Biocat has experience in accelerating healthcare projects and developing talent since 2008. In 2013, in order to increase the impact of these strategic activities. Biocat launched Moebio, a new initiative that brings together diferent training programs to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in healthcare, that counts with the support of EIT Health. Moebio is ranked as one of the top accelerators in Europe according to rankings by Digitalhealth.careers, Mobile World Capital, Tech EU and HealthStartup.
Moebio brings together several different training programs of various lengths, all of which aim to promote entrepreneurship and innovation at the intersection of technology, biosciences, health and business management. This portfolio is designed to offer advanced programs able to address healthcare current challenges from a global perspective. In order to this end, Moebio counts on the valuable expertise of an Advisory Board composed by the following international experts: Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius (from Danish entrepreneurial school KaosPilot), John Collins (CIMIT, Boston), Dan E. Azagury (Ciel Medical, Geneva), Yossi Bahagon (Clalit Health Services, Jerusalem), Chia Hwu (Qubop, Silicon Valley), David Maltz (Novartis, Silicon Valley), Lekshmy Parameswaran (Fuelfor, Barcelona-Singapore), Menno Van Dijk (The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership), Neo Kok-Beng (Stanford Biodesign, Singapore), Lluís Torner (ICFO, Barcelona), and Xavier Verdaguer (Imagine, Barcelona-Silicon Valley), among others.
CRAASH Barcelona is a 12-week program that helps European research teams launch successful device, diagnostic and e-/digital health innovations to improve health and patient care. Teams move research to market through mentoring from experts at CIMIT (Boston), the most experienced health accelerator in the world. In 20 years, CIMIT has successfully accelerated over 600 healthtech projects, doubled the rate of successful commercialization and cut the time to next phase by more than half.
In the 3rd edition of CRAASH Barcelona, wich started in early 2020, the selected teams will validate the problems and solutions for their products and how they fit the market in some of the best healthcare ecosystems in the USA (Boston) and Europe (Barcelona, and other European cities). In the first phase of CRAASH Barcelona, teams will travel to Galway to kick off the program, then participate in various online training sessions over nine weeks and spend one week in Barcelona getting to know the BioRegion of Catalonia and doing intensive training to prepare to validate their project in markets in the US and Europe. The second phase of the program is an immersion in the Boston ecosystem to validate their business models, perfect their pitches, have personal interviews and take part in networking sessions. Finally, in the third phase of CRAASH Barcelona, teams will travel to various cities in Europe to validate their projects in foreign markets.
CRAASH Barcelona was looking for top-notch healthtech technology (diagnostic, devices, and e-/digital health - drug discovery and drug development were not included), emerging from research centers, research institutes and universities in the BioRegion of Catalonia and other European ecosystems.
CRAASH Barcelona supports research projects with a TRL 3-4 (proof of concept/proof of feasibility). Established companies could also apply if they were looking for an application in healthcare for their technology and/or searching/validating their business model.
Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) is a 9-month postgraduate program to develop entrepreneurs and future leaders in healthcare innovation. The course, based on the prestigious Stanford University's Biodesign Fellowship, has a needs-driven innovation focus and it guides multidisciplinary groups of students through a full cycle of innovation, from needs identification to designing and prototyping a viable solution, as well as searching for funding.
“Probably the best healthcare innovation accelerator in Europe” according to Health Startup Europe, the program collaborates with Hospital Clínic, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, Institut Guttmann and Hospital Can Ruti, and is beginning its seventh edition in January 2020.
d·HEALTH Barcelona is part of the Innovation Fellowships program of EIT Health, the main European consortium in health, which gives fellows opportunities for international mobility with other programsand to be part of the extensive European EIT Alumni network after finishing the program.
Previous editions have led to several business projects and 95% of the fellows find a job in the healthcare sector.
In 2014, the initiative also launched its MOEBIO Short Programs, training courses taken from the d·HEALTH Barcelona program that are open to all members of the BioRegion and deal with key issues in healthcare, innovation, management and entrepreneurialism.