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What have been the major

developments in setting up EIT

Health over the last six months?

We have already achieved important

milestones in bringing EIT Health to life as the

largest health and business initiative in Europe.

This includes ensuring that, upon the signing

of the start-up grant agreement, the financial

conditions for a successful implementation

phase are in place, setting up all the

co-location centres, putting into practice

governance processes, and initiating the

process of creating a strong portfolio of

projects in line with our business objectives.

We are now entering the exciting phase of

building a KIC, assessing the project proposals

we have received, and marrying together the

partners involved in the various activities to

develop a joint project. A business plan will be

submitted to the EIT at the end of September.

Many people attending INNOVEIT 2015 have

been from the EU, the EIT and KIC communities,

and we are greatly enjoying the interest in our

work and the recognition we are receiving.

With a high number of partners

involved, how are you ensuring all

these voices are being heard?

The voices want to be heard in different ways,

and one of the most important methods is to

help our partner organisations in fully leveraging

the capacities of the EIT Health network in

driving their innovation projects. In May, we ran

a brokerage event in Munich, Germany, to

provide our partner organisations with the

opportunity to establish relations with other EIT

Health organisations that are complementary to

their innovation projects. The strong capacities,

whether in the form of multidisciplinary

knowledge or infrastructure, that EIT Health

offers to its partner organisations remain a key

asset of the network.

Apart from the strong influence our partner

organisations have through the governance


IT Health is one of the latest Knowledge and Innovation

Communities (KIC) to be launched by the European Institute

of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The KIC aims to address

Europe’s health problems with innovative solutions, encouraging

European citizens to pursue a healthy life whilst remaining active

in their older years. EIT Health is a consortium of more than 50

core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses,

research centres and universities from across 14 EU countries.

The KIC is seeking to achieve a number of ambitious goals by 2018: create

80 start-ups each year; have one million students taking part in its online

educational programmes; and support 80 new products/services every

12 months. Furthermore, EIT Health aims to, within its first full year of

operation, incubate approximately 80 new business ideas, rising to 140

in 2018. Overall we are communicating that by 2018 340 business ideas

will be incubated.

In May, the KIC had the opportunity to showcase its priorities at INNOVEIT

2015, a major conference focusing on the work of the EIT, in the

Hungarian capital Budapest. On the sidelines of the three-day

conference, Portal caught up with Dr Ursula Redeker, EIT Health interim

chief executive, who outlined the latest steps in setting up the KIC,

meeting these bold objectives, and the impact of a potential funding

reduction from the EIT.


H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L


S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : H E A L T H & W E L L B E I N G

Innovations for better health

Speaking to

Portal, Dr Ursula Redeker,

ad interim

CEO, EIT Health, detailed

the latest developments in setting up EIT Health KIC. With potential funding

cuts on the horizon, she sets out how the KIC will meet its ambitious objectives

Dr Ursula Redeker

With a unique voice,

each partner is being

heard in the KIC,

said Redeker