UK -Ireland Newsletter | September 2016

Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland partners and friends,

Next month will again be a very action packed month for EIT Health with the UKI industry goes to Europe Tour coming up first (2-4 & 8-10th Nov 2016), the EIT Health UK Innovation Day taking place across three sites (Imperial College, Oxford University, Newcastle University) on 19th Nov 2016 (all students from UKI partner institutions are welcome) and lastly the EIT Health Summit in Barcelona (23-24th Nov 2016) where we’ll all have the chance to cheer (and vote) for our very own UKI entrepreneurs & innovators as they compete for a number of cash/in-kind prizes and awards (including the ‘crowdfunding-style’ audience award).

In the meantime the EIT Health Accelerator is drawing interest on its portal for start-ups ( and is keeping otherwise very busy with its local trainings all over Europe (with the UKI Health Start-up Brunch taking place on 2nd Dec 2016). The Innovation Pillar just completed meetings to review progress, budgets and future plans of ongoing innovation projects. The monitoring provided an excellent opportunity to identify areas where projects can benefit from support, through connections to additional partners or to ongoing CAMPUS and Accelerator activities. Many thanks to the UKI project representatives who travelled to Munich - the feedback I received from the Director of Innovation (Andy Browning) was very positive indeed. Though the Summer School season is over, the CAMPUS is keeping very active, with the release of new MOOCs, a Venture Lab weekend and more. Please don’t forget to register for the upcoming workshop on Innovation Fellowships (8th Nov 2016) in Galway if you are thinking to host an Innovation Fellowship Program at your organisation in the future.

Closer to home, I’d like to draw everyone’s attention to the many new funding opportunities that have gone live since the last newsletter. We are more than happy to connect you with partners across Europe for those funding calls that are based on pan-European collaboration. 


Katharina Ladewig
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland

"Congratulations to the UKI entrepreneurs (ProVerum, EarTex, Optellum & Ally SmartCare) who were selected to participate at the EIT Health Summit in Barcelona. Well done!"

 Katharina Ladewig CLC Managing Director, EIT UK-Ireland

Undergraduates from all UK-Ireland partner organisation are welcome to attend the interactive “i-Day” at either Oxford University, Newcastle University or Imperial College. Students from different disciplines will come together for a day of inspirational talks and health innovation training

The day will provide students with the opportunity to create and develop their own health innovation project and compete for awards to further their project’s development.

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 Pillar and CLC Update

                      EIT Health Campus UK-Ireland

Call for Summer Schools / Short Courses opens November 2016 
EIT Health invites all Core and Associate Partners to apply for the new call for Summer Schools and Short Courses, opening in mid-November this year for activities taking place in 2017. EIT Health Summer Schools and Short Courses bring together highly motivated students as well as professionals from a large variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Find out more

Clinical Innovation Fellowships now open
An EIT Health Campus Flagship Initiative, the Clinical Innovation Fellowships, is now open for applicants. he Fellowships programme offers participants a unique opportunity to specialise in clinical innovation and to work together in highly skilled, interdisciplinary teams of medical doctors, engineers, designers and management school graduates. Organisers of EIT Health Innovation Fellowships, and other interested partners will be offered useful knowledge at a workshop on 9 November in Galway, Ireland. Find out more 

CAMPUS MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
Two new CAMPUS MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are getting underway: Instruction began on 17 October in a MOOC that helps students develop their own eHealth strategies. On 1 November, instruction will begin in the “Behavioral Medicine” MOOC, which looks at how alterations in our daily behavior can improve our health. Find out more

                     EIT Health Accelerator – UK-Ireland

Accelerator Update UK- Ireland
Since the beginning of the EIT Health Investors Network and the kick-off of the successful video start-up portal, some 12 start-ups seeking investment have registered on the portal. See more here. The local trainings continue, with the next events in Spain during November. The short, intensive boot camp is open to individuals or teams of at least two persons. Find out more and apply here. The EIT Health GoGlobal DigiHealth programme helped eight European start-ups in the digital health space to support their internationalisation goals in the United States. The main part of the programme was a five-day, deep-dive programme called the “Silicon Valley Digital Health Global Entrepreneurs’ Forum”, which took place in the Silicon Valley area during 19-23 September.

UK-Ireland Teams awarded at LaunchLab program
EIT Health LaunchLab, a “pressure cooker” programme to assist entrepreneurs with turning their ideas into commercially viable businesses. LaunchLab culminated with a competition in which all the participants presented before a jury of experts in Delft, pitching ideas like image-recognition software for spotting microbes, a more affordable prosthetic leg, medical tourism schemes and a better type of hearing aid. Find out more.

Progress, budgets and future plans
The Innovation Pillar just completed meetings to review progress, budgets and future plans of ongoing innovation projects. The monitoring provides an excellent opportunity to identify areas where projects can benefit from support, through connections to additional partners or to ongoing CAMPUS and Accelerator activities. 
CLC successfully relocated to a new office
The CLC office has successfully relocated from St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College) to a new and exciting space to better co-locate with the vibrant local start-up community in the area. We look forward to welcoming you at our new premises located at 2 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington W2 6LG, London (UK). If you would like to contact the CLC office please do so using this email address:
                  Our Innovators 

Xabian Supporting your next step
(Ben Hayward)

Xabian uses artificial intelligence to helps doctors create prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees. The process is 40 times faster than hand-making them, and results provide a more comfortable fit. The team at Xabian is one of the ten from the EIT Health LaunchLab at Yes!Delft.

Ben Hayward


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Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs)
(Johannes Breuning)

Gold winner at The EIT Health Doctoral Transition Innovation Fellowship Pilot Program 2016, Johannes Breuning has worked on many aspects of the immune system and his focus is on understanding immune responses at a molecular level. Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) are therapeutic molecules that redirect immune cells to tumours, resulting in the death of detected cancer cells. CARs have shown great promise in clinical trials of some types of cancer, especially leukaemia, but they are often not effective in killing strongly immunosuppressive cancer cells.

Johannes’ DPhil work on the immune receptor CD6 revealed a region of CD6 that strongly activates the immune system in a unique manner. He currently investigates the application of the identified CD6 region to enhance CARs for the treatment of leukaemia and solid tumours. Johannes also has a passion for teaching, giving tutorials in all aspects of immunology to undergraduate students. He recently finished his DPhil at the University of Oxford and is now a postdoctoral research scientist.

Johannes Breuning


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Enhancing lentiviral vector production for gene therapy
(Jean-François Gélinas)
Gold winner at The EIT Health Doctoral Transition Innovation Fellowship Pilot Program 2016, Jean-François Gélinas has completed a DPhil at Oxford University working on enhancing lentiviral vector production for gene therapy. Gene therapy is the introduction or alteration of genetic material, using vectors such as lentiviruses, to treat disease. His DPhil project aimed at identifying factors in cells that inhibit lentiviral vector production. His new goal is to develop novel cell lines in which these inhibitory genes have been removed and, therefore, allow increased lentiviral vector production. This would reduce the manufacturing cost of these novel therapies and allow clinical success to become much more affordable. His research in Virology, Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy, has secured an EIT Health Transition Fellowship Gold Award to further his work on novel cell line with enhanced lentiviral vector production capacity for gene therapy.

Jean-François Gélinas



Twitter: @Gelinas_JF

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 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

2 -11 November 2016: UKI industry goes to Europe Tour - industry partners based in the UK-Ireland CLC will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of Europe to meet 80+ industry partners in the short space of 1 week with a specific focus on fostering business to business relations, thus exploring tangible business opportunities and developing relationships with like-minded organisations across Europe. The schedule is as follows: 2nd Nov 2016 INNOSTARS (Coimbra, Portugal), 3rd Nov 2016 EIT Health SPAIN (Barcelona, Spain), 4th Nov 2016 EIT Health FRANCE (Paris, France), 8th Nov 2016 EIT Health SCANDINAVIA (Copenhagen, Denmark), 9th Nov 2016 EIT Health GERMAN CLC (Cologne, Germany), 10th Nov 2016 EIT Health BELGIUM-NETHERLANDS (Rotterdam, NL). 

10-11 November 2016:  
Master class aboard a ship tackles healthcare challenges of ageing workforceAn EIT Health master is going to be held on a ship in Rotterdam from 10 to 11 November. Participants will obtain the skills and competency to examine how they can design and implement evidence-based policies, to improve the workability and health of the ageing workforce. The master class will be given by a unique combination of experts in innovative teaching, human resource management, and health education. Find out more

19 November 2016iDay 2 in London, Oxford and Newcastle. Undergraduates from all UK partners to attend interactive “i-Day” at either Oxford, Newcastle or Imperial. The day will provide students with the opportunity to create and develop their own health innovation project and compete for awards to further their project’s development. Find out more 

18-20 November 2016: EIT Health VentureLab Weekend, an EIT Health Starter Lab event, lets aspiring entrepreneurs in healthcare, healthy ageing and medical businesses find out if their startup ideas are viable. Find out more

23-24 November 2016:  EIT Health Summit: as the highlight of EIT Health’s first year of activities, the event brings together up to 350 participants among our partner organisations, our education programmes participants and selected external stakeholders, in Barcelona. Find out more

2nd December 2016: Pre Christmas Start Up Brunch - Whether you are a finalist or winner of one of our 2016 competitions or got in touch with EIT Health throughout the year to introduce your bright idea, please join us for some festive pre Christmas cheer and discuss your innovation with our team and mentors. Find out more

16th December 2016: UK-Ireland Partner Meeting/ CEO visit and INNOSTARS delegation visit. This will be the final UKI partner meeting for 2016, where we will look back on to a successful year and discuss plans for 2017 with our CEO Sylvie Bove. The event will be hosted by our partner Imperial College HealthPartners. A delegation from the INNOSTARS will also visit us on the day. Find out more

1-3 February 2017 Save the date: EIT Health Matchmaking in Uppsala. Watch Connections for updates. Find out more 

8-9 February 2017: Global Investor Forum in Maastricht under the program of EIT Health. The forum’s focus is on regenerative medicine and medical devices. The first day will be dedicated to early stage start-ups: 'The Early Phase Start-Up Program' will demonstrate in one day best practices on how to launch in five leading European countriesFind out more

    Local News and Funding Opportunities
Funding competition: cell & gene therapies industrial manufacture -Innovate UK is to invest up to £11 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate large-scale manufacturing in the cell and gene therapy sector. Businesses can apply for a share of up to £11 million to industrialise and establish the large-scale manufacture of cell and gene therapies.  Read more

The deadline for the Interactive Healthcare Fund is now extended -The deadline for a groundbreaking fund to help small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) to bring innovative concepts and/or prototypes to the NHS marketplace has been extended until 11 November or until funds have been exhausted. Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, the Interactive Healthcare Fund offers £500,000 via investments of up to £50,000 per application. Read more

GIANT' the global innovation and new technology health event - The event at South Bank, London, from 14 to 21 November will showcase leading technologies focused on bringing ideas within and outside the health space.  Read more

Technology enabled care Open Network event - University of Warwick, Coventry, is hosting 15 November 2016 Technology enabled care Open Network. Its aim is to encourage networking across stakeholder groups that will result in innovation and improved healthcare and wellbeing outcomes across the UK. Attendance is completely free for all; complete the online booking form by no later than 7 November 2016. Read more 

Launch of the NHS Innovation Accelerator. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh will open the launch of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) next 9th November 2016 venue TBC and the event will be an excellent chance to hear from the newly appointed NIA Fellows for 2016/17, as well as learning more about the NIA programme. Read more  

ThinkSpace is hosting a showcase of Imperial. On 28 October 2016 ThinkSpace is hosting a showcase of Imperial College’s research, education and commercialisation activities in tackling the global challenges facing health and well-being. The event will take place at the Translation & Innovation Hub (I-Hub), the first building at Imperial College White City campus that is specially targeted at supporting the collocation of research based partners in London’s new Innovation District. Read more

Funding competition: emerging & enabling technologies round 1 - Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects to stimulate the new products and services of tomorrow. The aim of this competition is to help businesses innovate to find new revenue sources. Proposals should show how to achieve a step change in business growth, productivity and export opportunities for at least one UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). Read more

EU Commission launches consultation on Health Technology Assessment cooperation - 
EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, announced the launch of a public consultation on the Commission initiative for strengthening EU cooperation on health technology assessment (HTA). The consultation on the form future EU cooperation on HTA will run until 13 January 2017. Read more

GP practices of the future: apply for business contracts - NHS England and the academic health science networks are to invest in innovative business projects that help family doctors cope with increasing demands placed on their practices.  2017. Organisations can apply for up to £100,000 to develop innovative ideas that will help GP practices tackle growing demands. Read more

Althea-Imperial Programme: from student to entrepreneur -The Althea-Imperial Programme for female enterprising students has just entered its third year. The Programme offers the opportunity for Imperial students to develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in order to transform a creative idea into an innovative project. Amongst previous participants, Pae Natwilai (Althea 2015) has recently been shortlisted for the International Student Innovation Award and Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award, and Florence Gschwend (Althea runner-up 2016) has won 3rd place in Climate Launchpad. Read more

Imperial: Alice Gast on BREXIT in the Wall Street Journal - Alice Gast (President Imperial College) makes a case for Britain not letting Brexit being misinterpreted as a closing of the country's doors, but rather as Britain aspiring  to be a preferred destination for scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs who drive economic vitality. Read More

West Midlands Care Home Conference - The West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the region’s first Care Home Conference on 29 November at the Hillscourt Conference Centre in Worcestershire. Aimed at care home staff, this year’s title is “Reducing Harm in the Care Home”. Read more

Imperial College London: New ‘Enterprise Lab’ now open The new facility is located at the heart of the university’s world-class innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system. The Lab is aiming to maximize the impact of Imperial’s dynamic enterprising culture to translate ideas from science and technology into practice. Custom designed Management, Reception, Boardroom and Studio workspace to accommodate up to 8 staff with 60 students and visitors. State-of-the Art ICT suite with advanced display system for individual training, team workshops and group seminars.  Read more

Oxford University announces revised arrangements for spinout companies - A new, standardised approach for the licensing of intellectual property (IP) to spinout companies has been adopted by Oxford University. This is designed to further support the thriving spinout ecosystem by simplifying and harmonising terms of licences, as well as ensuring that financial returns to the inventors and the University align directly with the commercial success of the companies formed, while giving maximum opportunity for the companies to thrive. Read more

Round 10 of NIHR Fellowships has launched - Applications for the tenth round of NIHR Fellowships have opened today (Tuesday 18 October). NIHR Fellowships are designed to support researchers whose work focuses on people and patient-based clinical and applied health research. For round 10, amendments have been made to the programme to build capacity for clinical trials.Round 10 of NIHR Fellowships launched today. The post-doctoral level is open for applications until 20 December 2016 and the doctoral level is open until 17 January 2017.  Read more

Kaido is one of just four UK start-ups accepted prestigious Microsoft Internet of ThingsKaido is one of just four UK start-ups accepted on to this year’s prestigious Microsoft Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Innovation Programme. Supporting some of the UK’s most promising start-ups and innovators, the IoT and Data Innovation programme provides free training sessions, networking opportunities and coaching sessions with Microsoft technical and marketing experts, to accelerate the start-ups new products and services and help bring them to market. Read more

NIHR Research Professorship award: more women - The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has made changes to its most prestigious award, which could see an increase in research capacity as well as the number of women in leadership roles in research. This include changes to the number of men that can be nominated for the award: HEIs will no longer be able to put two men forward for the award. If they wish to nominate two people, one of them must be a woman. Read more

New competition announced to boost research in medtech and diagnostic tests - The Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood, announced at the Health and Care Innovation Expo last 8 September that a new, open competition to designate and fund NIHR MedTech andIn Vitro Diagnostic Co-operatives (NIHR MICs) will be launched shortly. The scheme will aim to provide NIHR research infrastructure funding of £14m over five years for leading NHS Organisations to act as centres of expertise: Read more

MassChallenge: a one minute challenging Startup Showcase for 100 entrepreneurs - One minute for 100 startups. MassChallenge UK on November 3rd connects high-impact, early stage startups with mentors, partners and investors, while providing the most high-impact support during a three months accelerator programme in London. A fun and fast-paced 'Minute to Pitch It' event at night with partner BCG The Boston Consulting Group, where 50 startups pitch on stage in under one minute each. Read more

Innovate UK Innovation in Health and Life Sciences Competition - Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million for projects that support SMEs to develop innovations in health and life sciences. Registrations close 9th Nov 2016 and applications close 16th Nov 2016. Read more

Horizon 2020 - European innovation fund seeks business projects - Seven new Horizon 2020 funding calls opened on 20 September 2016. Business can apply for European support for projects in a range of fields including smart transport, autonomous transport, factories of the future,digital health, the circular economy and energy efficient buildings.Read more

The Global Coalition on Ageing to host Digital Silver Forum – More than just a conference, the Digital Silver Forum is creating a dynamic forum where attendees, speakers, sponsors, and startups can build connections and exchange ideas. Prof Lefkos Middleton (Imperial College London) will be speaking at this event, which will take place on 29th Nov 2016. Read more

A total of 350 selected participants will gather for networking, creating business and sharing success stories. Participation is invitation only.
Please refer to the following website for the full programme:

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