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Innovation through cooperation – Partners launch funding program for Israeli start-ups

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Partnership Journey towards the Development of Pioneering Health Care Solutions

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) are taking the next step on their partnership journey towards the development of pioneering health care solutions. A new funding program will provide Israeli start-ups with the funding needed to work with Charité and the BIH to develop medical innovations.

The ‘International Health-Tech Pilot Program’ supports Israeli companies wishing to develop pilot health care projects with one of four select clinical partners from Germany and the United States, namely Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Mayo Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University and Hartford HealthCare. The objective is to promote international collaborations which facilitate the implementation of medical innovations in clinical practice for the benefit of patients worldwide. Israeli start-up companies will have until 2 July to submit their proposals.

Under the program, the IIA will support start-up companies with grants of up to 50 percent of the project’s approved R&D budget. Charité and the BIH offer access to a comprehensive range of resources in addition to extensive experience in the piloting, testing, adaptation and optimization of new medical technologies and services. BIH Innovations, the joint technology transfer operation of Charité and the BIH, provides business development-related expertise and support. The local program lead for Charité and the BIH is Dr. Sein Schmidt, Scientific and Medical Director of the Clinical Study Center’s (CSC) Clinical Research Unit.

The call for proposals forms part of plans set out in a collaboration agreement which was signed by Charité, the BIH and the IIA in September 2019. The aim of this partnership is to develop health care solutions capable of improving patient care. The partnership is the result of a longstanding relationship between Charité and Israel, and it reflects ongoing efforts to strengthen academic activity via technological innovation.


The International Health-Tech Pilot Program

To qualify for the program, projects need to focus on the development and optimization of health care technologies, services and products. The first stage of the call for proposals will consist of interested Israeli companies submitting ‘expressions of interest’. Following an initial review of proposals, the IIA will facilitate first contacts between interested companies and partner institutions. The partners can then develop a joint project proposal to be submitted by 13 September 2020.