EIT Health Germany
EIT Health Germany brings together 29 partners from Germany and Switzerland to support innovators and entrepreneurs and to promote healthcare innovation through matchmaking, training and mentoring, access to funding, and an ambitious schedule of international gatherings.
EIT Health Germany derives its power from this highly engaged partnership, comprised of many leaders in their fields, who benefit from EIT Health’s unique collaborative environment as they work together to promote health innovation.
The partnership includes:
- 14 strong industrial partners (selected from internationally recognized pharma, medtech, diagnostics and IT companies), which is the largest group of industrial partners amongst all of EIT Health’s regional nodes;
- 11 excellent academic and research partners including four of Europe’s top 10 most innovative universities as well as Europe’s leading society for applied sciences (Fraunhofer Society);
- three leading life science clusters acting as regional multiplicators; and
- one mutual healthcare insurance - closing the loop from innovation to market.
Through its network of prestigious German/Swiss partners, affiliated organisations, clusters and regional collaborators EIT Health Germany has strong connections to the investor community and start-up scene in Germany and Switzerland. It has access to more than 550 SMEs in all health-related sectors with a major strength being its pool of biotech and pharma start-ups.
The Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg is a major sponsor, and provides political connections to state and national governments.
Support to start-ups, conferences, training
Many of the cutting-edge start-ups and SMEs supported by EIT Health are based in Germany. These include success stories like Coldplasmatech, winner of the 2017 EIT Award; Enmodes, a European Health Catapult winner for 2017; Tubulis Technologies, an EIT Health Launch Lab winner that has drawn major investment, and a host of other promising companies.
EIT Health Germany brings together its partners and the rest of the world with a busy schedule of conferences, workshops and trainings. Recent examples include the Emergency Eye Hackathon, the Ship event in Heidelberg, the Bioentrepreneur Bootcamp, the Real World Data in Healthcare workshop and the European Health Catapult Semifinals.
Local innovation ecosystem
EIT Health Germany operates two offices in the innovation hubs of Mannheim and Heidelberg. With its locations on Roche Diagnostic’s open campus (Mannheim) and University of Heidelberg’s interdisciplinary Marsillius-Kolleg (Heidelberg), it forms a corner stone of the incredibly active life sciences and biotech sector in the region of Baden-Württemberg.