EIT Health


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IBEC was a core partner in the winning proposal for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on healthy living and active ageing, EIT Health.

A consortium of 144 European companies, research institutes and universities was selected by the EIT to form the KIC. With a total of €2.1 billion it is one of the largest public funded initiatives for health worldwide. For the next seven years, EIT Health – which also includes INSERM (France), Imperial College (UK), Roche, Siemens and Philips – will develop innovative products, education and services addressing the challenge of demographic change in Europe.

IBEC will play a key role in the project, as Barcelona has been selected as one of the consortium’s six co-location centres, serving as a regional cluster to bring together the partners of the KIC and ensure that its innovation potential is fully realised.

About KICs

Visit the EIT webpage, What makes a KIC a KIC

The new KICs chosen in 2014, EIT Health and EIT Raw Materials, a consortium led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, are expected to become fully operational after signing a seven-year Framework Partnership Agreement with the EIT in 2015.

They will each receive a start-up grant of up to €4m. The EIT’s first three KICs on climate change, ICT and sustainable energy – Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy – were selected in 2009.

About EIT Health

EIT Health’s goal is to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources by delivering products, services and concepts that will improve quality of life and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare across Europe.

The partners represent top excellence, and our activities will spread all over Europe. By 2018, we are aiming to create 70 start-ups per year and have a million students participating in our educational online programmes per year.

IBEC Director Josep Samitier, who plays a leading role as executive committee member of the project, said: “We are thrilled to win the EIT’s call, which recognises our potential to provide the innovations needed to address critical healthcare challenges in today’s society. The EIT Health KIC is fully in line with IBEC’s dedication to combining frontier research with specific transfer targets to produce new applied technologies for the life and health sciences.”

EIT Health Co-location Centres


EIT Health has formed six Co-location Centres across Europe, with headquarters based in Munich:

  • London (UK/Ireland)
  • Stockholm (Scandinavia)
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Paris (France)
  • Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Rotterdam (Belgium-Netherlands)

EIT Health also includes 92 associate partners and 6 “InnoStars” regions in Wales, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

Goals and impact

The goal of EIT Health is to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of European industry, improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the sustainability of healthcare system.

The partnership will promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources. This will be achieved through delivering products, concepts and services, including educational programmes that will nurture talents and train the workforce of tomorrow.

Adopting an investor approach, EIT Health will drive the integration of business; research and higher education, boost innovation, and be a catalyst for new solutions for Europe.

EIT Health will overcome the fragmentation of different healthcare systems in Europe and give companies easier access to markets across the EU. The critical mass of partners from business and industry, education, research, healthcare providers and insurance companies within EIT Health, opens the path to reduced time-to-market for added-value products and services.

EIT Health outreach activities are expected to spread all over Europe – establishing new ties to expand innovation and growth.

EIT Health aims to, among others:

  • support and grow this figure to 90 new products/services annually by 2018
    by 2018 create 70 start-ups per year
  • have 1 000 000 students taking part in its educational online programmes per year by 2018
  • In its first full year of operation in 2016 EIT Health expects to incubate approximately 80 new business ideas, rising to 140 in 2018.

EIT Health events

Summer School 2015: INNOVATION & BUSINESS
Dublin 6-10 July – Barcelona 27-31 July
http://www.summerschool.eithealth.eu/en

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