Every semester several teams are selected for the incubator course, where they get counselling, insights in the healtcare sector and develop their idea through the 10 week course.
Meet the former participants here:
Kasper Køppen, Medical science, UCPH
Nina Ørnskov, Sundhed & Informatik, UCPH
Andrim Halili, Medical science, UCPH
Mads Ørbæk, Medical science, UCPH
Urinary tract infections are one of the most frequent infections of all with 15,000-20,000 annually diagnosed cases of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections in Denmark. Up to 80% of these are associated with the use of the catheter. By using the bladder catheter forming bacteria on the inside and outside of the catheter hose quickly became a sticky substance (biofilm), which makes the bacteria less accessible to the body’s natural immune system and antimicrobial agents.
The team will prevent this bacterial colonization by UVC light that kills 99.99 % of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection.
Anastasiia Sukalskaia, Pharmaceutical Science, UCPH
Zulema Díaz, Business Administration & Bio-Entrepreneurship, CBS
Pierce Ricketts, Finance & Strategic Management, CBS
The aim is to improve the topical treatment options for labial herpes by developing a prolonged release formulation of the antiviral drug aciclovir. Herpes affects over half of the human species and two thirds of people in Denmark, despite this, treatment options have not advanced markedly in decades. The current treatment requires patients to apply a cream 5 times a day for up to 10 days. Patients often fail to live up to this regimen, and as a result they miss or mistime doses. The team aims to develop a topical product that patients only apply a single time.
Filip Gnesin, Medical science, UCPH
Josiah Coad, Honors Computer Science and Statistics, Texas A&M University, USA
Elisha Coad, High School, Idaho, USA
Within medical research, there is a type of research known as a “systematic review”. Here you collect, read and compare many of the same types of studies, as it can provide a more precise result than a single experiment. The systematic review is a very time-consuming process because the researcher after having made a wide search is presented thousands of references, all of which must be assessed whether they can form part of the systematic review.
The team’s idea streamlines this process significantly by giving the researcher a website which makes it much easier and quicker to screen articles than is possible with the existing programs. The researcher can gain an overview of thousands of articles and it’s easy to navigate and locate the relevant information on a reference. They are also working to integrate machine learning algorithms that causes the computer to do the hard work by prioritising the articles that are relevant for the individual systematic review.
Maria Sørensen, Chemical Engineering and International Business, DTU and CBS
Zahra Salim Abd Al-Hassan, Medicine and Technology, DTU and UCPH
The team is developing a machine that can automate the handling of breast milk on relevant hospital sections, e.g. neonatal ward. The machine will consist of individual rooms linked to a specific mother via an identification card. The milk can be stored in the freezing or refrigerated area and the desired amounts can be dispensed and warmed.
Niels Kvorning, Medical Science, UCPH
Lasse Hoffmann, International Business & Politics, CBS
The team is developing a feedback system for doctors, that removes birthmarks and a beauty mark on the basis of a suspected malignant melanoma. Doctors receive a visual feedback, as soon as an answer to whether the removed piece of skin contained malignant cells or not. They receive feedback via a learning platform, where they can improve their ability to diagnose melanomas.
At the same time the feedback system collects fully anonymised data consisting of standardized images of beauty and birthmarks coupled to a very precise diagnosis. This data will be used to develop an image recognition algorithm which with high precision can exclude or detect melanomas.
”The best thing about Health Innovators was the framework that established a specific and effective network within the Capital Region. During the relatively short course, our CHI mentor introduced us to the possibilities and challenges within the Capital region in a more clear and understandable way than we’ve been able to ourselves during the previous 8 months of hard work.”
Frederik Egerup Andersen, MSc Finance & Strategic Management, CBS
Alexander Junge, post.doc. Bioinformatics, UCPH
Peter Bruun-Rasmussen, Msc Biomedical Engineering, DTU
BLOODPRINT will develop a solution that allows people to get insights into the body’s internal conditions. Today, we have no way of knowing whether our nutritional habits fulfill all our needs for essential micronutrients, or how our lifestyle affects our hormonal balance and inflammation level. We have no tools at home to gain this type of insights nor will the healthcare system provide preventive blood tests.
The team will develop a small device (or single-use home kit) to take blood samples at home, allowing users to analyze health-related biomarkers and micronutrient status. The initial product will focus on athletes given their increased turnover of micronutrients and their higher risk of having a suboptimal nutritional status. Future versions of the product will also serve the broader market for people with a general interest in their health and disease prevention.
Rasmus Iversen, Physiotherapy, Metropol
Mathias Nielsen, Physiotherapy, Metropol
Nicolas Mathiesen, Physiotherapy, Metropol
Christine Bang, Business Economy, CBS
The team is in the process of developing a physiotherapy podcast, which will attempt to bring new and relevant knowledge from the research environments and experts to the physiotherapist, working with patients. They want to condense the large quantity of knowledge down to simple tips which is easy to implement in their everyday lives. This applies both to advice on diagnostics and treatment for specific diagnoses, but also with a goal of keeping physiotherapists updated on news within the research community. Podcasting is a medium which makes it easy to obtain knowledge in a time effective way, as many physiotherapists may have difficulties keeping up to date on the latest knowledge that often requires a lot of time and resources.
CAICU – Communication aid for intensive care units
Jacob Overbye Brodal, Design and Innovation, DTU
Arendse Moesgaard Pedersen, Design and Innovation, DTU
CAICU is a new means of communication that patients in the respirator can operate using the head movement. It consists of an application for a tablet that contains relevant symbols and phrases, a call and a range of selected games designed to offer brain training.
"We've gotten a lot out of Health Innovators. We have had the opportunity to work with subjects that we normally wouldn’t approach."
"We’ve had a lot of thoughts about what we should do – but being in a structured course has ensured we kept going. "
"The network that we have built here has been outstanding. We’ve made connections here that we couldn’t have made just being at DTU."
Prozense – Intelligent mask relieving anxiety
Nikolaj Bech Andersen, Process and Innovation, DTU
Hans Kristian Krogshede, Process and Innovation, DTU
Prozense is developing an intelligent mask and mobile application that helps people with anxiety disorder to relieve their anxiety by utilizing lights, music, and existing cognitive tools in a digital format provided in private surroundings.
"We have had several meetings with our adviser who has introduced us to a lot of great people. It has been very nice because we’ve been offered ideas and new ways of thinking. Network means everything!"
"The different workshops have given us a great start. We arrived with knowledge from DTU and the workshops have provided us with new and exciting knowledge on product development within the healthcare sector."
“We've benefited a lot from the course. We received a lot of sparring from people with knowledge about this health tech world. So we've got some quick feedback in an early phase.”
Tiberius Diagnostics – Home test for chlamydia
Jakob Holst, Mechanical Engineering, DTU
Jonathan Andersen, Biotechnology, UCPH
In the United States, England and Scandinavia, there are up to 200,000 young women who get severe complications of untreated chlamydia every year. At Tiberius Diagnostics we develop a chlamydia test that can be easily taken at home, with the vision that the test should be used for annual national screenings of young women to prevent the development of follow-up diseases and to slow down the spread of chlamydia.
IRIS – Psychology students in psychiatry
Amalie Sindberg, Psychology, KU
Benedikte Finken, Psychology, KU
Inspired by the Association of Danish Doctoral Students (FADL), an association is formed with the associated temp agency for psychology students for manning shifts in psychiatry. IRIS makes it easy for psychiatric departments to use qualified psychology students to solve tasks like observation and conversing with patients.
“We have been given a roadmap that allows us to develop IRIS. And we have been held by the hand in relation to a startup of this business. We are quite sure that we would not have gotten as far if we had not joined Health Innovators.”
“It has been a journey through the elements which you need to pay attention to if you innovate within the health sector. We have for instance gained insight into the actors in the health sector - it was totally exciting.”
“We have benefited a lot from counselling and networking. We have had an opportunity to get in touch with some people through Health Innovators, and it has made it much easier to land agreements. It has been worth it!”
Tech4Health: App for optimization of medical abortions
Marianne, Sundhed & Informatik, UCPH
Amani, Medical Science, UCPH
Hadi, Biotechnology, DTU
Anmoldeep, Sundhed & Informatik, UCPH
Tech4Health has utilized Health Innovators to further develop their idea aimed at assessing and reducing a woman’s risk of complications following a medical abortion. Based on research in medical abortions, the team has made an app that estimates the risk of complication with the medical abortion, as well as advising the doctor to hold the woman for observation if, for example, there is an increased risk of bleeding.
MEDrone: Drones for transporting tissue samples
Thor, Mechanical Engineering, DTU
Frederik, Engineering Management, DTU
Niels, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU
MEDrone started out with an idea of making a defibrillator drone. But early in the process it turned out that the business case in the project wasn’t profitable. Through Health Innovators, they came in contact with Herlev and Gentofte Hospital. The hospital had a problem with transport of tissue samples that could be remedied by drones. The group therefore reconsidered their idea and shifted focus.
DiagNovus: Over the counter test for chlamydia
Jannik, Biology-Biotechnology, UCPH
Philip, Biology-Biotechnology, UCPH
Emil, Biology-Biotechnology, UCPH
DiagNovus originally thought that they could develop a test that would work like a pregnancy test. But it turned out not to be possible, because there is not enough cellular material present in the body to detect the disease from a relatively small amount of urine on a test stick. Therefore, the team had to change their technology solution along the way. DiagNovus has now developed a new method which we obviously can not reveal, but the method has the potential to detect even a small amount of chlamydia in the urine.
Acumulus: Diagnostic tool for general practitioners
Troels, Medical science, UCPH
Kasper, International Business & Politics, CBS
Jakob, Medicine and Technology, DTU/UCPH
Mark, Medical science, UCPH
Johan, Medical science, UCPH
Acumulus started with a solution that, based on data on symptoms, tests and treatment, should assess when it is relevant to use antibiotics for treatment and thus reduce antibiotic resistance. But there was no solid data to build on, so they changes their focus to making a diagnostic tool for the GPs which can systematize data on symptoms and treatment.
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Health Innovators is created by Copenhagen Health Innovation – a collaboration between Copenhagen Business School, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, University College Copenhagen, the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark aimed at promoting health innovation through education.