In Goethe’s Faust, Lynkeus is the character who stands on top of the lookout tower, he who ‘was born to see’. The mission of Lynkeus Srl is to look far afield to where a reinvention of relations between organisations is imposed both by new technologies and by socio-economic factors.

Lynkeus is an independent strategy consultancy, founded in 2000, which works to identify and promote the best cutting-edge technological solutions to complex socio-economic problems in a variety of areas: ranging from eHealth, eGovernment, eProcurement and ePayment to asset-based welfare and voucher systems for social services.

Partially a spin-off of two well-known Italian research centres, Censis, led by Prof. Giuseppe De Rita, and CER, led by the former Minister Giorgio Ruffolo, Lynkeus groups some of the most qualified researchers in the area of healthcare and technology analysis.

Since 2005 Lynkeus has played leading roles in the conceptualisation, development and execution of major ICT for Health projects financed through the EC’s FP6 and FP7.

Starting with Health-e-Child (www.health-e-child.org) Lynkeus has been collaborating with leading European clinical, research and industrial institutions. This cooperation was expanded in 2010 with the launch of the Sim-e-Child (www.sim-e-child.org) project and the addition of John Hopkins University in Baltimore and the American College of Cardiology to a core research team composed of some of Health-e-Child’s partners.

Besides playing a strategic role in supporting the coordination of these projects, Lynkeus has specialised in Project Management, Dissemination and Exploitation.

In 2010 Lynkeus has been working with the Italian Region Emilia Romagna to analyse and trial a purchasing-card-based procurement system in healthcare, which is also being analysed at a European level in cooperation with the French Association des professionnels de la carte d’achat (APECA) and the Lisbon Regions Group, and in Italy by CartaSì, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Bank of Italy.

Formerly Lynkeus also played a key role in conceiving the MedChild Institute, organizing, for the Gaslini Foundation, the World Bank and the Arab Urban Development Institute, the Genoa Conference “Children and the Mediterranean”, and directed the development of “Charting the Mediterranean Child” and the “Child Well-Being Index”.