Annual report

EIT Health Spain

EIT Health Spain

Together for healthy lives in Europe

EIT Health is a vast, vibrant community of world leading health innovators backed by the European Union. Working across borders, we bring together the brightest minds from the worlds of business, research, education and healthcare delivery to answer the biggest health challenges Europe faces.

Our community includes approximately 150 world-class partner organisations, and works across borders to connect business, research and education. We call this meeting point the ‘knowledge triangle‘, where life-changing innovation happens.

EIT Health Spain aims to be the reference body to improve the quality of life of European citizens that mobilises the agents of health innovation in Spain, combining research, education and business, with the ability to drive and generate technology transfer, social and economic impact in the country.

Our goals

Strengthening healthcare systems in Europe

We want to overcome obstacles to innovation to improve Europe’s healthcare delivery and enable life-changing solutions.

Promoting better health of citizens

European citizens and patients sit at the centre of our organisation. That’s why we’re engaging people at every stage.

Contributing to a sustainable health economy in Europe

We want to create a fertile environment in which innovation can flourish.


EIT Health Spain has partners from six regions offering a vibrant innovation environment with close ties between business, universities, hospitals, research centres, and healthcare providers.

Core Partners

Associate Partners

Network Partners

A year in review



Owned events

People attended

Cross-KIC activities implemented



media impacts

495 online

48  print

7 TV


people reached

COVID Rapid Response

Rapid Response Program, launched to fund short-term projects to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
€ 1.2 million to Spanish projects to respond to COVID-19:

C3 Covid19 Central Control




Start-up rescue instrument, co-investment to help companies maintain business continuity


Make Connections, solution launched to allow people working in COVID-19 related tasks to share their on the ground needs and solutions.

International alignment on respirator sharing

Community Response, innovative initiatives showcase to share and learn from others within the EIT Health network.

25% initiatives from Spain

Highlights 2020

EIT Health Spain boosted innovation across the worlds of business, research and education. Our partners led and contributed to several activities in 2020, leading to the following facts and figures:


Projects led by Spanish partners

Start-ups supported

Graduates from EIT labelled MSc and PhD programmes

Products or services launched to the market

Start-ups created as a result of innovation projects

Business Creation Highlights


Attracted by EIT Health supported startups within 2020


Spanish partners involved in EIT Accelerator Activities

CaixaImpulse | Fundación La Caixa

A technology transfer accelerator programme that promotes the creation of new products and businesses in the areas of Medical and Health Sciences with the goal of creating value from the results of research and transferring them to society by reducing existing barriers and facilitating access to European markets.

CRAASH Barcelona | Biocat

A 12-week acceleration program that helps European teams launch successful device, diagnostic and digital health innovations to improve health and patient care. The goal is to move their technologies faster to the market testing and validating their business models hypothesis and connecting with KOLs through onsite visits to different EIT Health markets.

Living Labs & Testbeds | Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

A program that provides the benefits of accessing a network of living labs and test beds to entrepreneurs, so they can ideate, test and develop market-ready products and services with high added value and a high probability of success.

*In addition, 18 Spanish research projects have been supported through CaixaImpulse and 7 business ideas through Bootcamps.

Innovation Highlights


Projects with participation of Spanish partners


EIT funding for Spanish-led innovation activities

6MWT+ (Eurecat)

ABLE (Genesis Biomed)


Better@Home (SERMAS)

Chronic Pain (Tecnalia)

CKDSens (Hospital Clínic Barcelona)

FiSPLAT (Genesis Biomed)



MERLIN (Tecnalia)




RR C3 COVID19 Central Control (Hospital Clínic Barcelona)

RR CAR3D  (Fundació Sant Joan de Déu)

RR Certify.Health (Hospital Clínic Barcelona)


Education Highlights


Citizens and patients engaged in the activities


Executives and healthcare professionals trained

ActiveHip (SAS)

CALMA2 (Hospital Clínic Barcelona)

Ccentre (UB)


EXPERT3D (Hospital Sant Joan de Déu)

HealthyLoneliness (UPV)



OnCommunities (IDIBELL)

PREDIGIT (IESE Business School)

SAFE (ISGlobal)

StartUB! (eLab) (UB)

ToHealth (Biocat)


URBHealth (UPM)

YEAH (Fundació Sant Joan de Déu)

WE Health (IESE Business School)

Strategic Instrument

INNOV-DOCTOR is the EIT Health instrument to bridge the gap between clinical needs and innovative solutions.
It helps clinicians, doctors and nurses share healthcare innovations and bring them to the market.

Highlights 2020

Clinical Ambassadors

Innovation workshops

Start-ups meet doctors events

Memorandum of Understanding between Biomed Alliance and EIT Health