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Financing Healthcare Innovation: Is it working?

  • Apr 16, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Health 2.0 Amsterdammers,

We are the storm chasers, innovators and transformers, who live on the edge, pushing the boundaries of an archaic healthcare system. At the end of the day, our efforts require funding to bring them to life. At this extended event, we will bring together many stakeholders with a number of presenters and panels to learn and contribute to this very important topic and to explore the question of: " Is it actually working?"

What are the first words that come to mind when you hear the word “healthcare”? For many, and forgive my use of hashtags it is: #archaic , #broken, #inefficient, #costly, #manual and the list goes on. While the google trends quick search on the words “healthcare innovation” may not be a true indicator of the market, the upward trend certainly correlates with the amount of activity we have been witnessing. Crowdfunding, angels, venture capital, corporate ventures, public funds, public private partnerships, numerous accelerators and incubators and the list continues. So throughout the event we will also engage our presenters into answering a question that is on many people's minds:  So what do you do if you are a healthcare innovator with a bright idea? What are your funding choices and pros and cons for each?


17:30  Networking: Connect, Create and Cure together

18:00  Event Introduction (Eugene Borukhovich, Steve Seuntjens)

18:10  PHS Portfolio Company Pitch: SkinVision

18:20  PHS Portfolio Company Pitch: Qolpac

18:30 PHS Portfolio Company Pitch: Machtfit

18:40  Panel 1: The journey of a fundable and funded startup (Moderated by Katarzyna Rabczuk)

It is always great to hear the success stories from startups but the road has many bumps along the way and only a few make it. We will hear from the founders of PHS portfolio  companies: what was their journey to get the funds, their lessons learned and go forward scaling of the business goals. We will also get feedback form the venture capital community on what made them invest into their portfolio companies. 


SkinVision, Qolpac & Machtfit

JulianeZielonka, LARAcompanion

Erik de Heus, PHS Capital 

Janke Dittmer, Gilde Healthcare

Bernd Mintjes, Maxwell Group

19:05  Panel 2: New models of engagement: Can healthcare innovation find a new business model? (Moderated by Steve Seuntjens)

The odds of getting a small pilot is relatively high, but in order for the startup to survive and scale the pilot needs to grow significantly. The health startup ecosystem is absolutely packed with pilots and trials but where does a startup go from there? What are the new business models for healthcare that we are seeing emerge? How can we make these models sustainable and tested?


Edward van Wezel, Bio Generation

Janke Dittmer, Gilde Healthcare

Jacco Schutte, Menzis

Bart Collet,

19:30 Coffe Break

19:45 Special Message from Sustainable Healthcare Challenge, Hans Dijkstra

19:50  Panel 3: Public – Private Partnership Models: Myth, reality or is it too early to tell? (Moderated by Eugene Borukhovich)

Public-private partnership is another trendy phrase we keep hearing, but is it working? Are there any success stories? Is there a good marriage in these partnerships? Some think it’s a myth, some believe it is the only way to go forward but many are on the fence. This also highly depends on the country, region and even local municipality. In this intense panel, we will focus on Netherlands to help the local entrepreneurs make the right choice. 


Jeroen van Duffelen, ACE Venture Lab

Charles Gimbrere, ZorgvoorInnoveren  

Paul Pelsmaeker, TNO 

Min-Sung Sean Kim, XL Health

20:10  So where is pharma in all this? 

Certainly the pharma industry business model has been and will continue being disrupted so what are some examples on how some of the key players adapting? In this 15 minute presentation, Bayer will present their Grants4Apps program.


Jesus Del Valle, Grants4Apps

20:25  Wrap up and closing comments

20:30  Drinks & Networking sponsored by Grants4Apps

As always, we kindly ask you to provide a firm RSVP 

Hope to see you there!!!!

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  • Erik V.


    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Eric

    Informative and stimulating!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Riekus H.

    well done. point for action/attention was sound and volume of speakers. a panel discussion should be audible for all and not only for the panelists

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Eugene B.

      Point taken! Absolutely !

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Juliane Z.

    Thank you very much for the inspiring insights and hands-on knowledge for health IT startups. Definitely worth the visit & travel. Two thumbs up, Eugene, for organizing this event and inviting so many stormchasers!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Jesus del V.

    Loved having been invited to participate. Big thanks to Eugene, PHS, and the Organization Team for this.

    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Bart C.


    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Simonas S.


    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Hans D.

    So people who missed my 2minute pitch, we're connecting health start-ups to all the necessary business disciplines in the healthcare sector. We have at least 50 start-ups that will welcome your services and with whom you can connect at the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge (.nl) .

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Inken

    Excuses, ivm uitloop werk ga ik het niet halen.

    April 16, 2014

  • Marc R.

    Ga het niet halen morgen, stoeltje vrij voor iemand anders

    April 15, 2014

  • Paul V.

    All true, Lets see how essential this is for our country

    April 11, 2014

  • Hans D.

    Looking forward to meeting new faces. Inertia is no longer an option in health innovation. Lets put our minds to the question what really is a sustainable architecture for our health systems funding. Enabling both institutional funding for promising best practices for future generations and getting rid of yesterdays mistakes.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Bart C.

    worth turning my schedule around completely

    5 · March 25, 2014

    • Erik V.

      Ga je erheen? Leuk om een keer IRL te ontmoeten!

      March 31, 2014

  • Valentina R.

    Can't miss this one

    2 · March 22, 2014

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