UK-Ireland Newsletter | December 2016

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,

I had a wonderful time at the ‘Mobilising Business, Acting on Future Health’ Conference held on 30th March, which was organised and hosted by EIT Health partner Imperial College Business School. The conference sparked lots of meaningful discussions on future models of care, particularly in terms of facing global healthcare challenges, such as escalating demand, a drive to contain public expenditure, the need to increase access to affordable healthcare, the human and economic cost of climate change, as well as the cost of technology and innovation. I was very pleased to see many EIT Health partners represented with their global offices at the conference. Though recent political discussions might suggest otherwise, health is indeed a global issue, not merely a national one.

We’ve had a hectic yet productive couple of weeks and we are very excited to have received an outstanding number of applications from SMEs and start-ups for EIT Health’s 2017 Accelerator programmes. You will have the opportunity to hear from many of these inspiring start-ups and entrepreneurs on 19th July 2017, when we will decide on this year’s Proof-of-Concept/Headstart Awardees in the UKI region and the UKI nominated finalists for the European Health Catapult.

Applications for 2018 EIT Health Business Plan proposals are now also closed. It was great to speak with many of you at the 2018 Business Plan Q&A sessions held around the UKI region and online, and I very much look forward to reading your brilliant proposals.

As for future opportunities, it is not too late to apply to the European Health Catapult, a joint accelerator programme of EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe, which will close on 30th April.

I wish you all a wonderful time over the holidays and a happy Easter!

Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"I was pleased to participate in the discussions with global thought leaders in health at the recent ‘Mobilising Business, Acting on Future Health’ Conference on how models of risk sharing could incentivise patients to look after their own health."

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland
Applications for European Health Catapult closing soon - Deadline 30th April 16:00 CET

As a joint accelerator programme of EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe, the former Business Plan Aggregator was relaunched under the new name “European Health Catapult”. Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2017, 16:00 (CET)

EIT Health is cooperating with the Health Axis Europe (HAE), and jointly invite already incorporated micro and small enterprises (with fewer than 50 employees), spinoffs and start-ups operating in an EU Country to submit applications that will award support to the best business plans in Medtech, Biotech and Digital Health. For the application, please use the form at:

 Pillar and CLC Update
EIT Health Accelerator – UK-Ireland

Deadline 30th April 2017, European Health Catapult (Formerly BP Aggregator):
EIT Health is cooperating with the Health Axis Europe (HAE), and jointly invite already incorporated micro and small enterprises (with fewer than 50 employees), spinoffs and startups operating in an EU Country to submit applications that will award support to the best business plans in Medtech, Biotech and Digital Health. Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2017, 16:00 (CET).

Deadline 31st July 2017 - LaunchLab:
A two-month pressure cooker taking place in Delft Netherlands, for not-yet entrepreneurs from all over Europe to support them in developing and validating their health tech idea, developing marketing potential, launching to customers and creating the business model. Who can apply: Master’s students, graduates, scientists and young professionals working on ideas in medical technology, biotechnology and scalable eHealth. Eligible regions: Seeking applicants from all over Europe who are willing to travel to Netherlands for 2 months. Register here.
EIT Health Campus – UK-Ireland

Deadline 1st May - Course on 'Customer Orientation in Healthcare Organisations':
A basic requirement for healthcare organisations to stay competitive is to embrace a
customer centric perspective. Therefore, this course will cover the following 5 themes:
1. Current trends and future developments in the healthcare sector. What are key challenges?
2. Customer-centered thinking. What do researchers say? What do practitioners say?
3. The (managerial) organisational mindset. What role does it play in 55+ customer-entered thinking? What does research say?
4. How managerial mindsets affect/prevent/enable innovation
5. How to identify a meaningful strategy
Course Information: June 22nd, 2017 - June 23rd, 2017;  Deadline: 1st of May;  Tuition fee: Euro 875,00- (course + course materials), Euro 437,50 for EIT Health members, register here.

2017 EIT Health Campus Summer Schools and Short Courses - Open for Registration:
EIT Health Campus has announced detailed descriptions of its Summer Schools and Short Courses for 2017, and is offering the opportunity for applicants to register their interest in these courses. EIT Health Campus works with students and professionals to develop skills, increase industry knowledge and showcase their potential. It responds to learners’ diverse needs with more opportunities to pursue niche specialisations. As part of this commitment, the Campus provides a variety of Summer Schools, offering unique opportunities to deepen understanding of especially relevant areas within the healthcare industry. Read more about Campus Summer Schools and Short Courses here.


NEUROWEAR Wearable neuromodulation - 2017 ‘Home Care and Care Home’ Innovation Projects:
In 2017 EIT Health’s Innovation pillar began giving support to projects in the “Home care and care home” category. The UK-Ireland CLC was proud to see its core partner Trinity College Dublin involved in the NEUROWEAR project. Transcranial current stimulation (TCS) is a noninvasive neuromodulation technique with the potential to treat brain disorders that are currently untreatable or require invasive surgery. Lab based studies show TCS can control tremor in movement disorder patients. The NEUROWEAR project will: 1) deliver a CE marked, wearable neurostimulator for TCS applications, 2) evaluate and refine TCS effectiveness in treating movement disorders in real-world environments and 3)prepare the therapy for transfer to market. Core and Associate Partners: Trinity College Dublin; MEDES; Nuvinat Medical; KU Leuven; Zenso. Find out more about all 2017 Innovation projects here.


EIT Health’s continued commitment to work with its UK partners
With the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government on 29th March 2017, EIT Health renewed its commitment to continue collaborating with our UK partners in our joint commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare sector, across the UK and Europe. You can read the official statement here.
                  Our Innovators 

Zeno - Automating the Biologicals Research Laboratory
Ryan Gralia

Producers of biologicals often struggle to systematically discover, trial and commercialise new products. R&D and commercialisation of biologicals is expensive due to labour intensive processes and the lack of software-driven automated decision making tools. Zeno helps biologists and biological procedures to increase their R&D and quality control productivity. Zeno’s technology is derived from the combination of GPU computing, computer vision, and deep learning for the automatic identification, cataloguing and analysis of microbes from microscopic images. Ryan was one of the participants of EIT Health’s LaunchLab in 2016.

Contact: Ryan Gralia 

Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Novel Therapy For Sepsis
Kate Tatham

Kate C. Tatham’s main research interests include the mechanisms of lung injury and specifically the role of monocytes following pulmonary ischaemia and inflammation.
She was recently awarded her PhD from Imperial College for which she received an Imperial Wellcome Clinical Research Fellowship. She is also the co-organiser of the Imperial College Biomedical Research MRes stream in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care and of the trainee-led, arranging annual conferences to raise the profile of preoperative research across London and the Southeast.
Kate was one of the recipients of the 2016 edition of the Phd/Doctoral Transition Fellowships.

Contact: Kate C. Tatham
 Upcoming EIT Health Events & Deadlines
Deadline 20th April
Digital Hospital Transformation Short Course:

UK-Ireland associate partner Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the Digital Hospital Transformation Short Course, which will take place on 29 August – 1 September, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, at GE’s Digital Center of Excellence.
The SHiFT Short Course brings together stakeholders shaping the Digital Future of Healthcare, those who already have, or will have, the chance to drive changes. Attendees will gain reliable knowledge on digital health trends and technologies and design of transformation projects, and will work on real cases for EIT Health Partners. Deadline for applications: 20th April, with possibility for extension. Click here to apply for participation in the course.

Event 24th Apr 2017, 08:30 BST
EIT Health Innovation Fellowships Showcase 2017:

The Annual Showcase for the Clinical Innovation Fellowships Programmes (biodesign style) will be held in Dublin on April 24th 2017. Venue: The Science Gallery @ Trinity College Dublin. Hosted by BioInnovate Ireland in collaboration with KTH and BIOCAT. Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Download the programme here. Contact person: Paul Anglim

Event 7th July
REGMED EUROPE - 1st European matchmaking event on regenerative medicine:

EIT Health’s associate partner Medicen Paris Region has contributed to organise the first European matchmaking event dedicated to regenerative medicine. Why participate? To get information about the ongoing regenerative medicine challenges and topics, to learn about the major European ecosystems, to get the chance to present your innovative projects, and to meet the European actors in your field and build international partnerships. Target audience: companies, universities, research organizations, and patients associations from Europe and beyond. Main topics: cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials, tissue engineering. Register for free.

More  EIT Health Events and Deadlines

REBBLS Beers with peers
21.04.2017 , 16:00 Copenhagen, Denmark

Trilateral Meeting Germany - InnoStars - Spain
25.04.2017 - 26.04.2017 , Barcelona, Spain

Deadline April 30: European Health Catapult (Formerly BP Aggregator)
30.04.2017 , Online

Deadline 1 May: Customer Orientation in Healthcare Organizations
01.05.2017 , Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

HEALTHIO - Innovation in Health Conference
03.05.2017 - 05.05.2017 , Recinto Montjuïc, Fira Barcelona, Barcelona,Spain

EIT Health Germany Partner Assembly
10.05.2017 , Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Deadline 15 May: Big Data for Healthy Living
15.05.2017 , Archamps Technopole, France

EIT Health e.V. Partner Assembly

 Local News and Funding Opportunities
Deadline 31st May Midday - Innovate UK business Funding: Tackling healthcare challenges
Funded by the UK's innovation agency, the Medical Research Council and Scottish Enterprise, the Biomedical Catalyst has up to £12 million to support innovative healthcare technologies and processes that could help to prevent disease or better manage and treat chronic health conditions.

Event 9th April: Workshop on pump-priming awards in global nutrition research and global mental health research
The MRC has announced two funding opportunities in global health research focused on the following two strategic areas:
- Nutrition and global health research
- Global mental health research
As part of these funding opportunities and to help set research priorities, they will hold a joint one-day workshop and information event which will take place on the 9 June 2017 at BEIS conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, SW1E 5ND. Click here for more info and how to register to the workshop.

Deadline 10th April: Respond to consultation on active ageing, Online
Organisations involved in large-scale, sustainable, digitally-enabled innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing are invited to participate in a short online consultation, conducted by the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing in an effort to identify projects worthy of investment. The results will inform the creation of an Investment Map illustrating the EU investment potential in this area, contributing to the EIP on AHA Policy Dashboard. Click here to complete the online Consultation Questionnaire.
For more information, Contact: Paula Dougan, ECHAlliance:

Event 20th April 8:30am - Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care
One year from the publication of the Challenge on Dementia 2020 Implementation Plan, Dementia 2017: Implementing Better Care is taking place to provide the opportunity to discuss the quality and consistency of dementia care across England, the initial outcomes of pilot programmes that have been created and the emerging innovations to ensure high standards of care and support for those with dementia and their families. Click here for more info and tickets.

Event 18th May 8:30am - The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability
Open Forum Events invite you to join them at The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability conference. This event is a high-level meeting, bringing together professionals and peers working within the health and social care systems and its associated partners, to continue the debate as to the future of the NHS. Click here for info and booking.

Deadline 2nd June 2017 - Health innovation training for key leaders, London
Senior executives and policymakers can learn about key issues affecting healthcare innovation and delivery, and discuss the possibilities with other leaders in the field, in an educational programme supported by EIT Health and delivered in three-day segments at four European cities between July and November. The Advanced Management Program in Health Innovation Management (AMP-HIM) will be delivered by Imperial College Business School, IESE Business School and Copenhagen Business Schools. Module 1: London, 3-6 July Module 2, 3 and 4 will be held at a later stage in Munich, Copenhagen and Barcelona, respectively. The cost of the course is €10 000 for EIT Health members and €14 000. See more here.

News - INNOLABS funding opportunity for start-ups in Europe
Though external to EIT Health, INNOLABS is project funded by the European Commission under H2020 INNOSUP-2015 call, with the objective of supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs to deliver new products, services and processes in the area of Health. It aims at supporting projects and ideas based on the combination of ICT, BIO, Health and Medical sectors for the benefit of aging populations, rural areas and societal needs, where mHealth is considered to be one of the catalyst of these solutions. Read more here.

Health Foundation - Funding and Fellowship Opportunities Open for Applications
The Health Foundation - an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK - currently has a number of funding and fellowships opportunities open for applications. These include open calls for the following areas: Exploring social franchising, Understanding young people’s future health prospects: engagement programmes, The Q initiative, and Scaling-up Improvement Grants. Read more here.
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