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30 oktober 2019 - 31 oktober 2019

DIH-HERO Brokerage event

Are you interested to join the DIH-HERO network, apply for the open calls (to be published soon), and looking for your cross-border partner? Save the date for the Brokerage Event on the 30 & 31 of October, at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

DIH-HERO will offer a program of cross-border matchmaking between companies and with end users by workshops and face-to-face meetings. We will inform about the calls, services and open infrastructures (such as living labs, testbeds etc.) that are available within the DIH-HERO community. Visit the DIH-HERO website here

We welcome a maximum number of 300 participants. Participation is free of charge. We will count on your participation for reserving a seat and the drinks. If you cannot attend the event for which you have already registered, we kindly ask that you let us know. Simply e-mail techmed-events@utwente.nl 

Universiteit Twente, Drienerlolaan, 7522 NB Enschede
DIH-HERO, the Digital Innovation Hub Healthcare Robotics is an open network, funded by the European Commission, has opened its doors for the first brokerage event on October 30 and 31. The purpose of this first DIH-HERO get-together was to increase cross-national collaboration, in order to accelerate innovation of robotics in healthcare. Building a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hub Network, DIH-HERO offers several opportunities for the players in the European healthcare market such as different services or the engagement in the DIH-HERO €100k Technology Demonstrator and €200k Technology Transfer Experiment calls. (See www.dih-hero.eu/calls for more information, the TD call is open until 31 Dec 2019!)

Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), friends and networking partners met at the University Twente (NL) to discuss the opportunities of bringing innovations to market within the healthcare domains and potential partnerships for the open and upcoming calls. The programme of these two days was diverse and of high quality focusing on up-to-date topics in healthcare robotics. Presentations by the operational project coordinator Dr. Françoise Siepel and project manager Maren Bödding informed about the project and the open calls that are dedicated to support SMEs and slightly larger companies in developing innovative technologies for the market. Keynotes of Dennis McWilliams of Santé Ventures, Cyrill von Tiesenhausen of KUKA and Amir Szold of Hernia Solutions were as entertaining as informative and presented risks and needs of realizing a vision and inventing new products. With presentations about the 5 domains in healthcare robotics the great variety of healthcare was pointed out.

Partners of the network and companies took the opportunity to present themselves in pitches and announced possibilities to cooperate. In speed dates possible common interests and networking opportunities were considered. Lab tours at the Technical Medical Centre guided by Remke Burie and Prof. Stefano Stramigioli were of great interest and gave a comprehensive insight in research methods. Furthermore 16 Innovation Hubs and their partners introduced themselves in an exhibition where in personal dialogues individual questions were discussed.

One of these hubs was the TechMed Innovation Hub, represented by Esther Rodijk from the University of Twente, Dorine Pluimers from Health Valley and Willem Endhoven from Holland Robotics. The TechMed Innovation Hub serves as an access point to the regional ecosystem of MedTech stakeholders in the Eastern part of The Netherlands. This coordinated group of organizations with complementary expertise and a not-for-profit objective, offer a set of services to companies – especially Small and Medium Enterprises (incl. Start-ups) and mid-caps as well as to public sector organizations – to support their digital transformation. At the Brokerage Event, they presented the services and facilitates offered in The Netherlands in the field of Robotics in Healthcare. These services include, but are not limited to, innovation brokerage, shared research projects, facility sharing, knowledge transfer challenges and funding programs.

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Universiteit Twente
7522 NB Enschede

Health Valley Partners