Patrick Boisseau, Deputy Head of Division, European Affairs at CEA-LETI and member of the Health EU steering board, presented the Health EU Flagship approach today at the CEO Summit 2018 in Brussels. The audience composed of 60+ industrial leaders in medtech and diagnostics companies was delighted about this foresight looking lecture. Some interesting questions about ethical and societal issues related to avatars or “when will it be available” gave rise for discussion and some very positive feedback was received during the coffee breaks.
Patrick Boisseau, Deputy Head of Division, European Affairs at CEA-LETI and Chairman of the ETPN, presented Health EU Flagship approach at ETPN 2018, Berlin, Germany, in a talk entitled: ''Human avatars to prevent and cure diseases Health EU vision for a sustainable future of the European healthcare'', attracting significant support and high interest from the audience for the Health EU Flagship.
Both of the EPFL projects that applied for the European Commission’s FET Flagship programme have successfully cleared the first hurdle. These projects are the Time Machine, headed by Frédéric Kaplan at the Digital Humanities Laboratory, and Health EU, run by Adrian Ionescu at the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (Nanolab). If selected, they will receive one billion euros over ten years as part of the European Commission’s ambitious funding programme.
With Health EU, everyone will one day have their own medical avatar – a virtual replica of themselves featuring their own personal data – that could improve the way their health is managed and the treatments they are given. This international project, led by a consortium headed by EPFL and the University of Twente, aims to achieve enhanced disease prevention, early diagnosis, more accurate monitoring and customized, targeted administration of medicines and treatments, especially for increasingly common diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular, chronic and neurodegenerative disorders.
The Time Machine is based on the Venice Time Machine (VTM), a project that started in 2012 and served as a proof of concept. The VTM aimed to build a multidimensional model of the city that spans the past millennium, using millions of historical documents stored in a variety of formats. After five years, the project team has scanned 190,000 records from the Venice State Archive along with 720,000 photographs and 3,000 books on Venice’s history. The objective of the Time Machine is to replicate the VTM across Europe. It will create a large-scale simulator for mapping 2,000 years of European history and turning the huge archives and sizeable museum collections into one big digital information system.
A total of 33 projects from universities across Europe have applied for the programme, which is intended to support future and emerging technologies (FET). Only 17 of them – just over half – were selected for the second round, scheduled to end on 18 September 2018.EPFL also plays a key role in a third project in the running for a FET Flagship, Robotics Flagship, which made it through to the second round as well.
The full EPFL press release including more information about the proposals you can find here.
Professor Ben Feringa, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of molecular machines, expresses his appreciation of the Health EU proposal: “This is a very ambitious programme that combines modern science and technology to create new opportunities for the future of healthcare and keep it affordable.”
Professor Feringa is a pioneer in the field of molecular engines, catalysis and smart medication.
Excellent news: The European Commission has invited the Health EU proposal to enter the next stage of competition for the selection of new EU Flagships for Future and Emerging Technologies.
We are thrilled to be one step closer to the realisation of our dream: a revolution in personalized healthcare and disease prevention system in Europe, based on human avatars of healthy individuals and patients for the prevention, interception and cure of disease.
The Health EU coordinating organisation, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has published today a press release presenting the project. Enjoy reading!
The Health EU phase 1 proposal has been submitted successfully yesterday!
It is one of 33 proposals submitted to the topic FETFLAG-01-2018: Preparatory Actions for new FET Flagships.
The results for phase 1 of the evaluation should be known in 3 months from now.