Startups Meet Pharma Programme

Startups Meet Pharma is an acceleration program that connects start-ups developing innovative solutions around chronic health conditions to leading European pharma partners. By bringing partners together, the program allows start-ups and pharma companies to address major health challenges collaboratively. The program targets startups with functioning products or prototypes that have already entered the market or are about to enter the market. Companies are assessed on the quality of their business idea, their fit for a specific challenge set by pharma partners, and their motivation and level of commitment.

What’s in it for Pharma Companies?

  • You will be introduced to pre-vetted startups from all over Europe aligned with your innovation strategy
  • You can submit one of the challenges according to your area of ​​interest
  • You can showcase your company’s innovation capacity to EIT health’s pan-European startup community
  • You are directly involved in startups selection into the program
  • You will get the opportunity to present your company and sit for 1: 1s with all the startups involved in the program
  • You will get the opportunity to organize a visit at their facilities with selected startups to discuss collaboration opportunities;
  • You get a seat in the jury panel for the ‘Demo Day

What’s in it for startups?

  • You will get access to key pharma companies leading healthcare innovation areas in Europe
  • You will get structured Entrepreneurship Training with key opinion leaders of the European healthcare ecosystem
  • You will get a chance to meet onsite with opinion leaders and key stakeholders of the participating pharma partners
  • You will expand your network including other startups operating in the health sector across Europe
  • You will get Mentorship & Coaching by C-level professionals during the whole program
  • You will get up to 10K for travel and accommodation expenses
  • You will get free co-working space for the whole period of the programs.

In the 2019 edition of Startups Meet Pharma programs, startups that were developing digital solutions with an impact on both the pharmaceutical industry and patients were invited to tackle five challenges:

  • Amgen: Providing the right diagnosis at the right point in time – Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Bayer AG: Telemedicine based patient support program
  • Ferrer: Parkinson’s Disease – How to improve the management of “wearing-off” motor episodes
  • Johnson & Johnson: World Without Disease: Creating a Biomarker Measurement Platform
  • UCB: The measurement of skin health in the assessment of treatment efficacy and ability to predict flares for condition

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“We are now engaged in discussions with UCB and one of their partners. The discussions and the training had a very high quality. It was very valuable to us. We learned and improved a lot and definitely changed our perspective about our own business and the strategy we want to follow. ”

Nélson Oliveira, CTO, BestHealth4U

“We had close discussions not only with senior pharma employees, but also with experts with deep functional & industry expertise! I especially want to mention our very helpful exchange with the EIT Health team and also the close collaboration with our mentor from the EIT Health Mentoring & Coaching Network.

Jeremy Henrichs, CEO & Co -Founder,