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.
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 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.
Sectoral Workshop 1 titled ‘Photonics in the health sector’ was held on October 3 in Badalona, Spain. It was organised by secpho in collaboration with Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (HGTP) and Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP). The event facilitated generation of synergies among health professionals and researchers, industry companies and photonics professionals, with an overall intent to provide comprehensive and competitive solutions to the market.
As the workshop was organised in collaboration with the hospital, the objective of the workshop was to confirm and validate the value chain with participants from medical and IT sectors and to identify their positioning in it, aiming to understand what kind of collaboration potential exists between the participants. As a result, the participants from the medical sector gained a common understanding of the general medical diagnostics value chain, its technological challenges and the capabilities of light-based technologies, with the final objective to tackle digitalisation challenges within the health sector.
As a follow up of the workshop, the hospital sent out an internal communication to all the participants from the medical sector in order to identify and collect information on the innovation challenges, which will be the focus of the upcoming DIGI-B-CUBE Cross-sectoral Workshop on December 4, 2019.
All interested Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that correspond to criteria indicated below can apply for the Travel Voucher support of up to €6,000 in order to join and participate in the DIGI-B-CUBE workshops and matchmaking events to
identify innovation barriers in the medical diagnostics value chain,
identify digital solutions to overcome these barriers, and
initiate cross-sectoral collaborations between the health and IT sector.
The applying SME is operating in the health, biotech, biopharma, IT or related sectors.
The applying SME fulfils the SME definition of the European Union.
The applying SME is headquartered in one of the EU Member States or Associated to Horizon2020 Countries.
Travel vouchers are credited against the maximum funding within the DIGI-B-CUBE voucher frame work
Travel Voucher belongs to the DIGI-B-CUBE Voucher Scheme and aim at covering travel and accommodation costs and conference fees when attending satellite events (i.e. organised/co-organised by the DIGI-B-CUBE consortium).
The first batch of upcoming events are the DIGI-B-CUBE sectoral workshops:
All applications must be submitted and approved prior to the event. Travel Vouchers will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis and depend on the travel voucher budget allocated/available. The applications will be reviewed by the DIGI-B-CUBE partner who is organising the event.
The DIGI-B-CUBE project, funded under Program Horizon 2020 by the European Union (EU), 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. DIGI-B-CUBE activities started officially through a two day kick-off meeting hosted by the project coordinator, Oslo Cancer Cluster, during 27-28 May 2019 @ Oslo, Norway.
The 9 consortium partners of DIGI-B-CUBE attended the Kick-off meeting on 27 and 28 of May in Oslo and discussed the main action points for accelerating the project activities. The participation of clusters is a key part of this project which aims to bring together companies from different sectors and promote the creation of combined solutions. The welcome note was delivered by Ketil Widerberg, General Manager of Oslo Cancer Cluster, who spoke about digitalisation solutions which will reconfigure how health treatment is provided and lead to more effective diagnosis and enable personalised medicine. The two-day meeting was the starting point of a project that aims at increasing the innovation in SMEs towards achieving agility, efficiency and accuracy of diagnosis and treatments offered to patients.
DIGI-B-CUBE’s multi-disciplinary consortium are located across the Europe viz., Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal and Spain. The consortium is composed of a cluster network (DNT), five clusters (OCC, Ci3, INFOPOLE, SECPhO and BIZ-UP), and three SME partners (NMD, MOT and SPI). This project brings together clusters from various sectors & focus areas such as Biopharma, IT, Biotech, Personalised Medicine & Digital Health, ICT, IoT & Cyber-security, Analytical Instruments & Medical Devices, Medical Materials, Optics & Automation, Micro & Nanotechnology, Automotive, Cleantech, Construction, Plastics, Food and Medical Technology.
The project aims to unlock the cross-sectoral collaborative potential of SMEs by combining Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Computing Digital Technologies (CCDT) with the Bioimaging-Biosensing-Biobanking (B-CUBE) industries to deliver market sensitive disruptive technologies and generating innovative solutions that enhance patient-centred diagnostic work-flows, delivered through the improved algorithms for Medical Diagnostics’ efficiency and accuracy. By integrating innovations in IT into Bioimaging, Biosensing and Biobanking industries, this project will accelerate the goal of personalised medicine that can eventually offer patients with fast and efficient diagnosis-treatment-healthcare system.
What is “B-CUBE”?
“B-CUBE” is an abbreviation for bioimaging, biosensing and biobanking.
Bioimaging, or biological imaging, refers to when creating images of the human body or parts of it to diagnose or examine disease.
Biosensing is the measurement of a chemical substance, for example glucose monitoring in diabetes patients or other medical health related targets.
Biobanking is the storing of human biological samples so that they can be used for medical research later.
The large and complex datasets derived from these fields will require automated processes. Digital innovation will reconfigure how health treatment is provided and will lead to more effective diagnosis and will enable precision medicine.
DIGI-B-CUBE will foster the development of customized solutions and prototypes by providing innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU and Associated Countries with access to vouchers of up to € 60,000. The voucher scheme call will be launched in April 2020, but SMEs can start engaging in the project’s activities in the coming months by participating in the project´s sectoral and cross-sectoral workshops as well as matchmaking sessions.
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DIGI-B-CUBE project consortium attended the official Kick-off meeting of all the five new projects that were granted funding this under INNOSUP initiative. The INNOSUP initiative addresses the challenge to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.
The following five INNOSUP-01-2018 projects will work towards the development of new industrial value chains calls through the collaboration and integration of different innovation actors, including large enterprises and especially SMEs, across different sectors towards the implementation of a joint vision.
The kick-off meeting started with Welcome words and “tour de table” by Natalia Martinez Paramo (Head of Unit COSME) and Daniel Gassmann (Head of Sector).
The auditorium was filled with the enthusiam of several project managers and coordinators. Several of them are involved in more than one INNOSUP project, which will foster learning, konweledge sharing and collaboration across the projects.
Milena Stoyanova (Project Advisor), explained about the Rights and obligations deriving from the Grant Agreement, Administrative and operational issues linked with the implementation of projects. Her presentations provided information about cascade funding in H2020 actions with a focus on INNOSUP projects, and practicalities for all of us which will help in the implementation of the projects as per the rules and regulations laid out in the Grant Agreement. She is also the project officer for DIGI-B-CUBE.
Anna Sobczak (Policy Officer), presented about the European Cluster Policy and and expected results of the INNOSUP call. She also provided an overview of previous and ongoing INNOSUP projects with some success stories. She also emphasised about boosting collaboration and connecting enterprises by using clusters as multipliers.
Virginie Perron (Project Advisor), presented about the lessons learnt from previous actions and some guidance on how to manage H2020-INNOSUP-01 actions.
The later part of the event was focused on individual presentations by the five project coordinators on the respective projects’ goals, KPIs and structure of the innovation support to SMEs. We concluded the meeting with a group picture of the DIGI-B-CUBE work-package leaders. Thank you Anna and Milena!
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