8th December 2019
A system with a touch sensor bars to prevent muscle and balance loss in order to prevent the risk of future falls was recognized as the best solution in this year’s edition of EIT Health flagship campus programme.
On 6 November 2019, in Lisbon during an intensive week of EIT Health events in Portugal, such as EIT Health InnoStars Headstart Grand Final, EIT Health Networking Dinner, and EIT Health Fellowship Alumni Showcase, the final of StarShip programme also took place.
StarShip is an EIT Health educational initiative conducted in collaboration with the leading European health industry partners – led by the University of Coimbra, IESE Business School, the RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Instituto Pedro Nunes, along with the industrial partners like GE Healthcare, Bluepharma, Glintt, ATOS, Essilor and NOS.
The programme aims at identifying and supporting development of market-relevant products or services in collaboration with the industrial partners. StarShip allows companies in getting insights in the high potential of the EIT Health InnoStars regions while working closely with tomorrow’s talented workforce. This year 36 young innovators created six multidisciplinary teams. During nine intensive months of trainings, including four webinars and workshops in four different EIT Health locations (Budapest, Barcelona, Stockholm, Coimbra), the teams could learn about latest cutting edge technologies, as well as develop and prototype solutions. Based on Stanford Biodesign Concept, StarShip programme is a one-year opportunity to learn about latest technological trends, elements of successful innovation along with entrepreneurship, and to develop and prototype new solutions.
“We work on a new need-driven innovation!”
The Final Pitch took place in Lisbon, parallel with the WebSummit. FREDMILL (Fall Reduction and Evaluation Device), was announced the best StarShip Pitching team, and won 2019 edition of the programme. The winners have developed and patented a system with a touch sensor bars to prevent muscle and balance loss for people over 65 years, in order to prevent the risk of future falls. The solution is able to monitor, identify and evaluate a person’s stability, while giving meaningful values to the user, and medical professionals. The team that stands behind FREDMILL consists of innovators coming from all over Europe: Netherlands, Croatia, France and the UK. FREDMILL was also recognized among best teams during the EIT Health Innovation Fellowship Network Alumni Showcase. Read more here.