CEO Newsletter | September 2016

Dear EIT Health partners,

I would like to thank all EIT Health partners for their trust and approval of our Business Plan 2017. The ambitious plan, which will be submitted to EIT this week for their approval, will see increased cooperation among the growing number of EIT Health partners.

It has been a pleasure to welcome three new EIT Health partners: Beiersdorf from Hamburg, E-Group from Budapest and GLINTT from Lisbon. These firms were approved as EIT Health Associate partners over the summer, bringing the total number of partners to 136 – including 53 Core partners and 83 Associate partners. More important than the number of partners is the depth of their participation. Based on our 2017 Business Plan, more than 70% of of EIT Health’s partners, including almost 90% of our Core partners, will be involved in active projects by next year.

A hearty welcome also goes out to Jean Marc Bourez, who has been nominated as the new Managing Director of EIT Health France and EIT Health Management Board member. Jean Marc is already well integrated into our network, as he has been the representative of SANOFI within EIT Health France and has taken an important role in developing and managing various activities for our community. Jean Marc will start his full responsibility on 3 October. 

"I would like to thank those who participated in the EIT Health Partner Assembly today for their trust and approval of our Business Plan 2017."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.


A total of 350 selected participants will gather for networking, creating business and sharing success stories.

To learn more about the registration, programme and logistics information:

 Update from the Pillars

Campus Update

New MOOC on diabetes and risks of inactivity started 29 August
Professor Bente Klarlund Pedersen, a medical doctor specialised in infectious diseases and a Professor of Integrative Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, has created a massive open online course (MOOC) that focuses on how exercise may help to prevent a series of diseases, including diabetes and obesity. Find out more here:

EIT Health CAMPUS E-Lab Workshop in Copenhagen
A workshop covering the EIT Health Entrepreneurship Hub Network “EIT Health Starter Lab (E-Lab) – How to start an E-Lab?” took place 29 August in Copenhagen. Watch the video report here.

Wellbeing of Seniors
On 7 November, EIT Health Campus will launch our new blended course trajectories called “Wellbeing of Seniors”, which give participants the opportunity to learn about integrating wellbeing with the wishes and ambitions of seniors and their organisations. Registration is now open. Click here for more information.

EIT Health and GENiE colloborate on conference about teaching health innovation
Educators and other stakeholders will explore means for making innovation a regular part of the curriculum for healthcare leaders at a 25-26 October conference in Barcelona, organised through a collaboration of EIT Health and the Global Educators Network for Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENiE). See details here:

Accelerator Update

The LaunchLab teams have travelled by bus for several weeks and met partners in different capitals all over Europe, before the 15 September Launch Day. See more here.

Business Plan Aggregator
More than 200 applicants joined the call for companies to join the BPA, which ended 31 July. Right now, the activities of the working group are focused on marketing, nomination of the panel of experts, preparation of pitch training and pitch videos, and organisation of the session at the EIT Health Summit. See more here.
Go Global/Go Global DigiHealth
Go Global Medtech has already run two out of five two-day workshop sessions, with the third one coming up in the next few weeks. So far, the focus has been on the EU market, but the next session will focus on the United States. In Go Global DigiHealth, the selection process is finished and the programme is ready to kick off after summer. Eight digital health companies from all over the EIT Health partnership have been selected to take part in a unique immersion programme in Silicon Valley in September. See more here.
Market Coach Network
The Market Coach Network is a programme to build a European network of experts, who will support start-up acceleration, SME expansion and business creation out of EIT Health activities and projects. Initial steps include defining the global framework of the network, mapping available clusters in the consortium, listing categories of experts and identifying communication tools. Interested to connect or join the future network? Write to find out more.

 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

6-7.10. Partners from EIT Health Spain and EIT Health Scandinavia will discuss the benefits and possibilities of deeper cooperation. See here for more information.

10-11.10. The new EIT Health Research & Education Office in Heidelberg will hold its official opening on 10 October. Register here to join. The following day, 11 October, German EIT Health members can learn about the organization’s progress, and opportunities for cooperation at the partners German EIT Health Annual Symposium, also in Heidelberg. Register for the Symposium here.

25-26.10. Educators and other stakeholders will explore means for making innovation a regular part of the curriculum for healthcare leaders at a 25-26 October conference in Barcelona, organised through a collaboration of EIT Health and the Global Educators Network for Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENiE). To find out more and register, click here.

23-24.11. The EIT Health Summit will bring together over 350 selected participants for networking, creating business and sharing success stories. Find out more here.

29-30.11. EIT Health CEO Sylvie Bove will speak, and recent advances in immunotherapy and combination therapies will be presented, at the 6th Munich Biomarker Conference. Early-bird registration by 7 October.

CLC & InnoStars Ticker

+++ Belgium-Netherlands: On 21 September, there will be a EIT Health Belgium-Netherlands Partner Assembly and matchmaking event in Rotterdam. + During the same event, we will hold the Final Business Plan Competition of the first round of the Head Start/Proof of Concept programmes. See more here.

+++ Scandinavia: The Scandinavian CLC Board and Partner meeting took place 1 September at the University of Copenhagen, where partners discussed the CLC's status as well as planning of future activities. + An online-and-offline course called “Alive and Kicking – Innovative solutions to aging-related challenges” offered by EIT Health CAMPUS brought students together for group work at the University of Copenhagen from 8-19 August. Read more:

+++ France: At the French CLC General meeting, in Paris on 23 September, new Director Jean Marc Bourez, will present the vision of the CLC. + The Launch Lab Road Trip in France took place 25-30 August, when teams of entrepreneurs have pitched their business cases in front of experts coming from different areas; participated in relevant workshops and round tables; and visit a local business incubator.

+++ Germany: On 21 July 2016, the German CLC organised a Strategy and Portfolio Ideation Workshop in Düsseldorf, allowing its Core and Associate Partners to strategically discuss how to improve the future collaboration and portfolio involvement. + On 9 August, EIT Health SHIP (Ship for Health Innovation Pitches) took place on a ship in Heidelberg. Some 14 innovators pitched their new ideas for addressing health care. See more here.

+++ Spain: On 28 July, the Spanish CLC hosted three representatives of EIT with a special focus on Campus activities. Along with a general presentation of the CLC, the EIT representatives had several meetings with Spanish partners, hosted by UB, La Caixa and IESE. + The Spanish CLC has selected the winners of Head Start/Proof of Concept programmes. We will finance three start-up companies and 13 early-stage projects, or business ideas aligned with EIT Health strategy and challenges. 

+++ UK-Ireland: Seven winners were chosen to receive in-kind support from IBM, P&G and Pfizer – as well as financial and networking support from EIT Health – at the at the EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards in Dublin on 5 September. See more here. + Despite the Brexit vote, the UK Finance Ministry announced that it will guarantee that all UK organisations will have certainty over future funding, even beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. Details can be found here.

+++ InnoStars: Two training courses of the Rare Cancer Summer School were implemented over the past weeks, in Budapest and in Oxford, with the cooperation of four InnoStars Partners. + Three InnoStars applicants for the EIT Health Business Plan Aggregator were selected by an international committee on 25 August from among nearly 50 projects all over the InnoStars community: Prelife (Hungary), MyHYDRO (Poland) and KronosDNA (Italy). Read more here.
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