SPARK Europe attended this year's BIONNALE 2021. In the session “Cooperation and Venture Track”, Dr. Tanja Rosenmund (program manager at SPARK-BIH) introduced the SPARK concept and moderated the pitch session. Around 140 guests joint the virtual session. Five SPARK Europe teams presented their translational projects & business ideas on the virtual stage in form of 5-min pitches. The pitch session was followed by a Q&A session in a virtual breakout room.
SPARK-BIH was excited to see PD Dr. med. Boris Schmitt pitching on the virtual stage, whose project is currently being supported by SPARK-BIH and Stiftung Charite. Boris Schmitt and his team are working on a personalized, autologous heart valve solution for children and adults. With their innovative solution, the team is fulfilling an unmet clinical need. The valves are made from patient-donated tissue and are implanted using a low-risk transcatheter technique. The team's innovation eliminates the need for repeated heart valve replacement surgery and lifelong medication. In addition, the innovation provides a once-in-a-lifetime solution that is affordable for patients and healthcare providers worldwide. SPARKee Boris Schmitt co-founded the medical device company GrOwnValve, hoping to bring in near future the adult and children valves to the market.
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