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The DCB Open Innovation Challenge enters the next round

Diabetes tech startup DJ funding: DCB Open Innovation Challenge enters next round

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Bern (pts012 / 03/02/2022/11:00) – For the second time, the Diabetes Center in Bern issues the Open Innovation Challenge with the aim of promoting innovative projects at the Swiss and international levels in the field of diabetes management. Participating startups benefit from the opinions of professional experts, and the top three projects in the Diabetes Devices and Digital Diabetes categories get access to a bootcamp. Finalists can look forward to prize money of up to $100,000, including more support. The DCB Innovation Challenge is one of the world’s largest diabetes awards with international appeal.

More than 537 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, which means a constant challenge in the daily lives of those affected. Technological innovations make an important contribution here to making diabetes easier to manage. Whether it’s to measure your glucose level or even now to plan the required amount of insulin via the app. However, despite these tremendous advances in diabetes technology, there remains a great unmet need for innovative technical solutions. These are intended to help reduce the daily life challenges caused by diabetes and to improve the long-term quality of life for people with diabetes.

Two categories: “Diabetes devices” and “Digital diabetes”.

Glucose metering was the focus of the first edition of the 2021 Open Innovation Challenge. The startup company GlucoSet, which developed the glucose metering system for intensive care units, was selected as the winner. There are two categories in the new edition of the 2022 Innovation Challenge: on the one hand for medical devices such as insulin pens, insulin pumps or sensors for continuous glucose measurement. On the other hand, for digital solutions such as diabetes management apps, which can include monitoring glucose and nutrition levels and sharing information with other patients.

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The starting signal for the “Diabetes Devices” category will be at the beginning of March 2022, and for the “Digital Diabetes” category at the beginning of August 2022. After the first round and feedback from the expert jury, he enters the top 20 mentorship programmes. The top three will be invited to an individually designed training camp. On November 30, 2022, the winning project will be selected by an international jury and will be rewarded with $100,000 including further support such as training. The second and third places are worth $60,000 and $40,000, respectively. The DCB Open Innovation Challenge is one of the world’s largest diabetes awards with an international reputation. Beginners and professionals in medicine and research, but also individuals can apply.

Bridging the gaps with translational approaches

“At DCB, we want to bridge the gaps between ideas, clinical studies, and startups through innovation. We are also pursuing this goal through the DCB Open Innovation Challenge, which connects startups, mentors, businesses and the international diabetes community. So we can help truly innovative ideas in diabetes management achieve Significant progress. Not only through funding, but also through targeted support from our partner network,” says Dr. Marine Shines, responsible for the DCB Open Innovation Challenge.

About DCB The Diabetes Center Berne is a private, independent Swiss organization founded in 2017. Helping research projects and business ideas grow. Headquartered in Switzerland, DCB offers projects worldwide, access to clinical research facilities as well as its own laboratories and workplaces, and provides financial resources. It is located in the site building complex on the Insel campus in the Swiss capital, Bern. DCB works in close scientific partnership with the Department of Diabetology, Endocrinology, Nutritional Medicine and Metabolism at Inselspital Bern (UDEM), a university hospital with an international reputation in diabetes technology.

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