BSR HIA – BALTIC SEA REGION HEALTH INNOVATION AWARD of the National Conference on Health Economy

Under the patronage of the Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Manuela Schwesig, the Baltic Sea Region Health Innovation Award (BSR HIA) - a prize for start-ups and those who want to become one - was once again presented this year as part of the National Conference on Health Economy.

The best teams were honoured by Reinhard Meyer, Minister of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, during the evening event on 16 June 2022.

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HIA 2021

the award winners

// Prize winner 1st place Osentec GmbH, Neubrandenburg

Project: "Intelligent sensory insole for diabetic feet"

One in four diabetics develops diabetic foot syndrome in the course of their metabolic disease. Affected patients - 150 million worldwide - lose sensation in their feet, making them prone to slow-healing ulcers and wounds. Osentec GmbH's patented solution is an intelligent insole that warns the patient several weeks before an ulcer develops. The insole continuously monitors the temperature of the sole of the foot and sends the data to the patient's smartphone. As soon as an algorithm detects a developing inflammation, the app notifies the patient.
The insole, also called "Smart Sensory Insole", is the result of a joint research project that began in 2017 and was successfully completed in October 2021 - thanks in part to support from the "Health Economy Ideas Competition" organised by BioCon Valley® GmbH on behalf of the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Osentec's goal is to further develop the prototype into a marketable product and to increase production from a few dozen to tens of thousands of units in order to help as many patients as possible. Currently, Osentec uses a well-developed network of suppliers throughout Germany.
For the development of the sole, the partner company Orthopädie-Technik-Service aktiv GmbH, Greifswald, received an ERDF-funded grant from the Ministry of Economics Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as part of the technology promotion programme.

Donor of the prize: Guth'sche Stiftung – Gemeinnützige Stiftung Dr. Gerhard Guth & Dr. Manuela Guth

  • Prize money in the amount of 5,000 euros
  • additionally:
    • Non-monetary, individually agreed benefits (e.g. consulting or coaching services, free laboratory or office space at the location of the respective prize donor or in the technology centres in Rostock and Greifswald, as well as various opportunities for cooperation with regional partners) in the amount of 5,000 euros (Guth'sche Stiftung, Witeno GmbH, TPW GmbH and TZW e. V.)
    • Travel voucher for participation in the 17th National Health Industry Conference 16 and 17 June 2022 (BioCon Valley® GmbH)

// Prize winner 2nd place: Medventi GmbH, Rostock

Project: "Helpchat - More time for care"

The idea for Helpchat came to Fabian Nokodian during the inpatient treatment of an eight-year-old patient with a cleft lip and palate at Rostock University Hospital. Due to the necessary surgical reconstruction of the palate, the child was at times unable to communicate and speak with the nursing staff. In particular, needs such as help with going to the toilet, pain or hunger could not be articulated in time. However, prompt communication between patients and nursing staff is essential during inpatient stays. Until now, most hospitals and care facilities have relied on purely analogue-acoustic patient bell systems. Helpchat is the complementary app that enables patients to communicate any need intuitively across rooms and without barriers using a smart device app. In addition, the solution also optimises scarce resources in the care infrastructure, as redundant walkways can be reduced, complex documentation automated and care requests assigned to the appropriate actors (e.g. nursing staff, service staff, therapists).
The first prototype was developed, tested and improved at Rostock University Hospital. In the meantime, Helpchat is a commercial product and is used in more than five hospitals in northern Germany. To evaluate the effectiveness of the Helpchat app, an independent scientific study is being conducted at the University Medical Centre Greifswald.
Medventi is a team of physicians, programmers and economists.

Donor of the prize: University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

  • Prize money in the amount of 3.000 Euro
  • in addition:
    • Non-monetary, individually agreeable benefits (e.g. consulting or coaching services, free laboratory or office space at the location of the respective prize donor or in the technology centres in Rostock and Greifswald, as well as various opportunities for cooperation with regional partners) in the amount of 3,000 euros (Witeno GmbH, TPW GmbH and TZW e. V.)
    • Travel voucher for participation in the 17th National Health Industry Conference 16 and 17 June 2022 (BioCon Valley® GmbH)

// Prize winner 3rd place for eSiprint GmbH, Rostock

Project: "3D printing of silicone and digital platform for mass production"

With the newly developed material from eSiprint GmbH, it is possible for the first time to use binder jetting technology for the 3D printing of silicone. The high productivity of the process enables high production speeds and large quantities. With the help of a digital platform, hearing aid manufacturers are enabled to step into the digital age by combining 3D printing technology with a digital solution platform.
The 3D scan of the auditory canal is digitally adapted without prior 3D design knowledge, transferred and finally the earmoulds for hearing aids, occupational safety and leisure are printed using the eSiprint process. Thanks to the high productivity and resource-saving material use of the eSiprint process, delivery times can be reduced by up to 75 per cent and costs by up to 50 per cent compared to previous suppliers. After the application in hearing acoustics, further applications in orthopaedics and in the sports sector, for example for individual swimming goggles, are also conceivable.

Donor of the prize: FPS Anklam GmbH

  • Prize money in the amount of 1.000 Euro
  • additional: 
    • Non-monetary, individually agreeable benefits (e.g. consulting or coaching services, free laboratory or office space at the location of the respective prize donor or in the technology centres in Rostock and Greifswald, as well as various opportunities for cooperation with regional partners) in the amount of 1,000 euros (FPS Anklam GmbH, Witeno GmbH, TPW GmbH and TZW e. V.)
    • Travel voucher for participation in the 17th National Health Industry Conference 16 and 17 June 2022 (BioCon Valley® GmbH)

In addition to prize money, the three first-place winners received benefits in kind in the same amount and a travel voucher for participation in the National Healthcare Industry Conference - provided by BioCon Valley® GmbH.
The benefits in kind include consulting or coaching services, free laboratory or office space, e.g. at the location of the respective award winner or in the technology centres in Rostock and Greifswald, as well as various opportunities for cooperation with regional partners.
The benefits in kind are agreed with the award winners individually and according to their needs. In addition, there is an invitation to the 17th National Industry Conference on the Healthcare Industry 2022 and to the networking event for start-ups, "Ship to Business", which is also organised by BioCon Valley® GmbH.

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