The first “Medical Valley” in Central Europe opens in Warsaw – The First News
The first central European “health center” was launched in Warsaw to bring together global industries to improve patient health care.
Opened on June 10, the Warsaw Health Innovation Hub (WHIH) will bring together leading global companies in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology field with the public sector, the first step towards the creation of a Polish medical valley inspired and modeled on clusters. medical services in other regions. from Europe.
Joint initiative of the Medical Research Agency, EIT Health and major global industry players including AstraZeneca, Microsoft, Polpharma, Roche, the hub will focus on driving innovation in three key areas: in products pharmaceuticals, in the field of medical devices, and in digital health solutions.
Another aspect of the initiative will be the programs created and funded by business partners, which will focus on creating medical and technological innovations for the development of the Polish biomedical sector and will examine how innovations can be implemented with the aim of ‘raise the standards of health services in Poland.
Mark Loughran, CEO of Microsoft in Poland, said: “The creation of the Warsaw Healthcare Innovation Hub is an innovative new approach to the development of healthcare in Poland.
“It’s a combination of technology and human ingenuity that will translate into innovation that serves us all.”
Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO of EIT Health, who will be responsible for managing the cooperation platform between companies that are part of the WHIH, said: “The Warsaw Health Innovation Hub is an example of how, through with the open innovation formula, we can respond to the main health challenges common to all of Europe, especially in the post-pandemic period.
“To date, EIT Health, with more than 150 partners, has implemented 118 innovative projects. Therefore, we see great value in projects where companies work hand in hand with government to strengthen the health system. “
The hub, which will create the conditions for the rapid transformation of ideas into products, processes and services, will also open doors for investment in Polish technology and the best research teams in Poland.
Speaking to the Medical Research Agency at the launch of the Warsaw Health Innovation Hub, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: “Our responsibility is to forge strategic health partnerships in the public and private sectors… It is the lesson we learned from the pandemic. “
Polish Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski added that medicine was the fastest growing field in Poland, surpassing all others, saying: “We believe that cooperation with the business sector within the framework of the WHIH will accelerate the implementation of many solutions in the healthcare sector in Poland, and that the potential of our researchers and young start-ups will be noticed and properly implemented for the benefit of patients.
The first initiative of the WHIH will be its Strategic Partners Project led by the Medical Research Agency and will be the first project in Poland to use the complementarity of business and public sectors in the process of identifying problems in the health system. public to help support the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The four priorities that will be discussed by the strategic partners at their next meetings are the fight against cancer, the fight against Covid 19 and its changes, the strengthening of digital health services and the expansion of Value Based Healthcare.
Recommendations and concrete solutions from WHIH’s strategic partners are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The results will form the basis for proposals for legislative and sectoral changes for the further development of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors in Poland.