Musculoskeletal Disorders in different áreas – Osteoartritis / Source: https://sites.tufts.edu/humanfactorshiyuwang/2018/03/30/musculoskeletal-disorder/

Big Data to deal with Musculoskeletal Disorder

Musculoskeletal conditions affect people along their life everywhere. According to a study from the Global Burden of Disease, about 20-30% of worldwide population lives with a painful musculoskeletal condition.

While the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions increases with age, younger people are also affected, often during their peak incomeearning years. Nowadays, Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSDs) are the most common reason of work disability, sick leave and early retirement of people under 50 all over the world, more than any other disease like cancer or diabetes.

MSDs, as the word already explains itself, is a kind of disorder affecting people’s musculoskeletal system, typically characterized by pain (often persistent pain) and limitations in mobility, dexterity and functional ability, reducing people’s ability to work and participate in social roles with associated impacts on mental wellbeing, and, at a broader level, impacting as well on prosperity of communities. Most common and disabling musculoskeletal conditions are osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, fractures associated with bone fragility, injuries and systemic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Musculoskeletal conditions share some similar risk factors to other non communicable diseases, such as inadequate physical activity, obesity, smoking and poor nutrition.

While management of some musculoskeletal conditions often requires specialist and/or surgical care, many musculoskeletal conditions can be managed in primary care services through a combination of core non-pharmacologic interventions, such as exercise, and psychological and pharmacologic therapies.

Moreover, health and broader social cost of musculoskeletal conditions are very relevant, although spending on musculoskeletal conditions is challenging to measure, due to the vast array of musculoskeletal conditions and limitations of surveillance systems.

According to the World Health Organization, MSDs conditions comprise more than 150 diagnoses which affect to the locomotor system. So hence, potential value of the annual sector is estimated around 300 trillion Dollars worldwide. Two thirds of this amount may derive from the costs saving for the National Health Service, and at a
European level this saving is estimated to be of 100 million Euros.

Bearing this context in mind, MDURANCE SOLUTIONS is a start-up based in Granada (Spain), part of the Technological trampoline network (CESEAND, RTT) and focused on the field of Digital Health.

Specifically, it’s been developed an auxiliary tool for the evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), based on an advanced analysis of signals generated by Electromyography (EMG Surface electromyography is the analysis of the electrical activity of muscles. Its aim is to detect and assess neuromuscular pathologies through the
evaluation of the health and performance of your patient’s musculature), and pursuing that this technique could be effectively used by Health professionals.

Main challenge of this project has consisted on unifying different technologies, such as Big Data, Wearables and Artificial Intelligence, to provide a deeper and more useful knowledge in the field of physical health and wellness. At the end, it’s been developed an intuitive digital tool designed to be used by a wide range of professionals, from the most expert specialist to a general physiotherapist in a high-performance sport center.

Wearable EMG sensor: Muscle activity controlled Source https://www.mdurance.eu

Wearable EMG sensor: Muscle activity controlled
Source https://www.mdurance.eu

Project mDurance is basically a wearable EMG sensor, integrated with an application for mobile devices, which sends signal data to a private cloud service, where all data are stored, processed and analysed through data mining and Big Data.

Over years of research, company has developed new algorithms to improve analysis. By applying these algorithms and AI technology to collected data, integrated system can provide reliable conclusions within only 5 minutes, being able to instantly detect the root cause of a patient’s problem. Thereby, it is possible to target the most effective treatment, providing so the highest impact therapy and shortening therefore the recovery period.

 

Main features of mDurance system might be summed up as follows:

• Biofeedback therapy: facilitating the process of learning exercises.
• Verify muscular anomalies.
• Objectively assess the muscle fatigue.
• Measure and objectively analyze muscle strength and development
• Detect muscle asymmetries: allowing to correct asymmetries in real time.
• Results processed in less than 30 seconds
• Access to results from any device.
• Build extensive reference material.
• Rapid assessments thanks to intuitive reports.
• Optimize peak performance times: reducing the likelihood of injury.

mDurance system interface in different devices: Muscle activity controlled Source https://www.mdurance.eu

mDurance system interface in different devices: Muscle activity controlled
Source https://www.mdurance.eu

One of the main factors for the project’s success has been the multidisciplinarity of the team, collecting knowledge and skills from different areas, which has been essential in the management and development of the project.

Another key factor has been the ACTTiVAte acceleration program, which facilitated to a large extent the boost of innovation. In this sense, although some parts of technology were developed and validated before joining to ACTTiVAte, however, acceleration carried out within program leaded to implement new functions, such as the
improvement in algorithms’ sensitivity and prediction capability, making possible to get ready mDurance for larger scale testing.

The main results of the development done within the ACTTiVAte project are:

• A new, very intuitive digital product CE Class II Certification.
• SME Instrument Phase 1.226.000 Euros from NEOTECNeotec Capital Riesgo.
• Cross4Health selected SMEs within its 2st Acceleration Programme. (mDurance will receive a voucher of up to
60.000 Euros to contract an external service to help boost their innovation)

Expectations from project are very high. Opportunity timing is clear, and project may help to palliate MSDs, improving life quality of many people.

ACTTiVAte, a reference in fostering cross-sectoral tech transfer

ACTTiVAte has directly promoted half a hundred cross-sectoral technology transfer projects, and laid the foundations for the development of new value chains involving different sectors and countries.

1.5 million euros of direct financing have been allocated to these SMEs, and 4.3 million euros in business support services (information, training and facilitation of access to relevant stakeholders, mainly).

The beneficiary SMEs have also been able to raise close to 1.7 million extra-funds in 2018, according to the information they have provided. This more than doubles the direct financial support provided by ACTTiVAte that year. In addition, they have invested about 4.5 million euros in their innovative projects, without including the ACTTiVAte funds.

These are just some of the quantitative results of the initiative, whose impact on SMEs is far-reaching. In fact, SMEs give ACTTiVAte a global score of 4.4 points out of 5 and SMEs appreciate the non-financial support received (especially training).

At the same time, ACTTiVAte offers a reference for the promotion of cross-sectoral technology transfer, carried out by European SMEs and with the aid of cluster organizations and other business support entities, as a means of stimulating and promoting regional innovation ecosystems.

The results of the initiative, along with the role of clusters, the challenge of cross-sectoral innovation and a selection of promising projects supported by ACTTiVAte, were presented at the final conference, under the title “Fostering cross-sectoral technology transfer in Europe: Lessons and prospects from the European project ACTTiVAte”. It took place at DES2019 (Madrid, 21st – 23rd May 2019).

One of the speakers, Mercedes Delgado, Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School, and Research Scientist at the MIT Innovation Initiative, highlighted the figure of the “clusters as the key players for boosting innovation”. She detailed the main characteristics of the clusters and affirmed that they are everywhere and in every sector. Although she considers important to pay more attention to the traded industries (vs local industries), in terms of taking advantage of the benefits linked to cluster agglomerations, as well as identifying ecosystems and companies that are producing specialized inputs for other industries (more downstream linkages and more agglomeration benefits); so as not to create clusters from scratch, where there are still no companies. Then, to be located in appropriate ecosystems is vital for startups; as their performance depends not only on strategy, but also on location.

Anna Sobczak, EU policy-making expert for clusters and emerging industries at the European Commission (EC), stated that the EC is using clusters to support SMEs, taking into account that clusters are facilitators and bridge-builders for innovation. In the EU there are more than 3,000 strong regional clusters in related industries. The EC is promoting the building of bridges across European ecosystems through cluster partnerships, using three pillars: clusters as accelerators for innovation and industrial change, capacity building (Cluster Excellence Program), and inter-regional and international cluster cooperation. In addition, cross-sectoral collaboration has been one of the themes highlighted in the framework of the awareness-raising campaign across Europe on the role of clusters and their impact (developed between November 2018 and April 2019).

In the panel discussion on the cross-sectoral innovation the main stakeholders were represented: startups (through Vitulo Plus), clusters / sectoral support agencies (Oost NL), mentors / business advisors (Agnieszka Klucznik – Törö, ACTTiVAte mentor) and investors (Spain New Ventures Lead, Johnson&Johnson). They highlighted some key factors such as the importance of customer validation to bring an idea to the market, and of maintaining a continuous learning attitude and a global vision, among others. Regarding the clusters’ value, it was affirmed that clusters contribute with infrastructures to the needs of SMEs and facilitate their arrival to potential clients. They also bring and share values, and build relationships, making sure that SMEs get the right connections. Moreover, in relation to ACTTiVate, according to the CEO of Vitulo Plus, Gary Antonius, it has enable them to be quicker (time to maker was improved) and it has facilitated the access to complementary financing.

Also, nine SMEs supported by ACTTiVAte had the opportunity to present their projects at the event: Chamco (Agrofood & Health), CiTD (Aerospace & ICT), Clover BioSoft (ICT & Health), Destina Genomics (Health & Agrofood), DNActive (Health & Agrofood), Fastinov (Health & Agrofood), IXL (Health & Agrofood), Mater Dynamics (ICT & Agrofood) and mDurance (ICT & Health). Three of them (Chamco, DNA Active and Mater Dynamics), together with Vitulo Plus, also participated in a final round table in which various aspects of “the Journey through the project” were addressed.

By Afi, Analistas Financieros Internacionales

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ACTTiVAte’s Final Conference at #DES2019. Madrid, May 22

The Digital Enterprise Show (DES2019) has been the framework chosen by the European project ACTTiVAte to celebrate its final conference under the title ‘Fostering cross-sectoral technology transfer in Europe: Lessons and prospects from the European project ACTTiVAte‘ with the assistance of the most relevant actors and a selected number of companies funded by this initiative.

Great success. Thanks to all!

Digital Enterprise Show is a global expo with over 300 world’s top tech companies, Congress with 450 world’s best digital experts, and 21,000 visitors, who gather every year in Madrid to discuss how the digital changes the business, to acquire the crucial knowledge, skills and solutions to shape their industries’ future.

DES has been the framework chosen by the European project ACTTiVAte to celebrate its final conference.

The ACTTiVAte initiative, promoted by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 691473), with a duration of three years (ends next May 31), aims to boost the development of business ecosystems integrated by innovative SMEs and in which the transfer of technology among different key sectors is favored.

The Consortium is composed by thirteen members, six of them are Cluster organizations (or similar enabler entities).These clusters have played a key role, from the identification of potential beneficiary companies, to the monitoring of projects and direct support to SMEs. Madrid Aerospace Cluster is the coordinator.

ACTTiVAte has contributed to the development of 50 cross-sectoral technology transfer projects, involving six participating countries (Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Poland) and four sectors (Aerospace, Agrofood, Health and ICT), with 1.5 million euros of direct financing to SMEs and an extra 4.3 million euros in Business Support Services such as information, training and networking / access to stakeholders…

All projects have achieved important progress in several fields linked to SME development mainly in relation to training, strategic skills development, networking and innovation process improvement.

Final General Assembly Meeting, Dublin

DES 2019: Digital Enterprise Show

• The European project ACTTiVAte will be at the Digital Enterprise Show, the world’s leading event dedicated to Digital Transformation in Madrid, 21-23 May 2019 (IFEMA Hall 8 – Stand D407)
• Under the title ‘Fostering cross-sectoral technology transfer in Europe: Lessons and prospects from the European project ACTTiVAte’ , will celebrate its Final Conference on May 22.

Digital Enterprise Show is a global expo with over 300 world’s top tech companies, Congress with 450 world’s best digital experts, and 21,000 visitors, who gather every year in Madrid to discuss how the digital changes the business, to acquire the crucial knowledge, skills and solutions to shape their industries’ future.

DES has been the framework chosen by the European project ACTTiVAte to celebrate its final conference.

The ACTTiVAte initiative, promoted by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 691473), with a duration of three years (ends next May 31), aims to boost the development of business ecosystems integrated by innovative SMEs and in which the transfer of technology among different key sectors is favored.

The Consortium is composed by thirteen members, six of them are Cluster organizations (or other enabler entities).These clusters have played a key role, from the identification of potential beneficiary companies, to the monitoring of projects and direct support to SMEs. Madrid Aerospace Cluster is the coordinator.

ACTTiVAte has contributed to the development of 50 cross-sectoral technology transfer projects, involving five participating countries (Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Ireland and Poland) and four sectors (Aerospace, Agrofood, Health and ICT), with 1.5 million euros of direct financing to SMEs and an extra 4.3 million euros in Business Support Services such as information, training and networking / access to stakeholders…

All projects have achieved important progress in several fields linked to SME development mainly in relation to training, strategic skills development, networking and innovation process improvement.

Coinciding with the end of this initiative, ACTTiVAte’s Final Conference will be held on May 22, under the title ‘Fostering cross-sectoral technology transfer in Europe: Lessons and prospects from the European project ACTTiVAte‘ with the assistance of the most relevant actors and a selected number of companies funded by this initiative, which will present their projects.

Download the Press release here.

ACTTiVAte’s Innovation Forum in Porto

Last Friday took place the Workshop: ‘Transfer of technologies as a path to innovation in the health and agrifood sectors’, organized by INEGI at Alfândega do Porto (Portugal).


Eugenio Fontán from Madrid Aerospace Cluster (ACTTiVAte’s coordinator) presented the ACTTiVATe project. Luís Pina, INEGI’s Research Coordinator, gave an overview of the projects funded by ACTTiVAte, and several SMEs presented their demonstrative prototypes of the technologies that have been transferred to the health and agrifood sectors:

  • Luisana Carvalho from IncreaseTime presented ESCaPe, a T-shirt with integrated sensors in the fabric, a telehealth system that allows continuous monitoring of the cardiovascular patients. More information
  • Robert Pater from HealthSens presented CoolPet to medical device, HealthSens fever monitor ICT to medical device transformation. More information
  • Luís Bastião from BMD software presented NetPathology, a digital platform that promises to facilitate the work of pathologists. More information
  • Alfredo Silva  from  Inova + presented BloC@ST, Protection of sensitive patient data using an innovative multi-layer blockchain approach. More information
  • Nélson Oliveira from BestHealth4U, presented Bio2Skin, a novel glue-less adhesive solution for medical applications avoiding skin injury in prolonged use or upon removal. More information
  • Ferdinando França Andrade from FASTINOV, presented FAST-vet a Flow cytometry Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test for Veterinary. More information
  • Tiago Cunha Reis from Mater Dynamics presented QStamp, passive and wireless flexible sensors for the Agrifood sector. More information
  • Gary Antonius from VKON
  • Artur Thielmann from Fine Bubble Technologies presented BubbleFoot, a treatment of diabetic foot by bathing in water enriched with carbon dioxide nanobubbles. More information

Afterwards, a discussion was promoted with Portuguese and European public funding agencies and innovation investment funds on the existing funding mechanisms for technology transfers through two round tables: ‘Innovation in Health sector – from SMEs to big corporates’ was attended by Luís Soares (Strategy Director – Health Cluster Portugal), Rita Ralha (Innovation Lead – Grupo José de Mello Saúde) and Ricardo Cruz Correia (Co-founder – HealthySystems); ‘MDevNet: National Network for Knowledge Transfer on Medical Devices’ was attended by Nuno Felício (MDevNet Project Manager/ Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS) and ‘Financing mechanisms for innovative SMEs’ was attended by Alexandre Marques (GPPQ/ ANI – Portuguese National Innovation Agency).

The event ended with B2B meetings with companies from the two sectors.

ACTTiVAte Tech Comm Academies in Brussels

On the 30th and 31st of January and 1st and 2nd of February, ACTTiVAte Tech Comm Academy took place at EBN Innovation Network.

ACTTiVAte selected projects attended a specific training focused on the technology transfer/commercialization process of their innovative developments.

The main objective pursued with this activity is to offer the awarded SMEs the opportunity to carry out an assisted process of strategic thinking and planning focused on their projects´ business development.

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ACTTiVAte project

ACTTiVAte Call for proposal: The evaluation and selection has been completed

The evaluation and selection has been completed. All proposers have been informed about the evaluation results for their proposal for financial support.

A total of 124 eligible proposals were received for this call.

  •  30 proposals will receive funding for a total amount of 46.000,00 EUR plus a full package of business support services.
  •  In addition, 20 proposals will receive funding for a total amount of 6.000,00 EUR plus a limited package of business support services

 

Should you wish to review the results of your proposal click below to access the proposal management platform with your username and password.

ACTTiVAte Evaluation Committee Meeting

Brussels, 24-25 october 2017.
Final results will be published the first week of November.

If you have submitted a proposal and would like to review its status you may click here.

The selected SMEs will receive direct funding of up to EUR 46.000 to develop their innovative projects and will also benefit from additional business support services such as technology commercialization training workshops, mentoring, brokerage events, mobility exchange programs, investment forums and investment readiness trainings to ensure the innovative projects develop a marketable product.

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