On a cruise with 19 innovative start-ups for new solutions in healthy living and active ageing

On 11 July 2017, EIT Health Germany together with BioRN organized the second edition of the SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches in Heidelberg.

The aim of the event was to select the best healthcare start-ups in the categories “MedTech, BioTech and DigitalHealth” for the European Health Catapult competition. Around 80 participants from the healthcare, entrepreneurship and private equity field joined the event. Participating partners from the German EIT Health ecosystem included for example Beiersdorf, BioM, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University, Heidelberg University Hospital, Merck Ventures, Medical Valley, Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Siemens Healthineers.

„A broad stakeholder alignment is necessary to turn fundamental research into transformative research and Heidelberg offers the perfect environment for these activities”, praised Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch from Heidelberg University the vibrant healthcare and start-up ecosystem of Heidelberg in his welcome speech. Fritz Richter, CEO of Biotech Cluster Rhine-Neckar emphasized the diversity of participating start-ups from Germany and Switzerland and highlighted the opportunities of the EIT Health partnership.

In enthusiastic 4-minute live pitches, 19 start-up teams were competing against each other in different categories:

  • BioTech: Ad-O-Lytics, Elthera AG, Lumobiotics, StimOS GmBH, SUN Bioscience
  • MedTech: FerroSens, IBR Ingenieurbüro Rehm, Mecuris GmbH, Reactive Robotics GmbH, Smaterials Technology GmbH, SpinDiag GmbH, UroQuant
  • DigitalHealth: Climedo, Corevas GmbH & Co. KG, LARALAB, pro4senses GmbH, Profession FIT BGF GmbH, Silicon Surfer, Viomedo.

Topics included for example cancer therapies, stem cell cultures for precision medicine, new diagnostic solutions, solutions in prosthetic and orthopedic care, pathogens, emergency communication, corporate and personal health management, a platform for clinical trials, just to name a few. As in the previous year, the event took place on a ship, the “Königin Silvia”, cruising on the river Neckar around Heidelberg and surroundings during the day.

Renowned jury members with healthcare and private equity backgrounds, like for example Daniela Amann from Schwenninger Krankenkasse or Joachim Szecsenyi from Heidelberg University Hospital, selected the winners in the three categories. SUN Bioscience, a solution to move organoids from basic research to drug discovery, won the prize in the category “BioTech”. Mecuris GmbH, a digital and 3D print tailoring platform of prosthetics and orthotics, was the winning team in the category “MedTech”. Viomedo, a digital platform that harmonizes trial data and matches patients with the right trial, won the prize in the category “DigitalHealth”. The winning teams and runner-up teams will be invited to the internatiuonal Semifinals (category-specific bootcamps) that will be held in Brussels (DigitalHealth), Barcelona (MedTech) and Heidelberg (BioTech). The 21 best start-ups from the international Bootcamp competition will be invited to the EIT Health Summit on 4-5 December 2017 in London.

Another highlight of the event was a panel discussion with some members of the EIT Health Alumni Network (Felix Nickel – iSurgeon; Friderike Bruchmann – MEDIKURA; Jagadeesh Gandla – Know your Pain, Life Science meets IT Hackathon winner 2017), who explained how they came in touch with EIT Health and showed the opportunities that the community can offer.

The EIT Health Alumni Network is a cross-pillar cross-KIC activity to showcase success stories and opportunities of the different communities in a better way and to make the existing initiatives more visible.

For the second time in a row, the event showed a high degree of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the pioneering spirit of young start-ups to develop innovative healthcare solutions. The collaborative aspect of the community of excellence that EIT Health offers is a key asset in this regard.


EIT Health

EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. Its goal is to sustainably advance the fundamentals of healthcare and thus promote suitable future conditions for healthy living, active ageing and improved wellbeing of people across Europe. EIT Health leverages the expertise of more than 140 member organisations from the pharma, diagnostics and med tech fields, payers, insurances, research institutions and universities.

More information about EIT Health: http://eithealth.eu/
More information about EIT Health Germany: http://eit-health.de/

European Health Catapult

European Health Catapult is a training and competition platform, organized by EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe (HAE). The program brings together international investors and entrepreneurs behind some of Europe’s most promising health innovations.

Find further information at: http://www.europeanhealthcatapult.eu/

Health Axis Europe

The Health Axis Europe (HAE) is a strategic alliance between the biomedical clusters Cambridge (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Heidelberg (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The aim of the Health Axis Europe is to pool together the innovative energy of the five locations in order to strengthen international competitiveness.

The alliance supports the initiation and coordination of large EU-promoted R&D projects, cross-border cooperation in the training and further education of talented persons, and cross-border investments and cooperation between established VC funds.

Find further information at www.health-axis.eu

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