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December 2018
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Dear EIT Health Scandinavia Partners,

December is here and 2018 is almost over. It has been an active year with lots of activities. I would like to highlight the Round Table in August and the resulting Registries And BioBanks In Transition program that will lay a substantial foundation for future projects. I look forward to that. Furthermore, the second, just recently ended, Innovation call has brought more partners together. As this call has not finalized yet, I can only wish the best of luck in the coming hearings!
The year has been a successful one. You, our partners, have increased the funding that benefits Scandinavia by nearly 40% from last year! A fantastic number. Also, the participation in projects from Scandinavian partners is at its highest. 13 of 18 partners are involved in one or more projects. Well done!

But, 2019 is a new year with new opportunities, and we wish to prepare to even be better. The new call text is out and I strongly suggest you to take a close look at it. There are important changes made. Mainly to simplify for more participation and application, but nevertheless important to be aware of. Perhaps among the most noteworthy is the final date for the mandatory pre-application for innovation projects: February 15, 2019. These submissions are to our office.

To stay updated, we have prepared the Scandinavian partner agenda for 2019, including all important dates. And in addition, we plan to continue and reinforce the regular monthly Partner Telephone Conferences. Please put into your calendar and share the dates for these TC’s as we share current information as well as invite speakers and presentation outside of the office.

It is EIT Health Summit on 4 - 5 December in Lodz, Poland. EIT Health Scandinavia launches the RABBIT program as our main theme, and will in fact co-host a session on Big Data and the benefits in Health Care.

Finally, I would like to welcome Erik Forsberg as the new Managing Director of EIT Health Scandinavia as of 1 March 2019 (link webarticle). It has been an honor to serve as the interim Director during this past intense expansion phase. I now look forward to return to my primary role as Innovation manager and together with Merike Leego develop the Innovation pillar. 
Looking forward to seeing you at the Summit!  
Henrik Cyrén

It's EIT Health Summit 4-5 Dec in Lodz, Poland

The annual opportunity for our world-leading consortium to unite for the purpose of promoting healthcare and innovation.
- It is also the Grand Final of the European Health Catapult Competition.
Good luck to the Scandinavian finalists Gedea Biotech, Sinntaxis and TADA Medical.
- Do not miss the session on the use of existing Big Data to improve healthcare chaired by Paul Timmers with Jan-Philipp Beck, Per Matsson, Pablo Serrano Balazote, Martin Seychell and Eva Tiensuu Janson.
- Come and say hello at our Booth where we will tell you everything about our RABBIT programme - Registries And BioBanks In Transition.
EIT Health Scandinavia names Erik Forsberg as new Managing Director

EIT Health Scandinavia on 3 December 2018 announced that its Board has officially appointed Erik Forsberg as its new Managing Director, effective 1 March 2019. Erik joins us from Uppsala BIO, an organisation that promotes the growth of a strong and sustainable life science sector, after leading that organisation for more than 10 years.
Interim Managing Director, Henrik Cyrén, who has been in position since September 2017, will revert to his previous role as EIT Health Scandinavia’s Innovation Manager. Read more here. (Photo Jeanette Hägglund)
EIT Health is seeking new activity proposals for its Business Plan 2020 portfolio

The new call document for proposals in Innovation, Education (Campus) and Business Creation (Accelerator) projects in EIT Health Business Plan 2020 is now available here (make sure to download the amended version 29 nov 2018).
Some new rules and processes that are new for this year (all details in call document):
- New Focus Areas
- New rules of participation for Innovation Projects proposals
- Elimination of the distinction between Innovation by Ideas and Innovation by Design
- Paving the way towards Horizon Europe funding rules, all for-profit KIC partners must assume 30% co-funding of all KAVA costs.

News from ACCELERATOR Pillar

Current opportunities for Incubators, Innovation clusters/offices, Accelerators, Universities and/or industry partners:
- We invite our Scandinavian business ecosystem representatives to prepare proposals for the Accelerator Bootcamp Call for Business Plan 2020, that has recently been distributed to all of you. Use our support in the entire process of preparing the proposals and building your consortia by identifying relevant partners within and outside the Scandinavian node. 
- Ask us on how to participate in the new Accelerator ''Bridgehead'' programme. Bridgehead provides a platform to be part and benefit from a European network of clusters, incubators and accelerators within the EIT Health consortium.
Read more here

Scandinavian SMEs at a glance: 
- This month we would like to highlight the Swedish e-health company Pilloxa that addresses the challenge of poor medication adherence. This year, Pilloxa has successfully raised € 500 000, sold hundreds of units of its product which is now used in three clinical trials in prominent Swedish hospitals with hundreds of patients in order to gain clinical evidence. Read more here.

- We also wanted to highlight the Danish company Tubus Technology developing simple and smart solutions that truly impact health and wellness of people with mobility disabilities. Their product TubusOne has just undergone a Welfare technological Assessment made by a Danish Hospital with results confirming the great impact of their product. Read more here.

Welcome Zara Pons Vila to the Scandinavian team!
Zara started on 19 November as Business Creation Project Coordinator working together with Christos in the Accelerator Pillar. 

For support and information on Accelerator programs, please contact Christos Vaitsis, Business Creation Manager, +46 70 930 83 34 and Zara Pons Vila, Business Creation Project Coordinator, +46 73 155 30 25.


News from INNOVATION Pillar 

New Innovation Projects rules for Call BP 2020

We invite partners to submit proposals for the new Innovation Projects to be included in the Business Plan to start 2020. New rules apply and can be read in detail in the new call document from page 21.
Please pay attention to the project preparation flow (see below flow) with important dates and deadline including the new Stage 0: a 3 pages mandatory pre-application needs to be submitted to the EIT Health Scandinavia office by 15 Feb 2019.

Also, we encourage you to participate to our newly launched monthly Scandinavian Partner Tele-Conferences, that are among other, helpful to learn more about partners from other regions, while building consortia or in order to get inspired to join future projects.

Also, we invite you to download the slides from our latest Project Management Office (PMO) trainings that took place earlier this fall in Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Finally, the DisQover tool presentation and tutorials are available here, to help you search for expertise and partners while building consortia.
A quick update on the 2nd Innovation By Ideas Call Proposals, that will soon be invited to hearings that will take place on 21-24 Jan 2019 in Munich.
Video interview: Maryam Poorafshar on JPAST’s tools to fight Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
The EIT Health Innovation Project JPAST - Joint Pain Assessment Scoring Tool -is developing new tools to permit earlier diagnosis of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs), afflictions of the joints that effect 5% of all Europeans. In a video interview, Maryam Poorafshar of Thermo Fischer Scientific, the JPAST Project Leader, discusses the project. Watch the brief video here.

For support and information on Innovation projects, please contact Merike Leego, Innovation Manager, +46-73 155 30 23


News from CAMPUS Pillar


Three Scandinavian Innovation Days engaged many interested students in November

This year, Innovation Days was organised in 19 locations in collaboration with 26 EIT Health Partners across all seven EIT Health co-location centres. The winning teams of the 3 Scandinavian i-Days from Uppsala University, University of Copenhagen and Karolinska Institutet will travel to London for the Winner event. Good job all!

Success for citizen engagement activity Run4Health at Kulturnatten in Copenhagen

Around 10 000 Copenhagen citizens came by the stands set up by students from the University of Copenhagen during Kulturnatten on 12 October.  Visitors were invited to test their health conditions and know more about healthy living. Read more here.

Video interview: EIT Health's Fellowship Network supports innovation and sparks spin-offs

The EIT Health Fellowship Network supports healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs by putting them together in interdisciplinary teams and asking them to address pressing healthcare needs.
The network provides the teams of aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring and training, including immersion in a clinical environment. In the video interview, Daniel Mogefors, Activity Line Coordinator of the EIT Health Fellowship Network at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, discusses how the fellowship network encourages health-care start-ups and has already spawned spin-offs, like TADA Medical.

EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Agenda 2019

Save the important dates and deadlines for 2019 ! 
Download the Scandinavian Partner Agenda 2019 here.

EIT Health Scandinavia has launched monthly partner Tele-Conferences to make exhange and network easier whatever location you are at. Please save the dates into your calendar every last Wednesday in month, at 14.00-15.30 CET time.
To receive calendar invitation and call-in instructions from us (that enables easy updates in program and access to supported files), please send a note to Merike.Leego@eithealth.eu  with “Calendar invitation for regular TCs” in subject line.

  Upcoming EIT Health Events 

Check the website Events page for updates, further events and details

4 - 5 Dec 2018  | Lodz, Poland
EIT Health Summit 2018

11 - 12 Dec 2018 I London, UK
EIT Health Innovation Days Winners event in collaborations with E-Labs

14 Dec 2018 I Tartu, Estonia
EIT Health Information Day at Tartu University

19 Dec 2018  | Online
Digital Town Hall "Unlocking the potential of Big Data in Healthcare"

30 Jan 2019 Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference

5 - 7 Feb 2019  | Berlin, Germany
Matchmaking event

27 Feb 2019 | Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference. Topic: Submission preparation

27 Mar 2019 | Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference.

24 Apr 2019  | Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference

23 May 2019 I Scandinavia (tbd)
Scandinavian Partner Conference

29 May 2019 I Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference

26 Jun 2019 I Online
Monthly EIT Health Scandinavia Partner Tele Conference

2 - 3 Dec 2019 I Paris, France
EIT Health Summit 2019

  Opportunities and Deadlines

Find more Opportunities online
Campus Programme Opportunity: MOOC: SweetDreams
Application Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

Campus Programme Opportunity: Future Learn MOOC: Managing my Own Health Data
Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2019

Pre-proposal for innovations submission to EIT Health Scandinavian office
Submission deadline: 15 Feb 2019 - 4:00 pm (Munich time)

Accelerator Programme Opportunity:
Apply as a Mentor or a Mentee for the Mentoring and Coaching Network

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