Accelerating medical solutions


To mark the occasion of Rare Disease Day 2021 on February 28, the Berlin Institute of Health spoke to SPARKee Prof. Peter Kühnen in the BIH podcast about hereditary obesity. Prof. Peter Kühnen studied in a clinical trial a new drug targeting a promising target for treatment of hereditary obesity. The SPARK-BIH / Validation Fund program funded the respective project of Prof. Peter Kühnen and Prof. Heike Biebermann.

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The CSP program is a recognized, modern career path in academic medicine that provides physicians with a structured residency training with defined space for clinical and basic science research. Submission deadline: 18.03.2021.

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An initiative by the "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung" (BMBF) together with the "Nationale Dekade gegen Krebs". Submission deadline: 27.04.2021.

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Dr. Panagiotis Fikatas, Senior Surgeon at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, invented a surgical device using a knot technology for minimally invasive surgery. Early prototyping and development work was significantly supported by the SPARK-BIH program with the Validation Fund and funds from the Stiftung Charité.


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The studies of Prof. Peter Kühnen on normalizing body weight were funded by the SPARK-BIH / Validation Fund program. He has now been awarded the Paul-Martini-Prize 2020.

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We are a mentoring network aiming to accelerate the translation of academic inventions into clinically relevant drugs, diagnostics and medical devices.

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Validate your research findings and translate them into therapies, products or services to help patients.


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Share your expertise with our SPARKees and participate in our program as SPARK advisor.

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