InnoStars Awards competition was organized in 5 InnoStars countries (UK – Wales, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Poland) with almost 50 applicants. Two projects were awarded in each country with 10.000 € prize to cover business development costs and support matchmaking with EIT Health members. The following projects were selected by local juries as winners:

HUNGARY

Pretargeted Medicine - The genetically engineered T (CART) cells are one of the most promising therapies for late stage cancer patients worldwide. The proposed innovative antibody-based pre-targeting technology achieves the same result without genetic engineering, thus this therapy has the potential to easily overcome regulatory barriers. To prove the feasibility of this innovative approach a proof-of-concept animal model experiment will be carried out in the near future.

Prelife – The project aims to improve the efficiency of the in vitro fertilization protocols by innovative molecular biology methods. Prelife team have identified a set of biomarkers (and relevant measurement methods as well) that can be used by the clinician to personalize the embryo implantation protocol. The product, which is expected to double the chance of a successful implantation, is in the clinical validation phase. (http://www.prelifemed.com/)

POLAND

MyHYDRO – The solution developed by a Polish team is based on non-invasive measurement of the blood (optical sensor). The product in the form of an electronic circuit on textile wrist-band will provide information about the level of hydration through a simple lights signal and can be connected to the mobile application. This is to provide comfort to sportsmen, elderly and all active, health-conscious people.

Microelectrocell – The project introduces a new low-cost device with minimal invasiveness as an alternative to currently used large needle and plate electrodes, especially in endoscopic techniques. The device has a form of long (up to 30 cm) flexible, thin (below 0.5 mm diameter) glass fibre which contains integrated microelectrodes and dedicated channels for drug delivery, optical illumination/light treatment and image transfer. (http://www.supercontinuum.pl/en/)

ITALY

KronosDNA – The Italian team developed a diagnostic kit called “One4Two” specifically designed for genetic laboratories to optimize the workflow for infertility diagnosis.
One4Two using a disruptive technology - the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) - offer the possibility to complete the diagnosis including genetic and chromosomal screening in 5 working days from just one blood samples of each member of the couple and in one single analytical step. (http://www.kronosdna.com/)

Fastissues - The main objective of the company is the production of custom-made synthetic tissue substitutes, through the synergic use of rapid prototyping technology and biomaterials. The proposed approach aims to develop 3D porous tailor-made scaffolds as well as innovative/integrated materials and technological solutions which will be able to repair a damaged bone and IVD by promoting their regeneration. (http://www.biomaterialsna.it/)

PORTUGAL

Soft Bionics - With a low cost insole system that can be placed inside the patient's shoe to measure the pressure distribution when the patient is walking (Dynamic pressure measurement) and not on the static mode (current practice). It includes a high-tech, but low cost instrumented insole (based on soft electronics and polymeric sensors), accompanied by electronics components and diagnostics software. (http://www.soft-bionics.com/)

SOUL (Sensor Observation of Urban Life) - SOUL is a tool to minimize the risk of exposure to air pollution improving wellbeing. Based on satellite imagery, fine-tuned for individual proximity using air-quality network installed in moving vehicles, and personalized information that is tailored by medical profile, forecasts and insights are given to the individuals to enable proactive decisions favouring their fitness and health. (http://www.spacelayertech.com/)

WALES

HealthBetter.eu (the health community group support portal from Datris) - Alongside national state health and care systems there exists many thousands of very local groups, charities and organisations who provide essential support, advice and care, often on a voluntary basis, to the elderly, frail and those with chronic illnesses. Datris will develop www.healthbetter.eu as an online member and client software platform that community health groups can easily use to manage and communicate with clients. It will be designed for use by inexperienced IT users with simple intuitive modules that groups can simply add in. (http://datris.solutions/)

Plas Farm (Enriched Ice Cream to Combat Frailty) - Plas Farm aims to develop a high-protein, high energy frozen yogurt / ice cream product that will enable hospital patients and those at risk of frailty to consume an enriched source of protein in an enjoyable and convenient way. This will supplement more traditional protein sources (meat / fish) with a source that is a treat, beneficial to health, and complements a "little and often" approach. (https://www.plas-farm.co.uk/