The fall version of Health Innovators have just finished with a final pitch where the four teams received good advice and constructive criticism from an enthusiastic panel of industry experts.
For ten weeks, four teams have worked intensively with their ideas in the incubator program Health Innovators. The students have gained expert advice, new contacts with collaborators and test environments and participated in workshops on everything from prototyping to actors in the healthcare sector. In December they presented their qualified ideas to the audience and an expert panel in the bright premises of Metropol’s Practice and Innovation House.
The panel was:
- Christian Vintergaard, CEO, The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
- Stine Kruse, Team Manager, Sector Services, DTU
- Mads Løntoft, Business Developer, Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, CBS
Prozense – Intelligent mask for anxiety relief
First on the podium were Hans Kristian and Nikolaj, who make up the Prozense team. They study Process and Innovation at DTU and are developing a mask to relieve anxiety. The mask will combine known technologies for the treatment of anxiety: light therapy, music and existing cognitive tools to create a relaxing universe that can distract the mind.
Prozense seeks to make two products: one for wellness, where the technology can be tested, and then one for the treatment of anxiety. The treatment product will also provide therapy and measure progress using biosensors.
Among other things, the panel advised the group to team up with anxiety management skills and get the product tested as soon as possible and investigate whether it will actually work to combine the different treatment options in one product.
I commend you for thinking in two ways for the product; wellness and treatment. But you need to find out if it works. Test it now and get feedback, “said Stine Kruse.
The wellness product is easy, but if you want to go after treatment, you must really go for it, also with manpower. Get the heavy experience from the anxiety area in. You have to make a choice relatively soon,” advised Christian Vintergaard.
IRIS – Psychology students in psychiatry
Amalie and Benedikte are both psychology students and make up the IRIS team. They will make it easy for psychiatrists to use psychology students to lift tasks such as observation, keeping company and conversation with the patient on a daily basis. At the moment, these kinds of tasks are lifted by i.e. medical students, but there is a market for also using psychology students. They are specialized in the psyche so they have the knowledge needed to understand the patients and thus act appropriately.
IRIS believes that with a temp agency for psychology students they can ensure better treatment. At the same time, experience from practice will make the students better psychologists when they finish their education.
IRIS has spent a lot of time qualifying their idea. They have talked to patients who emphasize the importance of the conversation. The next step is to collaborate with the Capital Region and the test idea.
The panel advised the team to find some commercial skills and develop the business model, not least in terms of getting an overview of supply and demand.
Several from the audience also had input:
You must be able to show what you can and when. Those who have to order you must be able to understand when it will make sense to hire you,” said a representative from the Capital Region.
I think you are sitting on a goldmine!” said Pernille Berg, Head of Research, Analysis and Higher Education at the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship. “You can realize this and do something good for some people who need it.”
CAICU – Communication aid for intensive care units
Jacob and Arendse from the team CAICU both study Design and Innovation at DTU. They are developing a communication aid for patients in the intensive care units. When you are in a respirator you can not speak and often weakened physically so you can not write and it is frustrating not to be able to express your needs.
Therefore, CAICU has developed a tablet solution, which makes it easier and quicker for the patient to express needs or help through an intuitive menu using the head movements. The solution is so easy to use that there is no need for training and in a test at a nursing home, the elderly could easily use the solution.
The aid means that the patient can express emotions, and it eases the workload of the staff as they quickly understand the message. Compared to spell boards, which is the current communication solution, CAICU’s test shows that their solution is significantly faster. With the spell board, it takes 69 seconds to find the message while it can be done in 20 seconds with the tablet solution.
The panel expressed great praise for CAICU already having tested their solution on patients. However, they were very aware of the economy and business cases in CAICU’s idea, which they advised the team to look into, while also examining the willingness of the hospitals to buy the product.
Tiberius Diagnostics – Home test for chlamydia
Due to illness and exam, Jakob and Jonathan from Tiberius Diagnostics were unfortunately not present, but CHI’s Werner Sperschneider from Metropol and Claus Bøttcher Jørgensen from UCPH presented the idea in their place.
Tiberius Diagnostics is developing a solution to test chlamydia at home, as a preventive measure. Chlamydia can be detected in the urine, but it requires that you collect more urine than you know it from a pregnancy test. Therefore, they have developed a filtering mechanism that they now will test in the laboratory.
In addition, they have collaborated with a former Health Innovators team, namely DiagNovus, who also worked on a solution to test for chlamydia. The two teams now pool the forces, as Werner Sperschneider stated is an optimal solution for both teams.
The four teams projects have developed a lot over the last ten weeks.
I am impressed by the Capitol Region and the Municipality’s willingness and openness to the students and their projects. They have been happy to be part of the development process. I hope the students understand how unique it is and the great opportunity they have gotten, “says Nina Riis from UCPH, who has been overall responsible for Health Innovators and has followed the course closely.
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