Media > In 5-weeks of clinical immersion d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows have identified about 1,000 unmet clinical needs


Date: 29th. November 2013

In 5-weeks of clinical immersion d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows have identified about 1,000 unmet clinical needs

The proposed solutions will opt to a $ 200,000 (150,000 euros) prize for their development Design Health Barcelona is an initiative driven by Biocat with which Barcelona has joined the Major League of cities in the world concerning innovation in healthcare technologies

Barcelona, November 29, 2013. - In late October, Design Health Barcelona program fellows started the clinical immersion stage that will provide innovations to the Catalan health system. Until now, they have identified about 1,000 unmet clinical needs.

For eight weeks, until mid-December, the students divided into three groups, will be immersed in the routines of three internationally renowned clinical settings that collaborate with the program: Hospital Clínic, Institut Guttmann and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. During this time, they are interacting with medical staff and patients, being present in consultations, surgeries and participating in all the activities involved in providing medical assistance with one goal: to identify unmet medical needs to later develop innovative solutions. At Hospital Clínic, d•HEALTH Barcelona fellows are immersed at the Clinical Institute of Thorax, within the Arrhythmia Unit. At the Institut Guttmann they are seeking innovations in neurorehabilitation and at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu they are immersed in the neonatology area to improve medical care of premature babies and neonates born with health problems.

Among all the unmet clinical needs identified, each group will select the one with the biggest potential impact and develop a new product or service that will be pitched to an international panel of investors at the end of May 2014.

Each of the d•HEALTH Barcelona teams may also opt to $ 200,000 (150,000 euros) to develop their projects. Biocat has reached an agreement with the Mexican company Alandra Medical Inc, specializing in the development of innovative medical devices, so that the projects of d•HEALTH Barcelona fellows will compete alongside with the best biodesign schools in the world at the Medical Innovation Challenge. The goal of the competition is to accelerate the manufacturing of these innovations so patients can benefit from them as soon as possible.
In addition to financial support, Alandra Medical Inc will help to get the ISO 13485 certification for medical devices and will provide support to entrepreneurs to move forward their projects in the final stage.

Pioneers in biomedical design
d•HEALTH Barcelona
is the first training program in biodesign taught in our country and with it, Barcelona has joined the first division of cities innovating in health technologies. The program is inspired by the demanding program FutureMed from Singularity University and the prestigious Stanford Biodesign Fellowship. Over the last twelve years, the later, has trained over 850 professionals, has led to the creation of 26 companies, has won more than $200 million in venture capital investment and has created over 500 highly qualified jobs. In addition, more than 195,000 patients have benefited from the technologies emerged from the program.

Biocat invites media to visit the hospitals where the clinical immersion is taking place and to interview the fellows and the health professionals involved in this pioneering initiative.

Media visits to hospitals
Journalists can visit the hospitals from 3 to 5 and from 9 to 12 December, in the morning, upon request to Biocat’s press office:
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
Location: Passeig Sant Joan de Deu, 2. 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat
Institut Guttmann
Location: Camino de Can Ruti s / n. 08916 Badalona
Hospital Clínic
Location: Carrer Villarroel, 170. 08036 Barcelona.

More information on the clinical immersion here:

Biocat puts at the disposal of the media outlets interested footage of two prototypes of medical devices emerged from a program such as d•HEALTH Barcelona: a lipstick with glycerin to improve the hygiene of the ears and helps prevent ear problems in elderly and a book-agenda for pregnant women living in resource-poor areas of the planet to do an accurate follow-up of their pregnancy. 

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