Category: MEDICA

AI, DNA sequencing, blockchain, data tsunami in healthcare, and more

…these are all topics of this years’ accompanying program of the MEDICA APP COMPETITION, taking place on November 14th 2018 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the CONNECTED HEALTH FORUM in Hall 15 of the MEDICA WORLD FORUM FOR MEDICINE in Düsseldorf.

We will start with a general overview of how mobile, IoT, data, AI & robotics are transforming healthcare, thoughts on innovation in healthcare, AI, and blockchain, we will touch upon the future of medication management and more, before hearing pitches of pre-selected healthcare startups.

Do you have a mobile healthcare solution you would like to present? See the rules and application details for the MEDICA APP COMPETITION 2018 HERE.  (Or go to the original MEDICA APP COMPETITION WEBSITE with last years winners and jury members HERE. )

Full program:

moderated by Mark Wächter, Mobile Strategy Consultant

When: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 13:00 h to 18:00 h

Where: MEDICA Exhibition Centre, hall 15 / stand 15C24

13:00 h – 13:05 h Future for Health: How mobile, IoT, data, AI & robotics transform healthcare (Mark Wächter, FTR4H Chief Evangelist)

13:05 h – 13:20 h Making the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation (Peter Vorländer, Innovation Lead Germany, Philips HealthWorks)

13:20 h – 13:35 h Sequencing – The new power in fighting serious diseases with big data (Dr. Fang Chen, Director of R&D Center, MGI)

12:35 h – 13:45 h The AI revolution in medicine (Agnieszka Walorska, CEO, Creative Construction Heroes / BVDW Lab AI & Health)

13:45 h – 14:00 h How blockchain is impacting healthcare (Tjaša Zajc, Business Developer, and Healthcare Communications Manager, Iryo)

14:00 h – 14:15 h Manage the digital health data tsunami (Elena Poughia, MD at Dataconomy Media and Data Natives Founder)

14:15 h –14:30 h Medication management into the future (Lea Dias, Healthcare & Robotics Expert)

14:30 h – 14:40 h Beyond the pond: The promise of mHealth in Africa (Dr. Moka Lantum, MD, MS, CEO MicroClinic Technologies)

14:40 h – 14:50 h Beyond the pond: The health InsurTech revolution in China (Sebastien Gaudin, CEO & Co-Founder, The Care Voice)

14:50 h – 15:00 h FTR4H @ SXSW 2019 festival – an inspiring fusion (Tom Mitchell, President & CEO, Messe Düsseldorf North-America Mirko Whitfield, International Development SXSW EMEA & Asia)

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7th MEDICA App COMPETITION (#7MAC)

15:00 h – 15:05 h Welcome & introduction 7th MEDICA App COMPETITION (Christian Grosser, Deputy Director MEDICA, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Mark Wächter, Moderator and Host of MEDICA App COMPETITION)

15:05 h – 15:25 h Panel discussion: Global status in medical mobile solutions

Lars Buch, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Digital Health
Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Managing Partner, Peppermint Venture Partners
Moderator: Muthu Singaram, CEO, IIT Madras HTIC Incubator & Founder, VibaZone

15:25 h – 15:35 h Bayer #G4A: Hacking corporate culture through start-up collaboration (Oliver Gassner, Head of Digital Health Intelligence EMEA, Bayer)

15:35 h – 15:40 h MEDICA App COMPETITION: Rules, prices & 7MAC starting grid (Mark Wächter, Moderator and Host of MEDICA App COMPETITION)

15:40 h – 16:40 h MEDICA App COMPETITION: Live-pitch of 10 medical applications

3 minutes pitch & 2 minutes Q&A each

16:40 h – 16:55 h MEDICA App COMPETITION: Deliberation of jury & announcement of TOP 3 apps (Muthu Singaram, Jury Captain MEDICA App COMPETITION)

16:55 h – 17:00 h MEDICA App COMPETITION: Award ceremony (Mark Wächter, Moderator and Host of MEDICA App COMPETITION)

17:00 h – 18:00 h Drinks reception & celebration of the MAC winners

Apply to the 7th MEDICA App COMPETITION!

A solution to a problem is worth little without execution and adoption. But even before that the idea you might have needs validation and support. If you’re working in the digital health space, MEDICA App Competition is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

“Winning the competition brought us tremendous benefits regarding recognition, branding and finding new partners,” says Moka Lantum, serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Sagitarix Ltd, private health technology, and concierge medicines distribution company, which design iSikcure app – last year’s winner of the MEDICA App Competition.

MEDICA App competition for digital health startups is running 7th year in a row this year. Applications can be submitted until September 30th, 2018.

APPLY HERE and don’t forget to read the evaluation criteria before finalizing the application.

In essence, you are eligible to apply if you have a medical app for smartphones / tablets / smartwatches / AR or VR gears / drones. Solution that are NOT eligible are pure B2C solutions with focus on diet tips, fitness or wellness.

Read the full rules here.

AWARDS

  1. RECOGNITION: The most essential reward indeed is the global awareness created at MEDICA as well as through MEDICA means.
  2. MONEY: The solution ranked number 1 will be rewarded with EUR 2,000, the number 2 with EUR 1,000 and the number 3 with EUR 500.
  3. GRANTS AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS:
    Our partner SXSW grants two (2) ‘SXSW 2019 Interactive badge registrations’ worth USD 1,325 per pass to the winning team for accessing the cult event in March 2019 in Austin, TX (USA).
    Our partner Startupboothcamp (SBC) Digital Health sponsors following vouchers for the top 3 places:
    – 1st prize winner gets one (1) exclusive ticket to attend SBC Masterclass in Berlin during the next SBC Health Program 2019.
    – 2nd prize winner gets dinner with a SBC Mentor in Berlin
    – 3rd prize winner gets one (1) hour of SBC Online Mentor Office Hours

Find all the information on the original website of the competition, where you can also find jury members, rules, last year’s winners and participants. Also, check the full accompanying program at the Connected health stage here.

The winners of the MEDICA App COMPETITION 2017 (#6MAC17): 1. iSikCure, 2. Air Smart Spirometer, 3. Kaia.

Bringing the global overview of digital health to SXSW

This year’s SXSW was the second time Future for health attended one of the worlds liveliest innovation, music, entrepreneurship and latest tech trends festival. This year in Austin, Texas we hosted three companies in our pavilion in the exhibition space – G4A Generator and global FTR4H sponsors BGI and Philips Healthworks. The highlight, however, was the full-day conference, held on Sunday, March 11th.

See the full program here. 

The main focus of the program was to bring the international audience the best global speakers from various countries. After an introduction of FTR4 by its co-founder Tom Mitchell, President of MDNA, the opening keynote was in the hands of Rasu Shrestha, CIO at UPMC and Head of UPMC Enterprises.

The subject of his keynote was “Everybody wants to innovate, nobody wants to change”, and as he emphasized, the biggest danger to innovation is complacency of existing market players. When talking about innovation, we need to be aware it regards behavioral change, which requires deep design thinking. Only in such design technology can be invisible to the user and consequently effective.

Priscilla Beal, Head of G4A Generator, presented Bayers new, the US focused initiative for startups addressing self-care in the areas of sun and skin protection, external pain management, nutritional support and digital self-care.

Johannes Steger (left on the picture below), Journalist at Handelsblatt moderated the panel of patient self-care with panelists Jordi Piera Jiménez, Secretary of the Strategic IT Board at the Catalonian Healthcare Department and Jorrit Ebben, Co-founder & Managing Director, Academy Het Dorp.


Our global FTR4H Evangelist Mark Wächter talked to Brian Rosnov, Innovation Lead at Philips HealthWorks about solving Healthcare challenges via collaboration. HealthWorks a recently created unit within Philips has a mission to generate Breakthrough Innovation in the area of Healthcare particularly Digital Health. Working at a global level, HealthWorks is creating new methods of collaboration with external startups and the Healthcare eco-system to solve some of the bigger challenges that exist in Healthcare around the world.

The conversation on collaboration was followed by a debate on potentials of blockchain in healthcare with Eugene Borukhovich, the Global Head of Digital Health Incubation & Innovation at Bayer, Samson Williams, co-founder of Axes & Eggs, a cryptocurrency mining company and Michael Dillhyon, Co-founder of Swiss-based Healthbank. It was moderated by the  FTR4H Ambassador Tjaša Zajc, business developer at Iryo.

We are especially proud to offer the SXSW audience an insight into digital health development around the world. The session was moderated by Maren Lesche, eHealth Startup Expert, and Ambassador at FTR4H.

Jonathan Lee (picture above), Executive Director of Academy at MaGIC, presented Malaysia. Regine M.A. Th. Aalders, Counselor for Health, Welfare and Sport to Canada and the USA, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands presented the state of eHealth and digital health in the Netherlands. FTR4H Ambassador Moka Lantum talked about opportunities and specifics of the African market. We heard the presentation of approaches to digital health in Norway, presented by Nard Schreurs, Director eHealth, and smart living at IKT-Norge/ITK Norway.

Big Data and AI are buzzwords when it comes to healthcare future. From public health to personal patient data and transparency of medical documentation, to care personalization, to the future of work for clinicians, the expectations on Big Data impact are at times astonishing and at times alarming.

Elena Poughia, Managing Director At DataNatives and Dataconomy talked to Urška Sršen, Founder and CCO at Bellabeat, Anthony Gerardi, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Analytics, Gwynneth Ballentine, Digital Health Innovation Lead, TMC Innovation Institute, Sangeeta Chakraborty, CCO, Ayasdi and Wout Brusselaers, CEO, Co.founder Deep 6 AI.

After an open-mic session, we wrapped up the conference with genomics. Mark Wächter talked to dr. Wang Jingjing, a Product Manager at BGI International. Dr. Wang Jingjing gave a speech on the topic of “The Future of Genomics – Whole Genome Sequencing WGS.” She mentioned that in the field of pathogen detection, metagenomics sequencing provides a single, all-inclusive diagnostic test and allows actionable information to be obtained sooner than traditional techniques. In the future of personalized medicine, sequencing is easy to obtain, while the comprehensiveness of microbial WGS database and data interpretation will be the challenge. Metagenome sequence data will be an important tool to predict disease susceptibility and drug response.

FTR4H global sponsors:

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What will technology bring to the healthcare market in India?

FTR4H is returning to India on March 16th this year. Last year prior to the conference held in New Delhi, we prepared an overview of things to watch for when entering the market in India. At the event, we dived into opportunities in India from the VC perspective, and we also highlighted problems startups are facing when looking for investments.

This year at India’s 24th International exhibition and conference Bombay convention & exhibition centre in Mumbai we prepared three days of exciting content:

One of our speakers will be Pratistha Jain from Vibazone, who shared some of her thoughts on the industry.

“FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE IS BRIGHT”

“A couple of impediments have stifled the Indian healthcare market; the technology penetration in Tier II and III cities is a challenge due to lack of affordability, cost involved, demographics, income and awareness. The med-tech industry has not been regulated all these years, with inconsistent interpretation and application of regulatory standards being the norm. The new medical devices rules that have been executed this January, the Medtech entrepreneurs will have more clarity and specificity on the policies,” writes Prathistha Jain in her opinion piece on Youstory.

The healthcare landscape has evolved over the last few years. The image of a person getting a check-up has changed; in the twentieth century, the doctor would come over armed with a bag of tools and old-fashioned medical know-how. Some interesting digital healthcare solutions that have been showing promise include imaging, analyzing, processing and computing software with deep learning capabilities, a collaborative space for connecting healthcare stakeholders, telemedicine addressing the lack of accessible healthcare, management tools and platforms to standardize procedures, care delivery, prevention and wellness solutions and non-invasive point-of-care diagnostics.

Digital transformation will have a great impact on the healthcare space. This transformation could be through various new technologies such as mobile (feature phones, smartphones, phablets, tablets, wearables AR/VR, voice assistants) mobile tools and apps to improve efficiency and patient safety, manage addiction treatment and chronic diseases, IoT (Internet of Things, sensors, drones, robots, 3D printer, smart cars and homes to improve care delivery systems and emergency systems, data (big data, smart data, genomics data, bio-informatics) to quantify risk,  precision medicine and disease diagnosis and artificial intelligence (medical diagnosis, robo-doc, health advisor, machine learning, health assistant, new health) to augment the diagnosis and treatment process.

Looking at the trends the future for healthcare looks bright and promising with some minor impediments to be faced through the journey.

Read the full story HERE.

KENYAN SOLUTION ISIKCURE WINS MEDICA APP COMPETITION 2017

Among 15 startups pitching at this years MEDICA App Competition, the top three chosen solutions are Kaia, air and iSikCure.

Kaia is a mobile app addressing back pain by using AI to guide patients through therapy and selected exercises which are moderated through camera observation of the users posture.

air is a smartphone app with a connected spirometer guiding users through spirometry measurements. It is meant to be used either by asthma patients or by physicians during patient examinations.

The winning solution on the competition was iSikCure app, connecting patients to healthcare providers and using a special reward points system creating a new way to pay for health services and encouraging medication adherence.

iSikCure is the winner of MEDICA App Competition 2017.

See all 15 startups pitching at the competition here.

325,000 mHealth apps already on the market

In the pre-competition program different topic on mHealth development were discussed. Ralf-Gordon Jahns presented the latest Research2Guidance research findings on mHealth market. At the moment, the estimated number of mHealth apps is 325,000, with health insurers becoming an increasingly important distribution channel for scaling. mHealth apps still face the problem of monetisation and 55% of apps have less than 5,000 downloads, was mentioned. Full report is freely available here.

What’s the deal with mHealth apps?

In the panel on the state of mHealth apps, with panelists

  • Muthu Singaram, CEO IIT Madras HTIC Incubator & Founder of VibaZone,
  • Klaus Stöckemann, Managing Partner at Peppermint Venture Partners,
  • Tjaša Zajc, Host of Medicine Today on Digital Health Podcast and Strategic Healthcare Partnerships Manager at IRYO.IO,
  • Lars Buch, Managing Director of StartupBootcamp Digital Health Berlin,
  • Jesus del Valle, Head of Bayers Grants4Apps Accelerator and moderator
  • Maren Leche, Startup-Expert, Mentor and eHealth-Advisor,

different reasons for low mHealth apps adoption and user retention were mentioned. An important critical point of apps is that they remind users of their sickness, which can be discouraging for continued use. This is one of the recognised reasons for a lot of B2C apps failing in the last years. A lot of them shifted to B2B2C business models.

mHealth App market assessment panel

Since payments in healthcare are shifting in the direction of outcomes and value based payments, apps are becoming increasingly interesting for Pharma companies offering their patients additional support and value through platforms and apps.

In terms of trends, voice recognition solutions are attracting interest, alongside expectations that app usage will increase with an improved experience provided by solutions coming from big corporations such as Google, Amazon and Apple, which have detailed knowledge about what works in customer engagement which could potentially be translated in to healthcare.

FTR4H is going to SXSW!

Wednesdays program at the Connected Healthcare Forum at MEDICA Trade Fair, prepared by Future for Health Community, was this years last FTR4H event. Next years roadshow includes presence in USA, India, China and Germany.

The first event in 2018 will be a conference program a SXSW festival, one of the top global tech events, attracting leading tech companies from the US and abroad. We are proud to be a part of it as it presents a valuable opportunity to meet tech savy entrepreneurs from different industries, allowing a step out of the digital health bubble and enabling formation of new ideas for the healthcare space. More information will be published soon. If you’re interested in participating as a company, do not hesitate to contact us!

15 shortlisted startup list for MEDICA App Competition is here!

The FTR4H jury (see below) selected the 15 startups which will be pitching on November 15th at MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf.

Join us LIVE at MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM in hall 15, on Wednesday, 15 November from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm during MEDICA runtime including a Get-Together.

Jury members:

  • Dr. Ashish Atreja, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer at Mount Sinai Health System (USA)
  • Dr. med. Urs-Vito Albrecht, MPH, Deputy Director (Germany)
  • Dr. Jesus del Valle, Head of Bayer Grants4Apps Accelerator (Germany)
  • Harsha Jagasia, Chief Operating Officer at Startupbootcamp Digital Health (Germany)
  • Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Managing Director at research2guidance (Germany)
  • Maren Lesche, Startup Advisor, Co-Founder YourStory Germany and Ecosystem Manager at etventure (Germany)
  • Muthu Singaram, CEO of Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC) (India)
  • Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Peppermint VenturePartners GmbH (Germany)
  • Mirko Whitfield, Head of Business Development for EMEA & Asia at SXSW (USA)
  • Tjaša Zajc, Digital Health Journalist (Slovenia)

 

Full program:

03:00 – 03:05 p.m.
Opening of the 6th MEDICA App COMPETITION
Christian Grosser, Deputy Director MEDICA

03:05 – 03:15 p.m.
The Promise of m-Health in Africa – Hope, Hype, or Hustle?
Dr. Moka Lantum, MD, MS, CEO, MicroClinic Technologies

03:15 – 03:25 p.m.
SXSW festival & MedTech – an inspiring fusion
Mirko Whitfield, International Development SXSW EMEA & Asia

03:25 – 04:35 p.m.
Live-Pitch of 15 App-based Medical Mobile Solutions
3 minutes pitch & 2 minutes Q&A each

04:35 – 04:50 p.m.
Live Deliberation of Jury & Presentation of Decision
Maren Lesche, Jury Captain MEDICA App COMPETITION

04:50 – 05:00 p.m.
Award Ceremony
Dr. med. Urs-Vito Albrecht, Group Leader PLRI MedAppLab, Hannover Medical School (MHH)

From 05:00 p.m. Reception & Drinks at US Pavilion in Hall 16
Welcome note by Joachim Schäfer, MD of Messe Düsseldorf

 

Who will be rocking the stage from 3.25 p.m. on?

  1. Air

    Air is the mobile app (available on both iOS and android) connected to our ultraportable spirometer, Air Smart, market leader in the hand-held spirometry market. The Air app allows physicians perform a spirometry test in a fraction of the time it takes to perform a spirometry test compared to desktop spirometers. More importantly, the Air app helps physicians in managing multiple patients at the same time, so that they can better prioritize their work. More: www.nuvoair.com

  2. AMBOSS Knowledge

    AMBOSS offers an interdisciplinary perspective on all medical specialties. Whether providing physicians with information to assist them in their daily routines or preparing medical students for exams, AMBOSS’ team of more than 50 physicians provide carefully curated, cross-checked and up-to-date content. More: www.miamed.de/

  3. Butterfly (Salubrious)

    Butterfly – Your Thyroid Diary is a mobile app for people with thyroid conditions in need of keeping track of a wealth of information to get the right course of treatment, including symptom and food diaries, medication schedules, and private test results. More: getbutterfly.net

  4. Clinivid (Health Care Innovate)

     

    Clinivid is a cloud-based communication platform that helps all clinicians to share patient information securely from their mobile phones and across all platforms. Clinivid has been designed by industry experts to fit clinical workflows. More: clinivid.com.au

  5. Cupris Health

    Cupris enables doctors to discuss patient cases remotely and patients to receive diagnoses and advice from doctors without having to see a doctor in person. Cupris has developed smartphone connected medical devices and a secure software communication platform (app and web platform). This reduces unnecessary and expensive face to face consultations in developed countries, and extends medical expertise to those living in remote areas in developing countries who otherwise would have no access to care. More: http://www.cupris.com/

  6. Femisphere (Onelife Health)

    Femisphere is a medically-certified, smart healthcare companion, allowing mothers-to-be to monitor their vital signs on a daily basis and providing them with medically verified advice, guidance and reassurance whenever they need. More: www.onelife.me

  7. imitoCam

    imitoCam is a system for visual capturing, documentation and communication of medical findings, special cases and the healing progress of patients‘ diseases and injuries. Photos and videos are instantly and securely stored into the hospital‘s image archive, and available in the EMR. Second opinion and feedback can easily be discussed among the team and colleagues via team chat. More: www.imito.io

  8. iSikCure

    iSikCure enables users to access healthcare by matching them to service providers who can then be paid by one of 6 ways – cash, credit card, mobile money, MedCoins, Self-help group wallet or employer wallets. Users earn MedCoins for creating a detailed medical profile, adherence to treatment, ask and sharing medical tips in the app, and for referring iSikCure to peers and family. iSikCure leverages the data in the patient records to create the best match with available providers in a given market, thus ensuring better quality of care.  More: www.isikcure.com

  9. Kaia (US)

    Mind-body therapy against back pain.The app identifies the optimal path for patients based on their individual patient journeys, directs them to the right specialist at the right time, and facilitate self help with the Kaia App. More: www.kaia-health.com

  10. LOLA

    LOLA App is a digital health & emergency assistant for mobile devices that allows users to monitor their health 24/7 and to automatically get help in case of emergency (falls, loss of consciousness, epileptic seizures). LOLA monitors health-relevant factors – pulse, sleep, step count, activity levels and occurrence of fatigue, automatically recognizes abnormal patterns (falls and epileptic seizures) and alerts the pre-defined emergency contacts by call and SMS providing GPS location information. More: www.qolware.com

  11. Medicus AI

    Medicus converts health data with its cryptic numbers and medical language into a visual experience with easy-to-understand health insights and actionable recommendations. It empowers patients to easily understand their medical and health info and see how they fit within their overall health profile. More: medicus.ai

  12. Moodpath (Aurora Health)

    Aurora Health is a Berlin-based technology company developing digital solutions to improve the detection and treatment of mental health disorders. The company’s solutions comprise of Moodpath, a consumer-friendly mobile depression screening and improvement program, and Aurora, the underlying platform to support healthcare practitioners in diagnostic, therapeutic and administrative processes. More: www.moodpath.io

  13. myAirCoach

    An app with advanced algorithms for better Asthma and COPD control, with an holistic overview of patient’s status. myAirCoach has developed a prototype click-on for patient’s inhaler that potentially improves inhaler usage by up to 70%. Observational study is already referred to by the UK based NICE standard. More: www.myair.coach

  14. RxUniverse (Rx.Health)

    Rx.Health’s flagship product, RxUniverse, is the first enterprise-based Digital Medicine delivery system that enables physicians to prescribe evidence-based mobile health applications, multi-media education, wearables, and therapeutics to patients at the point of care. More: http://rx.health

  15. Thinklabs Wave

Thinklabs Wave captures body sounds from Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope for recording, sharing live around the bedside for a unique medical education experience, remote live sharing for telemedicine/home monitoring, uploading to cloud systems for building signal libraries for machine learning and diagnostic purposes. More: http://thinklabs.com/

From Düsseldorf to Barcelona to New York City to Austin to Düsseldorf

… or why applying for startup competitions like MEDICA App Competition makes sense….A guest post by our Community Advisor Maren Lesche

Yes, you can plan. Yes, you can overthink. And yes, you can also embrace the opportunities that are served to you unexpectedly.

What made you interested in ehealth, people keep asking me? With a communications background, the highly regulated and very special digital health sector does not seem the first choice. My answer: unexpected opportunities pulled me in!

In 2014, I met the team of VoiceItt at a startup competition powered by Deutsche Telekom. In Krakow, Poland, we talked about crowdfunding, pitching and hurdles that a young company offering a voice-pattern recognition software for people with disability faced when entering new markets. Social entrepreneurship? A high-tech solution for people with impairment? A small team with limited funding working on a very techy product? I was hooked immediately!

What started as a small favor to present VoiceItt in Berlin, lead me to WebSummit in Dublin and Slush in Helsinki. One of my unexpected “tour stops” brought me to Düsseldorf – a very short trip! Little did I know that the “small event” at Düsseldorf will open up the world of healthcare to me: MEDICA is one of the largest and most prestigious healthcare and medtech trade fairs in the world. As a small event inside MEDICA, the Medica App Competition – MAC for short– was reaching out to very specific startups. Due to MEDICA’s close ties to the Israeli startup ecosystem, VoiceItt saw the startup competition and applied. After making the finals, the ball was in my court again: “Could you present us on stage? Nothing major! One day only” – less than 24h of networking, pitching on stage and reconnecting with old friends.

Ten awesome startups pitched two years ago. A hard battle – that VoiceItt won! Our prize: an IPad and a ticket to Mobile World Congress. Barcelona, we are coming! So one pitching event opened the doors to another stage! Selling the iPad provided the necessary travel money. A few weeks before Mobile World Congress, by accident again, I saw another event in Barcelona: A TechCrunch Meetup for startups! Anybody interested in presenting? All in? Right! I guess my communications background came in handy here: writing nice applications is as important as presenting on stage later. So yes, I used my trade to push VoiceItt to success!

I still remember this event! As one of the last startups to pitch, I had to balance on a broken wooden crate: no slides, not timer, just me and my faulty equilibrium. But yet, I could not have been that bad, since winning this small event secured VoiceItt tickets to the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City. Again – nothing I had planned, totally unexpected!

Step by step I worked my way deeper into the ehealth startup ecosystem, became a mentor at Startupbootcamp Digital Health, did research on wearables, learned about biotech and performance materials. The following year, I joined the MEDICA App Competition as a juror, soon after that, I became Community Advisor at the newly founded ehealth think tank FTR4H, short for Future4Health, powered by MEDICA. In March 2017, FTR4H officially launched at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Since then, FTR4H has been active in Delhi, India, and Suzhou, China.

Next stop? Düsseldorf! In November 2017, I am captain of the MEDICA App Competition Jury and will get a front-row seat during the pitching event happening on November. This year the contestants can win up to 2000 Euro and tickets to SXSW 2018 – so no detour via Barcelona and New York City for them!

And did I see that coming, when VoiceItt applied at MEDICA? No! But hey, you can plan. You can overthink. But you can never know where unexpected opportunities will lead to!

PS: Application for MEDICA App Competition 2017 are still open till September 30!

Are YOU Going To Shine At MEDICA APP COMPETITION?

The world’s leading trade fair for the medical industry, taking place in Düsseldorf between 13 – 16 November 2017, is approaching fast! Did you apply for MEDICA App Competition yet?  

More than 5,100 exhibitors and 127,000 visitors are coming to MEDICA. For digital health enthusiasts, Hall 15 will be the place to be. This is where the MEDICA App competition will take place, accompanied by keynotes and a debate from experts from around the globe. Check out the program below. And if you haven’t done so yet, apply for the MEDICA App competition. The deadline is September 30th! 

Future For Health in looking forward to your company!

When: Wednesday, November 15 2017, 02:00 to 06:00 pm

Where: MEDICA fairground, hall 15, booth 15C24, CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM

MEDICA Panel 2016

PROGRAM 2017

02:00 – 02:05 How Mobile, IOT, Data and AI transform Healthcare – A new platform of MEDICA Mark Wächter, FTR4H Chief Evangelist

02:05 – 02:15 Global Mobile Health App Market Report 2018 Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Managing Director research2guidance

02:15 – 02:30 Adopting Digital Healthcare Solutions in Developing Regions Muthu Singaram, CEO IIT Madras HTIC Incubator & Founder VibaZone

02:30 – 03:00 Global status in Medical Mobile Solutions (Panel Discussion) Lars Buch, Managing Director Startupbootcamp Digital Health, Tjaša Zajc, Digital Health Evangelist & Journalist, Dr. Jesus del Valle, Head of Bayer Grants4Apps Accelerator, Muthu Singaram, CEO IIT Madras HTIC Incubator & Founder VibaZone, Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Managing Partner Peppermint Venture Partners, Moderator: Maren Lesche, Startup-Expert, Mentor and eHealth-Advisor

03:00 – 03:05 6th MEDICA App COMPETITION: Intro Christian Grosser, Deputy Director MEDICA

03:05 – 03:15 The Promise of m-Health in Africa – Hope, Hype, or Hustle? Moka Lantum, MD, PhD, MS; CEO MicroClinic Technologies

03:15 – 03:20 SXSW festival & MedTech – an inspiring fusion Mirko Whitfield, International Development SXSW EMEA & Asia

03:20 – 04:35 Live-Pitch of 15 Medical Mobile Solutions 3 minutes pitch & 2 minutes Q&A each

04:35 – 04:50 Live Deliberation of Jury & Presentation of Decision Maren Lesche, Jury Captain MEDICA App COMPETION

04:50 – 05:00 Award Ceremony Dr. med. Urs-Vito Albrecht, Group Leader PLRI MedAppLab, Hannover Medical School

05:00 – 06:00 Drinks Reception & Celebration of the Winners

The place to be for digital health start-ups in November!

The world’s leading trade fair for the medical industry will take place in Düsseldorf between 13 – 16 November 2017. 

MEDICA World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf has a 45 years long tradition! As a startup, there are at least three reasons why you might be interested in attending this year.

First,  there will be more than 5,100 exhibitors and 127,000 visitors there. Plenty new people to meet!

Second, to gain visibility, you can apply to the MEDICA App COMPETITION, compete for rewards, meet our experts.

FTR4H ambassadors: Dr. Hu Junhao, Entrepreneur, Mark Wächter, Entrepreneur, Dr. Ashish Atreja, Gastroenterologist & CTO at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Venture Capitalist, Maren Lesche, Entrepreneur and Communications Manager, Muthu Singaram, Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist, Tjasa Zajc, Journalist and Audience Developer.

The most important reward for the winner of the MEDICA App Competition is certainly the global awareness created at MEDICA as well as through MEDICA means.

What else?

  • In addition the solution ranked number 1 will be rewarded with EUR 2,000, the number 2 with EUR 1,000and the number 3 with EUR 500.
  • Our partner SXSW grants two (2) ‘SXSW 2018 Interactive badge registrations’ worth USD 1,325 per pass to the winning team for accessing the cult event SXSW 2018 in March 2018 in Austin, TX (USA).
  • Our partner Startupboothcamp (SBC) Digital Health sponsors following vouchers for the top 3 places:
    – 1st price winner gets one (1) exclusive ticket to attend SBC Masterclass in Berlin during the next SBC Health program
    – 2nd price winner gets a SBC mentoring dinner in Berlin
    – 3rd price winner gets 1 hour of SBC online mentoring

Applications are open until 30 September 2017.

Third, you can buy your spot at the MEDICA Start-Up Park.

For the first time, 20 start-ups up to 3 years old will get a chance to present themselves to the visitors throughout the duration of the fair. Don’t think twice about meeting key industry players from Siemens, Philips, Mindray, Toshiba, Compugroup Medical and many more. A pitch at MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM. is included in the price of a spot at the MEDICA Start-Up Park. More info here.

See you in November!

Meet The Experts Behind Future For Health!

FTR4H is growing.

Meet the current supporters and ambassadors of the organisation.

Future For Health (FTR4H) is continuing its mission to become a Global ThinkTank on Digital Health. We’ve presented the organisation at different World of MEDICA Trade Fairs in Germany, India, China, we’ve been at SXSW in the USA. We keep partnering with experts in digital health from different countries. These are our current evangelists, some of them also this years jurors of MEDICA App Competition, which you are welcome to apply to by 30th September.

FTR4H will be located at USA Pavilion at MEDICA 2017. It will also feature a FTR4H LAB showcasing innovators and visionaries in this field.

Mark Wächter, Entrepreneur

Mark Wächter.

Mark Wächter is marketer with many years professional and leadership experience in the areas of Consumer Goods, Internet and Mobile Communications. In May 2005 he founded MWC.mobi, a worldwide active management consultancy focusing on Mobile Strategy Development and served clients in over 30 countries on all continents in the past years.

Mark is head of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) in Germany (locally known as BVDW Section Mobile) and member of MMAs Board of Directors. He is co-founder of MobileMonday and chairs the advisory board of Germany’s first Master Degree Program in Mobile Marketing at Leipzig School of Media. Mark is a Mobile Aficionado since the very beginning and became a globally well respected Mobile Media Evangelist and Strategist aka ‚Mr. Mobile‘, acting as advisor and mentor on many Mobile Initiatives. In December 2015 Springer Gabler published his book ‚MOBILE STRATEGY‘. This has been chosen as basic compendium for the charismha study on Mobile Health Apps.

Digital Health is a core competency of Mark. He organizes the world’s largest Medical Mobile Solutions award, the annual MEDICA App Competition. In May 2016 he co-initiated the global Digital Health Society, FTR4H, and since then acts as the Chief Evangelist of this platform. So far, FTR4H launched in China, Europe, India and the USA.

Maren Lesche, Entrepreneur and Communications Manager

Maren Lesche.

Maren is a storyteller and communicator by heart. She supports several startups and women in tech in establishing strong marketing campaigns to create a successful brand and support sales.

As an advisor and business development expert for Israeli startup VoiceItt, Maren is in close contact with investors, she pitches on stage to win competitions and supports the team of 12 that is spread over three continents, in scaling up in Europe their voice and voice-pattern recognition software for people with speech impairment suffering from diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer, strokes or paralyzation.

In February 2016, Maren also joined the team of etventure Startup Hub, a small team of startup experts that brings entrepreneurs and corporates together to form strategic partnerships. At etventure Startup Hub, she is also the Communications Manager for several EU-funded programs such as Accelerator European Pioneers, Welcome and the new IoT European Platform Initiative.

Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Venture Capitalist

Dr. Klaus Stöckemann.

After obtaining his PhD in biology and pharmacology, he had held several leading positions in research and development and business development with companies like Schering AG and ASTA Medica. He later became a partner in a leading international investment firm 3i and in 2009 he co-founded Peppermint Venture Partners, which specializes in investments in Digital Health and Medical Devices. He is the Chairman of the board of several young companies such as Caterna Vision GmbH, which develops digital therapies for treating eye disorders and Emperra GmbH, which has developed the ESYSTA® System – the first GSM and Bluetooth enabled smart insulin pen connected to a web based portal, enabling web-based telemedical closed-loop management system for patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2 and Vice-Chairman of Implandata a company having developed the first wireless sensor for measuring intraocular eye pressure in Glaucoma patients.

PVP is currently launching its second fund (PVP II) with a focus on investments in innovative solutions alongside the individual health journey at the crossroads of medical devices and digital health. PVP II aims to start investing from 2018 on.

Klaus is also a mentor of several digital health accelerators such as Startupbootcamp as well as Member of the board of the German Association of Venture Capital since 2015.

Muthu Singaram, Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist

Muthu Singaram.

Muthu is a parallel entrepreneur having been involved in several startups over last 20 years. He has over 25 years of experience in Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship, has been a judge and mentor in many business plan competitions and is a Mentor / Entrepreneur in Residence in several Universities.

Among other things, he was responsible in developing the Malaysian National Uniprenuer Development Programme (NUDP) at the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC). He was also a council member for the National Incubator Network.

His recent major consulting assignment is for the Malaysian Government Agency (Agency Innovasi (Innovation) Malaysia) under the Prime Minister’s Office on industry driven Innovation, helping research and entrepreneurs in accessing technology and business models.

He is currently working on a Virtual international Business Accelerator aka VibaZone based in several locations. The vision is to develop and provide a virtual community of entrepreneurs or anyone wishing to participate in / building or growing a sustainable business in any area or industry. Muthu still involves himself with new startups and works with them to go to market.

He is also the author of the book Entrepreneurship: A Hands on Guide To Starting Your Business.

Tjasa Zajc, Journalist and Audience Developer

Tjaša Zajc - Digital Health Journalist & Audience Developer
Tjaša Zajc.

Tjasa has a Bachelors degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in health management and economics. In the last few years she focused her interest on exploring chronic diseases, healthcare systems, the digital health market and how stakeholders in these fields could be better connected to increase the speed of healthcare improvement.

She currently works for a Slovenian trade publication for healthcare professionals Medicina danes, is the host of Medicine Today on Digital Health Podcast and an Audience Developer (looking for strategies to increase reader/ subscriber retention) for its publisher – Časnik Finance, owned by the international publishing house Bonnier AB. In the past she worked for the Slovenian Press Agency and as a photographer and journalist for the weekly magazine Mladina. She has contributed to MedTech Engine – an innovative new internet portal specialized for medtech stakeholders. She is a member of the jury of this years’ Medica App Competition – the world’s largest medical app competition evaluating medical mobile solutions.

Dr. Hu Junhao, Entrepreneur

Dr. Junhua Hu.

Hu Junhao is an entrepreneur with a doctorate in Photoelectric. He worked as a research scientist in Institute for Infocomm Research, and a senior optical fiber sensor expert and then founded Darma Inc. in the United States.

DARMA completed the mass production and shipment of smart cushions in 2015, and favored by Google, Apple, Aetna and other international well-known enterprises. In 2016, DARMA has sold products to United States, Britain, Poland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and other dozens of countries.

With excellent sensitivity and medical level accuracy, DARMA Fiber Optic Sensor attracted a lot attention in the field of healthcare, and got thousands of orders in the stage of R&D.

Meanwhile, DARMA Fiber Optic Sensor attracted a lot of doctors and professors in well-known hospitals and medical school in China and US, such as Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ashish Atreja, Gastroenterologist & CTO at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Ashish Atreja.

Dr. Ashish Atreja is the Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Office (C-TIE) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Director of Sinai Applab – a form of incubator/accelerator for testing, validating and translating digital health apps in clinical practice. The goal of Sinai Applab is to utilize data-driven Learning Healthcare System approach to become a national leader in pragmatic trials and innovative patient-centered apps and analytics.

Dr. Ashish Atreja founded the Sinai AppLab in 2012 at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. By 2013, our first grant was awarded, closely followed by more. The Sinai AppLab now boasts extensive experience creating, implementing and evaluating technology platforms to address the needs of patients, health care providers, and researchers within the Mount Sinai Health System and beyond.