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22 Aug

Replay the WID-I4H Competition (Video on Demand)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • 10.00 – 10.10 Welcome address and introduction by:
    • Prof. Didier Pittet, MD, MS, WID Co-founder; Hospital Epidemiologist/Director of Infection Control Program & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at Univ. of Geneva Hospitals (HUG) and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Dr. François Gilardoni, WID Co-founder; Venture Capitalist and Innovation Expert, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 10.10 – 10.20 Welcome address:
    • Prof. Denis Hochstrasser, Vice-Rector, Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 10.20 – 10.45 Keynote 1: Innovation for Health: From Basic Science to Bedside … and beyond to Health Policy
    • Speaker: Prof. Francis Waldvogel, Chairman, Novartis Venture Funds; Chairman of the Board, Symbiotics SA Microfinance, Switzerland
  • SESSION 1: WID-I4H Competition – Round 1 – Competitors from Canada (W21C), Hong Kong (HKPU), South Africa (TIH) and Switzerland (HUG)
    • 10.45 – 12.15 Teams 1-6 pitch to Jury – “Scientific Pitch” (10 min. pitch & 3 min. Q&A)


  • SESSION 2: WID-I4H Competition – Round 2 – Competitors from Canada (W21C), Hong Kong (HKPU), South Africa (TIH) and Switzerland (HUG)

    • 14.00 – 15.30 Teams 7-12 pitch to Jury – “Scientific Pitch” (10 min. pitch & 3 min. Q&A)

  • SESSION 3: WID-I4H Competition – Grand Jury Q&A

    • 16.00 – 16.30 Teams 1 to 6 on stage
    • 16.30 – 17.00 Teams 7 to 12 on stage
  • SESSION 4:  “2 Mad Minutes” (inspired by W21C) (2 min. pitch; 2 min. Q&A)
    • 17.00 – 17.45   10 Best Poster pitches on stage
    • 17.45 – 18.00   6 Finalists Announced by Prof. John Conly, Founder W21C, Head of Dept. of Medicine at Univ. of Calgary, Canada
    • 18.00 – 19.30 Health Care Innovation around the World:
      • Canada, Dr. John Conly & Jill De Grood, Director at W21C (15 min.)
      • Hong Kong, Dr. Alex Molassiotis (15 min.)
      • South Africa, Dr. Boitumelo Semete (15 min.)
      • Switzerland, Dr. Xavier Comtesse (15 min.)
    • Panel Discussion (30 min.)

Friday, August 29, 2014 

  • SESSION 5: WID-I4H Competition – Round 3 (6 finalists selected on Aug. 28th)
    • 9.00 – 10.30 Teams 1-6 pitch to Jury – “Investor Pitch” (10 min. pitch & 3 min. Q&A)
    • 10.30 – 11.15 Keynote 2: The Current VC Investing Landscape for Healthcare
      • Speaker: Dr. Ralph E. Taylor-Smith, Venture Capitalist, General Partner at Battelle Ventures LP, USA

  • SESSION 6: WID-I4H Competition – Grand Jury Q&A

    • 11.45 – 12.15 Finalists on stage for jury Q&A
  • 12.15 – 12.30 Case Study: How we Raised $14 million!
    • Speaker: Dr Jurgi Camblong, CEO, Sophia Genetics SA, EPFL Innovation Park, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 12.30 – 13.00 McLean Sibanda (video on Innovation) & Best Moments of WID-I4H (video)
  • 13.00 – 13.30 Prize Ceremony 
    • Poster Prize: Prof. Osman Ratib, Chair of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Dept. of Medical Imaging and Information Sciences at HUG
    • Innovation for Health Award of Excellence: Prof. Alex Molassiotis, Endowed Professor in Health & Longevity/Head of School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 13.30 – 13.45 Closing Address by Ambassador Walter Fust, Chairman, African Innovation Foundation, Former Head of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • 13.45 End of WID-I4H

15 Apr


The WID-I4H Competition
The first World Innovation Day (WID), “Innovation for Health” (I4H) Competition, a pioneering initiative to promote innovation in health, is at the vanguard of healthcare and medical science. It recognizes that hospital staff, at any level, who live at the front lines of patient care, are in a unique position to identify and pioneer improvements in the system. Innovation Days provide the much needed encouragement, incentive and platform to bring ideas to life, inspire and instigate change on a local and global scale.

The Origin of the WID-I4H Competition
Every year since 2007 the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), in partnership with the Geneva Faculty of Medicine, has organized Innovation Days (IDs) where a multidisciplinary and international jury of experts analyzes more than 40 projects competing for the Innovation Day’s Academy Award. The innovations are often unconventional, ground-breaking, and always focused on patients’ health, safety, well-being and ultimately saving lives. The best projects selected by the jury are presented in a three-minute pitch to the scientific committee and the public.

Building on the success of the first Innovation Day held in Geneva in 2007, in 2012 Professor Dr. Didier Pittet partnered with François Gilardoni, Ph.D. to foster a global culture of innovation in Medical and Healthcare Science by promoting Innovation Days around the world. In 2013, the duo launched the World Innovation Day global initiative. Prof. Didier Pittet is a leading authority on patient safety. François Gilardoni is a venture capitalist, innovation expert and award- winning scientist.

The World Innovation Day Association
The World Innovation Day Association is a not-for-profit association, which aims to catalyze, nurture, promote and re-ward innovations at large that have a global, cultural, scientific, technological and/or social impact, including but not limited to, in public health, medical and healthcare science. In order to achieve its goal, the Association organizes global business innovation competitions that bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and industry, amongst other activities.

The World Innovation Day is constituted an association in accordance with the articles 60 and seq. of the Swiss Civil Code (the “CC“). It is established for an indefinite duration. The registered office of the Association is located in Geneva, Switzerland.