Health Innovation Zone 2024

HIZ by DIZ: The First Pre-Validation Program for Innovative Solutions in Healthcare

Welcome to Health Innovation Zone!

Health Innovation Zone (HIZ) represents a unique program for the pre-validation of innovative solutions in healthcare, offering access to industry experts, mentors, testing facilities, and a fast track to the international ecosystem. Through this program, we aim to prepare the next generation of innovative healthcare startups and build an innovation community in this industry.

The program objectives
  • Developing the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants by engaging in structured non-formal training activities in entrepreneurship, with a focus on developing solutions in the field of digitalization and technological innovation in health; 
  • Facilitating a pilot program and launching demonstrations of innovative solutions to healthcare institutions;
  • Developing digital, entrepreneurial, and technological innovation skills among participants;

Building strong connections

  • Supporting pitch sessions to potential clients;
  • Creating the groundwork for the digitalization of healthcare institutions by facilitating collaborative partnerships for the clinical pre-validation of innovative entrepreneurial solutions;
  • Generating a healthcare innovation community within the medical ecosystem of the North-East region, serving as a space for learning, sharing, and validation for medical technology start-ups.

 

Target group

  • The target group includes students and graduates from fields relevant to health innovation, such as IT, medical bioengineering, electronics, medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, biology and others. 

The program is open to the following categories of teams

  • Student and/or researcher teams;
  • Startups developing an innovative product/service relevant to healthcare.

Timeline

Registration of teams
June 21st - 15:00 - Pitch Day
Workshops, Mentoring, Pitching Sessions
November 1st
14 June - 19 June
In-person and online
June-November
Demo day

Pitch Day Health Innovation Zone Location

Technical University rectorate “Gheorghe Asachi” Iași – Amphitheater T2.

Health Innovation Zone mentors

Cristina Baghiu

Coordinator at Digital Innovation Zone Association

Daniel Andor

Product design and strategy specialist

Mihai Mocanu

CMO  Adservio

Călin Corciova

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medical Bioengineering, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” Iasi

Robert Lupu

Associate Professor at Gheorghe Asachi​ Technical University of Iași

Mălin Ștefănescu

Business Angel

Călin Alungulesă

Content Marketing Manager & Copywriter @ Fortech Investments

Eduard Burghelia

Venture Partner, V7 Capital

Andrei Dudoiu

Managing Partner & President BoD at SeedBlink

Andreea Porumb

Founder Medicalo Healthcare

Ștefan Iarca

Cofounder & CEO at Rayscape

Adi Gheorghe

Mentor & Coach for Pre-Seed Tech Founders, Founder @ Doers Ventures

Andrei Pavel

Technology Lawyer, Ventures’n’Law

Tudor Stanciu

Technology Lawyer, Ventures’n’Law

Bogdan-Alexandru Apetrii

CEO Subsign

Alexandru Constantin

Founder & CEO iCamin.ro

Sebastian Botez

CEO Webgrade Product

& Software Engineer

Ariana Cordoș

Junior Project Manager, Freshblood HealthTech

Health Innovation Zone partners

Academic partners

Community partners

Media partners

How was it at Health Innovation Zone 2023

Health Innovation Zone Teams

Discover the 12 Health Innovation Zone teams working hard to develop their innovative solutions for the healthcare industry. 

What it was at Pitch Day

Pitch Day Health Innovation Zone @Launch Campus was an exciting and high-energy event that brought together 15 teams of young innovators in one place. The aim of the event was to select and integrate these teams into the Health Innovation Zone programme, a ground-breaking initiative to pre-validate innovative healthcare solutions.

Prototyping Day

Demo Day

Download HIZ 2023 presentation

HIZ Articles

Organizers

Our program was supported by a strong consortium composed of renowned institutions with extensive experience in innovation and medicine. Digital Innovation Zone is a leader in technological development, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi is well-known for its technical expertise, EIT Health is a reference in healthcare innovation, and “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi is a center of excellence in medical education and research.

See what it was like at
"Launch Campus Day"

Pitch Day was the highlight of the selection process for the Health Innovation Zone programme. The 15 teams of young innovators had the opportunity to present their ideas in front of a jury of experts in the field of health and entrepreneurship. The atmosphere was full of excitement and the teams demonstrated their passion and commitment to health innovation.

Health Innovation Zone Mentors

Ciprian Amaritei

PhD Interaction Design, Head of Design, Product Designer & Design Evangelist

Ion Gheorghe Petrovai

PhD Interaction Design, Head of Design, Product Designer & Design Evangelist

Cristina Baghiu

Digital Innovation Zone NGO President

Conf. Dr. Simona Caraiman

Vice-Rector for IT&C at Gheorghe Asachi​ Technical University of Iași

Ciprian Comșa

Associate Professor at The „Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iaşi

Robert Lupu

Associate Professor at Gheorghe Asachi​ Technical University of Iași

Alexandru Pleșoianu

Innovation & Tech Transfer

Florin Cardașim

Software engineering for cloud-enabled, data-driven organizations

Lidia Alexa

Lec. Univ. Dr. at Gheorghe Asachi​ Technical University of Iași

Lidia Bețoaea

Director Strategic and Head of One Stop Shop Office at North-East Regional Development Agency

Cătălina Luca

Medical Bioengineer/ Lect. Univ. Dr.

Călin Corcioava

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medical Bioengineering, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” Iasi

Rafael Mastaleru

Frontend Developer at RomSoft

Valentin Iulian Țoc

Start-up Programs Manager at Rubik Hub

Health Innovation Zone Medical Mentors

Ionuț Nistor - Conf.univ.dr

Spitalul Clinic “Dr. C. I. Parhon” Iași – Nefrologie

Radu Iliescu - conf.univ.dr.

Prorector Strategie Instituțională UMF Iași + Transcend, IRO

Adrian Covic - prof.univ.dr

Spitalul Clinic “Dr. C. I. Parhon” Iași – Nefrologie

Cristina Gavrilovici - prof.dr

Pediatrie, Homeopatie

Alexandru Burlacu - Conf.Univ.Dr

Spitalul Clinic “Dr. C. I. Parhon” Iași – Nefrologie

Simona Volovăț - Dr.

Medic Specialist Institutul Regional de Oncologie

Irina Draga Căruntu - prof. univ.Dr.

UMF Iași Histologie și anatomie patologică

Denisa Haba - prof.univ.dr

Departamentul de Radiologie și imagistică medicală – Spitalul Clinic de Urgență ”Prof. Dr. N. oblu” Iași

Delia Reurean-Pintiliei - Dr.

Spitalul Clinic “Dr. C. I. Parhon” Iași – Nefrologie

Mădălina Bostan - dr.

Cardiologie, Institutul de Boli Cardiovasculare “Prof. Dr. George I.M. Georgescu” Iași

Cipriana Ștefănescu - prof. univ.Dr.

Medicina Nucleară Spitalul Clinic Județean de Urgențe “Sf. Spiridon” Iași, Imago Mol – MedimagIA

Octavia Petrilă - dr

Radiologie imagistică, Spitalul Clinic Județean de Urgențe “Sf. Spiridon” Iași

Mădălina Maxim - Dr.

Chirurgie generală, Spitalul Clinic Judeţean de Urgenţe ”Sf. Spiridon” Iaşi

Elena Popescu - dr.

Institutul de Psihiatrie „Socola” Iași