Presentation of EIT Health Spain at the PCB

The main objective of the event is to present both the overall objectives of EIT-Health at the European level, as well as the specifics of the Spanish node.

EIT-Health is a consortium comprising a total of 144 leading corporations, universities and research centres in fourteen European countries. With a total budget of €2,100m, it is one of the most ambitious initiatives in the field of publicly funded health. Until the end of 2016, the consortium expects to generate about eighty new business ideas, reaching 140 in 2018. It is expected to generate about seventy start-ups per year and involve one million students in its various training programmes.

EIT-Health has nodes in Spain, France, UK, Belgium, Sweden and Germany. The local node, EIT Health Spain, consists of 25 institutions – universities, research centres, hospitals and technology-leaders – and is committed to innovations in health and improving the quality of life of citizens.

Coverage of the day in Diario Medico.

EIT-Health Spain: Main Partners

University of Barcelona – Hospital Clínic
IESE Business School
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV)
Universidad Politécnica Madrid (UPM)
Abbott Laboratories

Associate Partners

Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AQuAS)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Fundació Bancària La Caixa
Gallina Blanca
Inveniam Innovation
Linkcare Health Services
Other Side Mirror (OSM)
P.A.U. Education
Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu
Prevención Fremap
Servicio Madrileño de Salud (SERMAS)

About the EIT
The EIT is an independent agency of the EU which was founded in 2008 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the whole of Europe and to help overcome the greatest challenges. It brings together higher education institutions, research laboratories and leading companies to form dynamic border partnerships – Knowledge and Innovation Communities, KICs. The goal is to develop products and services, open new businesses and bet for a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The first three KICs, dedicated to climate change, information technologies and renewable energy, formed in 2009 (Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and KIC InnoEnergy). The EU then decided to expand the EIT activities between 2014 and 2020 under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, in order to increase its budget to €2.7bn.

In this context, in February 2014 the EIT opened a participatory process in order to select two new KICs: one about innovation in health and active aging (EIT-Health), and another dedicated to raw materials. The EIT also plans to launch a new application process in 2016 focused on ‘food4future’ and another in 2018 on urban mobility.
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