UK-Ireland Newsletter | June 2017

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,
We started off the month with an excellent showcase of EIT Health-supported start-ups at the 2017 EIT Journalist Thematic Network Meeting in Paris (#JTN2017). It was a very proud moment when two of ‘our’ startups, ProVerum and Eartex, presented their innovations to the assembled journalists. Congratulations on a job well-done!

Congratulations must also go to the Innovation Agency of the North West Coast and Newcastle University for their eminent showcases at the Northern Excellence in Active and Healthy Ageing Symposium in Leeds. The day showcased The North's excellence in innovating in the space of 'Active and Healthy Ageing' alongside some of the most innovative practices in Europe.

London-based start-ups looking for a new base don’t need to go quite as far north to learn from best. The Duke of York officially opened Imperial College's new White City Incubator at the end of May. The incubator offers state-of-the-art laboratories, office spaces and conferencing facilities, as well as an incubation programme, to help start-up and spin-out companies grow and develop. Our own EIT Health incubation programme (Launchlab) is also still taking applications - so don’t forget to apply!

Applications for the EIT Health UK-Ireland Headstart/Proof-of-Concept and Health Catapult programmes are now closed. I look forward to hearing our finalists pitch on 19th July 2017 as part of the EIT Health UK-Ireland Health Innovation Day held in Oxford. Please see further below for registration details if you are interested in attending this event. 

For anyone new to EIT Health - and everyone curious to know anyway - a summary of the outcomes from EIT Health’s first full year of operation (2016) was released. You can read this in the UK-I CLC section of this newsletter. Together we achieved a lot, and it would not have been possible without the contribution of all of you. I would like to sincerely thank you all for your great efforts. 

The EIT Health calendar for the coming weeks is again very busy and I would urge you to peruse the detailed event date listings further below.

Good luck to those of you pitching for funding in the next couple of weeks - be it start-up funding or BP2018 project funding - I wish you best of luck.

Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"Many thanks to our partners in the north of England for sharing some excellent examples of best practice in older population health at the 'Northern Excellence in Active and Healthy Ageing Symposium' earlier this month. I very much look forward to the establishment of the envisaged Northern EIP-AHA Reference Site Network "

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland
EIT Health UK-Ireland Innovation Day:
From Generating Ideas to Funding Them
19 July 2017

Entrepreneurs, academics and business representatives are invited to join the EIT Health UK-Ireland and Oxford Biodesign's teams on this exciting occasion. The event will discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare and new strategies to develop talents, drive business ideas forward and tackle the challenges ahead.

The day will commence with a closer look at current healthcare challenges and ways of tackling them through new solutions. The afternoon will be dedicated to mechanisms for funding healthcare innovations, such as grant, investment and crowdfunding opportunities. One of these opportunities is the EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Fund for which we will see a fantastic line-up of start-ups and entrepreneurs pitch. Up to 7 awards of EUR50,000 cash will be awarded on the day.

Eventbrite - EIT Health UK-Ireland Health Innovation Day

         Pillar and CLC Update

EIT Health Accelerator – UK-Ireland

EIT Health UK-Ireland Start-up Training Days:  

Shortlisted UK- Ireland based applicants for the 2017 Accelerator Programmes will be invited to attend a 2-day training session, on 18th and 19th July 2017, in which they will practice pitching and presentation skills for their own projects, receive commissioning and reimbursement advice, and learn about grant and private financing options for their innovation. Read more here.

EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab - Call Closes 31st July 2017:  
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. Apply here.

EIT Health Campus – UK-Ireland

EIT Health's Health Innovation Training for Key Leaders:
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. Find out more about it here.

EIT Health UKI Partner Meeting (Education Focus):
All EIT Health UK-Ireland partners involved in EIT Health's 2017 Education activities or BP 2018 Campus proposals are invited to join the EIT Health Director of Education, Ursula Mühle, on 29th June 2017, to discuss status and progress of their projects, as well as strategic direction for the Campus portfolio going forward. Please register for the event on Eventbrite here.

Applications for PhD Transition Fellowships - Deadline extended to 23 June:
Successful applicants will receive EUR 10,000-EUR 25,000 towards the cost of accelerated development of their idea in their first post-doctoral year, to be used before the end of 2017. Find out how to apply here.

2017 EIT Health/ACM SIGCHI Summer School on User-Centered Design:
Dublin, Ireland and Stockholm, Sweden, 26 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017.
Five universities, six private (one CRO) and three public partners that reside in three major European cities and two co-location centres, who have in depth expertise in health, economics, policy and innovation hereby join forces to refine their societal role in response to the challenges that are put forward by EIT Health. Find out more about this course here.

EIT Health Innovation Projects – UK-Ireland 

Rare Cancer Project - Integrated Care for Chronic Diseases
EIT Health UK-Ireland core partner Oxford University and EIT Health Innostars partner GE Healthcare are collaborating with others on the EIT Health Rare Cancer project. The project was launched in 2016 with one aim; to generate a team to promote innovative systems-based solutions to the benefit of the patient.

By building on the EIT community, utilising technology and the power of medical and social communities, the Rare Cancer Project (led by EIT Health UK-Ireland’s core partner Oxford University) creates platforms and services for patients with rare cancers, and connects them to specialist care for their disease around Europe and the globe.
The project is highly beneficial for clinical and research centres managing rare cancer cases, but also directly benefits patients, families, medical professional communities and industries as tailor-made solutions are provided to fulfil current unmet needs.

EIT Health UK-Ireland CLC office 

EIT Health UK-Ireland Partner Meeting (Education Focus), London
All EIT Health UK-Ireland partners involved in EIT Health's 2017 Education activities or BP 2018 Campus proposals are invited to join the EIT Health Director of Education, Ursula Mühle, on 29 June to discuss status and progress of their projects, as well as strategic direction for the Campus portfolio going forward. Please note this event is aimed at legal representatives of the UK-Ireland core and associate partners only. Read the draft programme here.

EIT Health UK-Ireland AGM, Oxford
EIT Health UK-Ireland is pleased to host its annual general meeting and invites all legal representatives of the UK-Ireland core and associate partners to participate.
The AGM will take place simultaneously with EIT Health UK-Ireland 'Health Innovation Day - From Generating Ideas to Funding them' event, at Oxford University on 19th July 2017.
Register for the AGM here.

EIT Health 2016 Outcomes Report Released
EIT Health outcomes for 2016 were released this month with lots of good news for EIT Health stakeholders. In 2016, our partners contributed €76.5m and 96.2% of the EIT grant was utilised. These resources have been employed to engage with a plethora of stakeholders, namely 61 research and education institutions, 28 businesses, as well as hospitals, tech clusters and the public. With more than 1500 people involved, almost 9000 intranet sessions and the leveraging of 46 living labs and test beds categorised, the results have been compelling and 82% of partner representatives would recommend EIT Health to a colleague. Indeed, almost 200 ideas have been incubated with more than 100 SMEs involved. Nearly 1400 healthcare professionals have been trained, while more than 20 new products were launched and 18 start-ups created. 

 Our Innovators


EIT Health's Core Partner Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through our medical technologies, services, and solutions. To meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals around the globe, Medtronic operates from more than 260 locations in more than 155 countries. It operates through four main focus groups: the cardiac and vascular group, the restorative therapies group and the minimally invasive therapies group and the diabetes group.
Find out more here.

Upcoming EIT Health Events & Deadlines

EIT Health MOOC Networking Seminar 
26 June 2017 - With this networking seminar, we would like to invite you as project partners involved in digital activities in 2016 and 2017 to get usable knowledge on marketing and outreach and an insight of EIT Health Campus’ strategies and most recent activities, networking opportunity with EIT Health partners. Read More here.

MedTech Summit
EIT Health Germany will be represented at the Medtech Summit in Nürnberg by organizing an informative session for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises from 11:30-12:15 on 22 June 2017. With more than 1,000 participants, the international MedTech Summit congress is one of the most important conventions of the health industry and has been established as a key event in Europe since 2008. More information about the Medtech Summit can be found here. For the agenda of the Info-Session please click here

Call for Workshop Participation "Prospective Teachers of New Executive Masterclasses in Healthcare Informatics"
Copenhagen, Denmark, 26 Jun 2017 - 27 Jun 2017 - Within the framework of EIT Health, the University of Copenhagen, the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Copenhagen Business School (CBS Executive) are looking for prospective teachers who can help with developing a new curriculum for Executive Masterclasses in Healthcare Informatics. Find out more here.

News from EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners
Imperial College London – I-HUB
The I-HUB, Imperial's new translation and innovation hub, launched a few weeks ago at the White City Campus. Providing more than 185,000 square foot of new laboratory, incubator, accelerator and office space, the facility will enable the co-location of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and major corporations alongside Imperial’s academic community. Read more here.

Newcastle University - Institute for Ageing (NUIA)
Last week NUIA gathered with the Innovation Agency, the NHSA, the North East and North Cumbria AHSN and other organisations at the Northern Excellence in Active and Healthy Symposium in Leeds. Newcastle University Institute for Ageing brings together ageing research from all three academic faculties of EIT Health’s core partner Newcastle University.
NUIA is also a focus for local, regional and national networks and innovation assets, through partnerships with organisations such as the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, EIT Health, and the North East England 3 star EIP AHA Reference Site.

AstraZeneca presented positive results from its Phase III OlympiAD trial that showed a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) for patients treated with Lynparza (olaparib) tablets, compared to treatment with physician’s choice of a standard of care chemotherapy. Read more here.

University of Oxford - Oxford BioEscalator
After a programme of development the Old Road Campus now houses one of the largest concentrations of biomedical expertise in the world. Part of the next phase of exciting capital projects will be the new Oxford BioEscalator, which will be a hub for the commercialisation of bioscience and medical research and innovation in Oxford. The aim is to help more innovative ideas to move out of the lab and into the clinic and in doing so to realise the potential of the world-class research and expertise in Oxford. Read more.
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