Accelerating Innovation in Healthcare
Healthcare is the most complex system humans have ever created. Fusing advances in science and technology, we have found cures for deadly diseases, fought cancer and HIV, managed the health of booming global populations, and sequenced the human genome. Entering the new decade, COVID-19 made its mark by transforming the landscape for life sciences and healthcare, setting the scene with a range of new challenges for the future.
As personalization becomes the universal norm, the healthcare companies that thrive in the future will empower patients with data and insights, give them greater control over their wellbeing and build lasting trust.
The Health sector needs disruptive innovation faster than ever and many start-ups have been agile to the new challenges and have developed innovative solutions faster than ever. A strong, win-win partnership between start-ups – corporates – academia is the key for success. Successful alliances can significantly speed up time to market and scaling up, hence accelerate innovation.
EPFL Innovation Park has invited 20+ company executives as speakers, to talk about their best practices and lessons learned from their own experiences, in order to help each other address current challenges. The workshop series targets Start-up CEO/CTOs, Academic Professors, Researchers and Corporate innovation managers.
EPFL Innovation Park and Innosuisse bring to you a series of 6 workshops – Tech4Growth Health* from May 31 – Sept. 15, 2021 with a great lineup of speakers and decision makers.
150+ participants attended the event and the final networking day will take place on September 15th at Bois Chamblard.
Register now for the final networking event of the workshop series!
Benefits for Start-up Participants
- Connect with relevant industry experts
- Learn experiences from other start-ups to avoid pitfalls
- Find potential corporate business partners for development of pilot projects, technology licensing, sales or distribution channels
- Meet potential investors
Benefits for Academic / Research Participants
Further your academic research, keep abreast and get insights on the commercialization of health-related products
Meet potential corporate partners for pilot opportunities
Connect with disruptive and agile start-ups
Expand your network in the health ecosystem
Benefits for Corporate Participants
Expand your network in the health ecosystem
Engage in thought leadership with peers on partnership strategies
Discover disruptive innovation and technologies and learn from agility of start-ups
May 31 - Corporate - Start-up Partnering for Success (13h30-17h10)
Benefits and challenges of partnership
Understanding the differences in operational structure & company culture
Corporates and start-ups: how to partner with universities
Lan Zuo Gillet (EPFL Innovation Park), Nathalie Virag (Medtronic), Hervé Lebret (INRIA), Raphael Rollier (Swisstopo).
June 3 - Commercial Partnerships (11h00-13h00)
- Start-up and Corporate commercial partnerships: defining the partnership model to align with company strategy
Haider Alleg (Ferring), Jeroen van den Oever (Sun Bioscience), Massimo Lucchina (Cytec), Robert Scott (Novartis), Marta Gehring (Swiss Biotech Association)
June 7 - Technology Co-Development (11h00-13h00)
Technology co-development: managing respective priorities, IP ownership and project teams
Prof. Jürgen Burger (University of Bern), Brigitte Bellone (Merck), Nicolas Loeillot (Group Mutuel), Lamine MBow (Ichnos Sciences).
June 10 - Corporate Venture Funds and M&A Strategies (11h00-13h00)
Corporate Venture fund:
- Strategic goals, deal sourcing and investment process
- Involvement of business lines: Pros and Cons
- Key successful factors & pitfalls
Corporate buy out:
- Corporate M&A strategy v.s. start-up exit strategy
- Deal sourcing and M&A process
- Key successful factors & pitfalls start-up integration
Torsten Butz (CSS), Angelo de Rosa (Boston Scientific), Michael Friedrich (Distalmotion), Lan Zuo Gillet (EPFL Innovation Park), Giovanni Leo (Eba Med).
June 14 - How to partner to achieve growth? (11h00-13h00)
Other forms of partnerships: corporate accelerators, venture competition, mentorship etc.
Tips from start-ups founders and corporate executives
Laura Jeanbart (Molecular Partners), Ata Tuna Ciftlik (Lunaphore), Massimo Lucchina (Cytec), Ragnar Johannesson (Oculis), Lan Zuo Gillet (EPFL Innovation Park).
Sept. 15 Networking Event (10h00-16h30)
Networking day at Bois Chamblard
How to build win-win partnership? Personal experiences and tips from start-ups founders and a corporate executives
Nicolas Loeillot (Groupe Mutuel), Massimo Lucchina (Cytec), Raphael Rollier (Swisstopo), Lan Zuo Gillet (EPFL Innovation Park), Tanja Dowe, (Debiopharm), Ursula Osterle (VPI, EPFL), Ata Tuna Ciflik (Lunaphore).
Highly relevant to make new and valuable connections.
The workshops highlight the problem we have today to collaborate with start-ups as a corporate. The session allowed me to exchange with a lot of start-ups and other corporates, reminding me that we need to do more for the community and the collaboration.
Well done on putting together the triangle stakesholders of Start-ups-Academia-Corporates with a specific vertical industry focus. We all talk about practical experiences and concepts. It helps improve my understanding what the other party is facing and it gives practical tips. It provides a great forum to share experiences and is a great opportunity for networking!
The workshop series helps you align and find a common ground to draft collaboration agreements. When we collaborate with academia or corporate, the agenda of a start-up is quite different. I like that the audience come from different backgrounds and there is an open discussion between the stakeholders sharing their experience and perspectives. The workshop is quite unique!
Takeaways from the workshop for me were a better understanding what the corporate expectations are, how they work in terms of dynamic, timelines, budget constraints and corporate structure to improve collaboration and partnerships.
Start-ups bring a new and fresh perspective for disruption in innovation to corporates. The sessions provided fantastic discussion. You have to think about the other party’s perspective to understand each other more.
Excellent course, giving a deep dive into scale-up pathways and considerations for start-ups.As a start-up, I learned a lot from the workshops – how real life works at a corporate and academia. I was able to have some great takeaways and good handon tips on how to collaborate better with the other parties.
Great to meet all the different stakeholders in one room to exchange!
This workshops series is for high tech start-up founders, corporate senior executives and university professors / and senior scientists active in the Health sector to ensure relevant collaboration and exchanges (no service providers). Seats are limited and priority access will be given to the mentioned profiles, as we would like the exchanges and collaborations during the workshops to be as meaningful as possible to all participants.
The 5 online workshops are free and we will ask for payment to confirm your participation in the physical event on Sept. 15th
5 Online Workshop Participation - Registration is now closed
- 5- Online workshops Sponsored by Innosuisse
- For start-up founders, academic professors, senior researchers and corporate executives in the Health-related sectors
Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park
Member of Innovation Council
Chief Innovation Officer
Head of Innovation and Product Management
Swiss Biotech Association
Lead Western Switzerland
EPFL Innovation Park