EIT Health brings Europe to Uppsala


Three days in February, three hundred of the leading actors within the healthcare sector visited UKK to find new collaborators - and Uppsala University's researchers grasped the opportunity.

Professor Mats Larhed at EIT Health Matchmaking Event

A signal sounds through Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, the corridor buzz quickly fades. Three hundred people from 17 European countries effectively find new partners and soon the conversation reappears. We are in the middle of EIT Health Matchmaking Event, a kind of interdisciplinary speed dating where academia, industry and the healthcare sector have gathered to find new partners for applications to this year's EIT Health call.
- To develop new ideas in the field of health, we also need to look beyond the borders of Sweden, and the EU's research- and innovation system, like our government, have made clear that they will give priority to international cooperation projects with public benefit. Therefor we have to find new ways to work, which makes EIT Health a very important tool for us, says Mats Larhed, coordinator of the university's work in EIT Health.

The consortium EIT Health brings together 140 leading universities, companies and healthcare operators that with unified force takes on the health challenges facing Europe. Uppsala University has entered with full commitment, and organizing this year's largest meeting place in EIT Health has given the university’s scientists a unique opportunity to make new contacts.
- There is enormous value in being able to hand-pick and focus on the sessions you want to attend without spending time and effort traveling around Europe, here Uppsala can also display the city’s strengths to potential partners who might previously have been completely unfamiliar with the Uppsala, and everyone I talk to are very impressed with this very professional event, said Andy Browning, Director of Innovation Projects, EIT Health.

The minutes pass by, yet another signal and new encounters await. Evelina Vågesjö, Department of Medical Cell Biology and creator of a promising approach to accelerate the healing of chronic wounds, hurries through the corridor.
- I just had a very good conversation with a German company that develops biological drugs, now I'm going to talk to one of the world's leading pharmaceutical company based in Paris. EIT Health really gives access to a whole new network which hopfully will enhance my opportunities in major European calls.

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Magnus Alsne, photo: Michael Wallerstedt

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