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.
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Innovations for better health
Portal, Dr Ursula Redeker,
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,