The EIT Health Catapult finalists represent the most promising European start-ups across biotech, medtech and digital health.
The nine winning start-ups of the EIT Health Catapult competition have been announced on the final day of the EIT Health Summit. The competition awarded a combined total of more than EUR 1 million in funding and continued support to promising start-ups as they develop their products and services.
In the digital health category
Methinks AI took first place for its solution of using imaging technology to reduce time to treatment in stroke patients where every second count. Popit took second place for its sensor technology to improve patients’ adherence to medicines, and PatchAI was awarded third place for its digital solution to improve compliance in clinical trials.
In the medtech category
New Born Solutions was awarded first place for its solution to improve the detection of infectious diseases such as meningitis in newborns. STIL came in second place for its solution to reduce tremor in patients such as those with Parkinson’s disease, and Gradient was awarded third place for its minimally invasive product to treat pulmonary hypertension.
In the biotech category
UVera was awarded first place, as well as the Alex Casta Audience Award, which is voted live by the EIT Health Catapult audience during the EIT Health Summit, for its solution to provide natural, safe, potent, stable and eco-friendly UV protection. In second place was PhagoMed whose solution uses a synthetic biology platform to precisely target any bacterial pathogen, and in third place was Gelmetix who is developing bio-inductive gels that modify cell behaviour to treat patients suffering from chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis.
Currently in its fifth year, Catapult is just one of 23 accelerator initiatives run by EIT Health in 2020 to raise a new generation of companies into a position where they are able to deliver solutions that can improve the lives of patients and citizens in Europe. EIT Health Catapult boosts the development of European start-ups in healthcare by exposing them to leading experts and international investors. Prizes of EUR 40 000, for first place, EUR 20 000, for second place, and EUR 10 000, for third place, are awarded to three winners in each of the categories: biotech, medtech and digital, as well as EUR 800 000 in in-kind support from sponsors including Nasdaq, Amazon Web Services, L3S Partnership, Virdis Group, Lallianse and McDermott Will & Emery. A three-stage process, taking place over a period of one year, EIT Health Catapult offers promising start-ups intensive training, expert-led business plan optimisation and pitch development.
We’re thrilled to end 2020 with some good news by announcing nine incredibly strong winners of our EIT Health Catapult programme. As healthcare systems in Europe remain fragmented, access to the vast EIT Health network will be of utmost value to our winners on their journey towards international growth.
Support is especially important during periods of uncertainty such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, as we rely on these innovative and agile small companies to provide smart solutions to growing healthcare issues. We look forward to welcoming our winners into the EIT Health family, and supporting them with accessing our network to grow their connections, develop their knowledge further and obtain resources that can help them on their way towards making their solutions a reality for patients and citizens across Europe.
Kurt Höller - Director of Business Creation at EIT Health
Previous winners of the EIT Health Catapult competition have gone on to achieve significant success, including the 2019 biotech winner Sparing Vision who raised EUR 44.5 million in investment to further its gene therapy for chronic ocular diseases this fall.