EIT Health

Together for healthy lives in Europe.

EIT Health was established in 2015, as a ‘knowledge and innovation community’ (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is made up of various KICs who each focus on a different sector, or area, of innovation – in our case, that is health and aging. The idea behind the EIT's KICs is that innovation flourishes best when the right people are brought together to share expertise. The so called ‘knowledge triangle’, is the principle that when experts from business, research and education work together as one, an optimal environment for innovation is created.

 

Goals

The goals of EIT Health  are:

  • Strengthening healthcare systems in Europe
  • Promoting better health of citizens
  • Contributing to a sustainable health economy in Europe

 

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Training the workforce of tomorrow

The partnership will promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources. This will be achieved through delivering products, concepts and services, including educational programmes that will nurture talents and train the workforce of tomorrow.

Adopting an investor approach, EIT Health will drive the integration of business; research and higher education, boost innovation, and be a catalyst for new solutions for Europe.

Overcoming fragmentation

EIT Health will overcome the fragmentation of different healthcare systems in Europe and give companies easier access to markets across the EU. The critical mass of partners from business and industry, education, research, healthcare providers and insurance companies within EIT Health, opens the path to reduced time-to-market for added-value products and services.

EIT Health outreach activities are expected to spread all over Europe – establishing new ties to expand innovation and growth.

EIT Health aims to, among others:

  • support and grow this figure to 90 new products/services annually by 2018
  • by 2018 create 70 start-ups per year
  • have 1 000 000 students taking part in its educational online programmes per year by 2018
  • In its first full year of operation in 2016 EIT Health expects to incubate approximately 80 new business ideas, rising to 140 in 2018.

EIT Health Innovation Hubs

EIT Health has formed six Innovation Hubs across Europe, with Headquarters based in Munich:

  • London (UK/Ireland)
  • Stockholm (Scandinavia)
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Paris (France)
  • Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Rotterdam (Belgium-Netherlands)
  • Budapest (Innostars)

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