CEO Newsletter | October 2016

Dear EIT Health partners,

The chilly weather may be coming on, but things are heating up at EIT Health this autumn, with a packed calendar of activities that are keeping our partners busy and helping to grow our network.

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.

Though the Summer School season over, the CAMPUS is keeping very active, with the release of new MOOCs, a Venture Lab weekend and more. 

The Accelerator is keeping busy with its boot-camp-style local trainings and is drawing interest on its portal for start-ups.

Of course the biggest event of the season is the 23-24 November EIT Health Summit in Barcelona, where 350 participants from our partner organisations can partake in presentations of EIT Health’s work, presentations by innovators involved in our projects and unparalleled opportunities for networking. We are pleased to announce that Robert Madelin has confirmed his participation in the opening panel. Mr. Madelin, a former advisor to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, served as Director General of DG Connect from 2010 to 2015 and has recently published a report on innovation in Europe. Interest in the Summit is high, so please be sure to register this week if you have been invited. You can find out more here.

Besides the Summit, please also reserve the date of our big Matchmaking event for all three pillars in Uppsala, 1-3 February.

A new presentation about communication and branding can be found in the Templates and Guidelines section of the Connections site. This will help you in the dissemination of your activities. See the presentation here. 

"Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for hosting a Summer School or Short-course; the call will be published by mid November."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.

 Update from the Pillars

Accelerator Update
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.

Campus Update
EIT Health CAMPUS 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. Watch the Connections News section and the CAMPUS Calls page for details.
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 here.
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.

Innovation Update
After a seven-week course that began in August, students of the EIT Health Trend Seminar entitled “Digital Innovation in Diabetes Care: Opportunities and Risks for Patients, Health Care and Economies” presented their ideas for the future of home care for diabetes in Munich on 7 October.


 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

25-26.10. Educators will explore means for making innovation a regular part of the healthcare curriculums at a conference in Barcelona, organised by the EIT Health CAMPUS Executive Programme and the Global Educators Network for Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENiE). Find out more here.
27-28.10. "Frailty: A Societal Challenge in Need of Integrated Solutions", a two-day workshop intended to contribute to the precise clarification of the thus-far incompletely defined concept of “frailty”, will take place in Madrid. Find out more here.

10-11.11. An EIT Health master class being held on a ship in Rotterdam from 10-11 November provides training in supporting the health needs of an ageing workforce, for the benefit of workers, employers and the economy. Read about the class here.

11-13.11. ProtectUrHeart in Nice is part of the EIT Health CAMPUS citizen programme. It addresses prevention, education and management of cardiovascular disease by European citizens. See more here.

18-19.11. iDays involve thousands of students. iDay 1 is in Sweden and Denmark on 18 November and iDay 2 is in London, Oxford and Newcastle on 19 November.

18-20.11. 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 here.

23-24.11. 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. See more here.

1-3.02.17. Save the date: EIT Health Matchmaking in Uppsala. Watch Connections for updates.

CLC & InnoStars Ticker

+++ Belgium-Netherlands: + A day of discussion and presentations will be held 7 November to kick off the 60-hour blended course “Wellbeing of Seniors”, part of the CAMPUS Professional Programme line, being held at the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing in Leiden, Netherlands. Find out more here.
+ The EIT Health PERSPeCtive workshop, a two-day interactive event taking place 7-8 November in Groningen, will allow aspiring professionals to continue developing training to address the challenge of encouraging active living and healthy ageing. Find out more here.
+ Six projects won development grants of €25,000-€50,000 during the 21 September Head Start & Proof of Concept final contest organized by the EIT Health Belgium-Netherlands. Find out more here.

+++ France: + Jean Marc Bourez the new Managing Director of EIT Health France gave his statement to the France CLC Partners Assembly, on 26 September, including the following remark: “EIT Health France is renewed and ready to further reinforce the collaboration with our European partners to co-create innovative solutions and improve quality of life and healthcare across Europe.”
+ ProtectUrHeart in Nice addresses prevention, education and management of cardiovascular disease by European citizens while reinforcing digital health innovation.This pilot festival will evaluate cohorts of participants over 55 and help them better manage their health through use of an elaborate digital health data management system. See more here.

+++ Germany: + On 10 October, the German CLC inaugurated its new Research & Education Office in Heidelberg, offering a Segway tour of the campus and speeches by Sylvie Bove, CEO, EIT Health e.V., and others. Find out more here.
+ The German Co-location Centre of EIT Health held its Annual Symposium on 11 October, giving German project leads the opportunity to present their projects. Participants also received an update about EIT Health activities and cooperation opportunities. Find out more here.
+ From 7-9 November, EIT Health will be represented at the booth of BIO Clustermanagement NRW GmbH at the BIO Europe event in Cologne. On 7 November at 17:15 Sylvie Bove, CEO of EIT Health, will speak at the BIO Europe. More information about the event can be found here.
+ On 30 November, the German CLC will organize its fourth Partner Assembly in 2016 with its Core and Associate Partners. The event will take place at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Munich and aims at giving the partners an update about formal announcements, past activities and future strategic plans of the German CLC. Following the formal Partner Assembly the German CLC management is offering a matchmaking event with InnoSTARS partners in the afternoon. Watch for more here.

+++ Scandinavia: + On 24 October, students from EIT Health partner universities will begin internships with members of the EIT Health consortium in the Stockholm region in a course that aims to offer them the possibility to work with innovative design-based methods in a corporate setting. Find out more here.
+ Thousands of students from different disciplines will come together for EIT Health Innovation Day (iDay) on 18 November for inspirational talks and health innovation training at the Uppsala Universitet and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and simultaneously at the København Universitet, Denmark. Innovation Days are part of the CAMPUS stream of Innovation Skills for Students. UK’s iDay takes place the next day. Find out more here.

+++ Spain: + Sixty particpants from the CLCs of Spain and Scandinavia held their first bilateral meeting on 6-7 October and discussed the benefits and possibilities of deeper cooperation. Find out more here.
+ After nine months of intense training-by-doing, the group of bright and talented d·HEALTH Fellows celebrate the end of this unique learning experience in Barcelona on 20 October. Supported by EIT Health through the CAMPUS Innovation Fellowship Programme, d·HEALTH is one of a very few programmes promoting medical device innovation worldwide. See more here.

+++ UK-Ireland: + "EIT Health UK-Ireland goes to Europe", organised by CLC UK/Ireland, will take place 3 November in Barcelona, and will provide an opportunity for participants to make industry connections. Find out more here.
+ The “UK-Ireland goes to Europe" tour continues 9 November when the industry partners of the EIT Health UK/Ireland CLC and the Core and Associate Partners of the German CLC join a bilateral cross-CLC meeting in Cologne to exchange experiences. Find out more here.
+ The day after iDay in Scandinavia, EIT Health Innovation Day comes to the UK 19 November, with events bringing together thousands of students from different disciplines at Imperial College London, the University of Newcastle and the University of Oxford. See more here.

+++ InnoStars: + The EIT Health Design Thinking Competition, which was held 7-8 October in Lisbon and is part of the CAMPUS E-Lab Stream, challenged innovators to address the topic of Active Ageing and Healthy Living. Find out more here.
+ Balázs Fürjes, InnoStars Managing Director, and Peter Nagy, Project Manager, visited EIT Health Associate Partners of Campania region (University II. Federico of Naples, S.D.N. and Synlab) in Naples on 4-6 October, to meet partners, cooperating third parties, students, local shareholders and policy makers for discussions about the integration of the Campania node into the ecosystem of EIT Health and InnoStars. Read the article here.
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