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DESY and GWHH among partners in Health Innovation Port

HIP, Hamburg’s Collaboration Space for medical sector start-ups expanding partner network

Health Innovation Port (HIP) is welcoming two new Hamburg-based institutions into its partner network: DESY and Gesundheitswirtschaft Hamburg (GWHH). DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator facilities researching the structure and function of matter. GWHH is the cluster agency for Hamburg’s medical sector, seeking to further enhance the port city’s medical care and support the health sector. Founded by Philips in collaboration with medical insurer Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), HIP is the first and to date only co-working service with a clear focus on health in Hamburg.

Joining forces

As part of the knowledge-based startup scene, DESY is seeking to expand its activities in backing spin-offs and startups and to create an environment where forming new companies for high-tech products and services is facilitated. This means expanding tech transfer and a focus on promoting spin-offs. The centre is also intended as a starting point for launches and startups in the Hamburg region. “On the basis of this new collaboration, DESY and HIP will be able to bundle their complementary strengths, not only to promote their own startups, but to offer significant advantages in Hamburg as a business launch pad,” DESY Chief Technology Officer Arik Willner says.

Developing potential

Among GWHH’s tasks are networking the competencies of providers and players active in the medical sector in Hamburg – companies, universities, research and teaching institutions etc. Gesundheitswirtschaft Hamburg GmbH supports the construction and extension of sustainable collaborative structures and networks in and for the medical sector by drawing in actors from many different sectors,” GWHH chief executive Jan Quast says. “Our network of dynamic startups and established medical sector companies in the HIP have huge potential to generate innovation and to drive forward digitization in the medical sector.”

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