EIT Health Spain closed yesterday its first year of activity with an event in the Parc Científic of Barcelona. The meeting, chaired by the president of the association, Jordi Alberch acting rector of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), brought together representatives of all partners of the consortium as well as institutions related to the activity of the network.

The first part of the event consisted of various presentations addressed to the preparation of the calls for Innovation, Campus and Accelerator next year. Andy Browning and Ursula Mühle, respectively Directors of Innovation and Education of EIT Health and Marco Pugliese, Director of EIT Health Spain and Spanish Coordinator of the pillar of Business Creation, presented the actions of the three pillars of the association – Innovation, Campus and Accelerator – for the generation of activities to be included in the business plan 2018. Then, while the partners held scheduled meetings with the three directors, the Auditorium Antoni Caparrós of the PCB hosted a series of practical sessions on how to participate in the calls which EIT Health plans to finance in 2017.

Awards for the best innovation and entrepreneurship projects

The “Proof of concept (PoC +)” awards reward projects and business ideas that are in stages prior to the creation of the company and projects that are participating in acceleration programs in health; the “Headstart (HS)” award recognizes companies already constituted with a clear orientation to the market to develop projects, products or services in health.
These awards are part of the financing initiatives of the EIT Health accelerator and have been organized by the Spanish node during 2016.
The winning project in the PoC category is Multiparametric nosological images for supporting clinical decision in solid tumors (Multibioim) of Elies Fuster Garcia of the Polytechnic University of Valencia; in the PoC + category is Novel antimicrobial therapy by Eduard Torrents, from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and in the category HS the company UsMIMA, for the project TeDeMoOCC: Testing and Re-design of the prototype of MOWoOT, a medical device as a solution for chronic constipation.

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