WorkInHealth Career Fair: Best practices to bridge the gap between academia and industry in health

On the first day of the WorkInHealth Career Fair, EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative Chief of Outreach, Francesca Barisani, hosted an insightful panel session on “Academia and industry in health: Best practices to bridge the gap” that discussed the main challenges researchers faced when they move from the world of academia to industry and entrepreneurship, critical future skills entrepreneurs need, the role of incubators, and the benefits of collaborative partnerships between academia and industry.

Francesca was joined on the virtual stage by four university and industry representatives from our Pledger Community and Advisory Board:

Karolina Konkolewska, Head of Talent Acquisition – EMEA, Intel Corporation, Poland

Putting the silicon in Silicon Valley, Intel Corporation is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Intel’s purpose is to create technology that improves the life of every person on the planet, by applying their reach, scale, and resources to enable customers to fully capitalise on the power of digital technology.

Ebba Fahråeus, CEO, SmiLe Venture Hub, Lund, Sweden

SmiLe Incubator AB is a leading, non-profit venture hub that specialises in helping early life science companies develop their business ideas and build successful companies within MedTech, BioTech, e-Health, Diagnostics and FoodTech. It offers top-of-the-line business coaching, educational programmes, access to a large international network of investors and industry experts as well as access to a unique lab infrastructure consisting of eleven in-house laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Neil Fergusson, Head of Entrepreneurial Ideas Lab, University of Galway, Ireland

The University of Galway is a prestigious and vibrant higher education institution based in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, an area that is recognised as a tech and MedTech hub for excellence. The university itself, is home to cutting-edge research centres and institutes, contributing to advancements in fields such as biomedical science, marine science, information technology, and sustainable energy. Additionally, the university actively engages in collaborative research projects with national and international partners, creating a dynamic research ecosystem.

Vicente Traver Salcedo, R&D Manager at Technologies for Health and Wellbeing – ITACA, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Vicente is a member of our Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Academic Board for the inter-university Master on Biomedical Engineering at Valencia, and co-ordinator of the cluster Healthy Living, which combines six different R&D university groups working in the field from different approaches. With over 20 years expertise in digital health, Vicente has participated in more than 80 EU, national or regional funded projects, published more than 120 publications in national and international journals and has been the invited speaker at many seminars and conferences.

Key Takeaways from the session

After a lively and informative discussion, each member of the panel provided the audience with their key summary on how to bridge the gap between academia and industry:

  • Vicente: Always be problem-driven and focus on the problem from a value-based healthcare perspective, and always in a sustainable way, not just ecological but economical
  • Karolina: Communicate, collaborate, find your niche, explore and have fun
  • Neil: Be curious, explore, and be willing to learn
  • Ebba: Bridging the gap is essential for humanity, leverage the benefits of both academia and industry to create dynamic ecosystems. Collaborate and communicate

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