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42 Life Sciences Report – A Top Location for Digital Health A Top Location for Digital Health The terms eHealth, Digital Health, or Health IT describe the process of digitization within the healthcare sector. The use of digital technologies and modern eHealth applications will not only lead to significant increases in the efficiency of the health system and in supply quality, but will also open up all-new prevention and treatment approaches. Key players in this development are based in the German capital region. The HealthCapital region brings together one of Europe’s most attractive life science and healthcare locations, with an important hub for the IT industry including a growing number of IT companies focused on the healthcare market. This environment provides ideal conditions for developing, evaluating, and marketing innovative digital health solutions. With their pioneering spirit and digital expertise, startups deliver fresh solutions for digital transformation in the healthcare industry. The German capital region is home to over one hundred digital health start-ups, and their numbers are growing each year. They develop mobile apps and wearables to empower patients suffering from chronic diseases and assist in their self-management. State-of-the-art technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data accelerate new applications. For instance, Ada and xbird offer AI-powered decision support technology for both doctors and consumers. Caterna offers an innovative visual therapy for kids with a lazy eye. Mimi hearing provides hearing assistance linked to internet applications and mobile devices to enhance sound for people with reduced hearing capacities. The team at Clue, the world’s fastest growing menstruation cycle tracking app, uses science and data to provide insights into female health. The regional start-up ecosystem is highly self-organized and offers young pioneers a broad range of events such as meetups, bar camps, seed camps and hackathons. Start-ups accelerated by grownups The German capital region has everything a digital health start-up could possibly want: VCs, incubators, and accelerators focused on the healthcare market, research institutions that welcome collaboration, and numerous networking events that bring together potential partners and stakeholders. Thus an increasing numbers of global players and companies based in Berlin are seeking to forge contacts with start-ups to invent new digital products and methods for the healthcare market. Berlin hosts over 60 accelerators and incubators, many of them with a strong focus on the healthcare sector. Bayer was one of the first movers in this area, with Grants4Apps. This program was successfully launched in Berlin in 2012, and has now been expanded to many other cities around the world. Pfizer also supports digital solutions for better patient care through the Healthcare Hub Berlin. Deutsche Telekom offers start-ups in the “Cerners Healthcare IT solutions connect people, data and systems in more than 25.000 institutions worldwide. Berlin is our German headquarter and a central development hub. We serve more than 500 hospitals using our SW solutions and attract highly qualified employees to create new compelling software towards the ‘digital hospital’ as well as innovative concepts for patient centered care and the future of our healthcare systems.” © Cerner Dr. Thomas Berger General Manager, Cerner Health Services Deutschland GmbH

Life Sciences Report – A Top Location for Digital Health 43 INNOLABS - Europe as an ideal laboratory The EU Horizon 2020 project INNOLABS supports new supply chains in healthcare by accelerating development and market adaption of new and disruptive products and services. INNOLABS’ main deliverable is personalized healthcare, which it helps provide by leveraging cross-sector collaboration potentials among the Information Communication Technologies (ICT), Medical Device and Biotechnology sectors. The project is founded on the idea of “Europe as an ideal laboratory” – where variety provides a unique opportunity to determine success factors and see what works in different contexts. The INNOLABS consortium provides support with a wide range of knowledge on the ICT, medtech and biotech industries. The consortium is composed of eight partners with Oslo Medtech as the coordinator, as well as Berlin Partner for Business and Technology (Germany), Campania BioScience (Italy), Cap Digital (France), Cluster de Salud de Castilla y Leon (Spain), Eurob Creative (Spain), Health ClusterNET (UK) and Interizon Foundation (Poland). hub:raum expertise on information and communication technology, and the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator provides access to secure cloud solutions. Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin is a leading program in Europe supporting innovative companies combining medical knowledge with smart technologies, with a special focus on behavioral change, big data and analytics, diagnostics and genomics. Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) announced a partnership with Startupbootcamp to collaborate on its start-up accelerator program in Berlin starting in September 2017. The helios.hub by the Helios clinic group is looking for start-ups working on better patient care in hospitals. Chinese incubator TechCode is another unique venture, providing support to start-ups that want to access the Chinese market. Flying Health Incubator offers an exclusive environment for digital health start-ups to let their digital diagnosis and therapy tools grow to marketability. A large number of private VCs and public sector investors (IBB, ILB) complement these services with funding programs that bolster the immense potential. Two Hori- At conhIT, the capital region showcases the innovative power of ICT in the healthcare industry. zon 2020 projects funded by the European Union have locations in the German capital region: INNOLABS leverages new emerging industries in personalized health and eHealth Hub assists companies in mastering legal & regulatory challenges. “VR & AR technologies are revolutionizing whole industries, and will become more and more important for the healthcare industry as well. The Babelsberg Film University and the Competence Network for Immersive Medical Technology are working more closely with the healthcare industry, for instance to improve dialogue between doctors and patients, to facilitate new training formats for specialists or to support new forms of medical research.” © private © Messe Berlin GmbH Prof. Dr. Susanne Stürmer Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

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