Accelerating academic biomedical research

Helping PhD students and postdocs to address the most pressing unmet health needs in their research.


Catalyst Europe is a hands-on entrepreneurial training programme for PhD and postdoctoral students. The immersive programme uses a needs-based approach to accelerate the impact of their biomedical research.

It focuses on how to identify and evaluate unmet medical needs, build multi-professional teams to design solutions and plan R&D projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact.

A consortium of academic, industry and hospital partners train participants using a validated method developed by MIT that has obtained outstanding tech transfer ratios and produced a portfolio of transformational products.

The Catalyst programme will also focus on training European academic faculty members so that they can deliver the methodology from their universities.

Extertnal partners
Bjoern Eskofier
| Activity Lead | FAU