Sabine Schumann
Head of Communications
EIT Health

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The digital laboratory of the future
Next-level Alzheimer’s screening
Bringing mobile technologies to everyday practice
RAS-Q: The lung in a backpack
Treating cancer using anti-Myc peptides
Sustainable course: Advanced Management Programme on Health Innovation
Systematically improving chronic joint pain management across Europe
Removing bottlenecks that prevent use of Antibody Drug Conjugates
Non-invasive neural stimulator for movement disorders
Online course equips online learners to maximise healthcare data
Eliminating pneumothorax during lung biopsy
Innovating to solve global health challenges
Bringing intelligence to genetic data
An artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetes patients
Self-management systems for respiratory diseases
Smart software for healthcare support
Innovative design-based methods in the workplace
Hundreds of citizens learn about health and active ageing, and provide essential feedback
Summer school using real-life cases to catalyse innovation finds new funders
A collaborative approach to innovation in diabetes care
Citizen-centred training for healthcare professionals
Improving the measurement of joint mobility
A more natural solution to chronic constipation
Clinical Innovation Fellowship spin-off seeks to improve medical tube success
Driving health innovation for the future
Empowering women entrepreneurs in health innovation
Smart-up Lab students and other present their ideas to investors
Improved prostate cancer diagnostics
State-of-the-art tool for dementia risk assessment
Device offers inexpensive alternative to surgery for common prostate problem
New platform allows everyone to link and mine life-changing data faster, smarter and simpler
Developing next-generation biological drugs for treating wounds in skin and mucosa
Non-medicinal soft robotic for the best night’s rest
A Star-Trek like medical device that provides the solution to killing multiresistant bacteria and treating chronic wounds

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New platform allows everyone to link and mine life-changing data faster, smarter and simpler

25 June 2017
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ONTOFORCE has developed a pioneering semantic search and information integration framework, DISQOVER, which allows everyone to link and mine life-changing data faster, smarter and simpler. Searching through an unlimited number of internal, external and third-party data becomes simple through one, fast, customizable and user-friendly platform connecting data landscapes. With that, DISQOVER significantly reduces search times and enables every user to find the right and reliable answers for the right person at the right tiome. We bring simplicity to complexity.

ONTOFORCE’s patented, data-driven semantic visualization engine allows it to deliver data integration in hours or days, instead of months, and permits knowledge extraction in minutes instead of hours to weeks. Once the system understands the semantics of your data and your searches, it automatically generates the right interface for that data and visualizes complex silo-ed data in a simple connected way. Next to the fast implementation speed, the compelling UI, the speed, the ultra scalabaility and the ability to federate with 120+ public spaces out of the box, makes ONTOFORCE very unique.

Results so far

ONTOFORCE has won many prizes, including taking the EIT Health Business Plan Aggregator top prize for digital innovation, the “Most Promising BigData Company” in TechTour 2015, making the finals of the 2016 Silicon Valley pitching contest and, most recently, winning first prize in the EIT Venture Award 2017. Since platform development began in 2013, ONTOFORCE raised €3.2 million in seed funding and €1.5 million in non-dilutive grants. ONTOFORCE exceeded planned revenue by 50% in 2016. The company is growing very quickly and has 11 out of the 20 top biotech and pharma as customers today.

Benefits of EIT Health support

“Not only do we always get great advice from top experts but EIT Health’s amazing network is open to sharing,” according to ONTOFORCE’s Hans Constandt. “We have generated many leads, partners and advisors via this network, and each time we go to an event or subscribe to a call, we get to know new people who help us with the next step ONTOFORCE is taking. What I specifically like is that EIT Health thinks outside even the EU borders strengthening EU companies but also exposing them in the US. The trips and conferences we have done together with EIT Health, including most recently to the Global Investors Forum in Boston, United States, were amazing and very well organized. Many thanks and keep up this great work.”

Vision & Goals

Not only researchers and physicians benefit from this solution. Patients will get better using DISQOVER smart data. We believe smart data can heal patients and will have an impact on faster and more efficient drug discovery worldwide.

Team Members

Hans Constandt (Background in Medicine, Biotechnology, BioInformatics, Software, Data Architect and Knowledge Mgmt with 16yrs experience); Peter Verrykt (BI specialist, analyst and global project leader with 10+ yrs experience); Kenny Knecht (Technical Lead with 10+ yrs epcerience); Filip Pattyn (Genomics and Data Expert with 5+ yrs experience).


Gent, Belgium

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Video: How the ONTOFORCE DISQOVER platform works