[04/12] DIGI-B-CUBE Cross-sectoral Workshop: Photonics in the health sector

04 December 2019. Badalona, Spain.

Photonic technologies currently have multiple applications in the field of medicine, such as the detection and treatment of diseases, biomedical imaging or advanced surgery. Their great portability at low cost and the guarantee of sterilization provided by light, gives them a strategic position in the health environment.

Photonic-based devices such as microscopes, tomography or endoscopy occupy a strategic position in the health sector nowadays. Medical imaging, biosensors, laser therapies and therapeutic LEDs play a major role in early cancer prevention through the use of non-invasive methods and improved treatment. Photonic technologies, due to their great portability at low cost and the guarantee of sterilization provided by light, will allow better medical care in places where it is not yet available.

After the first sectoral workshop co-organized by secpho, Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (HGTP), member of our Open Innovation Club, and the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) of Badalona (Barcelona), we now face an innovation workshop focused on providing innovative technological solutions to specific challenges.

This workshop is embedded in the framework of the European programme DIGI-B-CUBE, that provides grants and support to innovative SMEs to develop prototypes, customised products and services to tackle digitalisation challenges within the health sector, across the Bioimaging, Biosensing and Biobanking industries.

It will be a unique opportunity for health professionals and researchers of health research centers to establish synergies with industry companies and photonics professionals who can bring new perspectives to research projects and, together with the health approach, provide comprehensive and very competitive solutions in the market. This co-creation workshop will offer a space for health and photonic professionals to explore their potential to create collaborative innovation projects and will open the doors to new collaborations and competitive funding opportunities for their innovation projects with photonic technologies, using the capabilities and resources available in the private sector.

Oriented to

Doctors and researchers from transfer and research units who want to launch entrepreneurial innovation projects to carry out new ideas that include the use of photonic technologies (sensors, lasers, advanced lighting, etc.) applied to: Diagnosis, Treatment and / or Management / Logistics.


14:45h Reception and registration of attendees

15:00h Welcome

15:05h Start of the Workshop and Presentation of the participants, of the Workshop and its objectives, of the topics to be debated and of the methodology to be followed

15:15h Elevator Pitch

15:30h CHALLENGE 1 | Design of a new ultra-fast vitamin C measuring device for the management of sepsis (Intensive Care Unit of the HGTP)

16:00h Coffee Break – Networking

16:15h CHALLENGE 2 | Associate a light alert to the noxious noise threshold preset to the sound level meter installed in the unit (Nursing Unit of the HGTP)

16:45h CHALLENGE 3 | Surgery guided by molecular and thernostic image in peritoneal carcinomatosis (Gynaecology and Obstetrics Unit of the HGTP)

17:15h CHALLENGE 4 | Non-invasive diagnosis of sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome – SAHS (Pneumology Unit of the HGTP)

17:45h CHALLENGE 5 | Anorectal and/or urinary sphincter rehabilitation based on different light emissions (Pediatric Surgery Unit of the HGTP)

18:15h Networking cocktail


Registration for this event is free of charge. You can register by clicking here.

This workshop is part of the DIGI-B-CUBE programme of which secpho is a consortium partner. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement nº 824920.

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