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COVID-19 – an opportunity for the Austrian health system

Should COVID-driven solutions be maintained, and further developed? Or should we strive for a return to previous frameworks, to “business as usual”?

Together with the Austrian Federation of Social Insurances, the Health Hub Vienna invited stakeholders and experts of the Austrian health care system to the Health Hub Vienna Innovation Day. The aim was to discuss new ideas and possibilities for the digitalization of the health care system and to present the conclusions of their white paper titled “COVID-19 – an opportunity for health care in Austria”.

The white paper on the subject “COVID-19 – an opportunity for healthcare in Austria” will be released by the end of November 2020.
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Health Hub Vienna is a platform for open innovation in healthcare. Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, private and public insurance companies, healthcare suppliers and start-ups all work together to develop new, holistic and patient-centric solutions. The acceleration program is managed by INiTS, Vienna’s high-tech incubator with an over 15-year track record of successfully developing start-ups in the life sciences.

Customized support for start-ups will be available during the critical steps involved in anchoring products and services in a complex healthcare system, driven by a large number of stakeholders. For example, we will significantly accelerate certification processes, fulfillment of regulatory requirements (e.g. data protection), and fundraising, all of which currently slow down life-science, digital-health and med-tech start-ups and innovation in healthcare in general.





Gerda Achzet

Regional Portfolio Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim RCV

Hans Burkhard

Executive Advisor, IDC

Fredrik Debong

Head of Research & Development mySugr

Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez

Head of Digital Health and Innovation, Austrian National Public Health Institute (GÖG)

Anton Dunzendorfer

Unit Head of Health Information Systems, AIT Center for Health & Bioresources

Gabriele Eichhorn

Head of Project Development Healthcare, Porr

Peter Eichler

member Management Board UNIQA

Werner Engelbrecht

Executive Director BD, Corporate & Alliance Strategy, Covance

Stephan Freudl

Partner, Vinc Advisory

Mathias Forjan

Head of Competence Center "Integrated Healthcare", University of Applied Sciences Vienna

Michael Forisch

Chief Compliance Officer mySugr

Martin Fuchs

COO PremiQaMed Holding

Martin Gleitsmann

Owner & Consulter, Gleitsmann e.U.

Lukas Hecke

Programme Manager, Austrian Development Agency

Gottfried Himmler

CSO The Antibody Lab

Dirk Holste

Deputy Head of Center & Center Strategy, AIT Center for Health & Bioresources

Astrid Kaltenböck

Managing Director, Biogen Austria

Wolfgang Kaps

Managing Director, Sanofi Austria

Thomas Kern

Managing Partner, Vinc Advisory

Michael Krebs

Managing Director, IMBA Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Austria

Reinhard Krickl

CEO at Phagenesis, International MedTech business developer with focus on Neurology and Cardiovascular

Eva-Maria Lass

Medical Communications Expert, ENTREPRENEUR ME

Thomas Lepère

Associate Director of Technology Solutions, IQVIA

Hanno Lippitsch

Startup CEO & CoFounder

Johannes Martinek

Programm Director Healthcare and Rehabilitation Technology, University of Applied Sciences

Siegfried Meryn

Professor at Teaching Center MedUni Wien

Sascha Mundstein

Former Technologist at Pfizer

Klaus Müller

CEO & Partner, 123sonography

Bernhard Mraz

Country Medical Director Oncology, Novartis

Simon Nebel

Consultant, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Marinomed

Katja Österreicher

Innovation Manager, Vinzenz Gruppe

Niki Popper

Director, DEXHELPP -Decision Support for Health Policy and Planning Vienna

Bettina Resl

Country Head Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy, Sanofi-Aventis GmbH

Oliver Siegel


Christian Soschner

Head of CS Life Science

Oliver Szolar

CEO at Savira pharmaceuticals

Irene Szimak

chairwoman of the Supervisory Board SOS-Kinderdorf Österreich

Béatrice Verdino

Fondatrice, VERDINO

Martin Verdino

Founder & Architect, VERDINO

Tobias Winter

Senior Portfolio Manager UNIQA


Corporate-ready Startups with a validated business-model, with a team size 8-10 the least, initial funding around 1 Mio EUR, initial customer traction and a working prototype in the following areas:


manage chronic diseases, Cardio-vascular, metabolic or respiratory diseases, inflammation, immunology and dermatology, oncology, mental health, neurological or infectious diseases, haematology, rare diseases and regenerative medicine. Support for patients, payers, providers and medical professionals (e.g. improve adherence, prompt lifestyle change, facilitate data recording and treatment plans). Solution to improve the customer experience journey, facilitate better decision making on treatment & outcomes and improve referral networks.


points of care. (Digital) Technologies for diagnostics, decision support, remote monitoring etc. May also include process improvements (Electronic Health Records, patient education/information etc.)
We are not looking for „classical“ red biotech or pharmaceutical therapies.


make the healthcare system overall more productive by demonstrating value and improving patient outcomes. Preventive diagnostics and treatments, telemonitoring, home care & recovery solutions etc.



We have been building start-ups for more than 15 years, during which time we have run eight start-up camps all with the support of a network of mentors, experts and successful start-up founders. During workshops, coaching sessions and community events relevant topics will be discussed, including:

Go-to-Market Strategies

distribution channels in
healthcare markets

Regulatory and Certification

quality management

Stakeholder Management

approval and reimbursement

“One thing that stands out is an outgoing readiness of the HHV team to support alumni 1+ years after graduation. Every time I mentioned I needed certain warm intros I received help, and that is truly appreciated.”
Helena Binetskaya

CEO, Co-Founder , Lungpass

“There was a great variety of activities (demoing, compliance workshops, meeting with potential investors) and we received feedback and mentorship from industry experts at an early stage. This makes programs like the HHV so important. Everything was well organized and within a great atmosphere. Meeting with other founders and learn from them were the most important takeaways. We had a chance to speak to Uniqa and other potential partners. I would definitely recommend the program to other start-ups in the DACH-region or Austrian market.”
Tomasz Domino

Chief Operating Officer, Infermedica Sp. z o.o.

“We at SidekickHealth made great progress with the support of the HHV team. The program is very well organized, professional and time efficient. I would advise every health startup with international ambitions to apply. The Health Hub Vienna team did an amazing job and during the program, we accelerated our business significantly. It is highly recommended!”
Sam Oddsson

Founder, SidekickHealth



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Head of UNIQA Ventures

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Community Manager

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