Recap of the Award ceremony

10 years of regional care innovations, 10 new vouchers

X-ray-guided magnetic fields move capsules in the body in a controlled way... Breast cancer diagnosis based on AI...  Continuous glucose monitoring in the ICU... For the tenth time, the Pioneers in HealthCare vouchers have been awarded. Pioneers in HealthCare (PIHC) is a collaboration of hospitals and universities in Salland and Twente to stimulate research and innovation in medical technology. 

Ten times 60,000 euros was to be awarded in the auditorium of Deventer Hospital on Monday, January 22, 2024, for regional healthcare innovations. The Pioneers in HealthCare (PIHC) Innovation Fund, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the University of Twente (UT, Technical Medical Centre), MSTDeventer Hospital and ZGT stimulate sustainable collaboration between the world of new technology and medical practice. The five healthcare and education parties work closely to improve patient care. Requirements for applying for the vouchers are that there is a technical aspect and that at least one hospital and one university are involved. 'Research and innovations often require a long breath,' said Eric Kroon, board of directors of Deventer Hospital during the presentation. 'Nice to see that after ten years, groundbreaking innovations have come onto the market (even worldwide) that were created in part thanks to the PIHC fund.'

A good example of this is a video shown during the award ceremony. With a 3D camera, it is now possible to watch an ear operation in the OR from the outpatient clinic, which allows specialists to give advice remotely. This leads to better care, fewer aborted operations and a doctor can supervise while outpatient work can continue. 

PIHC Events 

Every project year, Pioneers in Health Care organizes two events. We kick off the new project round with a Matchmaking Event where researchers and clinicians can meet and learn from each other, and previously funded projects. During an evening program, lasting about 3 hours, PIHC will be introduced and conditions for the upcoming project round will be discussed. Following this, winners of previous vouchers will present their initial results and take you through their journey to impact. During the second part of the program, attendees will engage in conversations over refreshments: what do you have to offer and what are you looking for? In short, it is a very suitable moment to kickstart a potential proposal.

Additionally, we organize the Award Ceremony where submitted proposals, under celebratory circumstances, find out which proposals have been funded. This event takes place every year at the location of one of our partners. In addition to the awards, inspiring talks, relevant to the respective organization, are also organized. Of course, refreshments are an essential part of this ceremony.

Previous editions

View the events, incl. recaps & pictures, from previous years in the overview below. These are clustered by project year.

  • 2022
  • 2021