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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

6 Must See Companies at Medical Fair Asia 2018

Medical Fair Asia 2018 is bringing in a fresh and new set of some great healthcare-based companies. These companies have taken the old way of healthcare thinking and modernized it in a way that is keeping up with our fast evolving society. Medical Fair Asia 2018 will be held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from August 29-31.

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D-Heart, a company just founded back in 2015 by Nicolò Briante and Niccolò Maurizi, has developed a major breakthrough in ECG   (Electrocardiogram) technology. What you would usually have to do at a hospital, you can now do in the comfort of your home, thanks to D-Heart’s at-home ECG device. Before D-Heart, at-home ECG’s were attempted to be made, but were complicated with wires and users had to perform intrusive skin preparation before using the machine. Now, there is a simple, yet reliable, ECG device that is user-friendly and safe, while still providing medically professional results. D-Heart hopes to gather the data collected by their ECG machines and perhaps use it to unveil some of the mysteries still surrounding one of the most important organs in our bodies.

Another big push in the healthcare industry recently is returning to the idea of at-home, personal care. A company that is capitalizing on this push is Jaga-Me. Founded in mid-2016, Jaga-Me is a company that provides multiple at-home medical services. Their mission is to enhance the well-being of patients and their families by providing personalized healthcare experiences. To just name a few of their services, Jaga-Me provides nursing procedures and healthcare at the patient’s home, no matter what level of healthcare it is. Along with these, Jaga-Me also has a medical escort service, driving patients to their appointments if they or a loved one is not able to. Jaga-Me also helps with things like personal care and hygiene, medication reminders, and companionship. With a small membership fee based on a per hour system, anyone is able to access this great service.

Efficiency is what drives industries forward, especially in healthcare. La Comanda was founded back in 2013, but is still developing new technology. La Comanda is an IoTH (internet of things and humans) company, which basically signifies a large, interrelated computing system. The idea behind this company and their technology is their “One Click” ideal, hoping to make tasks be able to be completed in one click. For example, if a family wanted to order a pizza, all they would have to do is click the “pizza” button on their La Comanda device, and it would e-order the pizza for them automatically. In healthcare, this technology has a ton of applications, whether it’s ordering a test, paging a doctor, administer medicine, the applications are really endless.

The main goal of healthcare is to save lives, simple as that. Rapid Response Revival is a company that is actively doing that very thing. Every year, 6 million people die from SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest). These victims end up dying because regular AEDs are large, expensive, and only in certain buildings. However, Rapid Response Revival created the world’s smallest AED. They will be made available for everyone, different from regular AEDs, fixing the difficult access to an AED in a medical emergency. These AEDs are small, easy to use, and fill a need in our society.

Quezapp takes on a more logistical healthcare problem. Doctors see hundreds of patients per week, which is hard to keep track of. Quezapp takes care of this. Providing doctors with the ability to automate patients’ visits and revisits, send referrals to other medical professionals, and have a constantly updating appointment scheduler, Quezapp takes a lot of stress out of doctors. Another perk of the app is the promotion side of it. If a doctor wanted to promote his practice, he can pay Quezapp and they will promote it. We want our medical professionals to be focused on saving lives and Quezapp helps them do that even better.

Medikabazaar is an India-based company that supplies top of the line medical supplies to every pin-code in India for an affordable price. How do they do this? Medikabazaar made an e-commerce website for purchase of supplies in order for clients to procure them more cost-effectively.  And it worked – more than a thousand hospitals, doctors, and healthcare establishments have registered on their website and made Medikabazaar their go-to supplier for medical supplies. Medikabazaar has accomplished a big feat – bridging the gap between healthcare providers and product suppliers allowing for increased access to quality healthcare products across India and the world.

Check out the complete program here.

Written by: Brett Babcock

Startupbootcamp Digital Health FastTrack Singapore

Are you the next big thing in Digital Health?

If yes, come and meet us! Our community partner Startupbootcamp China invites startups to APPLY for their Singapore FastTrack in association with FTR4H on 30 August 2018. 

What is a FastTrack?

A FastTrack is mini Startupbootcamp experience. The goal of this event is to offer startups the opportunity to present their ideas to experienced industry experts and get valuable feedback and advice on their ideas. You also get a chance to know more about Digital Health and Startupbootcamp China and how you can benefit from it. Startupbootcamp selects teams that they wish to invite to the FastTrack. So the earlier you apply, the better your chances in being selected for the FastTrack.

In Singapore you can expect:

  • Valuable insights and feedback from experts in Healthcare industry and Digital Health, which can set off your business in the right trajectory
  • Networking with some of the best Digital Health startups in your city
  • Increased chances of being selected for the Startupbootcamp China Scale program.

Who is Startupbootcamp looking for?

We want you to be a team, not an individual, and a great, complimentary team at that. A team with a great idea how to solve a REAL PAIN, clear plan for execution, working with clinical knowledge and discipline and a vision to take it to the next level. We do adore a unicorn, but we love elephants, they are larger and REAL. On the day of the FastTrack you will be asked to give a short presentation (maximum 7 minutes).

Feel free to reach out to us or the Startupbootcamp team directly via email at look@startupbootcamp.cn or APPLY via eventbrite.

We look forward to meeting you in Singapore!

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.

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SXSW 2018: Apply for our Open Mic Session on March 11!

As part of our FTR4H Conference we will also host an Open Mic Session.  Apply till March 8th online here and use your time to shine! You will need a maximum of 10 min to fill out our questionnaire!

We will give up to 10 healthcare startups in attendance at SXSW the chance to present their startups on stage! 1 min elevator pitch, 2-3 min grillling from the audience and some of our speakers! Don’t be shy. Walk-ins welcome!

This session is in collaboration with DataNatives!

FTR4H Conference @ SXSW: 23 Speakers, 300 min Healthcare Insights

For the first time, FTR4H is curating a conference at SXSW. In 2018 we have 23 amazing speakers from 10 countries providing up to 300 minutes of healthcare innovation on stage at the Discovery Stage, Exhibit Hall 2.

Get a sneak-preview of our program! Here some highlights!

  • 10:30 am: Let’s get started! Learn more about our worldwide FTR4H Community.
  • 10:40 am: Keynote: “Everybody wants to innovate, nobody wants to change” by Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC; Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises
  • 11:30 am: Get first-hand information about Bayers new G4A Generator Program by Priscilla Beal, Digital Innovation, Bayer U.S. LLC
  • 11:45 am: Panel: “Patient-Centric-Care” with experts from the US, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany
  • 12:30 pm: Keynote: “HealthWorks: Solving Healthcare challenges via collaboration” by Brian Rosnov, Innovation Lead, Philips HealthWorks
  • 12:45 pm: Panel: “Blockchain” with experts from Slovenia, the US and Switzerland
  • 01:30 pm: Travel with us! In our “Beyond the Pond” session you will get to know the eHealth communities in The Netherlands, Norway and Africa.
  • 02:30 pm: Curated by our community partner DataNatives we will spend 40 min on “Myths, good Bets, and Realities: Breaking the Health Digital Deadlock through Big Data and AI”
  • 03:30 pm: It’s your time to shine! We will do an Open Mic Session! Prepare your elevator pitches! No slides!
  • 04:30 pmSunday Inspiration: “The Future of Genomics – Whole Genome sequencing” by BGI International

And best of all: up to 40 % of our speakers are female. Let’s celebrate diversity at SXSW!

Check the complete program on the SXSW website and do not forget to get your SXSW ticket!

 

 

Showcase your Product at SXSW at the FTR4H Expo Space

Showcase your product at our FTR4H Space at SXSW! Our exhibitor packages range from $10,000 to $20,000 and include SXSW Interactive tickets worth $1125, an option to present on our FTR4H stage which will be featured in the official SXSWprogram, logo placement as well as access to our international Digital Health community! Here all opportunities in detail:

Bronze Package

  • Exhibit: 2 kiosks, 4 expo only passes
  • 2 passes SXSW interactive (worth ca. $2250)
  • Stage content: Short Pitch on Sunday (5 min), featured in the official SXSW program
  • Logo placement on all materials/media (pre and onsite) and stage on Sunday and on any delegation materials (audience: mind. 25,000)
  • Up to 4 event passes for FTR4H events at Medical Fair India, Asia, China

Silver Package

  • Exhibit: 2 kiosks, 6 expo only passes
  • 4 passes SXSW interactive (worth ca. $4500)
  • Stage content: featured speaker on Sunday (20 min), featured in the official SXSW program
  • Logo placement on all materials/media and stage on Sunday and on any delegation materials (audience: mind. 50,000)
  • Sponsor recognition for Meet & Greet at FTR4H stand
  • Up to 6 event passes for FTR4H events at Medical Fair India, Asia, China
  • Feature on the Medicine Today on Digital Health Podcast

Gold Package

  • Exhibit: 3 kiosks, 10 expo only passes
  • 5 passes SXSW interactive (worth ca. $5525)
  • Stage content: Featured Speaker (30 min/45 min), featured in the official SXSW program
  • Prominent Logo placement on all materials/media and stage on Sunday and on any delegation materials (audience: mind. 70,000)
  • Sponsor recognition for hosted dinner during event
  • Up to 3 curated meetings in Houston and at SXSW
  • Inclusion in future MEDICA newsletter (approx. 40,000 subscribers)
  • Up to 10 event passes for FTR4H events at Medical Fair India, Asia, China
  • Special endorsement on Social Media in FTR4H Channels with eHealth audience (up to 10,000 impressions)

Reach out to our Expo Space Expert Tom Mitchell at tmitchell@mdna.com for your own individual deal!

PS: Also check out our FTR4H Stage Program and our FTR4H Digital Health Tours in Houston & Austin!

 

 

FTR4H is back at SXSW!

After the successful launch of our digital health think tank FTR4H (Future For Health) we will be back at SXSW in 2018! As an official partner we will rock our FTR4H Conference Stage, coordinate an FTR4H expo space and explore business opportunities in the vibrant healthcare hubs Houston and Austin with special delegations for startups, corporates and investors!

SXSW we are coming!

SXSW is fun, SXSW is inspiration and SXSW is THE place to be in March! SXSWeek® spans 10 days and nights from March 9 –18 in 2018. It includes several festivals, e.g. SXSW Interactive, the SXSW Gaming Conference as well as a Music and Film Festival. In 2017, direct participation in SXSWeek totaled approximately 421,900! With more than 100 talks on Healthcare alone, SXSW is also an important source of inspiration for the worldwide healthcare community. However, the sheer size of the event as well as the intense program makes it hard to focus and talk business – something our FTR4H team experienced last year!

Based on our experience from running conferences and trade fairs such as MEDICA in Duesseldorf, we decided to partner up with the amazing crew behind SXSW to highlight Digital Health at SXSW!

FTR4H at SXSW: Expo, Conference and Delegations

There are many ways to join us at SXSW!

  1. Showcase your product at our FTR4H Space at SXSW! Our exhibitor packages are customised and include SXSW Interactive tickets worth $1125, an option to present on our FTR4H stage which will be featured in the official SXSW program, logo placement as well as access to our international Digital Health community!
  2. Tell your Healthcare Story on our FTR4H Discovery Stage on March 11! 75,000 attendees explored the SXSW exhibition in 2017, where our stage will be located.
  3. Explore Business Opportunities during our FTR4H Innovation Tours in Houston and Austin. Meet MedTech experts, investors, researchers and startups.

Interested? Do not procrastinate  Get inspired by the creative crowd at SXSW in Austin AND explore business opportunities with us in one of the most important healthcare hubs in the USA!

 

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

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.

 

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