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Trinational 2020-10-21

Partnering with Trinational HealthTech Days

Be part of the Trinational HealthTech Days on the 21 and 22 of October organized by SEMIA, Lifescience Accelerator Baden-Württemberg, Basel Area Business & Innovation, Universität Basel and BadenCampus.

The event will connect successful HealthTech Start-ups from the tri-border region and North America with Corporates, Investors and Market Experts. The Trinational HealthTech Days will be held online and features experts who present you inspiring topics about how to successfully access the market with its national specificities!

We are pleased to contribute with our hub network from Berlin, Freiburg and Paris.

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Welcome Lisa

Let’s say hi to Lisa, our newest member of the healthcare hub team!

Lisa joins our team as a working student at our healthcare hub Freiburg. She is an open-minded master student bringing in strong intercultural competencies as she has been living in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and India. She is eager to use her academic expertise in behavioral science and technical systems to support digitally transform healthcare solutions in co-creation with our partners.

Besides her studies in the field of Socio Economics and International Information Systems, Lisa already gained experience worked for several global players in the automotive, automation and medical technology industry.

At our Healthcare Hub Freiburg, she will support the team and our partners across the innovation axis Berlin-Freiburg and will dedicate her master thesis to the development of market entry strategies and collaboration models for digital innovations beyond the pill.

In a nutshell, we are excited to have Lisa with her out-of-the-box-thinking mindset on board!

startup school HD 2020

Pfizer Healthcare Hub joins theStartup School "Healthcare in a Digital World" of heiINNOVATION

The Pfizer Healthcare Hub supports heiINNOVATION, the newly founded transfer agency of the University of Heidelberg, as cooperation partner.

The initiative supports potential and future founders from the healthcare sector. From October 5th to November 13rd, 2020, young scientists will go on a six-week innovation journey. In a start-up school, they will develop innovative and very concrete solutions for important challenges in the field of healthcare in a digital world.

Thus, the participants will also work on a task of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub. We are curious to see which innovative solutions the teams will develop during the six week programme on the question "How can digital applications promote patient empowerment in patients with metastatic tumour diseases and improve therapy satisfaction and treatment results?"

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Boost Up 2020

A Boost-Up for manufacturing in Europe – EIT manufacturing and the Pfizer Hub Freiburg partnering

BoostUp! is a European business competition organized by the Co-Location Center "Central" of EIT Manufacturing.

Target groups are entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs in the manufacturing sector. The event focuses on European companies and entrepreneurs with solutions to promote European manufacturing industry. BoostUp! will cover three categories: creating, accelerating and transforming. The application process runs until 6 September 2020 and the regional final (including the award ceremony) will take place on 23 September 2020 in Darmstadt.

We at the Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg will be proud to be part of the top-class and international jury.

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Welcome Hans

New team member in our Freiburg hub team: Engineer Dr. Hans Zebner

It is with great pleasure to announce Dr. Hans Zebner as a new member to our team at the Freiburg Healthcare Hub.

Hans describes himself as a »digital transformer since 40+ years« and that is for good reason: upon graduating from RWTH Aachen University and Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey he worked for the global technology corporations Bosch, Litton Industries, Telekom, Microsoft, Dell-EMC² and most recently for our cooperation partner netgo — always connecting engineering and manufacturing to information technology driven by the rationale to improve and accelerate processes.

With these interdisciplinary experiences and skills, Hans will now support our team. His focus will be on the

• implementation of current and the

• initiation of new start-up and spin-off cooperations in the areas of pharmaceutical production and packaging.

Welcome on board, Hans! 😊


New team member - we are looking forward to Dr. med. Antonin Kayser

We are pleased to welcome Dr. med. Antonin Kayser to our Berlin team since August 1st. He is a physician, is currently completing a traineeship in the field of oncology and was previously working for over 2 years as doctor at the Berlin Charité. With his passion for digital solutions in medicine, he will be responsible for driving forward cooperations with startups in the field of oncology. His practical experience will help to ensure that the solutions developed are even more closely aligned with the needs of patients and doctors. In addition, he also supports our Freiburg hub, for example through his active participation in the Start-up Summer School of heiINNOVATION at the University of Heidelberg - thus further strengthening the innovation axis of our two healthcare hubs in Germany

Antonin, welcome to the team, we are looking forward to exciting projects!


Joint project with ADULTY: Making our successes even more visible internally

From August onwards, the Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg will start a joint project with ADULTY. ADULTY is a qualification and career program from the Freiburg region for highly qualified parents of small children. In addition to classic training courses, the highly motivated and strictly selected ADULTY talents complete future projects of partner companies. ADULTY has the goal to bring children and career in line, to dissolve the negative stigmatization of parents and furthermore to implement an innovative form of work for the future.

The Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg has started numerous great start-up projects in the past two years. Starting on 1st August, three ADULTY talents will work on developing an internal marketing concept to make these successes even more visible within the global Pfizer network - with the power of three highly qualified mothers of seven children in total.

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Engineer Projectmanager Innovation

Job Posting: Engineer as Projectmanager Innovation


You have a degree in engineering and enjoy communication and working with start-ups?


Are you interested in topics such as Industry 4.0, Sustainability and Green Industry?


=> Then we look forward to receiving your application for our location in Freiburg!

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Zweiter Geburtstag

Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg celebrates its 2nd birthday

If July 14th, the French national holiday, is not a good omen:

On this day Hélène Geißler, Oana Elena Stürz and Peter Neske celebrate the second birthday of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg!

Together with the Healthcare Hub in Berlin and countless partners from start-ups, spin-offs and tech companies, the hub has succeeded in becoming a well-known address for innovators from all over Baden-Württemberg and the Berlin area. Innovative and sustainable solutions for the production of pharmaceuticals as well as life science topics have been realized in numerous projects.

Please feel invited to read more about the latest news in the "News" and "Stories" section.

Expedition Querweg

The Pfizer Healthcare Hub goes on a hike with the "innovation box”

Ina-Faye Bartikowski, moderator of the podcast "The Innovation Box", will walk 180 km in 10 days from Freiburg to Constance in 10 days at the end of August 2020 along the so-called ‘Querweg’. Several interview partners will each accompany her for a part of the way. Together they will get to the bottom of a question: What do I do with an idea?

The answers will help founders, companies and municipalities to act innovatively and imaginatively after the Corona crisis.

... and we are looking forward to join her for a part of her trip. At the same time, we are excited to gain many interesting insights from Ina-Faye‘s walks with other innovators.

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Startup meets Pharma 2020

Together for better health in Europe - EIT Health and the Pfizer Hubs partnering

EIT Health is one of the currently eight funded Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

EIT Health's Start-Ups Meet Pharma format is an acceleration programme that brings together start-ups developing innovative solutions for chronic health problems with leading European pharmaceutical partners. By bringing partners together, the program enables start-ups and pharmaceutical companies to tackle major healthcare challenges together.

We at the Pfizer Healthcare Hub are personally involved here as "External Partners" and looking forward to the exchange with European innovators.

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Find the Pfizer Healthcare Hubs on the new "Startinsland" landing page

"Knowledge, support, create - Concentrated know-how in your area here in Freiburg."

Following this motto, the new website of the Start-up:NET Region Freiburg offers answers to almost all questions of the Freiburg start-up scene:

Where is room for your ideas, where does the necessary money come from and who is there to support you?

Here you will find numerous helpful tips and information from start-up financing to target group marketing.

As network partner of the Start-up:NET Region Freiburg, we at the Healthcare Hubs Freiburg and Berlin look forward to get in touch with you.

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Patient with Cortrium device

Cortrium brings Covid-19 research a step forward

The Danish start-up Cortrium has been a Pfizer cooperation partner since 2017. With its long-term wireless ECG device, the company contributes to a study on cardiac arrhythmias in Covid-19 infections. The ACOVID study of the Herlev-Gentofte University Hospital in Copenhagen is intended to provide information on whether arrhythmias are an underestimated consequence of Covid-19. Covid-19 patients will be equiped with Cortrium's device so that heart activity can be measured over three months. The findings of this study should serve as a guideline and be useful for further research.

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Badencampus Start-Up Lab

BADENCAMPUS – partnering with the Start-up Lab Health

From 27th of May – Introduction – to 1st of July – DemoDay – the “Start-Up Lab Health” will take place in the Start-Up Accelerator BADENCAMPUS in the European city of Breisach am Rhein.


Who should apply?

  • You are interested in start-ups or the start-up scene.
  • You already have an idea or you would like to work on a given idea.
  • You want to learn about the development of a business model.


We from the Pfizer Healthcare Hub are on board as mentors and jurors and we are looking forward to meeting you in the lab.

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Freiburg Hackathon 2020

Pfizer Healthcare Hub is participating in the virtual Freiburg Hackathon 2020 "Smart & Digital Health”

From 22nd to 24th May, the Freiburg Hackathon 2020 will focus on the topic of "Smart & Digital Health" - thereby making a virtual contribution to the field of e-health. As a team, we are looking forward to networking with digital innovators and taking the first steps towards new joint collaborations. The focus this year will be on issues such as: Which digital tools can doctors use to simplify and accelerate their processes? How can the "customer journey" from the initial admission of patients to their discharge or recovery be improved? What possibilities are there for digitally networking the various players in the healthcare industry such as health insurance companies, social welfare services, clinics and patients? We are looking forward to meet you at the Hackathon.

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Peter Neske

Innovation management exclusively from the home office - it works!

On the digitalNOW blog of the DIGIHUB Südbaden Peter Neske, Innovation Lead Healthcare Hub Freiburg, shares his insights from the work during the corona crisis, what makes him optimistic and what he can be proud of during this special time. [German only]

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'SMART GREEN' – partnering with the GROW programme

As an industry partner of the SMART GREEN Start-up Accelerator, our Freiburg team works together with innovative thought leaders on promising, innovative projects in the fields of energy management, manufacturing and sustainability. At the Demo Day of the current GROW program of the SMART GREEN Accelerator on December 12, 2019, we presented our "green pharmaceutical production" on stage in the "Lokhalle Freiburg" at Kreativpark. The team provided insights into our ongoing cooperation with the start-up nxtBase technologies. After a series of specialist discussions between experts from Pfizer and the Potsdam-based provider of augmented reality solutions and products, a cooperation for a proof-of-concept for "hands-free" control work in the packaging of our production plant is in the making.


Peter Neske is Ambassador for the city of Freiburg’s 900th Anniversary in 2020

Peter Neske, Lead Pfizer Healthcare Hub Freiburg, is one of the city’s nine anniversary ambassadors. At the 900th anniversary, the well- connected networker will be primarily contributing to raising awareness of the city’s role in the fields of business and innovation.

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Innovative production in dialogue (iPiD) at our production site in Freiburg

How can we become faster, more innovative, better, more efficient and do more for the environment?” We warmly invite you to the event at our production site in Freiburg on November 20th2019. In dialogue with regional players in a series of themed workshops organised in collaboration with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Southern Upper Rhine and StartUp.connect, the start-up network of the Ortenau region, we will be sharing experiences and developing potential concepts for the optimisation of our own production.

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Start-up ‘Sprechstunde’ on the German Digital Healthcare Act

The German Digital Healthcare Act (DVG) has already been drafted, yet tangible criteria relating to digital healthcare applications (DiGAs) remain unclear. In the next Startup-‘Sprechstunde’ on November 28thwe will be discussing questions like ‘How will prescriptions by medical practitioners be made possible in the future?’. Together with the Health Innovation Hub (hih) of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and experts from Pfizer, we will be discussing implications of the German Digital Healthcare Act (DVG), will be giving practical tips and discussing alternate options.

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(Future of health)​x​ – An evening around exponential health developments

At a dinner event, digital pioneers and Pfizer colleagues asked themselves the following question: What does a desirable future healthcare system in 2035 look like? We took a special approach here, namely that all ideas be developed free of constraints and restrictions. This led, for example, to discussions between investors and Peter Albiez, Country Manager of Pfizer Germany, and unusual partners such as a health start-up founder and a gaming expert. The outcome was a number of promising ideas for a future healthcare system – stay tuned.


We welcome the new healthcare incubator ‘Health Vision Pioneers’

Since autumn of this year, a new healthcare incubator calls Berlin its home – the Health Vision Pioneers. With their concept, the founding members wish to provide assistance and support to specialists with a background in medicine or psychology who are planning to set up their own businesses. Between 2020 and 2022, their programme offers up to 40 participants the opportunity to develop their healthcare ideas, test them with real patients in everyday clinic situations and acquire the necessary business expertise. We from the Pfizer Healthcare Hub Berlin are accompanying the process as professional specialists and mentors.

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Specialist knowledge at first hand.

Trends, expert opinions and discussions – in-depth information and analyses of the latest developments in healthcare.


Thanks to perto's smart solutions: energy-efficient pumps in our production plant Freiburg

The energy industry needs more customer proximity, said Dr. Sebastian Schröer and Frank Krischok to themselves, and founded perto – a full-service energy efficiency service provider – in November 2016. Together with their team, the two founders developed a solution to help their customers save CO2, money and time in three steps. Since this year, the start-up's innovative solution is also being used in our production plant in Freiburg – and everything started with an introduction to the GROW program of the local Smart Green Accelerator in the ‘Kreativpark Lokhalle’.

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Peter Albiez, Country Manager Pfizer Germany, on the Pfizer Healthcare Hubs in Berlin and Freiburg

Pfizer has been an innovator in the healthcare segment for 170 years. ‘Innovation is our tradition and our future’ – as Country Manager Peter Albiez recently said about the Pfizer Healthcare Hub. In a guest article posted in our blog, he now provides exclusive insights into the reasons behind Pfizer’s decision to establish the hubs in Berlin and Freiburg

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A bureaucratic obstacle course - challenges for company founders in the German healthcare segment

The business model is viable, the business plan is clear and financing has been secured. At this point, the majority of founders are already faced by the next big challenge: a whole range of regulatory requirements that must be fulfilled before they can access their intended market. The number of regulations, laws and standards that must be borne in mind is enormous, especially in the German healthcare sector.

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Healthcare Hub Berlin - from a local lab to the starting point of a global hub network

The Healthcare Hub Berlin, the interface between Pfizer Germany, and founders and start-ups in the healthcare sector. A support programme for start-ups? Yes, but with a flexible and collaborative approach. In the following, we explain what the Pfizer Healthcare Hub is about and how it evolved.

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The Healthcare Hub Freiburg – shaping the future of pharmaceutical manufacturing

March 2018 saw the opening of the Freiburg Hub as a complement to the Hub in Berlin. The production site is not simply a driver of the manufacturing, production and rollout of new pharmaceuticals, it also searches for, identifies and encourages the further development of digital innovations.

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