Pioneers in Healthcare

The 10 winning proposals

Pioneers in Health care Innovation fund

Technical solutions to overcome limitations in the current health care, or new medical applications of existing technology, that’s what’s Pioneers in Healthcare is all about. These solutions are definitely not the easiest, but challenge both parties to speak each other’s language.

With the innovation fund, the University of Twente, Saxion, MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital are promoting bottom-up collaboration between the world of new technologies and medical practice with a view to facilitating the introduction of innovative technology in the clinic. Together we provide an annual budget of € 600,000 for the PIHC Innovation Fund and are committed to the long-term continuation of the program. Since 2020, Reggeborgh Medical contributes 1 voucher to the PIHC fund to support innovation in the Twente and Salland region, especially innovation in health care. 

Every year, a call for proposals is published for researchers of UT and Saxion and medical specialists MST, ZGT and Deventer Hospital. At the end of the year, the innovation vouchers are awarded. Projects have to start within 6 months after the voucher has been awarded and the project duration is maximum 12 months.  

Facilitating long-term collaborations

The PIHC Innovation Fund aims to facilitate the introduction of innovative technology into the clinic. Therefore, a bottom-up, project-driven approach is chosen in which clinicians and scientists jointly address specific clinical issues. Innovation vouchers are awarded to project teams as seed money that participants can use to test the feasibility of their ideas and evaluate the potential for developing them further. By organizing regular meetings and matchmaking events, serendipity and new collaborations are facilitated. The fund aims for long-term collaboration between parties.

Impact on health care

By initiating the fund, the enormous research potential in the Twente and Salland region is directed towards improved patient care. The innovation fund will therefore ultimately benefit patients, not necessarily limited to the region. To ensure this impact on health care, the fund emphasizes the importance of valorization in its projects. The partners involved in the fund provide a solid base for valorization of the medical innovations. However, the fund aims to grow further and is always looking for new, additional partners.