Health Innovation Space

Ideation Week | 06.11 – 10.11.2023

«Urgent tasks and challenges in healthcare demand innovative ideas and sustainable solutions»


With our first Ideation Week of the Health Innovation Space (HIS), we connect innovative students and young professionals with experts and investors from the healthcare sector.

What is the Health Innovation Space?

  • Our initiative concentrates on the ideation phase and connects to the larger St.Gallen Start-up ecosystem
  • We focus on generating ideas that solve relevant problems in the healthcare sector
  • We educate motivated founders on the specialties of the healthcare sector to create sustainable business models
  • We collaborate closely with other incubation/acceleration programmes such as Startfeld, Innovationspark Ost, and from the Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University St.Gallen


Application Process:

  1. Fill in the form below
  2. Submit your CV
  3. Outline your motivation in 3–5 sentences


Daria Bukanova-Berend




Andreas Berger – Advisory Board Chair, Klim; Advisory Board Member, share; Advisor & LP, Nucleus Capital

Prof. Dr. med. Carsten H. Meyer – Chief Physician Eye center Grischun

Dr. med. Christoph J. Reichlin – Project Manager, CSP AG Competence Solutions Projects

Jan-Hendrik Bürk – Partner, b2venture

Dr. Janna Hastings – Assistant Professor of Medical Knowledge and Decision Support Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich; Vice-Director School of Medicine, University of St.Gallen

Lisa van Maasakkers – Director People & Organization; Executive Board Member, RoMed Kliniken

Dr. med. Telemachos Hatziisaak – Head of GP Faculty, School of Medicine, University of St.Gallen (HSG) ; Family Doctor at PizolCare Praxis Wartau, Trübbach SG

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch – Professor for Digital Health Interventions, Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich (UZH), Director at the School of Medicine, University of St.Gallen (HSG) and Scientific Director, Centre for Digital Health Interventions at UZH, HSG and ETH Zurich

Dr. Volker Wendel – Founder and CEO, Sanoptis AG

Niklas Zender – Co-Founder, Famedly

Dr. vet. med. Yésica Hernández-Brichis – Medical Director, AstraZeneca

Dr. Marco Kuster -  Lead Vaccines & Immune Therapies, AstraZeneca

Dr. Michaela Metz - Lead Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, AstraZeneca

Dr. med. Thomas Campbell-James - Healthcare Medical Partner, AstraZeneca

Marie-Luise Stemmle – Commercial Director, Sanoptis AG

Dr. med. Rudolf Morant – President, Cancer League of Eastern Switzerland


06 November (Mon.) 07 November (Tue.) 08 November (Wed.) 09 November (Thu.) 10 November (Fri.)
09:00 // Welcome
& Intro
09:00 // Group
& Team Building
09:00 // Introduction &
Inputs from Experts
09:00 // Group work:
Elaboration of Ideas
09:00 // Pitch day
10:00 // Health
Systems & Health
Economics 101
10:00 // Intro to
Ideation Process
10:00 // Elevator
Pitches @ Experts
11:00 // Challenge 1:
Health Supply & Demand
12:30 // Lunch 12:30 // Lunch 12:30 // Lunch 12:30 // Lunch 12:45 // Lunch
13:30 // Challenge 2:
Chronic Diseases

13:30 // Group work:
Idea Generation

Output: Elevator

13:30 // VC Perspective
on the Health Care
Market & Pichdeck
Cont'd // Group work:
Elaboration of Ideas
14:00 // What could be next
14:30 // Challenge 3: 
Healthcare Digitization
& Change Management
14:30 // Group work:
Elaboration of Ideas
15:30 // Coffee Break 15:00 // Award
Ceremony & Apéro
16:00 // Start-up
Success Stories
16:00 // Elective 1:
Patient Journey
16:00 // Elective 3:
Innovation in outpatient care
17:00 // Apéro &
17:00 // Elective 2:
Objectives of Health Care Optimization
17:00 // Elective 4:
AI in Health Care