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eLSi: e-learning for Life Sciences internationalisation. Click here for a link to the efront platform developed by RLN-UK.

Internationalisation of life science SMEs to non-European regions

Life science is a key sector in Europe, comprising pharma, biotech, medtech and healthcare. The life science sector is a global business, with collaboration partners and target markets distributed world-wide and with strong international competition. There is therefore a growing need of European life science managers to acquire the key competence of specific intercultural skills in order to export their company’s expertise, to collaborate with key global players and to sell their technologies into international markets.

Development of language & culture business training tools

Through the creation of language & culture training resources, the eLSi project wants to contribute to a successful increase in the global competitiveness of European small and medium-sized enterprises in the life science sector, with a focus on non-European target countries. The training materials are aimed at SME managers who are involved in the internationalisation process of their company. eLSi will transfer existing training tools from a previous Leonardo da Vinci project, combine them with new life science focused materials and transport them to the target groups using electronic teaching tools. These modern and flexible eLearning modules will focus on eight target countries/markets most relevant for life science business outside Europe.

Availability of results

The results of the project will be made directly available to the target group in Europe, taking into account their cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition, Vocational Education Trainers (VETs) and institutions will be offered the opportunity to integrate the valuable sector-based culture resources into their training programmes for life science professionals, especially into those with an international context, e.g. for skills in business development.


The impact of the new project will be the ability of European SMEs to ‘read’ cultural business situations such as negotiations, bench-to-bench collaborations, meetings and relationship-building, and to prepare them for the life science sector in the non-European target country, thereby enhancing business opportunities abroad.

For more information about this project, please contact jen@milner.eu.com or visit the project website at


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