All Systems Go For Health.Pioneers

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100 carefully-selected healthtech startups will join industry-leading speakers, top health corporates and specialist investors at B.Building Business, where our automated Pioneers Match & Meet service will once again make it easy for people with common ground to meet each other and connections to spark.

How exactly to proceed once synergies have been found remains a big question, however. This is particularly true for corporates and startups in health, where for respect for patents and data confidentiality are often a concern. Our focus on open innovation, one of three major themes we’ll address at Health.Pioneers, seeks to provide solutions. How should agile startups and big corporations work together in practical terms?

A quartet of experts will thus share their insights on this topic in Health Startups & Corporations – Models of Collaboration. Among those bringing their ideas and experience to the session will be Rocco van den Berg, Innovation Lead at Philips HealthWorks, which leads the Dutch giant’s constant search for innovative healthtech partners. Joining him will be Magnus Ljungman, Founder of Doctrin, a Swedish startup providing smart e-health tools to healthcare systems.

The second major theme of Health.Pioneers is patient empowerment and data-driven innovation. KRY founder Johannes Schildt will visit this topic in his keynote, which opens proceedings at Health.Pioneers following the networking breakfast. His talk Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm will look at the new possibilities in a landscape transformed by digitalization, drawing on his experience establishing his market-leading online video doctor service. KRY recently raised $22.6m in a Series A round led by Accel.

The keynote in the subsequent Patient Empowerment & Data-Driven Innovation in Healthcare session will be delivered by Vishal Gulati of London-based investment company Draper Esprit. Not only is he one of Europe’s leading healthcare investors, he’s also a qualified physician and Chairman of the Digital Health Forum. Meanwhile of the experts bringing a corporate perspective is Bart de Witte, IBM Germany’s Director of Digital Health for the DACH region.

In the third major topic to be examined at Health.Pioneers, the revolution in gene-editing will take center stage in the Genomics and Its Transformative Impact session. We’re excited to have CRISPR/Cas9 Co-Inventor Krzysztof Chylinski on board to deliver a keynote on the exciting possibilities for this ‘cut and paste’ gene-editing technology.

This game-changing scientist will be joined in a subsequent discussion by risk assessment expert Ana Villanueva, who is Chief Medical Officer at insurance and financial services company Mapfre and Vice-President of the European Life and Health Underwriters’ Association (ELHUA). She will share her expertise on the broader consequences of CRISPR/Cas9, which could disrupt the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and necessitate new legal frameworks.

15 of the startups attending Health.Pioneers have also been selected to pitch or exhibit their innovations, with the final winner of the pitch competition getting fast-tracked into a Pioneers Challenge pitching slot at Pioneers’18, our flagship annual event in which 2,500 tech innovators from around the world gather at the Hofburg in Vienna. This takes place on May 24-25 next year.

It’s not too late to join us in Amsterdam on Wednesday – there are still a few places remaining! To snap one of them up, click here.

View the full agenda for Health.Pioneers here.