SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches: Meet the nominees ScintHealth, BOOST Thyroid, mecasa and Idana

As the team of EIT Health Germany is preparing and organizing this year’s SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches that will take place this year for the fourth time on 26th June 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany aboard the Ship “Königin Silvia” on the river Neckar, we want to give our nomineed start-ups for the EIT Health Headstart Grant as much attention, publicity and exposure to the EIT Health community as possible.

That’s why we asked each of them to give us short and crispy answers to five questions concerning their business idea and expectations on the EIT Health Headstart Awards. This is part one of a short editorial series presenting four nominees at a time. We start with ScintHealth, BOOST Thyroid, mecasa and Idana

The team of Scinthealth.


What is so brilliant about your business idea?

We heal spinal cancer without changing the current clinical workflow. We will be able to offer patients a cure current methods cannot.

Why do you think you deserve the Grant?

Every year we provide over 11.000 patients in Germany with our effective therapy that can offer them a better and longer life.

What are your expectations on a possible collaboration with EIT Health?

To be honest, we want to use the grant and the contacts provided by EIT Health to get us closer to our first financing round.

Just in case you win the Headstart Grant – what are your plans with the 50k?

We will build traction to attract investors and realize new projects. Concretely we will finish our chemical development, file patents and complete our market research.

What message do you have for the EIT Health community?

We are convinced we can provide a solution for spinal cancer that will bring health and wealth to Europe. Let us convince you

Dr. Thomas Wendler, Managing Director / CEO, ScintHealth GmbH

The team of BOOST Thyroid.


What is so brilliant about your business idea?

BOOST Thyroid empowers women suffering from chronic conditions, a long-ignored patient group, while also supporting medical research and improving doctor-patient communication. We are a comprehensive solution that uses both empathy and machine learning.

Why do you think you deserve the Grant?

We are working on a meaningful problem of a massively underserved market that is growing daily. In addition, we are a diverse team with a proven track record of delivering successful projects in both academic research and start-ups. Our solution has a potential to positively impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the EIT Health Headstart Grant can help to speed it up.

What are your expectations on a possible collaboration with EIT Health?

We would like to have a partner who gives us feedback, enables us to learn about the health industry in both Germany and the EU, connects us to key industry players, and celebrates our success with us.

Just in case you win the Headstart Grant – what are your plans with the 50k?

We will use the funds to expand our team and deliver more quickly our solution to a wider audience. It will also help us further evolve our product, making it increasingly easier for patients and doctors to communicate and create shared decisions regarding the individual health of each patient.

What message do you have for the EIT Health community?

It is inspiring to be part of a community of other entrepreneurs and companies who share our vision of improving health. Today, like never before in human history, we have the opportunity to use powerful technology to create immense value for patients.

Dr. Vedrana Högqvist, CEO and Co-founder, BOOST Thyroid

The team of mecasa.

What is so brilliant about your business idea?

The EU is characterized by a phenomenon referred to as “The Ageing of Europe”. Through its online platform, mecasa addresses this challenge by seamlessly connecting seniors with caregivers across boarders for solicitous and reliable live-in caregiving.

Why do you think you deserve the Grant?

Mecasa seeks to provide a solution to one of the greatest challenges the EU currently faces.Delivering high quality care at affordable prices through a smart and technology-based approach deserves to be given a chance.

What are your expectations on a possible collaboration with EIT Health?

Besides being granted, access to outstanding expertise, significant funding, and many possible business partners, we would love to find another board member among the EIT Health community.

Just in case you win the Headstart Grant – what are your plans with the 50k?

In case we win the grant, we will use the funds to conduct a comprehensive market study among both existing and prospective clients, and to hire another full stack developer.

What message do you have for the EIT Health community?

We would love to become part of the EIT Health community because we believe in the power of collaboration. Having been awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we know how valuable a strong network of smart, forward-thinking and well-connected people is.

Oliver Weiss, CEO & Co-founder, mecasa

The team of Idana.

What is so brilliant about your business idea?

Many healthcare innovations are more of a gadget than solving an actual problem. We therefore interviewed many practitioners for their needs and, as a result, created a software that allows doctors to know what’s going on with their patients in advance so the actual visit becomes much more efficient for both sides.

Why do you think you deserve the Grant?

Every appointment with the doctor profits from Idana so we’re really providing a benefit for healthcare on a large scale.

What are your expectations on a possible collaboration with EIT Health?

We’re very excited to work with EIT Health in critically examining our business strategy and in identifying together new business opportunities throughout Europe.

Just in case you win the Headstart Grant – what are your plans with the 50k?

We’ll use the grant to acquire 3 pilot clinics in Europe and to perform an evaluation to measure the benefit that Idana creates for them, such as improved workflows and patient satisfaction.

What message do you have for the EIT Health community?

Becoming successful in HealthTech requires a deep understanding of the different players on the market. It’s important to collect honest feedback from as many customers and experts as possible, and a network like EIT Health makes this much easier.

Dr. Lucas Spohn, CEO, Idana

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