In a recent interview with Tobias Günther, we explored the topic of work-life balance and how he has handled stress while starting up his own company. When asked whether the founder of a startup is even able to strike a healthy balance between work and other aspects of life, he answered, “You definitely can. And, maybe more importantly: you have to! The alternative of constantly overstraining yourself is simply not sustainable.” On the other side of this equation you’ll find ambitious entrepreneurs in the fields of medicine and healthtech working to keep improving human health in a wide range of areas. Their inventions are making a contribution toward empowering people to lead healthy lives that are worth living. We recently reported on monikit, the team planning to launch the first smartwatch for epileptics in 2020. BABYBE medical is working on a high-tech cushion that supports the development of premature babies in incubators.
But how do entrepreneurs actually take care of their own health in the high-pressure environment of a startup? And what does healthtech have to offer a group that has been shown to carry a very high stress load? We decided to get to the bottom of these questions and went looking for answers among the healthtech startups that are part of our network. Feedback from Soma Analytics, AmbiGate, and SimyLife helped us paint a better picture of the state of healthtech and entrepreneurship.
Some exciting news from the CODE_n Community! When we read the story at the end of last month it was nothing short of phenomenal. One of our alumni, the HealthTech startup SpinDiag, has just drummed up €1.6 million in seed capital. The team plans to use the funding to roll out its revolutionary point-of-care screening system for antibiotic resistance and conduct initial trials in hospitals. The HealthTech startup has been working on its novel solution since 2016, following a spinoff from the Hahn-Schickard R&D institute. The system could potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives, thanks to a simple screening test that can ascertain in as little as 30 minutes if a patient is carrying drug-resistant bacteria and thus requires treatment in isolation from other patients. Introducing the screening systems to hospital wards could drastically reduce mortalities resulting from germs: Colonization and infections can be detected immediately and positive patients treated in isolation, thus preventing the transmission of drug-resistant bacteria in the long term. We spoke to the team about the seed funding initiative and asked them what tips they would give to startups. Of course, we were also dying to hear about their plans!
Today we’re psyched for a special reunion! Our former residents from HealthTech startup monikit are visiting us again at CODE_n SPACES and have a lot to share. Founding duo Florian Lutz and Kevin Klett and their team were located on the Innovation Campus until November 2016, pouring their passion into a project to develop a wearable device that will help epileptics prevent seizures and manage their condition more effectively. When they were ready to take the next step in product development several months ago, the ambitious team moved to the University Hospital in Tuebingen, where they can test the system on patients suffering from epilepsy. Their aim is to finalize product development and launch their device as a smartwatch in the near future. In this exclusive interview, the co-founders brought us up to speed on when their smartwatch will hit the market, the hurdles that can crop up when developing medical devices, and why their small startup took the leap despite these difficulties. As always, we’ll ask the founders to give us some insights into the ups and downs on their startup rollercoaster, the challenges they face, and their top three tips for anyone who’s thinking about starting their own business.
Ta-da! Say hello to our new CODE_n SPACES resident BABYBE medical! Every year, 3.3 million babies are born preterm. The big problem is that current incubators do not have the means to foster brain development in premature babies, who need a womb-like environment with something that feels like the heartbeat and voice of the mother. This can now change thanks to “bionic emulation” of the mother’s body, provided by the ingenious technology of BABYBE! We’re delighted to introduce our new CODE_n community member in the HealthTech/IoT sector: BABYBE medical. We asked CTO and founder Raphael Lang 5 questions about the startup, life as an entrepreneur, and the cool stuff they’re doing.
Founded in 2011 by Johannes and Greta Kreuzer, the Munich HealthTech startup cosinuss° has grown into a successful company. After pitching the idea at the CODE_n startup CONTEST at CeBIT in 2014, the enterprise has become well established following the development of cosinuss° One. This unique fitness tracker for professional athletes features a convenient and highly accurate heart-rate monitor and also measures the user’s body temperature.
Now the time has come for the startup to break new ground with the latest stellar product in its portfolio: degree°. Launching a Kickstarter campaign in March 2017, Greta and Johannes are turning their vision into reality – to help parents whose children are in danger of suffering a febrile seizure. Learn more about the new high-tech device, the story behind it and the Kickstarter campaign in this blog post, which also features an interview with the founding team.
Can you believe it’s already day three of our new.New Festival? We hardly can! Two exciting days filled with a great conference program and a lucky CODE_n16 winner lie behind us – but of course our last day has a lot to offer as well! We’ll tell you what today’s highlights are and what you definitely shouldn’t miss!
Yesterday was the big day! At the CODE_n Award Show we finally got to know which promising startup won our CODE_n CONTEST this year. Drum rolls for… Xarion! The Vienna-based company left 385 competitors from 40 countries behind and secured the grand prize of €30,000! With their business model, they left a great impression on our jury! Xarion sets new yardsticks within the sectors of ultrasound imaging, process monitoring and testing technology. Their ground-breaking laser microphone combines a lot of benefits: insensitive to wind and vibration and highly precise in extremely high frequency ranges.
CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz announced Xarion as the winner of CODE_n16!
For three days, CODE_n will bring together selected pioneers, digital visionaries, innovation teams from established companies, scientists and of course inquisitive visitors. For three days, the CODE_n Social Media Team will give you an overview of the highlights of each festival day. Make sure you visit our blog to find out which sessions of our extensive conference program you shouldn’t miss, which renowned speakers you get to listen to and what workshop and side events are worth attending (although we’re sure all of them are 😉 )
The CODE_n main stage:
With an audience area of roughly 800 seats, the main stage provides room for inspiring insights. On the first festival day, this will be the spot where CODE_n initiator and GFT CEO as well as ZKM Chairman and CEO Prof. Dr. Weibel will welcome all new.New Festival visitors, startups and partners at 10am.
Afterwards, you might want to join the panel discussion on smart connected devices like NFC chip implants with Christopher Coenen, a political scientist and senior researcher at KIT-ITAS, blogger and programmer Enno Park, the Co-Founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken Hannes Sjoblad, t3n editor in chief Stephan Dörner and multi-disciplinary artist Susanna Hertrich.
Also quite a highlight keynote (11.40am): Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn will let you know how he managed to crowdsource a massive project like the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a project on which a team of more than 480 experts around the globe are bringing disruptive innovation to the transportation industry.
We are rounding off the first festival day with an After Work event also happening on the main stage. Highlight of the evening will be a keynote speech by Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of the state of Baden-Württemberg starting at 6:30 pm.
Diagnosis: dementia. Approximately 1.5 million people in Germany live with the disease. Circa two thirds of these individuals are cared for in their homes by family members or professional caregivers. And the numbers are growing. Due to demographic changes, this problem will be ubiquitous in Germany in the future. The goal must be to maintain the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with dementia or similar ailments and who accordingly need in-home care or hospitalization. Precisely this is where IT applications in the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) sector can be helpful.
Digitalization has arrived in the midst of our society and has penetrated into nearly every aspect of daily life. Information and communication technology (ICT) improves the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and has accordingly become an indispensable and essential component in the healthcare sector. This is also why, in the HealthTech category of the CODE_n16 CONTEST, CODE_n is searching for young companies that develop innovative solutions for the healthcare market.
What is AAL?
AAL spans a broad spectrum of IT-supported applications such as home automation, sensor technology and telemonitoring. The common goals of these applications are to optimally support caregivers, family members and care recipients in their daily activities, and to reduce the workload for everyone involved. Networking, technical monitoring, electronic data and automated documentation improve work processes for physicians, emergency personnel and caregivers. These applications also facilitate the exchange of data between individuals employed in different professions. The number of people who need care is expected to increase, so the AAL sector is becoming progressively more significant and attracting ever-greater investments in research and development.
AAL in practice: the I-CARE research project
AWO Karlsruhe will present its new I-CARE research project at the AAL convention, which is organized by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK). A technical system will be developed for tablet PCs in the context of the I-CARE project: this system records the personal needs and competencies of dementia patients and uses these data as a basis for making contents available to the affected individuals, their family members and their professional caregivers. More…