More than 300 participants eager to know what will HealthTech look like in 2030

More than 300 people participated in HealthTech2030, a unique event organized by Xartec Salut and CREB UPC that brought together the main players in the ecosystem. A great opportunity to learn about the future challenges of the healthcare system and to work together on their resolution through technology. Which technologies are shaping the future of healthcare? How will these new technologies help to increase the value of the healthcare system for patients?

The event was opened by Xavier Aldeguer, Director General of Knowledge Transfer, Department of Research and Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Xavier Bayona, Director of the Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AQuAs) and Alexandre Perera, Director of the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB UPC). The keynote address was given by neurologist and entrepreneur Ignacio Medrano (founder of Savana and Mendelian), who spoke about the future of artificial intelligence and RWE (Real-World Evidence) in the field of healthcare. Manel González-Piñero, Head o Innovation at CREB UPC, conducted the event.

On the same day, Xartec Salut’s new report HealthTech 2030: Catalonia’s contribution to disruptive innovation, prepared jointly with EY, was released, which analyzes the trends that will define innovation in healthcare and how Catalan companies are participating in them. The contents of the new report served as the basis for the round table What will Healthcare look like in 2030? moderated by Jordi Serrano, founder of Universal Doctor, with the participation of Xavier Jofre, Digital Transformation Director at Barcelona Health Hub, Susanna Aussó, head of the Artificial Intelligence program at the Fundació TIC Salut Social, Mariano Vázquez, innovator and serial entrepreneur, and currently CEO of ELEM (The Virtual Humans Factory), and Jordina Arcal, named MIT Innovator Under 35 in 2016, CEO of the company MJN-Neuro and co-founder of the innovation lab KIN.

Investments and patients

For entrepreneurs and innovative companies that want to move forward in this framework of new trends, it will be key to understand what investors are betting on and what patients are asking for. These are the topics addressed by the two round tables that completed the HealthTech2030 program.

The panel HealthTech: investing in the future, moderated by Berta Borràs (Xartec Salut), was attended by Raj Airey (Gascon Medical), Gina Melchner (NLC – The European Healthtech Venture Builder), Isaac Middelmann (EIT Health) and Sergio San Agustín (Clave Capital).

The panel Making value-based healthcare a reality debated which technologies bring the most value to patients, with Josep Roca, researcher at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and Idibaps, who moderated the panel, patient advocate Tjaša Zajc (Better Meds and Faces of Digital Health), Valentin Bejan (Health Tech Hub Copenhagen), and Begoña Nafría (head of Patients engagement at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona and member of Xartec Salut).

Winners of ‘Hacking the Future of HealthTech’

In parallel to these three round tables, the six finalist groups in the innovation hackathon that took place last weekend (4-6 November) at the Campus de Nord of the Universitat Politécnica de Barcelona-BarcelonaTech, presented their projects to the competition jury.

The 100 or so participants in the hackathon proposed disruptive solutions to the three challenges posed by AstraZeneca (developing a software idea for glasses or smart devices for people affected by neuromyelitis optica), AfforHealth (to develop self-diagnostic tools for young people to help them take action) and the Richi Foundation (to mitigate the social isolation of pediatric cancer patients and their families through activities that link art and technology).


Can you spot yourself? More photos of the event HERE.


This project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER, Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional).