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EuroTech Innovation Symposium: How to promote innovation in healthcare?

Join us for a dynamic symposium on overcoming barriers in HealthTech innovation and fostering collaboration across the innovation chain. The symposium will cover the challenges faced by European hospitals, exploring solutions for a more sustainable healthcare system. Highlights include collaboration between hospitals and universities, business development practices in MedTech, and strategies for securing initial funding rounds as a spin-off.

What to expect:

  • Gain insight into ground-breaking technologies in health technology
  • Discuss with our expert speakers how universities, companies and hospitals can cooperate to create a more sustainable healthcare system
  • Network with international stakeholders

The symposium is organised by DTU and is open to researchers and staff affiliated with EuroTech Universities. It takes place on 11 April 2024 at DTU Skylab, Lyngby, Denmark.

The challenge

Hospitals in Europe are under pressure. The number of new medicines and the possibilities for treatment are increasing, which creates expectations among patients and relatives. But hospital budgets are not keeping up, and there is an acute shortage of clinical staff.

This pressure calls for new solutions where research and innovation as well as new competencies become important. In order to create a more sustainable healthcare system, there is a need to develop new labour-saving technologies and solutions.

The opportunity to implement new technological and digital solutions in hospitals requires more technical-digital competencies among doctors, nurses and other clinical staff. Among other things, there is a need for more engineers at hospitals, which requires new career paths.

A further focus is on the hospitals’ culture for working commercially, not least scaling, testing and commercialising new solutions in the hospitals, which can thereby be put into wider use. In general, this culture seems to need to be reinforced.



  • Jan Ardenkjær, Head of Department of Health Tech, DTU
  • Martin Magelund Rasmussen, Member of the Board of the new Technical University Hospital of Greater Copenhagen
  • Nikos Stergiopulos, Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Technology, EPFL

Best cases

  • Dominik Pförringer, Academic Director – Digital Health, TUM Venture Lab
  • Shlomi Laufer, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences, Technion
  • Jakob Bardram, Professor at Health Tech Department, DTU, and Director of the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology
  • Galit Yom-Tov, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences, Technion

Innovation and start-ups in health tech

  • Kristine Sylvest Brinks, Program Manager, Medtech, DTU Science Park
  • Enric Claverol-Tinturé,  EIC Programme Manager for Medical Technologies
  • Harmen de Jongh, Senior Program Manager at Eindhoven University of Technology and the Leader of the EuroTech focus area Health & Bioengineering
  • Franck Lebeuge, Head of Standardization, AFNOR
  • Rolf Henrik Berg, Professor and Head of Innovation, Department of Health Tech, DTU
  • Trine Bartholdy, Chief Innovation Officer, BioInnovation Institute, Copenhagen
  • Joni Frederick, Bioengineering, Equipment and Platforms Manager for Engineering for Health (E4H), Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Please find a full agenda including topics here.

Practical information

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024, 08:30-17:00 CET
Location: DTU Skylab, Centrifugevej 374, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Registration: Please register here by 27 March 2024


This conference is open to researchers and staff affiliated with one of the EuroTech Universities.

Further information

DTU is pleased to invite all EuroTech partners to join a dinner the night before. If you would like to meet with researchers or to visit DTU departments in the days before or after the event, feel free to get in touch. Contact: Petrine Riis Greve