The IV eHealth Roadshow took place on 11 October at the Odense Congress Centre in the frame of the Week of Health and Innovation (WHINN), a renowned event in Denmark that brings together leading decision makers, experts, investors, buyers and sellers from across the healthcare industry. 3 main topics at WHINN 2017 were Connected Health, Sustainable Hospitals and Value-based Health and Care.
The eHealth Hub partners succeeded to select 9 European SMEs to pitch their solutions at the IV eHealth Roadshow in front of a committee of 9 experts in the eHealth field, including investors, hospitals, Scandinavian clusters and big industry. The most promising solutions had to prove the innovative high-end of their products, their maturity level, time-to-market of the new solution, inflection point and growth as well as internationalisation potential.
The presented solutions were varied and included, among others, novel smart applications for skincare (melanoma prevention, sun exposure management or using DNA to create personalised skincare products), remote communication with healthcare professionals and patients-built workouts for joint or muscle pain.
The committee was formed by a high-level group of representatives from investment (Welfare Invest, Converzion), big industry committed to healthcare innovation (IBM Watson, Oticon Medical), and regional organisations (The Region of Southern Denmark, Syddansk Sundhedsinnovation, ScanBalt BioRegion, Welfare Tech) and a hospital (Odense University Hospital) active in the eHealth field.
Photo 1: Dr. Mercedes Dragovits (Steinbeis 2i GmbH) presenting the eHealth Roadshow
After an exciting series of pitches and a lively Q&A round, SMEs and the committee members were able to engage in bilateral discussions and network with each other to discuss potential future collaboration opportunities.
Here are some of the testimonials captured during the event:
“Initiatives like the eHealth Roadshow help entrepreneurs to gain input from CEOs, investors, experts and helps them reflect on their current decisions.”
Mads Rasmussen (Committee member), CEO Welfare Invest.
“The Q&A session is very important. As startups we are changing every week, every month, so getting the opportunity to talk to experts about what we are doing at this moment is very valuable to us”
Thorbjörg Helga Vigfúsdóttir (SME pitch presenter), Kara Connect.
The novelty in this edition was the announcement of 3 winners chosen by the Committee:
1) Buddy Healthcare, surgery care coordination and patient engagement platform
2) T.H.E.A by Sehat Labs, intelligent software for patient interviewing (like Siri) and extracting the relevant data for nurses
3) miiskin, app for skin and mole monitoring.
The winners´ visibility will be boosted by Peter Frank, General Secretary of ScanBalt BioRegion, who will distribute the companies´ profiles among his network including 3000 companies, 50 University Hospitals, 50 health care clusters and networks and 75 health care sector science parks.
Photo 2: Hicham Abghay (Steinbeis 2i GmbH) presenting the services offered by the eHealth Hub
Photo 3: Q&A session between the expert committee and the pitching SMEs