UK-Ireland Newsletter | July 2017

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,

We started our summer with a very fruitful EIT Health UK-Ireland partner meeting, which focused on Education. I would like to thank all EIT Health UK-Ireland partners involved in EIT Health's 2017 Education activities or BP 2018 Campus proposals who joined EIT Health Director of Education Ursula Mühle at our London office, to discuss the status and progress of their projects, as well as the strategic direction for the Campus portfolio going forward.

We will host a similar partner meeting on 21 September, for all EIT Health UK-Ireland partners involved in EIT Health's 2017 Innovation activities or BP 2018 Innovation proposals - I look forward to seeing many of EIT Health UK-I partner representatives then!

I was also pleased to hear about the constructive discussions that emerged from the Business Creation Core Group meeting, which took place in Galway in mid July. I am very thankful to EIT Health UK-Ireland associate partner BioInnovate Ireland (NUI Galway) for hosting this productive meeting.

The highlight of the month, however, was certainly the EIT Health UK-Ireland 'Health Innovation Day', which we organised in Oxford on 19 July. I would like to thank our core partner, the University of Oxford, and particularly Oxford Biodesign, for hosting us and helping us organise what was a remarkably inspiring and successful day. I am very grateful that so many healthcare policy, industry, business and finance experts could join us on the day, either as speakers or judges for the EIT Health 2017 Headstart/Proof-of-Concept awards.

Congratulations to all the brilliant entrepreneurs who reached the final stage of our selection process for the Headstart/PoC grants and inspired us with truly passionate pitches and compelling projects on the day. I encourage you all to make the most of the EIT Health network and of the many opportunities and resources EIT Health offers in Europe, in order to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing.

Finally, a special congratulations to the seven winning teams, whose innovative projects demonstrated great potential. The complete list of winners is available below, whilst a more detailed press release about the event will follow shortly. In the following months, we will also showcase the winning projects in the section of this newsletter titled 'Our Entrepreneurs'. 

I wish you all a wonderful summer!

Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"Congratulations to the seven exceptionally talented UK-Ireland based entrepreneurs who won the 2017 EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept grants with their truly outstanding projects."

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland
         Pillar and CLC Update

EIT Health Accelerator


Seven win UK-Ireland HeadStart/Proof-of-Concept grants

Seven winners from the UK and Ireland were chosen to receive funding when EIT Health UK-Ireland held its HeadStart/Proof-of-Concept finals pitch competition on 19 July at Oxford University's Said Business School. The event was kindly hosted by Oxford Biodesign. The contest coincided with EIT UK-Ireland's annual general meeting. A press release about the event will follow with more details regarding the winning projects. Read more about the day here.

The winning projects were:

  • Aurigen Medical
  • Loci Orthopaedics 
  • MoRoW
  • Oxford Heartbeat
  • Ostoform
  • SELIO Medical
  • Vison Technologies


EIT Health Campus

EIT Health UKI Partner Meeting (Education Focus):
On 29 June EIT Health UK-Ireland core and associate partner representatives involved in EIT Health's 2017 Education activities or BP 2018 Campus proposals met and had very fruitful discussions at the UK-Ireland CLC office. Partners joined the EIT Health Director of Education, Ursula Mühle, to discuss status and progress of their projects, as well as strategic direction for the Campus portfolio going forward.
Calls For Proposal: Cross-KIC Human Capital: BP2018 now closed 
20 July marked the deadline for submissions to the Advanced Management Program in Health Innovation Management (AMP-HIM), which will be delivered by Imperial College Business School, IESE Business School and Copenhagen Business Schools. Find out more about the programme here.

Newcastle University Selects Five Students to Take Part in EIT Health Summer Schools 
Five postgraduate students from EIT Health core partner Newcastle University were shortlisted to attend several EIT Health Summer Schools. Between July and September this year, these students will have the opportunity to learn more about health interventions, as well as tools to improve systems and practices related to health. Find out more about Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.

Health innovation training for key leaders completes first phase in London 
EIT Health-backed Advanced Management Program in Health Innovation Management unites IESE Business School, Copenhagen Business School and EIT Health UK-Ireland core partner Imperial College Business School. As the first module was held in London at Imperial College Business School on 3-6 July, the second will be hosted in Munich on 18-21 September. Read more here.

EIT Health Innovation Projects 

UK-Ireland Based Partners Demonstrate Great Involvement In 2017 EIT Health Innovation Projects
EIT Health UK-Ireland Core and Associate partners got involved in over 52% of all the EIT Health Innovation Projects that kicked off in 2017. The projects and the respective UK-Ireland based partners involved are:

  • 'Neuro Wear' project, with Trinity College Dublin
  • 'MULTI-MODE' project with Imperial College London
  • 'miniQ' project with University Hospital Birmingham - West Midlands AHSN
  • 'MACH' project with Newcastle University
  • 'LUCINDA' project with Oxford University and Oxford AHSN
  • 'JIGSAW-E' project with University Hospital Birmingham - West Midlands AHSN
  • 'Rare Cancer KIC' project with Oxford University
  • 'I4PCM' project with Astra Zeneca and the University of Cambridge
  • 'GRACE-AGE' project with University Hospital Birmingham - West Midlands AHSN
  • 'DeTecT2D' project with Imperial College London
The next UK-Ireland Partner Meeting with a focus on Innovation will be held at the UK-Ireland CLC London office on 21 September.

EIT Health UK-Ireland CLC office 

UK Minister Reiterates Horizon 2020 Underwrite Guarantee
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson spoke at the Instruct European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC) inaugural event and confirmed the underwrite guarantee regarding Horizon 2020 funding, which was announced on the 13th August 2016 by Chancellor Philip Hammond. The Government’s underwrite commitment guarantees access to Horizon 2020 funding to applications submitted before exit, which are subsequently approved after exit. For more information read the Government Underwrite Q&A Document.

Government and Industry Experts join EIT Health UK-Ireland at Health Innovation Day 2017 
Many experts from governmental agencies, academic institutions, industry and AHSNs spoke at what proved to be a very successful event at Oxford Said Business School. EIT Health UK-Ireland's 'Health Innovation Day - From Generating Ideas to Funding Them' was kindly hosted by EIT Health UK-I core partner Oxford University - particularly, by the Oxford Biodesign programme. Healthcare, policy and business experts discussed innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare and new strategies to develop talents, drive business ideas forward and tackle the challenges ahead. Click here for a few shots and thoughts as they were tweeted live on the day. 

 Our Innovators

Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange - ISAX

As a recently established independent network of businesses, academic institutions and government agencies, ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) works to develop and launch innovations for the global older consumer market. ISAX sees radical and disruptive innovations as key to addressing the rapid increase in life expectancy rates and the purchasing power of older adults. Collaborations across different industry sectors and between industry, academia and government are fundamental to meeting the needs of an increasingly older population and addressing their fiscal challenges.

Upcoming EIT Health Events & Deadlines

Join EIT Health's Alumni Network 
Anyone who has been active with EIT Health in the past is urged to join EIT Health Alumni, a cross-cutting initiative designed to strengthen the wider EIT Health community by connecting enthusiastic alumni to the different initiatives of EIT Health Campus, Innovation Projects, Accelerator – and beyond. Read more information here.

SensUs contest event 
As part of the EIT Health Campus SensUs activity, teams from 10 universities in Europe, USA and Africa have made biosensors for the detection of heart failure. They will all come to Eindhoven to demonstrate their biosensors and compete for several prizes, at the SensUs final event on the 8th and 9th of September 2017. Registration deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017. Visit SensUs' website or read more about the contest here.

EIT Health UK-Ireland Partner meeting (Innovation focus) 
All EIT Health UK-Ireland partners involved in EIT Health's 2017 Innovation activities or BP 2018 Innovation proposals are invited to join the EIT Health Director of Innovation, Andy Browning, to discuss status and progress of their projects, as well as strategic direction for the Innovation portfolio going forward. The meeting will take place on 21 September at the UK-I CLC London office. Read more here.

Next Business Creation Core Group Meeting
The ''Meeting of Business Creation Core Group'' (CLC Business Creation Managers, Activity Line Coordinators and HQ Accelerator Team) will start at 10:30 a.m. and will take place in Munich. For further enquiries please contact: 

News from EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners
National Innovation Centre for Ageing launches new innovation platform
The National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle University has launched a new innovation platform designed to solve real challenges in ageing. The platform is a digital space for businesses and organisations to share real challenges, ideas, research and opportunities around the theme of ageing with a community of academic solvers. Read more here.

WE Health initiative completes first module: 'Unlocking your Innovative Potential – first steps towards leadership in Innovation'
EIT Health's WE Health initiative welcomed women scientists, postdoctoral fellows, entrepreneurs, women leading innovative project in health-related industry, as well as any women with an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set, to its first module. Held at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm on 19-21 June 2017, WE Health's first module strived to unlock innovative potential through a series of interactive workshops, with the objective to map the participants' individual needs and assets, apply creative tools and business methodology. The initiative is co-organised by EIT Health UK-Ireland's core partner Imperial College and other EIT Health partners. For more information, visit the websitetwitter and Linkedin pages.

Accelerating your healthcare start-up
The programme is run by EIT Health UK-Ireland core partner Imperial College London and other business schools. During this intensive, hands-on programme, you'll explore business model design methodologies. You'll have your ideas and business plan challenged by world-class industry, health and finance professionals and you'll have the chance to develop the skills and confidence you need to pitch your idea to potential investors. Find out how to apply here.

SBRI Healthcare Funding Round and Briefing Sessions 
SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative led by the Academic Health Science Networks to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges. Officially launched on the 25th July the next funding round on cancer focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening and facilitate both earlier and faster diagnosis of cancer. Applications are welcomed from companies with innovative solutions. Read more here. Register here for the event in London.
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