Some of the Gothenburg startups coming to the Investors Forum are Ondosis, who developed a technology to simplify and customize the dose of medicine. The app and health portal SidekickHealth helps people make smarter decisions about diet, exercise and stress – where, like any digital game, you are rewarded for doing the right thing.

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Bayer selected SidekickHealth as one of 12 companies out of 1,800 G4A program applicants to join Dealmaker Day 2018, an exclusive event to connect with Bayer leaders and explore opportunities for collaboration on some of the world’s most pressing health challenges, including women’s health, radiology, oncology, and cardiovascular and kidney disease.

Bayer and G4A Dealmaker Day

As part of Bayer’s commitment to innovation, the company hosts the annual G4A Dealmaker Day event, bringing together promising technologies that support patients in addressing a broad range of health conditions. In 2017, more than 80 digital health innovators and Bayer experts joined up to study synergies and potential collaborations, leading to more than 10 partnerships.

Bayer’s expertise in life sciences spans more than 150 years, improving quality of life around the world through advancements in pharmaceuticals, consumer health, crop science and animal health. The company has an institutional commitment to delivering solutions that meet global health needs, reflected in their investment of €4.5 billion in research and development last year.

Dealmaker Day 2018

In 2018 Bayer received over 1,800 applications across the company’s G4A programs, and SidekickHealth was one of only a dozen startups invited to Berlin to present at G4A Dealmaker Day. More than 70 Bayer experts were involved in the selection process, evaluating solutions in 34 challenges across the company’s therapeutic areas.

On October 9, SidekickHealth’s co-founders Dr. Tryggvi Thorgeirsson and Dr. Saemundur Oddsson met with cross-functional business teams from Bayer at the company’s offices in Berlin to exchange ideas on disease prevention and management. The co-founders presented SidekickHealth’s clinically validated approach to digital therapeutics, which blends behavioral economics with gamification and artificial intelligence to support health behavior change.

SidekickHealth’s clinically validated platform engages people to make lifestyle changes and adopt health-improving habits. (Photo credit: SidekickHealth)

“Bayer has always been at the forefront of innovation in disease prevention and management, so we were thrilled to be invited to G4A Dealmaker Day and meet with their expert teams,” said Thorgeirsson. “There is a tremendous opportunity to empower people to reduce their risk of lifestyle-related diseases, and it’s exciting to explore how we can deliver effective tools to help realize that opportunity on a global scale.”

“We were honored to be chosen to join the innovators from Bayer and other technology leaders to share perspectives on the future of health care,” said Oddsson. “It’s clear that if we work together on the challenges facing patients, we can shape the future for the better.”

SidekickHealth’s co-founders (bottom left) sit in on the closing session at G4A Dealmaker Day in Berlin. (Photo credit: @grants4apps)

Science and Technology for a Better Life

We share Bayer’s conviction in developing new and patient-centered approaches to health, and G4A Dealmaker Day was a showcase for how we can meet today’s demands through a common purpose and spirit of innovation.

Today is the World Mental Health Day established by WHO. The reason why it was established is to raise and awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

We want to use this opportunity and shine some light to the outstanding startups we’ve worked with, who are helping people around the world to tackle mental issues in a various ways. Together with Samsung, we are excited about supporting brilliant ideas and brilliant people who make a change in the world. There is nothing better, but uplifting startups who are transforming society with the help of innovation and technology.

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Having consulted a handful of entrepreneurs and investors in the Nordic region, we arrived at 19 startups that we found especially interesting. (Sorry, Norway)

Admittedly, the lines between medtech, life science and digital health are blurred. We chose to focus on the latter category where big data or digital tech is at the core of a company’s offering.

All located in the Nordics and founded in the past 5 years (with one exception), the listed startups have shown fast progress and seem poised for big things.

Most of all, they provide a window into the future of healthcare.

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On Tuesday, June 19, SidekickHealth was honored to take the main stage to present our digital therapeutic platform at this year’s Roche Innovation Summit in Basel, Switzerland. Advancing through a competitive selection and evaluation process of 160 companies, SidekickHealth was one of two winners to earn this opportunity.

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