More than 80 participants at the second Industry & Innovation Day in Mannheim

The IMIM Industry and Innovation Day is part of the yearly Spring School organised by the International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM), an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Science Programme of the Universities of Groningen, Heidelberg and Uppsala.


This year’s event from 1 to 3 March organized by the International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM) in Mannheim saw a new record: More than 80 participants from universities, companies and entrepreneurship organizations attended the event and used their time networking, learning and finding new business opportunities.

Dr. Gitte Neubauer, VP and Head of Cellzome, kicked-off the event with a talk on her journey from Start-up to big pharma integration. The innovative startup center CUBEX⁴¹ presented their ongoing projects as well as what is needed for the growth of a business in the medical technology sector. Colin Bennett convinced everyone on how to really “Persuade with a Presentation”, and students immediately started employing their new networking insights from Lenka Kyjacova’s “Intentional Networking” talk.


During the “Industry from the Inside” and “Career Perspectives” Sessions, participants heard from Robert Klein, Shan-Hua Chung, and Allan Jones (Roche), Stefan Sieber (Merck), Sylwia Sekula-Neuner (, Wei Wang (GeneWerk), Felix Franz (, Anna Pryszlak (Velabs Therapeutics), Mona Malek Mohammadi (Heidelberg University), Jagadeesh Gandla (EIT Health), Rachel Coulthard-Graf (EMBL), and Christine Mayer (Wiley VCH) what it is like to work in a company, SME or a Start-up, but also how to build a career in academia and beyond.

During the Poster Session, students learned about BioRN, the Rhein-Neckar area life-science cluster, from Annalisa Zuccotti and got advice from the experienced Design Thinking and Business Model Innovation coach Georg Fischer (SAP).


Many IMIM Industry and Innovation Days have been supported by EIT Health Germany in the past to give life science and medical students, start-up and pharma industry participants the opportunity to network and explore new ideas in their fields.

The organizers thank IMIM, Heidelberg University, the Medical Faculty Mannheim, EIT Health and EIT Health Alumni for supporting the event and are sure that all the motivated participants who turned this weekend into an uplifting experience have not only highly benefited from the event but will also be ambassadors for next year’s IMIM Industry & Innovation Day.

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