skills and resources.
The objectives of CLOCK are the sharing of knowledge, skills, equipment and tools to maximize productivity, avoiding duplication, with a view to economic intelligence, and the drive to integrate research-training-innovation-businesses.
For this reason, the association favors transversality, creativity, internationality and the dissemination of opportunities and good practices, through specific actions, also enhancing the relationship with universities and other research organizations.
The Association is open to the entry of new members, with organizational structure and purposes similar to those of the founders.