DIGI-B-CUBE Sectoral Workshop 3 in Linz, Austria

The workshop titled “Biobanking. Biosensing. Bioimaging. – How digitalization impacts on the Medical Diagnostics Value Chain” was organised on November 7, 2019, in Linz, Austria at the afo – architekturforum Linz, by the Medical Technology Cluster of Business Upper Austria. The event aimed to establish a cross-border and cross-sector ecosystem that combines digital innovations from the IT sector with three key industries (bioimaging, biosensors and biobanking) in the healthcare sector. Below is a synopsis video from the workshop. Participants from various sectors including diagnostics, IT, biotechnology, bioinformatics, and hybrid were present.

The guest lectures given by Christoph Rampetsreiter (Greiner Bio One International GmbH) and Michael Mayrhofer-Reinhartshuber (KML Vision GmbH) made the participants aware of the extent to which digitisation can improve laboratory processes and the analysis of microscope images. As part of the discussion session, the medical diagnostic value chain was adapted with the participants to enable identification of challenges, strength fields and main working fields.

The main findings reflected that the challenges of medical diagnostics are manifold and above all, decisive for an improved and even more patient-oriented treatment. The digitalisation of quality assurance of patient data and diagnostic products, but also data acquisition, data storage and security are important topics that can be achieved by means of artificial intelligence, deep learning, automation and adaptation to regulations. Project DIGI-B-CUBE offers SMEs the opportunity to meet these challenges and solve them in international cooperation projects.

2nd DIGI-B-CUBE Physical Consortium meeting on November 14, 2019 in Oslo, Norway

The DIGI-B-CUBE project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, aims to establish a cross-border and cross-sectoral ecosystem that combines digital innovations from the IT sector with three key important industries (Bioimaging, Biosensing and Biobanking) within the health sector.

The project organised its 2nd physical consortium meeting on November 14, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Oslo Cancer Cluster (OCC), the project coordinating institution based in Oslo, Norway. It is relevant to mention that on the days prior to the meeting, some partners also attended the last Sectoral Workshop held as part of the EHiN 2019 conference.


Representatives from all partner organisations attended the consortium meeting. The meeting aimed to review the work carried out since project inception, to understand the status of the activities ongoing, and to manage planning of those foreseen in the upcoming months. The activity plan including the timeline of deliverables and milestones of the project was reviewed, reiterating the responsibilities for the tasks led under different Work Packages. Emphasis was laid on prioritising tasks in accordance with the project timeline. Launching of the open call was discussed in detail to clearly indicate the role of each partner and the deadlines expected to be met. The meeting agenda had a dedicated slot for each Work Package to be discussed in detail. The responsible partners led the discussions while simultaneously agreeing the related next steps.

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DIGI-B-CUBE Sectoral Workshop 2 in Frankfurt, Germany

DIGI-B-CUBE organised the second Sectoral Workshop on October 16 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event titled ‘Tackling Innovation Barriers in Medical Diagnostics with Digital Technologies’ set the stage to discuss funded joint innovation projects between the health and IT sector. DIGI-B-CUBE partner Ci3 Cluster for Individualized Immune Intervention led the discussions on behalf of the project team. Representatives from Clinics, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Large Enterprises came together to discuss which innovation barriers in the medical diagnostics value chain they are facing and how digital technologies can be adapted to catalyze innovation.

The main findings of these highly interactive and interesting discussions reflected that the most prevalent barrier is the lack of regulatory know how regarding certification of digital health services e.g. in respect to data safety, patient consent, data ownership, privacy etc. Also knowledge and experience regarding reimbursement strategies and requirement of payers such as health insurances is lacking. On the technological side, the participants voiced a strong interest in adopting artificial intelligence to their business models.

The project team expresses gratitude to all the participants for their active involvement and contributions in regards to the workshop. The output from this and other workshops will have a major effect on shaping the open call in DIGI-B-CUBE so that the support can be extended coherently to the deserving projects, with an overall objective to boost innovation in medical diagnostics efficiently.