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Meet-Up: Opportunities for Open Innovation in Healthcare

Berlin Partner, Falling Walls Foundation | Flavia Kruse, Petra Ritter, Bert Arnrich, Thomas Schildhauer

Excellent health for every citizen is the core objective of digital health. Given the complex nature of tackling current health challenges, a large variety of players and expertise is required. Following the Open Innovation approach, different tools and initiatives have been developed involving society, academia and industry.
New community projects and organisations accelerate the transfer of knowledge and data. Novel discoveries and technological solutions are the result of this wealth of new health data.

This panel shows that new concepts and partnerships are essential to really create an open innovation playing field and that the city of Berlin, at the heart of Europe, is an excellent starting point.

Sponsored by Berlin Partner.


Flavia Kruse

Berlin Partner GmbH

Flavia works as innovation and relocation manager in the Medtech/digital health unit of Berlin Partner, the economic development agency of Berlin. As a proud Berliner, she is happy to support companies in their relocation activities in Berlin and to connect them with the vibrant healthcare ecosystem of the Capital region. Informing on public funding options and assisting in finding R&D partners is also part of her job. She holds M.Sc. degrees in Molecular Biotechnology and Science & Innovation Management and has worked in strategic consulting and pharma business development in the past.

Petra Ritter

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Petra Ritter heads the Brain Simulation Section at the Charité and Berlin Institute of Health. She serves in the leadership of large EU infrastructure projects such as the Testing and Experimentation Facility Health AI and Robotics (TEF-Health), European Open Science Cloud’s Virtual Brain Cloud und eBRAIN-Health and she is directing the Health Data Cloud of EBRAINS – a European research infrastructure. Petra Ritter studied medicine in Germany and in the US. She serves as the Director for International Affairs at the Charité and as the spokesperson of the BIH Extended Directorate.

Bert Arnrich

Chair Digital Health - Connected Healthcare

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Arnrich is head of the Chair Digital Health – Connected Healthcare at the joint Digital-Engineering Faculty of Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam. His research group aims to pave the way for transforming healthcare systems from purely managing illness to maintaining wellness. Ubiquitous sensing and computing technologies are foreseen as the key enabler for pushing the paradigm shift from the established provider-centric healthcare model to a user-centered and preventive overall health management that is available everywhere, anytime and to anyone.

Thomas Schildhauer

Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer studied computer science at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and holds PhDs in the field of software marketing, information management and public health. As computer scientist, marketing expert, internet researcher he works as university professor for Electronic Business at the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin. He is Chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Electronic Business e.V. (IEB), research director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Principal Investigator of the BMBF-funded Weizenbaum Institute – The German Internet Institute and also co-founded the Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health (DUCAH). In this context he focusses on the questions: How could digital health innovations be successful and human centered implemented for social services? What kind of open innovation method would help most to form and empower joined teams from social services, digital health solution providers and researchers.

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Radialsystem – Ship
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243

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