Gerresheimer Launches Open Innovation Program

The company is inviting individuals and companies to submit (digital) services and solutions for home therapy and the opportunity to receive €4,000.

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An innovative system and solution provider for the pharma and biotech industry, Gerresheimer, in collaboration with ekipa (an incubator for open innovation), is calling on startups, companies, students, researchers, and young professionals to enable or improve patient care at home with (digital) services and solutions. The best solution will be awarded €4,000 in prize money, and the winner can work with Gerresheimer on further development. The call for entries starts now and ends on August 27, 2023.

“The idea of allowing patients to continue treatment at home whenever the form of therapy allows is invaluable. We strongly believe that access to healthcare should be as convenient and easy as possible, especially for patients who are in an already challenging situation, for example during or after cancer therapy,” says Maike Wolf, head of innovation at Gerresheimer.

Gerresheimer aims to improve the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of home therapy with its innovative containment and drug delivery systems for the delivery of liquid medications. In addition, the company is working on the integration of digital technologies and remote monitoring capabilities to provide patients with seamless care and support.

For instance, the Gerresheimer on-body drug delivery device Gx SensAir®, a product platform for the delivery of large-volume and highly viscous biologics, makes life easier for patients receiving infusions, as they can take care of themselves over a longer period of time and—depending on the indication—only need to visit the doctor or hospital for check-ups.

By participating in the open innovation program with ekipa, Gerresheimer aims to help develop new therapy solutions across the healthcare value chain that meet the needs of many patient groups. Ekipa’s HealthTech Innovation Program calls for the development of new approaches or the application of existing solutions to jointly build sustainable and digital healthcare.


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