Launched in Barcelona the Design Health Barcelona initiative to foster a radical change in hospital innovation

16 May 2013

d•HEALTH Barcelona is a training program that seeks to create products that address real unmet needs with the collaboration of three main hospitals in Catalonia, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and Guttmann Institute. This program puts together fellows from different specialities to accelerate the healthcare technology innovation cycle.


The 16th April, it was presented in Barcelona a ground-breaking training program to boost innovation, in which real hospital needs become the foundation for new technology to improve the quality of patient care. Inspired by the prestigious Stanford Biodesign Fellowship and FutureMed (Singularity University) programs, d·HEALTH Barcelona is the flagship program of Moebio, Biocat’s new commitment to developing entrepreneurial talent in the health and life sciences sector.

"Design Health Barcelona is a talent incubator to foster entrepreneurial initiatives focused on medical innovation”, says Montserrat Vendrell, CEO of Biocat. “Healthcare is changing at a very fast pace. To overcome challenges such as population’s ageing and the rise of chronic diseases and to make health sector economically sustainable we need to implement new initiatives able to provide the solutions the society demands."

Biodesign: innovation’s engine

In recent years, our knowledge in life sciences has increased exponentially and technology has become increasingly complex. At the same time, providing quality health care has become more difficult and expensive. There are many medical needs, some obvious and others that have not been identified even by the people closest to them. Innovation in healthcare offers huge opportunities for entrepreneurs, but is also a challenging field that requires new, interdisciplinary approaches.

Biodesign is a discipline that can be taught and learned. The biodesign innovation process was developed by Stanford University in its Stanford Biodesign Fellowship over a decade ago to help both novel and experienced innovators increase their likelihood of success. To date, it has graduated over 120 fellows and 700 students who have started 26 companies, raising over $200 million and creating over 500 new jobs. More importantly, far more than 150.000 patients have been benefited by technologies developed at the Program.

Biocat, with the collaboration of the European project HealthTIES, intends to raise awareness among students organising presentations during the next two months to different target audiences, such as the School of Medicine, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Eina Design School or the School of Engineering of Barcelona. d·HEALTH Barcelona will also be presented in other forums like the entrepreneurship event bizbarcelona

Take a look to the agenda of the presentations here.