CEO Update | May 2016

Dear EIT Health partners,

With the official opening of our new headquarter in Munich on 3 May, we reached another major milestone in the young history of our organisation. I was delighted to welcome more than 150 guests - mainly from our partner organisations - here in Munich for a great celebration.

It was a good opportunity to network, exchange ideas and reflect our current activities
. Amongst our special guests of the evening, Ilse Aigner, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology underlined our organisation's important contribution to shaping future healthcare. We are thankful for the great support that the Bavarian ministry of economics is giving us. The participation of Martine Reicherts, Director General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission, further shows the relevance of EIT Health within the European community and being connected to what exists already, as she highlighted in her speech. Furthermore, I would like to thank Ricardo Rueda from Abbott Nutrition, who spoke on behalf of all partners, for his inspiring words. This celebration brought us and all partners even closer together.

I am excited to see what proposals you have handed in and how our projects in 2016 are developing. Thanks again for all your great work during the last weeks, which have been very successful with a lot of events, workshops and meetings. Right now, we are already focusing on next year's Business Plan.

"May has been a very special month for us. We not only inaugurated our new headquarter in Munich. We also collected all new activity and project proposals for the Business Plan 2017. After some great ideation and matchmaking events, we are looking forward to study/review your submitted project ideas."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.
Impressions from the official HQ inauguration:
Ricardo Rueda, Associate Director Strategic Research and Development at Abbott Nutrition, Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, Sylvie Bove, CEO EIT Health, Ilse Aigner, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Koenraad Debackere, chairman of the EIT Health supervisory board.

 Update of Business Plan Calls

You made it! All proposals for Business Plan 2017 activities have been submitted. Thanks to all of you for your numerous suggestions and your commitment. We received 44 proposals for Campus activities, 77 proposals for Innovation Projects and 20 proposals for Accelerator activities. Now, the evaluation phase will start with several distinct steps: an internal eligibility check, an external review, and hearings - until the Management and Supervisory Board decides on the portfolio that will be submitted to the EIT in September. Please see the detailed timeline below.

In case you have questions, please contact our directors:

Dr. Ursula Mühle: Director of Education
Dr. Kurt Höller: Director of Business Creation
Andy Browning: Director of Innovation
Highlights from Campus
Two of the five 2016 Summer Schools are still open for registration. The EIT Health Alumni from last year’s Summer School are very active and are about to develop an internal EIT Health Alumni organisation. >>

The Executive and Professional HUB is hosting the  CARE CAMPUS workshop coming up on 25-26 May in Strasbourg. Its main objectives are to increase the numbers of new professional caregivers, whilst improving the quality of care delivered by defining standard protocols and a comprehensive, accessible e-based learning curriculum. >>
News from Accelerator

Boot Camp "Launch Lab":
Call opened 1 May, selection days will be 16-17 June. Programme start is 18 July. >>

Business Plan Aggregator:
Call opened 1 April, deadline will be 31 July. The nomination of the best concepts by the CLCs will be on 30 September. >>
Participate in the current Parter Citizen Dialogue on facebook. The question by Prof. Dr. Erich Rheinhardt, Chairman Medical Valley e.V.: "Game-oriented applications can sustainably change people's behaviour, which may be a motivation to do more exercise and eat healthier. Do you agree?" >>
InnovEIT Budapest, 24-26 April 
A core team from EIT Health as well as alumni from our 2015 Summer School participated at the EIT's Innovation forum, presenting EIT Health, some of our Innovation Projects and exchanging learnings with the other KICs and European stakeholders. Here are some impressions:

 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Internal events: 
25.-26.05. CARE CAMPUS Workshop in Strasbourg, France >>
25.-27.05.  Innovation Fellowships European encounter in Galway, Ireland >>
09.06. German CLC Partner Assembly in Berlin, Germany
28.06. Partner Assembly (11 am, online, duration: 60 min) on the topic: „Closing of 2015 EIT Health Accounts“
23.-24.11. EIT Health Summit in Barcelona, Spain

Public events with EIT Health participation: 
20.-22.05. Life Science meets IT – Hackathon in Heidelberg. On 22 May, Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister for Science, Research and the Arts, will open the pitch event >>
20.-22.05. Dutch hacking health event to stimulate innovative solutions in healthcare >>
06.-10.06. International eHealth event in Amsterdam >>
08.-10.06. Together with the German Core Partners AbbVie and Siemens, EIT Health will be represented at the Capital Congress of Medicine and Healthcare 2016 in Berlin >>
15.-16.06. MedTech Summit 2016 in Nuremberg >>
28.06.-01.07. World Congress on Active Ageing in Melbourne, Australia >>

31.05. Call for funding applications for 2016 Headstart and Proof of Concept accelerators. Applications are open to companies and individuals based in the UK and Ireland for the EIT Health UK-Ireland. Any questions relating to this call should be directed to >>
As presented at the HQ inauguration, the new intranet EIT Health Connections will be launched shortly. You will receive some specific news and updates about the launch in time.

 Interim File Share



Please visit the EIT Health interim calendar.

CLC & InnoStars Ticker

+++ Belgium-Netherlands: On 20-22 May four Dutch UMC’s (among them LUMC, UniMaastricht and UMC Groningen) will organise the Dutch hacking health event to stimulate innovative solutions in healthcare. On 6-10 June the International eHealth event, organised by the Dutch Government acting as chair of the EU, will take place in Amsterdam. +++ France: On 4 April 2016, the CLC organised a workshop with the French partners on the joint call "EIT HEALTH – EIT DIGITAL". The ELSI-LE board meeting took place on 7 April. On 8 April, a workshop on Education and Business calls for proposals 2016 and a workshop on the use of Promise Suite took place. +++ Germany: CLC Germany organised a Campus portfolio workshop on 6 April 2016 in Heidelberg and an Accelerator portfolio workshop on 10 May in Erlangen. CLC staff spoke at TUM on-site workshop on 7 April in Munich. After the first evaluation cut-off date for the German Head Start Call for proposals on 15 April, the German CLC has received 16 project applications. On 18 April 2016, the Research and Education offices moved to the Marsilius Arcades in Heidelberg (Neuenheimer Feld). Core Partner Siemens Healthcare changed into Siemens Healthineers. SAP joined as new Core Partner. +++ Spain: Sylvie visited several of the Spanish partners in the last week. +++Scandinavia: The CLC will host their General Assembly meeting on 19 May followed by a partner meeting and a reception for the CLC's Scandinavian partners and stakeholders.+++ UK-Ireland: On 25-27 May there will be an Innovation Fellowships encounter in Galway, Ireland. +++ InnoStars: The Accelerator core group meeting took place in Lisbon on 13 May. Two business creation competitions - InnoStars Awards and InnoStars GoEurope - are open for participants from the InnoStars regions. The InnoStars welcome new members on board: Celon Pharma S.A. from Lodz region in Poland and four new members from Campania in Italy – University Federico II. of Naples, S.D.N., Synlab and Eccellenze Campane. The first awareness rising event in Budapest, integrated into the programme of a large scale IT and eHealth conference, took place with over 300 participants. This event will be followed by a series of awareness rising programmes in May and June in other InnoStars regions.
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