CEO Newsletter | June 2016

Dear EIT Health partners,

I am delighted to announce, that we have recently launched our new intranet: EIT Health Connections. This gives us a new platform for interaction and exchange. I would like to encourage you to use it to connect with other partners. Together, we have the chance to quickly fill EIT Health Connections with life.
My last weeks have been at the same time busy and productive. I had several strategically important meetings, such as a high level seminar on innovation, organised by the European Commission, a workshop with the EIP AHA regions in Groningen on a potential collaboration with EIT Health as well as the Friends of Europe’s third round table on “disruptive models of healthcare for Europe”. These meetings create great opportunities for us to position EIT Health and develop our brand with important EU stakeholders.

A short update on the submitted proposals, which are currently under review. After the Supervisory Board meeting on 28 July, we will inform all partners having submitted proposals about their outcome - latest at the beginning of August. Our EIT Health Partner Assembly will vote on the Business Plan 2017 on 19 September before we submit it for approval to the EIT.
In the meanwhile we are preparing our first EIT Health Innovation Summit in Barcelona on 23-24 November. This will be the next highlight to strengthen our community even further. You will find some first information about the event below.

"My recent meetings with EU stakeholders underlined, that by developing EIT Health we are creating the health innovation platform, which has so far been missing in the European Union. I am excited to shape EIT Health further with your support in the next months."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.
  Launch of new Intranet
     EIT Health Connections

Ready, set, go: We are happy to anounce that the first release of the new intranet is launched. Everyone registered at Plaza received a notification with all important information. In EIT Health Connections you can share documents, recieve updates about upcoming events and read what is going on in the EIT community. This internal platform will also allow you to engage with other members of our exciting community.

The new intranet is your new source on everything that is going on in the EIT Health community.
You can contact us at, in case you have questions

 Update from the Pillars

News from Accelerator
EIT Health and BIO Clustermanagement NRW GmbH have launched the digital Private Equity platform “” at the 5th BIO.NRW Business Angel Congress in Düsseldorf. This platform should help start-ups to apply for funding from business angels and investors. In order to get the attention of a large investors community, young entrepreneurs and start-ups can register and upload a 3-minute biotech/life science/medtech/digihealth company video in order to apply for funding.

This is one of the first Accelerator activities and it is open to be joined by all existing private equity networks across the EIT Health countries. EIT Health Accelerator creates an ecosystem where innovation can thrive. It gathers the best and brightest health industry entrepreneurs, and provides them with the support, skills and services that they need to get their ideas off the ground and into the market. A follow-up article of the 5th BIO.NRW Business Angel Congress can be found here. The next BIO.NRW Business Angel Congress will take place on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 in Düsseldorf.
PoC/ HeadStart
The French CLC invited 25 start-ups out of more than 60 applications to pitch for their PoC/HS funding requests. Seven excellent entrepreneurs from BioTech, MedTech and DigiHealth have been selected. In the UK/Ireland CLC more than 40 applications are currently under review. With the exception of the BeNe CLC, the calls are open in all CLCs/InnoStars.

In different CLCs/InnoStars regions, Business Plan Competition and PoC/HS projects are linked with Local Training Programmes in order to provide required competencies for the participants. Methodology, content and organised training events have been prepared in five InnoStars regions.
Update from Campus
Over 25 partner organisations came together in Strasbourg, France from 25-26 May to launch the EIT Health Caregiving and Ageing Reimagined Across Europe (C.A.R.E.) Campus programme and chart a pathway forward.

The C.A.R.E initiative is part of the Campus programme, which is intended to empower Europe's top talents and citizens with new opportunities and resources to create new solutions in healthcare.
Campus Update: New Short Courses
The Graduate Hub is pleased to announce three new short courses this year.Following a call to all partners earlier this year, the Education Committee reviewed and then selected three exciting courses for EIT Health support.

Brain to Market is an education programme combining translational neuroscience and entrepreneurship training in a boot-camp format. The course is taking place at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moëlle épinière (Paris, France), for five days from 29 August to 2 September, led by INSERM (FR) with input from UCB (GE), Philips (BENE), ICM (FR) and Collège des Ingénieurs (FR). It combines training in neuroscience and entrepreneurship for graduate students, researchers, clinicians and engineers. After working in multidisciplinary groups to share knowledge, the projects prepared by each group are challenged by an international jury composed by key opinion leaders scientists, venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs.
The closing date for registration is 1 July 2016. Please register via this link >> 

Entrepreneurial Introductory Translational Research (EITR), is taking place in Cologne from 27 June – 1 July 2016. This short course is a collaboration with several partners including Siemens, Miltenyi, Roche and Profil. The one-week intensive course is set up in collaboration with the CECAD Translational Platform (RP-C) of the Key Profile Area I – Ageing-associated Diseases of the University of Cologne. This short course is part of the EIT Health Campus programme and is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The course is closed for applications.

Innovation Game is a short course bridging health innovation, education and gamification taking place in Gotland in mid-August. It is organised by Uppsala University (SCAN) in collaboration with University Medical Center Groningen (BENE), Heidelberg University (GE), Université Grenoble Alpes (FR) and Phadia AB (Thermo Fisher Scientific, SCAN). The course focuses on the use of serious games as a tool for health innovation and education; challenging interdisciplinary groups of students, professionals, researchers and educators into creative ways of innovative thinking, igniting an entrepreneurial mindset. Still open for late registrations: >>
Participate in the current Partner Citizen Dialogue on facebook. Kristina Johnell, Professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, is asking: "Inappropriate medication being prescribed to older people and other drug-related issues are important problems. Do you agree?" >>
  EIT Health Innovation Summit
On 23-24 November we will celebrate our first EIT Health Innovation Summit. It will take place in Barcelona and is kindly hosted by our partner La Caixa.

We will showcase the progress and results of activities carried out in 2016, highlight success stories, present the ambitions and plans for 2017 and create an opportunity for networking across the partnership to strengthen our community even further. The participation will be by invitation only, and our Partners will receive further information about the programme and registration.

 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

EIT Health events: 
28.06. Partner Assembly (11 am, online, duration: 60 min) on the topic: „Closing of 2015 EIT Health Accounts“
23.-24.11. EIT Health Innovation Summit in Barcelona, Spain

Public events with EIT Health participation:
28.06.-01.07. World Congress on Active Ageing in Melbourne, Australia >>
30.09.-04.10. Lisbon Vitality Festival: "Lisbon, city with rights, for all ages" (as part of Campus activities). The EIT Health international day is on 3 October: dedicated to professionals, civil servants, VIP's and entrepreneurs.

30.06. Call for applications DPhil/PhD transition fellowships >>
30.06. New documents for German Head Start call for proposals have been distributed at the beginning of June. Next cut-off date will be 30 June. >>
31.07. EIT Health invites micro and small enterprises (< 50 employees), spin-offs and start-ups (already incorporated) to submit applications for the EIT Health Business Plan Aggregator >>

CLC & InnoStars Ticker

+++ Belgium-Netherlands: The call for Head Start projects and PoC is out in the BeNe, expecting a lot of applications. Application deadline: 31 July +++ France: A seminar on “Ethics and technologies for the elderly at home” took place on 23 May. It was organised by CLC France's partner MADoPA and sponsored by EIT Health France. On 30 May, the CLC held a Board of Directors meeting and its General Assembly. The new Board of Directors and the president were elected. The selection day of the EIT Health France Business Plan Competition took place on 31 May. In attendance of Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation, 7 out of 25 pre-selected start-ups were awarded the 50,000 Euro grant to speed-up market access with individual coaching. +++ Germany: BIO Clustermanagement NRW GmbH represented EIT Health at the BIO International Convention 2016 in San Francisco. There, the representative for biotechnology of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr. Bernward Garthoff, held a presentation at the European Commission's booth on 8 June. Together with Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V., Heidelberg University and Hackerstolz e.V., the German CLC organised the Life Science meets IT – Hackathon in Heidelberg on 20-22 May 2016 >>. On 9 June, the CLC hosted its Partner Assembly in Berlin. From 8 to 10 June, EIT Health was represented at the Hauptstadtkongress Medizin & Gesundheit 2016, together with AbbVie and Siemens Healthineers. The CLC organised a presentation on collaboration opportunities and perspectives from EIT Health partners at the MedTech Summit 2016, which took place on 15 and 16 June in Nuremberg. +++ Scandinavia: The Scandinavian Partner Assembly meeting took placein Stockholm on 19 May, followed by a reception and celebration. +++ Spain: On 20 June, CLC Spain's Partner Assembly took place at University of Barcelona's Medicine Faculty. The "Bilateral meeting EIT Health: France - Spain" will take place in Barcelona on 27-28 June. +++ UK-Ireland: Recently, Medtronic and the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network joined the CLC as core partner and associate partner, respectively. The UK-Ireland call for Headstart/Proof-of-Concept applications (which closed on 31 May 2016) was heavily oversubscribed; receiving 50+ applications from promising health start-ups and SMEs. Core partners Imperial College and Oxford University officially launched their call for applications for this year's DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowships Pilot Program. +++ InnoStars: Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Medicine at the Centre for Healthy Ageing at the University of Copenhagen, held a presentation on aging and vitality at Brain Bar Budapest. Hans Hofstraat, Vice President at Philips Research and Member of the EIT Health Supervisory Board, held a presentation in Budapest on 9 June at a conference on  the effect of digitalization in life sciences. It was organised by the Hungarian Association of IT companies. Among the audience were Hungarian EIT Health members, and several companies/SMEs interested in cooperation with KIC and participation in EIT Health programmes. In addition, Hans Hofstraat visited academic partners in Budapest, helped strengthening the InnoStars and opened doors for future EIT Health projects. InnoStars members had a face-to-face assembly in Munich on 13 June with the participation of members of the EIT Health Management Team.
Dr. Bernward Garthoff, giving a presentation on EIT Health at the BIO International Convention in San Francisco.
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