EIT Health nominates two outstanding healthcare innovators from the German CLC for prestigious EIT Awards 2019

Amongst EIT Health’s nominees for the EIT Awards 2019 are two promising innovations previously supported by the German CLC: A wireless, contactless system for unobtrusive home monitoring of patients while they sleep; and an AI-powered system that digitalises cancer diagnostics in pathology labs.

The innovators behind these ideas will represent EIT Health within the EIT Awards, which celebrate exceptional achievements of members of the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

The EIT Awards give recognition and support to Europe’s successful start-ups, innovative projects and entrepreneurial talents. They are among the most prestigious awards for innovation in Europe, and EIT Health nominees have been very successful in the competition in previous years: In 2018, EIT Health nominees won three of the five awards. In 2017, projects supported by EIT Health won three of the four EIT Awards.

This year’s nominees will be looking to repeat EIT Health’s excellent performance when the EIT Awards ceremony is held in Budapest, Hungary, on 15 October 2019 during the EIT’s annual Innovation Forum INNOVEIT.

Two out of four EIT Health nominees belong to the EIT Health Germany network:

  • Max Sieghold, Sleepiz (nominated for the EIT Venture Award)
  • Maria Sievert, Inveox (nominated for the EIT Woman Award)

More details about the two nominees and the different award categories can be found below.

EIT Venture Award

The EIT Venture Award recognises successful start-ups and scale-ups that have been supported by the EIT’s Innovation Communities through dedicated business creation and acceleration programmes. EIT Health’s 2019 nominee for this award is:

Sleepiz (EIT Health Germany): Using wireless signals, their device measures vital signs without touching the patient – enabling non-contact home diagnosis of sleep apnoea and other sleeping disorders. Currently, diagnosis of sleep disorders involve a patient sleeping overnight in a hospital, attached to more than 30 cables and being monitored all night by a technician. This is costly, consumes time of medical professionals, and it requires patients to sleep in an unfamiliar place, rather than their own bed, where their sleep will be more natural and typical.

Sleepiz was the winner of the Digital category EIT Health’s European Health Catapult contest.

“Through EIT Health, Sleepiz has been able to generate visibility among the medical community. This has not only strengthened the network to clinics and partners, but has also supported the fundraising process. Furthermore, working with EIT Health has increased the trust in Sleepiz as a brand and helped the company in building its innovative image,” said Max Sieghold, Sleepiz co-founder and CFO.

Find out more about Sleepiz here:

EIT Woman Award

The EIT Woman Award recognises the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs and leaders from EIT Innovation Communities. EIT Health’s 2019 nominee for this award is:

Maria Sievert, CEO and Co-Founder of Inveox (EIT Health Germany): Inveox solves the single biggest problem and safety risk in histopathology by introducing the world’s first automation system for sample entry. By using big data and Artificial Intelligence, Inveox is making cancer diagnosis faster and safer. Inveox is digitalising pathology labs to strengthening the reliability of cancer diagnostics with products like an intelligent sample container for biopsies, a machine for automated sample entry, and a platform for communication between the physician and the pathology lab. The company was a winner of the EIT Health Headstart Award and a participant in the EIT Health GoGlobal programme.

“I decided to become more engaged with the EIT Health community because I think it’s important to help others succeed, especially future generations. I know that sounds a bit cliché, but it’s precisely in the word ‘community’ that you find the importance of being involved. We can accomplish more by working together, and therefore it’s more efficient to use the lessons of a community (instead of an individual) so we can push the boundaries of innovation together,” said Maria Sievert.

Find out more about Inveox here:

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