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Innovative Health Initiative (IHI)

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the European life science industries, under the EU R&I funding programme Horizon Europe.

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This cross-sectoral partnership brings together all stakeholders in healthcare, including five key health industry sectors involved in the patient’s journey. It aims to make significant progress towards addressing unmet health needs.

This unique initiative strives to:

  • Pioneer the patient-centred integration of knowledge, technology, and products
  • Tackle every aspect of care to improve the lives of patients across Europe and beyond
  • Strengthen Europe’s position at the forefront of medical innovation
  • Address current and future health challenges

The IHI has a total budget of 2.4 billion euros covering the years 2021-2027:

MedTech Europe is proud to be among five industry associations that have come together, representing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technologies industries operating in Europe (COCIR, EFPIA, EuropaBio, MedTech Europe, and Vaccines Europe). 

The R&I Team of MedTech Europe is here to help you navigate from A to Z along your journey towards IHI. We can provide you with the following: 

  • Tailored deep dive webinars 
  • On-site or remote meetings with your teams 
  • Valuable resources and educational materials 
  • Support and guidance at any time 

For further information on templates, guidelines, and other resources, please contact Patrick Boisseau, Director General Industry Strategic Initiatives.”

Learn more about IHI

The IHI is an exciting new opportunity for medical technology companies. By participating, you can shape your company’s future research, collaborate with partners from across sectors to improve healthcare, build innovative solutions, and address health challenges with a bigger diversity of approaches 

Watch the video to hear from experts like Oliver Bisazza (CEO MedTech Europe), Nathalie Virag (Distinguished Scientist Medtronic), Casper Garos (Head of Public Private Partnerships, Philips), Philippe Cleuziat (Sr Director, bioMerieux), who believe in the strength of the IHI to build a better future for healthcare. 

Watch the video here.

Curious to learn more, or ready to get involved? MedTech Europe is here to support you. Contact: Patrick Boisseau, Director General Industry Strategic Initiatives. 

New! Extended Version of Innovative Health Initiative Video Now Available  

MedTech Europe is pleased to announce that the extended version (8 mins) of the Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) informational video is now available here, or in the link below.

The video is also available with French, Italian, Spanish, and German subtitles.  

The extended video delves into deeper detail about the participation of medical technology companies in the Innovative Health Initiative (IHI), which is a new and exciting opportunity. It explores key questions medical technology companies may have about getting involved, such as the benefits of joining IHI projects, who can join, why the IHI is important, and how to take the first steps.  

A teaser (or short version, 1’50 min) is also available in the same languages. 

Innovative Health Initiative launches calls for proposal #4 and #5

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has launched one new call for proposals – call 5. The call feature topic texts on the 3Rs, theranostics, stroke management and synthetic data among others.

To learn more about each call, head to the call page:

👉 Call 5: https://europa.eu/!BxrRWT, with the deadline 🗓️ 16 January 2024

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has also published updated draft topics for calls 6 and 7. The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in IHI call 6 (two-stage) and IHI call 7 (single-stage). The draft information on these future call topics is available here .

You can catch-up on the previously and future IHI call days, which included information sessions on each topic, the rules and procedures for proposals, as well as partnership matchmaking services through this link.

MedTech Europe provides a wealth of resources for members that are interested in participating in IHI projects, including proposal templates and guidelines.

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