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Impressions of External Innovation Think Tank (eITT) Exhibition 2021

 Prof. Sultan Haider                                                                                                           Founder and Global Head of Innovation Think Tank                                                       Siemens Healthineers

“The circumstances in the last year taught me to appreciate everything around me. Before pandemic also we were working in a global environment however it was considered essential to meet people in person for most of the decisions. This limited the number of interactions and projects and changes which could be implemented even during a work life span. Most importantly our trusted relationships helped us in these difficult times to further work on joint projects, define new focus areas, create local innovation infrastructures that address challenges of the host institutions and create new partnerships between various institutions.”

Dr. Peter Schardt                                                                                                                    Chief Technology Officer                                                                                                        Siemens Healthineers

“I think it is impressive how ITT has developed, from the early days, which I have also witnessed, into really are a global brand to ideate and also co-create for future products and solutions. And what is really most important, is not primarily looking at what is the next future business, it is about what the next pressing medical need is, which we really have to address together in order to give relief not only to the healthcare systems globally, but in particular the patients.”

Dr. Christoph Zindel                                                                                                        Member of the Managing Board                                                                                          Siemens Healthineers

 “We do not innovate for the sake of innovation. It needs to support quality of life for the patients and cost reduction for the healthcare systems. Thus, I’m very happy to welcome you to today’s Annual Innovation Think Tank Exhibition. It’s really great to see that the ITT community – along with its co-creation labs and programs – is continuously growing. This is for sure a community that is characterized by many friendships. I also hope that I will have the pleasure to see many of you at next year’s Annual Innovation Think Tank Exhibition – in person! I’m convinced that innovation is fueled by personal interactions.”  

Prof. Ali Haberal                                                                                                                            Arzu Firlarer

"As Başkent ITT, which is carried out in cooperation between Siemens Healthineers and Başkent University and Başkent Hospital Group, we have been serving the purpose of implementing innovative medical products and ideas since the day it was founded. I am happy for the continuity of our cooperation and the implementation of business ideas, including the development of start-up projects, in order to ensure repeated and sustainable development in the field of medicine with Başkent ITT”.

Ms. Arzu Fırlarer, who is the director of a Baskent Technology Transfer Office and our ITT coordinator at Baskent ITT continued the keynote, presenting the best practices Başkent ITT has showcased throughout the years.

Ms. Arzu Fırlarer

“In partnerships with ITT, we are developing different ideation programs. Now we are especially focusing on the health technologies, but with the development of Baskent University Biotechnology Development Center, we are also developing different projects for the biotechnology field, which can be related to Innovation Think Tank group… eITT is a very great chance for us to meet all global ITT locations. And we hope that after today, we develop new projects with ITT worldwide and get other grants to realize our dreams and ideas.”

Dr. Michael Moreno                                                                                                                  Dr. Roderick Pettigrew

“When you think about what EndMed’s goal is and what our mission is, it just aligns so well with the Siemens Healthineers Innovation Think Tank is doing. When we first introduced to this concept, we got very excited about working with them and collaborating with them… We actually had our first event a couple of weeks ago and actually went really, really well. So our goal is 50 student participants per year as we go forward and so we really look forward to advancing the program.”

Prof. Michael Friebe

“I am very happy to say that the that Innovation Think Tank that we have established is actually doing very well. We are having joined PhD students now, with some clinical partners. We're actually having relatively high impact journal papers that we wrote together. So, all the things that I did not believe would be possible to do with such a big company are actually happening with such a great setup… I think we'll do a lot of good things in the future and I'm looking forward to that as well.”

University of South Carolina                                                                                              Innovation Think Tank Lab

"Siemens Healthineers Innovation Think Tank has critical strengths which can inspire a lot of people around the world with its access to the talents all around the world. ITT provides opportunities to multiple people from different backgrounds to work on the same problem. That's why I find this initiative very important. And I feel, personally, very lucky to be part of this network since 2015, to see how it progresses and how it continues to create the impact of innovation to solve real world problems."

Charles Harr

Dr. Charles Harr

“It was a great honour to participate last year as the inspirational speaker, for the Georgia Tech Innovation Think Tank Program. The quality of the work presented there inspired WakeMed to start the journey of initiating an Innovation Think Team at our institution and we're early in that but we are looking forward to that. WakeMed Health and hospitals entered last year in September of 2020 into to a collaborative agreement with Siemens to create a new method of partnership to Advanced Imaging Excellence.”

Dr. Ata Akin

“The medical engineering program at Acibadem University, in Istanbul was developed on the idea that we teach our students, the ways of biodesign from Stanford University, which we were inspired a lot, but there was something missing. I think with Sultan we found that missing pieces. He's a person who inspires and motivates everyone. Together with Sultan and Siemens Healthineers Turkey teams, we immediately understood what should be done in Turkey, with regards to our medical engineering program. And throughout these last four years, we have done many activities together. It was obvious that, engineering ways and coming up with wonderful ideas, didn't actually work all the time. So we had to go back and talk with these people and this is what we learned from ITT. So in a sense, we also evolved in our understanding of innovation, in clinical settings.”

Dr. Osama Abdullah                                                                                                                      Prof. Rafael Song

“We visited Erlangen and we were introduced, to Doctor Sultan and his team in 2018 and, within a half-hour, we realized the value ITT can bring to our students and researchers at NYU AD. And since then, we hosted at NYU AD two ITT certification programs. The ITT certification program is a staple for all our new engineering student. It's almost part of the curriculum now that they're expected to perform and our relationship with the ITT is moving forward, full speed. Doctor Sultan is a member at our scientific advisory committee and we have several internal and external research projects and grant applications including project we started two weeks ago.”

Prof. James Moore

“We are pleased to host next year with an ITT event at Imperial College. I'm in the department of bioengineering there and we have one of the largest departments of bioengineering in Europe and it would probably be top 10 in the States. We have 55 academics and each one coming up with fantastic ideas that can really have a lot of societal impact, if we can figure out how to get these technologies from the laboratory into the marketplace, which is occupies a lot of brain power sitting in the room right now virtually. We're very proud to be able to welcome ITT to London next year “

Mr. Ufuk Eren

“We signed an MoU with Siemens Healthineers ITT, and the Volitan Global. Innovation Think Tank Siemens Healthineers have the common goal of focusing on activities to identify, inverse cooperate, to establish and guide startups for playing active roles globally in the field of medical technologies, biotech, medical applications, health care management. With regards of this MoU signed between Volitan Global and Siemens Healthineers ITT, we organized our first event in 9th of June 2021 together with the ITT startup Network, technology accelerators like ITT Acibadem, ITT Baskent University, ITT Magdeburg, ITT University of South Carolina, Medical Valley and investor club. We had about around 20 startups applied and are distinguished. The first three startups will get mentorship from Volitan from Siemens Healthineers Turkey and Siemens Healthineers ITT and they will go into the investment pipeline of 10x investor Club.”

Mr. Zaw Ali Khan

“Thank you for having me here. I will briefly be sharing the multidisciplinary approach that we took to tackle covid-19 in an effective manner. Use of Innovative Technology. The most important thing that we realized was that there's an abrupt deterioration in covid-19 patients. So, we wanted to track the data of the patients on a continuous manner, and we used remote monitoring dashboard that we set up in a dedicated control room and doctors will be able to see real-time vitals and latest investigative parameters of each patient. Therefore, our doctors benefited a lot from this as they were the most experienced, but also the most at risk for serious covid-19 infection. So, with minimal visits to the ward, they were able to provide their expertise using this dashboard.”

Dr. Talal Ali Malki

“I'll be very happy to talk one to one with universities and healthcare centers in Taif region with Innovation Think Tank. I'm also very happy to participate next year in London in the upcoming event. Thanks to Sultan Haider for his invitation. We look forward to seeing you in person in days to come”

Prof. Faisal Hasan

 “Here at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we’ve been involved with ITT for quite some time now and the relationship goes back to a colleague of mine who, actually visited Germany and initiated the relationship. And then from there, we have kind of taken it to the next level. I had the opportunity of participating personally along with a couple of my colleagues in two of these events. I can tell you that, I was extremely impressed by the feedback and the enthusiasm that we got to see after we spoke… Here at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, we look forward to a continued relationship and we will hopefully be able to host some ITT seminars in the future as we go forward.”


Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul

“It's a great pleasure for us to work together. As Fakee,h we’re the oldest health care company in the region and we are glad to have a new investment here in Dubai. This is the largest private hospital and definitely, it's a pleasure for us having this collaboration with Professor Sultan and with this Siemens Healthineers. So it will be a great pleasure. We look forward to having great initiatives together. Thank you very much.”

Theresa Phan_Yagmur Efe

Ms. Theresa Phan                                                                                                                     Ms. Yagmur Efe

“I would like to give a summary of updates from various locations around the world. Activities like joint certification programs with joint doctoral researchers are done with prestigious universities like Georgia Tech, Technical University of Munich and the University of Magdeburg. Several of these project outcomes have been entered into development phase to develop into prototypes and solutions scenarios.”

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