EIT Health supports innovative healthcare start-ups from Europe with over 1 Million EUR in 2021 EIT Health RIS Innovation Call

  • 2020-11-11

- EIT Health is organizing EIT Health RIS Innovation Call for the third year in a row with the aim to support promising innovative healthcare projects
- The EIT Health RIS Innovation Call supported 28 start-ups from the EIT Health RIS region countries (Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) in the last 2 years and as a result of the contest, healthcare innovators were supported in 2019-2020 with 2 Million Euro altogether

EIT Health RIS Innovation Call 2021 aims to fund the proof of concept phase of high-quality, strong and balanced projects by local actors including both business and academic/research/health care institutions. The programme supports healthcare innovations that are developed in research teams located in more progressing regions of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, including the Baltic countries. These projects will be developed in collaboration with the EIT Health Hubs, local organisations that support regional ecosystem development. In the last two years, 1-1 start-up was granted from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In the competition, each chosen project receives grants, mentoring and matchmaking opportunities and access to the network of top tier healthcare players in Europe to help them develop their innovative solutions. Each granted project receives up to 75,000 EUR for further development of the breakthrough product or solution.

The list of granted projects from the Baltic countries:

Semantic Intelligence (Latvia): “AI driven IP intelligence engine for early stage drug recovery” is a technology that can help pharmaceutical and clinic research organizations to accelerate scientific research processes in drug development early stages, where fast and precise analysis of massive data flows are critical for business decisions. The aim is to significantly reduce the time it takes to process way too much big health data.

EmPlastrum (Lithuania): a flexible silicon patch device that can change the way patients receive psoriasis treatment. The innovation gives the opportunity to shift psoriasis treatment from hospital to home and makes the treatment itself more comfortable compared to current, time-consuming methods. With their patches, patients will be able to have treatment basically anywhere, avoid unnecessary UV rays and treat several damaged skin places at one time.

DocuMental (Estonia): an online decision supporting tool to assist patients with misdiagnosed mental health disorders in three steps: diagnostic, treatment and history and routine assessment modules. It also provides access for patients to portal to support bilateral communication withmental health teams and services.

- All over the world healthcare systems and healthcare professionals had to face very serious challenges this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and unfortunately it seems that this challenge is far from ending. So now it is even more important to support new, pioneering and ground-breaking health initiatives that provide new solutions and can make the life of patients, medical staff and healthcare professionals easier and the process of healing more effective. Our aim is to support the next generation of innovators to establish new healthcare budding businesses – said Mónika Tóth, EIT Health InnoStars RIS Programme Manager.

While in 2019 33% of the granted projects focused on big data, cloud solutions, mobile apps and platforms, this number increased to 44% in 2020 – this tendency is in parallel with a global trend: since healthcare providers create huge amount of data every day, there is a great need to find solutions that are able to analyse and interpret this data. This is even more important in times of a pandemic. Last year half of the granted teams developed new healthcare solutions such as patches for psoriasis treatment or active 3D cell culture system for primary hepatocytes.

Those who are interested in participating in the competition can apply to the program until 15 November 2020 here: