Healthcare and health technology in the 21st century has already taken great leaps, and it can be declared with certainty that it will take many more in the near future. These advances are the product of hard-earned knowledge and expertise, and – perhaps increasingly – a spirit of creativity and ingenuity.
Many of the innovations appearing in the health care industry today are coming from the newest generation of entrepreneurs, as Forbes online magazine chose to highlight in the science and healthcare feature, “30 Under 30”. EIT Health congratulates all of the young entrepreneurs who were selected for this prestigious listing, and we look forward to seeing all they will bring to the healthcare industry in the future.
We would further like to highlight the following individuals from the Forbes listing, who study or work with EIT Health partners.
Nathalie Brandenberg and Sylke Hohnel are cofounders of Sun Bioscience, which offers a universal platform for growing personalised miniorgans, or organoids. They were doctoral students at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne when they helped seed their enterprise, now valued at $2 million, with a university innovation grant.
John Barrett is a PhD student at Newcastle University, where he works in neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfaces. He is currently working on an optogenetics-based retinal prosthesis to restore sight.
Richard Bowman is a research fellow at the University of Cambridge who wants to make clean drinking water accessible to all by replacing today’s slow and expensive water testing, which relies on the naked eye, with a 3D-printed microscope that images single bacteria directly. He hopes to start selling devices later this year.
Karolis Misiunas is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, where he studies how particles couple with each other and how strongly at the deepest observational levels. He specifically examines what happens to these interactions as particles pass through channels, information that is critical for research involving channels or protein pores.
Markus Gifthaler and Timothy Sandy are PhD Candidates at ETH Zurich, and are members of a team working on making the constructed world programmable through robotic fabrication of complex structures on building constructions sites.
Maximilian Moser is a Postdoctoral Associate at ETH Zurich, who focuses on energy-efficient catalytic routes to produce halogens that are used to activate organic compounds for economically and environmentally friendly molecular synthesis.
Philipp Oettershagen is a PhD Candidate at ETH Zurich who developed with his team a solar-powered light-weight autonomous aircraft. It has already proven its usefulness, surveying the environmental impact of a sunken cargo ship carrying 5,000 cows and 700 tons of diesel fuel in the Brazilian Amazon.
Bas Hensen is a PhD candidate at Delft Technical University who says that uncomfortable consumers can become change agents. He aims to make consumers slightly less uncomfortable, with super-secure communications that make eavesdropping physically impossible.
Matteo Lostaglio is a PhD student at Imperial College London and is studying thermodynamics at the very smallest scales, and exploring the deep connections between energy and information. His work could lead to a new generation of nanoscale engines.
Elena-Sophie Prigge and her colleagues at the University of Heidelberg are developing a cutting-edge nonsurgical therapy targeting the precancerous lesions that human papillomavirus causes. These lesions often progress to cancer, but this new therapy approach aims at rooting them out before progression to cancer, without harming the surrounding tissue.
Alexander Rinke is the founder of Celonis, a company that focuses on process mining to make big data analytics more efficient by allowing companies to visualize their processes from beginning to end, in real time. Big customers among the 13 industries that have adopted the tech include Bayer and SIEMENS.