UK-Ireland Newsletter | May 2017

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,

We received over onehundred inspiring applications from UK-Ireland based start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs to the 2017 Accelerator programmes. I look forward to hearing from the Selection Panel regarding shortlisted candidates, who will then be invited to our training days on 18th and 19th July.

As for other good news, I would like to congratulate Sarah Harper, (University of Oxford) on her appointment as the Director of the Royal Institution. Sarah is involved in EIT Health’s CARE Campus project.

It was also exciting to see Imperial College and the University of Cambridge being ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively in The Time's Higher Education University Ranking 2017 for the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe. Many other EIT Health academic partners both in the UK-Ireland region and European-wide did very well in this ranking. Congratulations to all.

Speaking of academic partners, I would like to remind our UK and Ireland based partners, who are interested in education projects, about our Partner Meeting with EIT Health's Campus Director Ursula Mühle, on 29th June.

As you will read in the sections below, there are lots of other exciting events coming up for both partners and entrepreneurs and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"Finding out UKI partners were involved in a third of all 2018 BP proposals submitted this year was fantastic news. I can't wait to discuss their innovations going forward!"

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland
EIT Health PhD Transition Fellowships Now Open for Applications


UK-Ireland CLC’s partners Imperial College and Oxford University are once again hosting the PhD Transition Fellowship Program. We are excited that this programme has been extended to other EIT Health regions this year with the participation of the University of Coimbra. Find out more here.

Deadline: 12:00 noon (CET) on 16th Jun 2017
 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 Innovation Fellowship Showcase:
EIT Health UK-Ireland partner BioInnovate Ireland, together with the Karolinska Institute and Biocat hosted the first EIT Health Clinical Innovation Fellowship Showcase. The event saw the launch of the first Clinical Innovation Fellowship Alumni Network, as a result of the participation in these biodesign programs.

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.

Applications for PhD Transition Fellowships Close on 16 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.

EIT Health Innovation Projects – UK-Ireland 

Active ageing and well-being Innovation Project enters second phase
The project “Towards citizen-centred active ageing and well-being” has as main objective to reach the specific field of older persons’ care based on the accumulated knowledge and the advances made in educational and research projects by the University of Barcelona and Newcastle University's National Innovation Centre for Ageing, among others. Read more here.


EIT Health UK-Ireland CLC office 

EIT Health has received over 600 applications for the 2017 Accelerator programmes, 100 of which came from UK-Ireland based entrepreneurs. We thank all EIT Health UK-Ireland partners for encouraging such a great response from their local start-ups and SMEs. 

We were equally impressed by the increased involvement of UK-Ireland partners in the EIT Health 2018 BP proposals. More than one third involved UK-Ireland partners.
Please be reminded that the hearings for all BP 2018 proposals are taking place from 12th - 23rd June (Innovation projects 12th-15th June, Campus and Accelerator projects 19th-23rd). All partners may find a list of other important events in our 2017 agenda

We would also like to remind all legal representatives of EIT Health UK-Ireland core and associate partners that the EIT Health UK-Ireland AGM, will take place on 19th July, along with the Start-up Training Days, as part of the ‘EIT Health UK-Ireland Health Innovation Day’ event.

 Our Innovators

Maria Kaisar

Maria Kaisar developed novel assessment tools of donor organ quality that are predictive of transplantation outcomes and how novel technologies can be translated and implemented into the clinic.

Maria received a Silver award in EIT Health's 2016 DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowships.


Pradeep Kumar Sacitharan

Pradeep Kumar Sacitharan discovered how ageing processes increase in cells and why this causes osteoarthritis, the prevalence of which is set to increase due to the increase of average global lifespans. 

Pradeep received a Silver award in EIT Health's 2016 DPhil/PhD Transition Fellowships.

Local News and Funding Opportunities

Royal Institutions welcomes Sarah Harper as new director
Sarah Harper (Oxford University) is only the second woman to be appointed as Director in the Royal Institution’s 218-year history. She is involved in the CARE Campus project alongside EIT Health. Read more about her inspiring vision for the Royal Institution here.

EIT Health UK-Ireland partner AstraZeneca marks key milestone
AstraZeneca marked a key milestone in its successful move to Cambridge, UK, with the ‘topping out’ of its new, state-of-the-art, strategic R&D centre and global corporate headquarters at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC). Read more about it here.

European Commission publishes interim evaluation of Horizon 2020
Many academic institutions have given their feedback on the EU’s R&D programme Horizon 2020, which has already received over 140k proposals. Read more about it here.

The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability - 18th May 8:30am 
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.

MedCity at London Tech Week - Addressing today’s health demands: Fit for patients; fit for investment
Join MedCity, DigitalHealth.London, Tech London Advocates HealthTech group and Asthma UK during London Tech Week, on 15th June, to access expert insight into healthcare demands and guidance on how to access funding to support demand-led innovation. Register here.  

Innovate UK Funding Competition: Design Foundations 2017 Round 2
UK businesses can apply for a share of £1 million for early-stage, human-centred design projects to create new product or service ideas. Registration deadline: midday on 14 June 2017. Read more here.

 Upcoming EIT Health Events & Deadlines

CAMPUS Summer School Big Data for Healthy Living - Deadline 15 May
15.05.2017, Archamps, France

EIT Health e.V. Partner Assembly
15.05.2017, Online

EIT Health Campus Citizens Programme visits Blodomloppet run
17.05.2017 - 18.05.2017, Uppsala, Sweden

EIT Health Spain Workshop for hearings
18.05.2017 - 19.05.2017, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain

Responsible Research and Innovation in the Health Industry
18.05.2017 - 19.05.2017, Brussels, Belgium

{Life Science} Meets IT Hackathon
19.05.2017 - 21.05.2017, Heidelberg, Germany

Biotech Entrepreneurship and Leadership Lectures: Meet Nadine Sobotzki, Merck Ventures
24.05.2017, Heidelberg, Germany

EIT Health Spain General Assembly
25.05.2017, Valencia, Spain

CAMPUS - Design Entrepreneurship Education - Day one
26.05.2017, Munich, Germany

BRIDGE CAMPUS Summer School - Deadline 31 May
31.05.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark; Gotland, Sweden; Rotterdam, Netherlands

CAMPUS - Digital Health Innovation – a masterclass for industry managers
31.05.2017 - 02.06.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

EIT Health Journalists event
31.05.2017 - 01.06.2017, Paris, France

CAMPUS - From Idea to Health Business: Online Learning Journey
01.06.2017, Online

Business Creation Core Group Meeting
02.06.2017, Erlangen, Germany

CAMPUS - Health innovation training for key leaders
03.06.2017, London, United Kingdom

Biotech Entrepreneurship and Leadership Lectures: Meet Daniel Schaft, patent attorney at Ullrich&Naumann
07.06.2017, Heidelberg, Germany

CAMPUS - Design Entrepreneurship Education - Day two
09.06.2017, Munich, Germany and Online

CAMPUS Summer School InnoDiaCare - Deadline 9 June
09.06.2017, Lodz, Poland; Cologne, Germany

CAMPUS Summer School EuVention - Deadline 15 June
15.06.2017, Heidelberg, Germany

Folkemødet 2017 public forum
15.06.2017 - 18.06.2017, Bornholm, Denmark
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