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 3-month program that helps research teams and entrepreneurs bring to market their innovations in the areas of medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health that contribute to improved health and patient care. Selected projects will be guided by expert mentors from around Europe and CIMIT (Boston), the most experienced accelerator in the world. Over 20 years, CIMIT has successfully accelerated more than 600 healthtech projects, doubled the commercialization rate and reduced the time to market by more than half.
The 5th edition of CRAASH Barcelona 2022 in a hybrid format combining virtual and in-person sessions, is aimed exclusively for projects related to the field of medical devices, diagnostics or digital health that have come out of research centers and institutes, universities or are promoted by an entrepreneur based on (or with a link) to the BioRegion. The projects must be related to the fields of medical devices, digital health or diagnostics and have TRL 3-5 (proof of concept/initial clinical trials).
The program is broken down into three phases:
CRAASH Barcelona is organized by Biocat in collaboration with CIMIT.
Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) is a 6-month postgraduate program to develop entrepreneurs and future leaders in healthcare innovation. The course, inspired on the 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,Hospital Germans Trias I Pujol and Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge.
The 7th edition of this postgraduate course on innovation in healthcare, which took place in 2020, was marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the clinical immersion and the rest of the program were transformed into a virtual format. As a result of this virtual immersion, the teams detected more than 1,000 unmet clinical needs, from which each team chose one to design the prototype of a solution and develop a business model.
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 programs and 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.
d·Health Barcelona Part Time is a talent development program, inspired by Health Barcelona, but with a new hybrid Part Time format, which makes it more compatible with the work activity. It lasts six months and includes a two-week clinical immersion in four reference hospitals in Catalonia.
The program offers access to an innovative and entrepreneurial environment, validation of an unmet clinical need, training by industry experts, design of a solution that improves the quality of life of patients, and acquisition of skills necessary to advance a career.
All participants will be grouped into multidisciplinary teams of 3 or 4 people with whom they will prepare the clinical immersion, receive support and advice from experts in the ecosystem, and training in the development of a pitch.
The participating centers are: Bellvitge University Hospital (Neurology Unity), Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital (Nephrology Unit), Hospital Universitari Parc Taulí (Oncology Unit) and Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Rehabilitation Unit).
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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.