Digital Innovation Zone present at the conference “Opportunities and resources for the development of the medtech sector”

Digital Innovation Zone participates in the conference “Opportunities and resources for the development of the medtech sector” that will take place on 23 November 2023, in Iasi, Hotel Unirea, “Cuza” Hall, starting at 11.30 am, under the umbrella of the Clusters meet regions event, organized by the European Commission, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), North-East RDA and the Romanian Clusters Association.

About the conference:
The conference is dedicated to presenting the results of MedTech initiatives in the North-East region, offers for collaboration with organisations at the national level or in the diaspora, as well as the portfolio of entrepreneurial projects developed through the Health Innovation Zone programme of Digital Innovation Zone.

Health Innovation Zone is a 6-month programme, in a format of design thinking and mentoring sessions, benefiting from the know-how of experts from EIT Health, Technical University Gheorghe Asachi and MAVIS Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre.

The “Clusters meet Regions” will host the DEMO DAY Health Innovation Zone, where the 12 teams in the programme will be able to present their prototypes of the healthtech solutions they have been working on during these 6 months.

The conference “Opportunities and resources for the development of the medtech sector” is part of the series of actions related to the implementation of the project Regional Centre of Excellence for Personalized Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging (MEDIMAG-IA), SMIS code 152740, funded by the Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014 – 2020, a project carried out by the Imago-Mol Cluster, with the support of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” Iasi, the “Sf. Spiridon” Emergency County Hospital Iasi and the North-East RDA.

Philips Romania joined the organization of the conference as a sponsor of the event.

„Opportunities and resources for the development of the medtech sector” Agenda:

11.30 – 12.00 Registration of participants;

12.00 – 12.15 Opening speech:

  • Vasile Asandei, Director General, North-East Regional Development Agency, (TBC);
  • Prof. Dr. Viorel Scripcariu, Rector University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa” (TBC);
  • Prof. univ. Dan Cașcaval, Rector of Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” (TBC);
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Timofte, manager of the “Sf. Spiridon” Emergency Hospital in Iasi;
  • Dr. Vasile Fotea, President of the IMAGO-MOL Cluster;

12.15 – 12.45 Keynote speech (online);

  • Dr. Diana Loreta Păun, Presidential Advisor, Department of Public Health;

12.45 – 13.00 MEDIMAG-IA – the first centre of excellence in the field of personalized diagnostics and artificial intelligence in medicine and imaging in the North-East region;

  • Prof. Dr. Cipriana Stefanescu, MEDIMAG-IA project manager, Chair of the Scientific Council of the IMAGO-MOL Cluster;

13.00- 13.30 Medtech community in the North-East region, session moderated by Prof. Adrian Iftene, medtech coordinator IMAGO-MOL Cluster;

  • Guests:
    • Prof. Dr. Robert Gabriel Lupu, Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi”, TUIASI medtech project portfolio;
    • Prof. Dr. Ionuț Nistor, Bioing. Alexandru Pleșoianu, “Grigore T.Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, MAVIS Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre – The story of the artificial heart;
    • Head of works bioing. Cătălina Luca, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T.Popa”,, Align Spine “- the long road of a medtech spin-off;
    • Mihaela Onofrei, CEO Apollo AI Technologies, Improving health communication with Apollo AI chatbots;

13.30 – 14.00 Lunch break;
14.00 – 14.15 The future of connectivity and the importance of correct first diagnosis;

  • Ioan Goraș, Sales Leader Enterprise Informatics, Philips Central and Eastern Europe,

14.15 – 15.00 Inter-regional collaborations: Presentations of national members and collaborators in the medtech area, session moderated by Carmen Mihai, IMAGO-MOL cluster manager;

  • Guests:
    • Luminița Vâlcea, Executive Director COPAC Association, Shift Hub project, opportunities for SMEs;
    • Dr. Eng. Marilena Ianculescu, Drd. Eng. Elena Paraschiv, National Informatics Research Institute, ICI Bucharest, Transforming health care through Connected Health: from monitoring to advanced management of neurodegenerative diseases;
    • Florina Truță, product owner, Fortech Products, Navigating the healthtech horizons: The road of a Venture Studio from Idea to MVP;
    • Dr. Ștefan Busnatu, pro-dean of the Faculty of Medicine UMF “Carol Davila”, asist. univ.
    • Dr. Octavian Andronic, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest, Presentation of the Centre for Innovation in Health and e-health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest (TBC);
    • Michael – Bogdan Mărgineanu, President and Founder of Biomentor Hub Association;
    • Dumitra Borș, Biomentor Hub project manager, Biomentor Hub – Network of young Romanian researchers and innovators in biosciences (online);

15.00 – 16.00 “Demo Day” HIZ by DIZ, session moderated by Cristina Baghiu, coordinator of Digital Innovation Hub, The first programme for the prevalidation of innovative solutions in health in the North-East region presents its results;

To register for the conference “Opportunities and resources for the development of the medtech sector fill in the form HERE.

We also invite you to register for the “Clusters meet regions” event, which will take place from 21 to 23 November, whose programme will include sessions dedicated to the role of clusters in the regional innovation ecosystem, HERE.