UK-Ireland Newsletter | December 2016

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,

The past two months have flown by with the first EIT Health Summit, the UKI goes to Europe Tour, the Start-up and Investor Brunch, and the CEO visit & Bilateral meeting with the Innostars partners all taking place in short succession. You can find out more about these and any upcoming events, as well as pillar & CLC news, and EIT Health-wide announcements in the following sections. However, please join me in congratulating the teams from Ally Smartcare and Optellum – two UKI CLC supported start-ups - who placed 3rd in the EIT Health Business Plan Aggregator. Congratulations – we are very proud of you!
With the EIT finally approving EIT Health’s budget for 2017 just over a week ago, the Campus pillar is now accepting proposals for its Call for 2017 Summer Schools and Short Courses; with a submission deadline of 16 January 2017. And we are also already preparing for 2018. The Call for Proposals for our Business Plan 2018  was published on 19 December 2016. We are seeking creative and innovative project proposals in all three of our pillars: Accelerator, Campus and Innovation Projects. The submission deadline for proposals in all pillars is 12 April 2017. Those of you who are considering to prepare a proposal or are already preparing proposals can find partners at the Matchmaking Event, running 1-3 February 2017 in Uppsala, where 300 participants will have a chance to meet well-matched collaborators. Register soon, to make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. Find out more here.

With this final newsletter for 2016, I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for making 2016 a successful year for the UK-Ireland CLC and the wider EIT Health partnership.
Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful festive season. May the Year 2017 be a healthy, prosperous and successful one for you all.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"We have had amazing success this year, I am convinced we can achieve even greater things in 2017!"

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland
EIT Matchmaking event 1-3 February 2017 in Uppsala


This event will put focus on all three EIT Health Pillars – Campus, Innovation and Accelerator – gathering scientists and enterprises for interdisciplinary sessions in order to address various challenges in larger groups of expertise. The aim of the EIT Matchmaking event is to kick start cross-border collaborations within health and innovation, thereby reaching the main goal: to give the participants a head start on upcoming EIT Health-calls.
Register before 19th Jan 2017:

 Pillar and CLC Update


EIT Health Accelerator – UK-Ireland

BPA Aggregator Success for UKI CLC supported Start-Ups:
The winners of the EIT Health Business Plan Aggregator competition for 2016 were chosen after making their pitches at the EIT Health Summit. The UKI CLC placed two teams in the top 3: Ally Smartcare (3rd place MedTech category) and Optellum (3rd place DigiHealth category). See here for the full winners and their project descriptions.

Start-Up and Investor Brunch:
On 2nd Dec 2016 SMEs and start-ups supported by the UKI CLC had the opportunity to join us for some pre-christmas cheer whilst discussing their innovation with people who can help give their ideas the proverbial wings to fly.  Participants had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with our team of mentors, coaches, industry experts and financiers, hone their pitch skills with our very own pitch trainer (Beth Susanne, Visions in Focus), pick up some commissioning & reimbursement advice (Tracey Marriott, Oxford AHSN), understand different financing options (Raj Airey, Additio Investments) and refine their business model based on input from experienced entrepreneurs. In parallel, investors from the London area had the opportunity to hear more about EIT Health, in particular the EIT Health private equity platform (

Registrations Open for Market Coach Network:
EIT Health maintains a European network of experts, who provide coaching and mentoring services to entrepreneurs and project leaders in relevant health/ageing areas through relevant market expertise and specific local knowledge. Interested individuals are now invited to register for this market coach network. By registering and interacting with our start-ups, coaches will not only have the chance to interact with our exciting start-ups and entrepreneurs, extend their professional network at European level and find new business opportunities, but will also support start-up acceleration, SME expansion and business creation out of EIT Health activities and projects, for which we are extremely grateful. For a letter of support and further information please contact the CLC office. (

EIT Health Campus – UK-Ireland

EIT Health Innovation Day 2016:
Hundreds of students from different disciplines attended the 2016 EIT Health Innovation Day(s) (iDays) on 18/19 November 2016 at Imperial College London, the University of Newcastle and the University of Oxford, UK and a number of Scandinavian partners. The iDays are unique events where students come together for a day of inspiration, networking and interdisciplinary problem-solving using Design Thinking approaches. Photos and Testimonials can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

EIT labeled Master Programs Open for Registration:
Students can register by 15 January 2017 for the EIT labeled programme "International Master of Innovative Medicine" and by 1 February-1 March-1 April 2017 (depending on applicant group) for the "Innovation in Healthcare Master". See here for more details.

EIT Health Partners Called to Submit Proposals for Summer Schools and Short Courses in 2017:
Proposals to host summer schools and short-courses may now be submitted by eligible EIT Health core and associate partners until Monday, 16 January 2017, 16:00 CET.  Only applications submitted via the PLAZA platform will be considered. See the Campus Calls webpage for more information.

Inventory of Education and Training Opportunity offered by EIT Health partners:
EIT Health is asking all partners for an active participation to conduct an inventory to map education & training activities offered by EIT Health partners across all CLCs dedicated to our overall objectives. The results from this exercise will be used to create a catalogue of education & training activities across EIT Health to identify potential synergies and gaps in education & training offers by all EIT Health partners. We are asking all our partners to log-in to this online database (accessed here, login: eithealth password: Campus2016!) and submit all relevant education & training activities e.g., course, module, training offered by EIT Health partners, whether academic or non-academic, whether directed to students, entrepreneurs,executives & professionals or patients/citizens.

New EIT Health Campus Brochure:
EIT Health Campus, the education pillar of EIT Health, has the mission of supporting all EIT Health partners in bringing about significant healthcare improvements for the benefit of the European citizen. A new Campus Brochure outlines the EIT Health education pillar and all of our activity lines, and is available to share with anyone seeking more information. Download it here.

Successful EIT Health Summit 2016:
As the highlight of EIT Health first year of activities, the Summit brought 350+ participants from our partner organizations, our education program participants and selected external stakeholders to Barcelona for two insightful days of talks, round table discussions and  networking. During the summit participants presented their projects in a poster session.  These can be downloaded here.  The Innovation Projects Pillar is also  described in a new video, which can be found on the EIT Health webpage and Vimeo.

Meeting for EIT Health's Pharmaceutical Partners:
All core and associate Pharma partners of EIT Health are invited to a 26 January 2017 meeting to identify and discuss a number of EIT Health activities where pharma companies can increase their engagement, and to define new areas for innovation projects. Find more information and register before the 19 January deadline here.


New Associate Partner: 
The UK-Ireland CLC is pleased to welcome Anne Connolly and her team as the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX) joins the EIT Health partnership. 

CLC meetings 2017:
The 2016 series of CLC partner meetings at roaming partner locations closed with the final meeting hosted by Imperial College Health Partners on 16th Dec 2016. Thank you to all those who hosted a meeting in 2016 and showcased their innovation activities. Future partner meetings will be less frequent and either be hosted by the CLC office at our new premises or held in conjunction with major EIT Health events. Information will be posted on EIT Health Connections.

                  Our Innovators 

Kaido - A Connected Healthcare Platform


Kaido is a connected health and wellbeing company that is part of the Serendip Smart City incubator at innovation Birmingham’s iCentrum and is supported by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network.
Kaido’s mission is to empower a consumer-driven approach to health and wellbeing through access to personalized high-quality education information using a connected healthcare platform.

Contact: Richard Westman

Damibu - TeamScreen

A&E cardiac arrest all follow a pre-defined method, and although well-trained individually, the ad hoc arrest team members are often strangers and rely on verbal and hand-written communication. TeamScreen is an A&E cardiac arrest dash board, which brings the team management of cardiac arrest into the didgital age by allowing for the precise and speedy sharing of information among the diverse team of clinicians addressing cardiac arrest.

Contact: Dave Burrows

 Upcoming Events & Deadlines
10.01.17 Design Thinking Workshop on Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Within the framework of the European project EIT Health, Biocat, KTH and the Trinity College Dublin organize a workshop in Barcelona to identify the health needs of companies using the Design Thinking methodology.
16.01.17 Deadline for Summer Schools and Short Courses calls: EIT Health Campus invites all Core and Associate Partners to apply for the new call for proposals for Summer Schools and Short Courses. Anyone interested in proposing a Summer School or Short Course should see the call information here.

17.01.17 Workshop "Data Privacy Regulation Day": This one-day workshop organized by the ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues) board of EIT Health and supported by EIT Health France, will try to shed some light on the consequences of the new EU Regulation “on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data”.
26.01.17 Meeting of EIT Health’s Pharmaceutical Partners: The main purpose of the meeting is to identify a number of EIT Health activities where pharma companies can increase their engagement, and to define new areas for innovation projects. CLC managers are also invited in order to enable rapid follow-up and the identification of suitable partners to further develop the activities identified.

01.-03.02.17 EIT Health Matchmaking event in Uppsala: Register now and meet potential partners in February at this large-scale networking event designed to generate fruitful one-to-one meetings.
08.-09.02.17 Global Investor Forum supports start-ups and scale-ups: Biomed start-ups and scale-ups can meet with potential investors and learn more about launching and growing a successful biomed enterprise.
15.02.17 BioAngels: BioM invites start-ups seeking equity and investors seeking investment opportunities in life sciences to its pitch event on 15 February in Munich. Apply to join before 16 January. BioM is associate partner of EIT Health and a partner of the German CLC.
06.-07.03.17 Prospective Teachers of New Executive Masterclasses in Healthcare Informatics: Prospective teachers who can help develop a new curriculum for EIT Health Executive Masterclasses in Healthcare Informatics are invited to attend this workshop and to explore further cooperation on the new class.
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