October 2017
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Dear EIT Health partners and friends,
The past weeks have been incredibly successful for us at the UK-Ireland CLC. 

It was a pleasure to host the DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowship final at the CLC London offices and I would like to congratulate the DPhil/PhD students from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London who were selected to receive Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. I was intrigued by your projects, all of which were very innovative and I wish you the best of luck for your development going forward.

This was also a busy month for our Accelerator activities, with the semi-finals of the EIT Health European Health Catapult taking place across Europe. Four out of the five UK-Ireland participants progressed to the final stage of the programme and I could not be more pleased. I look forward to listening to their pitches at the EIT Health Summit on 4-5 December in London. Find out whom we will be cheering for at the Summit here. 

Thank you to all partner representatives who joined us for the UK-Ireland Partner Meetings on 21 September (Innovation focus) and on 11 October (PMO focus). The slides from the latter session will be circulated them with you via email. Please note the deadline for BP2017 amendments has now passed.

In the CLC office, we warmly welcomed Dr. Alexis Pacquit to the EIT Health UK-Ireland team this week and I look forward to working with him in his new role as Innovation Manager UK-Ireland. As we filled this post, I would like to draw your attention to a new vacancy for an Education Programme Manager UK-Ireland who will work closely with our Strategic Education Lead Graham Armitage on Campus projects and activities. 

Finally, I strongly encourage all of our partners to submit their proposals to the 2018 EIT Health Summer Schools call, which opened this week.Submissions close on 27 November.

I wish you all a wonderful Autumn and hope to hear from you soon regarding your Campus submissions.

Katharina Ladewig
Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland 

Pillar and CLC Update

Four out of five UK-Ireland Start-ups Progress to European Health Catapult Final

Four UK-Ireland based entrepreneurs from all three categories within the European Health Catapult (MedTech, Digital Health and BioTech) have been selected to compete in the final stage of the programme.
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Investors' Network Roundtable

Selected start-ups and entrepreneurs ready to raise investment will meet a panel of angel and corporate investors in London, on the evening of Tuesday 5th December. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch and answer questions from investors with the aim of closing an investment round.
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Apply now to EIT Health Summer Schools 2018

EIT Health Campus is now accepting applications for the Call for Proposals for Summer Schools 2018. Summer Schools are two-to-three week programmes. Compared to E-Labs or other Campus activities, Summer Schools stand at the beginning of the health innovation pathway. EIT Health seeks partners from universities, research institutes, industry and the public sector to deliver Summer Schools in 2018.

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UK-Ireland Winners of DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowship Announced

Eleven DPhil/PhD students from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London were selected to receive Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the final of EIT Health DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowship. The event was hosted at the UK-Ireland CLC's London offices and featured a panel of venture capitalists, technology transfer experts and academics. The winners of the 2017 Dphil/PhD Transition Fellowship are:
  • Gregory Craven - Imperial;
  • Kaelen Mendel - Imperial;
  • Thomas Rifflemacher - Oxford;
  • Martin Ducker - Oxford);
  • Abhilasha Joshi - Oxford;
  • Tiong Kit Tan - Oxford;
  • Oscar Agudo Calderon - Imperial
  • Sarah Onida - Imperial;
  • Aini Vuorinen - Oxford;
  • Mattia Montanari - Oxford;
  • Madi Davies - Oxford

EIT Health launches its updated Innovation Projects Platform

EIT Health invites partners to learn more about the new possibilities offered by the updated Innovation Projects Platform, which has been restructured to increase the impact of our work.
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Hackathon (Blockchain in Clinical Trials Design - Distributed Ledger Technology)

This event will offer the opportunity to Imperial College London community and partners to discuss current trends in clinical trials design and explore the opportunity to leverage Distributed Ledger Technologies.
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Vacancy: UK-Ireland Education Manager

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Alexis Pacquit Appointed as New UK-Ireland Innovation Manager

“After successfully managing, from the original InnoLife consortium three years ago, all aspects of Trinity College Dublin’s (Ireland) involvement in EIT Health, and more recently, in other KICs like the EIT Raw Materials and EIT Climate. Dr Alexis Pacquit is joining the UK-Ireland CLC Team as Innovation Manager.

Alexis was educated in France and Ireland and holds degrees in Industrial Biology (BSc, 1998), Analytical Food Chemistry (PhD, 2005) and Higher Education (Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2017). He has since gathered 15+years’ experience managing national and international research project in FP6, FP7 and H2020 programmes.

His experience as Operation Manager is a new university spin out, managing IP and tech transfer, developing business plans, assessing market opportunities and pitching for investment, will be useful when advising researchers and entrepreneurs. Alexis wishes to leverage this body of knowledge to advise and support others in their innovation goals. Insider’s tip: One sure way to get his attention is to talk about innovative cuisine.”
[ Find Out More About the UK-Ireland Team]

Our Innovators

EIT Health European Health Catapult UK-Ireland Finalists (MedTech)


ProVerum Medical has developed a novel, minimally invasive treatment for patients with symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is an enlargement of the prostate gland, causing difficulty with urination, and is one of the most common medical conditions affecting men: by age 80, it is estimated that 80% of men with suffer from the condition.
ProVerum have developed an expander implant that is delivered via direct vision through the urethra lumen, offering the patient relief from BPH symptoms through a minimally invasive, quick procedure using a local anaesthetic in a urologist’s office. It has no adverse sexual affects, would allow patients to come off medications, avoid surgery, and enjoy a full quality of life. ProVerum Medical was founded by Conor Harkin and Ríona Ni Ghriallais, and has previously participated in EIT Launchlab, and secured funding via Headstart/Proof-of-Concept.    
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Oxford Endovascular

Oxford Endovascular is in its final stage of development of a unique flow-diverter (OXIFLOW) for the minimally invasive treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Oxiflow is a novel, next generation ‘flow-diverter’ that diverts blood flow away from intracranial aneurysms at risk of rupture.
The device is a metallic mesh tube, laser cut from Nitinol (a Nickel Titanium Alloy), and can be placed more accurately and safely than existing products. Conforming to various blood vessel shapes, it reduces the risk of complications and enables the treatment of more patients. 
[ Read More ]

 Upcoming EIT Health Events 

Check the Events page for updates, further events and details

30.10.2017 | Online
Free online course 'Recognizing Frailty'

27.11.2017 - 28.11.2017 | Staffordshire, UK
Training: Technology Enhanced Care Services (TECS) for geriatrics

4.12.2017 - 5.12.2017 | London, UK
EIT Health Summit

5.12.2017 | London, UK
EIT Health UK-Ireland Board of Directors Meeting

 Opportunities & Deadlines

 Vacancy: UK-Ireland Education Manager

 Master Class Building Organisations of the Future: Effective strategies for healthy and ageing workplaces 

 Hackathon (Blockchain in Clinical Trials Design - Distributed Ledger Technology) 

 Summer Schools 2018


 News from EIT Health UKIreland Partners

Newcastle University features in BBC series

Experts from Newcastle University reveal the shocking differences between people’s body age and their actual age in the BBC 1 series ‘How to Stay Young’.
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Imperial College London awarded funding to establish centre of excellence in medical technology 

The National Institute for Health Research has awarded over £1.3 million to host the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR London IVD Co-operative).
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NUI Galway Launches BioExcel Accelerator Programme

BioExcel Accelerator programme at NUI Galway is open to applications from med-tech entrepreneurs
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AstraZeneca opens drug discovery funding applications in collaboration with MRC

The Medical Research Council (MRC) recently announced that it will provide funding for up to ten high throughput screening (HTS) projects a year to run within the AstraZeneca UK Centre for Lead Discovery.
[ Read More ]
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