Building Bridges Between The Clinical And The Technological Worlds

Thursday, November 08th 2018

Palacio Euskalduna

08:30 – 18:00 (GMT)

Palacio Euskalduna

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Innovation Forum Euskadi will host its first event in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) on the 8th of November 2018. This event will reunite the main agents of the Health and Technology sector of the Basque Country including: public and private health, universities, start-ups, incubators, public administration, companies, investors, health cluster, etc. The event will host around 100 guests and around 100 students.

The British Embassy supports the event and will organise a closure cocktail.

The event will be divided in three main blocks:

  1. Keynote speakers and panel discussions
  2. Challenge contest
  3. Start-up contest

1) Keynote speakers and panel discussions

The discussions of the event will revolve around the main topic “Building bridges between the technological and the clinical worlds” and will be “Building bridges between the technological and the clinical worlds” and “Success cases of Innovation & Technology”.

Participants in the panels of discussion:

1. “Success cases of Innovation & Technology”:

  • Iñigo Pomposo, Chief Neurosurgeon at Hospital Universitario de Cruces.
  • Eduardo W. Jorgensen, BMSc and CEO at MedicSen.
  • Jorge R. López, Co-founder and CEO at CreativiTIC Innova.
  • Gonzalo Martín, Business Development Manager at Cikautxo.
  • Jesús Miguel Pérez, co-founder of TedCas.

2. “Building bridges between the technological and the clinical worlds”:

  • Prof. Alan Barrell, Professor at Cambridge Worldwide Associates and Entrepreneur in Residence, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Prof. Chris Lowe, Director of Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Prof. Chas Bountra, Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, UK.
  • Dr. Fred Kemp, Deputy Head of Licensing and Ventures at Oxford University Innovation.

2) Challenge contest

Who presents the challenge? Up to 3 international companies and 3 Basque companies.

What type of challenge? A real challenge that the company is facing, preferably clinically-oriented that could have a technological solution.

Who solves it? Groups of mixed medical, engineering, physiotherapy, innovation and entrepreneurship university students from the main four universities of the Basque Country: UPV/EHU (, Deusto University (, Mondragon University ( and Tecnun ( The profile of the students will be selected depending on the needs of the challenges.

When? The challenges will be presented in the morning of the event (8th of November) in front of the whole audience and they will be solved throughout the day. The groups of students will give a final pitch with their solution at the end of the event.

What for? The objective of the challenge contest is two-fold. Innovation Forum Euskadi wants:

  1. to promote entrepreneurship in the field of Health and Technology among students: the challenge contest will be the perfect environment to plant the seeds for new projects.
  2. to bring the clinical and the technological worlds closer: the groups of students will be multidisciplinary and will work towards solving a clinical challenge. This way we expect to close the gap between the real clinical needs and the technical solutions.

 What comes next? Innovation Forum Euskadi aims at providing a way of facilitating entrepreneurship in the field of Health and Technology. As such, our objective is not only the event but also a continuous support throughout the year. We are currently building a model to make this happen.

Business opportunity? If the challenge is oriented towards neurotechnology, both the company and the team will have the chance to transform the solution into a product through the Newro Initiative led by Tecnalia which will be presented during the event. Companies that are interested in this opportunity can directly contact: [email protected]

3) Start-up contest

The Imagine IF! Is the start-up contest that takes place every year at the Innovation Forum network. At the Innovation Forum Euskadi event we will hold the local finals. 10 start-ups will present a 3-minute-pitch and the winner will directly attend the Imagine IF! Finale in England.


8.30 - 9.00


9.00 - 9.15


9.15 - 9.35

Presentation of Innovation Forum Euskadi

9.40 - 10.00

Presentation of challenges by the companies

10.00 - 10.20

Session A Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alan Barrell (University of Cambridge, UK)

10.25 - 11.00

Expert Panel 1: Success cases of Innovation & Technology (Spanish)

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee – Networking

11.35 - 11.55

Keynote speaker: Prof. Chas Bountra (University of Oxford, UK)

12.00 - 12.35

Expert Panel 2: Building bridges between the technological and the clinical worlds (English)

12.40 - 13.45

Start-up Contest

13.45 - 15.00


15.00 - 15.30

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Chris Lowe (University of Cambridge, UK)

15.30 - 16.15

Presentation of Initiatives:

– Newro Initiative (Dr. Jesús Valero, Director of Health Division at Tecnicalia)

– Praxis Pharmaceutical Test Beds Initiative (Eusebio Gainza)

16.15 - 16.35


16.35 - 16.55

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fred Kemp (University of Oxford, UK)

16.55 - 17.15

Start-up contest resolution

17.15 - 17.50

Pitches of Challenge contest winners

17.50 - 18.00


19.00 - 21.00

British Embassy Networking Cocktail (only accessible for non-student tickets)

Special guest: Chris Howie, the Department of International Trade’s Life Sciences Specialist.


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