InnoStars Connect


Are you driven by the exhilarating prospect of tackling challenges that can revolutionise the healthcare landscape?

Step into the spotlight with EIT Health’s InnoStars Connect! This exclusive opportunity is tailor-made for healthcare visionaries and budding entrepreneurs like you. Join forces with Europe’s elite healthcare giants and catapult your groundbreaking ideas into reality.

You’ll receive funding and professional guidance to pilot your innovative solution to a pressing challenge in healthcare. Be part of the transformative future of healthcare discovery.

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What you get

How it works

Challenge 1

Groundbreaking solutions in AIR, RARE and CARE

Chiesi Farmaceutici is looking for groundbreaking solutions in the areas of AIR, RARE, and CARE related to covered diseases.

a) Innovative Therapeutic Approaches/Solutions

  • Biomarkers – including digital ones for early diagnosis and monitoring
  • Medical tools improving patient journey and adherence
  • Innovative solutions and advanced devices to enhance inhaled drug delivery, as well as complex macromolecule delivery, and for CGT
  • Sustainable biotech solutions for therapy and RARE diseases

b) Innovative Digital Health Solutions

  • Enhancing patient care and journey experience
  • Improving clinical trials: from identification of patients to management and eventual follow-up
  • Coordinated RW data collection, analysis and use
  • Boosting treatment outcomes and rehabilitation

Post-Challenge Engagement: After the challenge, we prioritise sustainable solutions. Successful candidates chosen based on factors such as maturity of the proposed project and mutual interest may engage in tailored collaboration paths, including PoC development, efficacy demonstration of the solution, de-risking, clinical trials, and achieving CE mark.

Challenge 2

Advanced diagnostic biomarkers and technologies

Synlab Italia seeks cutting-edge diagnostic biomarkers and technologies, including advancements in testing methodologies. Join us in enhancing Synlab’s services and revolutionising healthcare for European citizens.

Challenge Support:  Receive strategic advice to enhance product developing with in various areas crucial to diagnostics:

  • In-depth understanding of the diagnostic market
  • Clinical utilisation insights
  • Operational considerations
  • Effective marketing strategies

Post-Challenge Engagement: Synlab Italia aims to actively engage in subsequent phases, with a particular focus on defining the diagnostic product and conducting laboratory validations. Additionally, Synlab Italia is open to partnering on additional research projects.

Who should apply

This programme is open to:

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Research institutions
  • SMEs – as defined by the European commission
  • European health start-ups with a solution technology with a maturity level of at least TRL 5 – TRL 7

Please note that to apply you must become an EIT Health InnoStars partner.

The participants must have an established and registered representation/branch in:

    • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
    • Horizon Europe Associated Countries: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
    • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

For more information on locations please consult this webpage.

Financial considerations

During the programme we offer a lump sum of €10,000 per team to facilitate and support collaboration between the participants and the challenge owners. This funding must be used as follows:

  • €6,000 on solution validation
  • €3,000 on traveling for the Bootcamp sessions
  • €1,000 on mentoring and coaching

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