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eITT 2020 - Showcase your innovative project at the external Innovation Think Tank Exhibition

Call for participation for interdisciplinary participants from universities, start-ups and industries at Siemens Healthineers

Submit your project now until the 15th of May 2020 to get the chance to present your projects to experts from various industries and universities, learn from other best practices and get the chance to win an award.

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External Innovation Think Tank (eITT) Exhibition 2020

Innovation Think Tank, part of the Chief Technology Office of Siemens Healthineers, is organizing its annual external exhibition (eITT 2020) on 16th of July 2020, at its headquarters in Erlangen, Germany. The event focuses on open innovation and co-creation in the area of healthcare. Best practices at our various ITT locations and collaborations along with applicants from other institutions, start-ups and industries will be presented. Annually nearly 200 Innovation Think Tank Fellowships* are awarded to participants from various universities and research institutions giving them the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects at ITT locations worldwide. Open innovation projects worked on by the ITT participants and external applicants can be nominated for eITT 2020. In the past years up to 40 project teams took part in the annual exhibition. The top five teams will be recognized based on an evaluation by the guest jury including senior managers of Siemens Healthineers.

Students, institutions, industries and start-ups are welcomed to submit their projects for presentation at eITT 2020. The focus of this year's exhibition is solutions to various diseases (e.g. Heart disease, Cancer, Diabetes etc.). The solutions could be in the areas of digitalization, automation, new diagnostic and treatment methods, clinical innovation and process improvements in the healthcare systems.

Impressions from the ITT exhibition 2019

It begins with unborn children: how can expectant mothers reduce their child’s risk of disease? How can we improve the diagnosis, treatment and the handling of breast cancer, for example? The “Innovation Think Tank” (ITT) has for the first time developed complex treatment plans for twelve diseases which pose the biggest risk to mankind. The core idea: technological innovation. Some treatment plans were presented internationally at the annual external ITT Exhibition on July 11, 2019.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. According to the WHO, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer in 2018 – that is approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women. For the patients themselves and their social circle the disease is tragic and traumatic, much the same as many other sometimes fatal diseases. “We want to change that. That's why at ITT we’re analyzing the most difficult points in the treatment paths of the deadliest and most costly diseases over the entire life and disease cycle of humans. This begins in the womb and ends with aftercare,” explains Sultan Haider, founder and head of ITT at Healthineers at this year's Innovation Think Tank exhibition (eITT 2019) in Erlangen.

Basis for joint research and development
He addressed the 130 participants from around 40 international organizations: “We are aware of the problems with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of diseases like breast cancer. Action must be taken, and that’s exactly what we are doing: our response is technological innovations which will help patients, doctors and others involved to prevent the disease or to halt its progress. The technology is available! The important thing now is that all of us - technology companies and start-ups, research institutes and universities - work together to make it operational.” The health system is also groaning under the weight of the worst diseases, says Haider, so much of it is also about reducing the financial burden along the whole treatment pathway. Again, new technologies are the key here.

How do technological innovations help?
They are designed to save time, and therefore money, improve the patient experience and enable access to important information for the doctors, hospital administration or governmental bodies. Specifically, it is about three fields of technology: digital technologies, such as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), the 5G mobile communication standard, artificial intelligence or Blockchain which we are combining in the treatment pathways with automated solutions – focusing here on robotics and sensors – and clinical innovations such as new diagnostic methods, digital pathology or minimally invasive procedures for example.

Which diseases are being looked at?
Haider’s ITT team have identified twelve diseases whose global burden – both social and economic – is particularly high:

Cluster of 12 global diseases

1. Lung Cancer; 2. Breast Cancer; 3. Leukemia; 4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); 5. Tuberculosis (TB); 6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS); 7. Alzheimer’s Disease; 8. Parkinson’s Disease; 9. Coronary Artery Disease; 10. Stroke; 11. Diabetes; 12. Traumatic Injuries

Around 150 employees in different ITT teams around the world have already been working for several years to build an enormous and broad database of these diseases. The data comes from, among sources, health organizations and scientific journals. In order to develop the matrix-like, highly complex treatment pathways they followed the life and the progression of the patient with all the different interfaces to their social and medical environment.


Working prototype of a portable ultrasound device for remote diagnosis.
Each treatment pathway includes predefined stations through which the patient moves. In the case of breast cancer, for example, these are: prenatal, prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, rehabilitation and outpatient care, which includes reintegration into everyday life after inpatient cancer treatment.

Smart Bra
  • The situation: A patient can sense changes in her breast.
  • Points of difficulty: She does not go to a regular check, perhaps because she is worried about the somewhat uncomfortable situation during the examination or the examination itself.
  • Possible solutions: An app (digital innovation) reminds her to get her breasts examined. She receives a portable ultrasound device (clinical innovation) for remote diagnosis, which instructs the patient on how to screen her breast herself at home. In addition, if the woman has difficulty detecting changes in her breast an intelligent sensor-equipped bra (digital innovation) could also help her.

The audience are appreciative of ITT's extensive analysis and treatment pathways. Peter Schardt, Chief Technology Officer and responsible for the Technology & Innovation (TI) organization, to which ITT also belongs, is impressed:


Here you can find an example of a care plan – breast cancer: Download PDF

For more and detailed information about the disease and projects please feel free to contact us:

Application guidelines

Project submission categories examples:

Open innovation and co-creation, platforms and best practices, Healthcare system of the future, Hospital of the future, Precision medicine, Patient experience, Lab diagnostics of the future, Knowledge management, OR of the future, 3D printing, Machine learning, Innovations in consumer electronics, How to improve quality of human life, Next generation IT (Apps for medical devices), Green hospitals, Scientific improvement e.g. cardio and neuro imaging, Medical devices of the future, Ideas demonstrating cost reduction in medical devices and healthcare systems, Disruptive innovation processes and methodologies, System simulators, People management best practices, Industry 4.0 applications in Healthcare etc.

Application material:

  • Challenge / Goal of the project
  • Current state of art, how the challenge is addressed today
  • Proposed solution
  • Design (if created), description of any prototype or model or simulation (if created)
  • Benefits of the current solutions
  • No page limit and no restriction of formatting, just submit your application as a PDF file via email to innovationthinktank.team@siemens-healthineers.com


  • Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. student from any discipline at any university
  • Creative thinking and out-of-the-box perspective
  • Maximum team size: 4 members


  • Application deadline for direct applicants for project presentation at eITT 2020: 15th May 2020
  • Finalist announcement: 20th May 2020
  • eITT 2020 Event: 16th July 2020

*Applications can be submitted throughout the year. Application deadline for Innovation Think Tank Fellowships for eITT 2020: 1st May 2020

Apply now and get the chance to present your projects to experts from various industries and universities, learn from other best practices and get the chance to win an award.

We strongly recommend the applicants, especially the international students who need to make travel arrangements, to apply early.


About Innovation Think Tank

Driven by the need for interdisciplinary self-sustaining infrastructures accessible for the entire location/company, Innovation Think Tank (ITT) was established and now has 16 innovation labs across Germany, China, India, Turkey, the United States of America and United Kingdom which are covering projects from 23 Siemens locations and have achieved break even for all established labs within 0 to 2 years. ITT has worked on over 1750 projects with 550 experts and managers. Over 12000 Siemens employees have taken part in various events. Over 1500 inventions have been filed and ~1200 projects continued. Furthermore, over ~2500 researchers and students from ~150 universities from 38 countries have worked with ITT.

Innovation Think Tank was founded and is headed globally by Sultan Haider, who also holds a Principal Key Expert, awarded by the Siemens Healthcare’s Executive Committee for his outstanding innovation track record which includes the establishment of 16 innovation labs and over 500 inventions and patents filed to date. Haider has been awarded honorary directorships and developed infrastructures for top institutions. The innovation best practice has been implemented in several university courses and certifications. For instance:
Innovation Think Tank Lab at the University of South Carolina, USA
Baskent Hospital chain and University, Ankara with with Siemens Healthineers Turkey
Innovation Research Lab at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Oxford University Hospitals with Siemens Magnet Technologies, Oxford
Bogazici University, Istanbul with Siemens Healthineers Turkey
• Innovation Think Tank Acibadem Lab, Istanbul, Turkey
• Innovation Management and Leadership Certification program at Siemens Healthcare Private Limited, Bangalore, India
Innovation Research Lab, Bogazici university
• Innovation Management Certification program at Peking University in collaboration with Siemens Shanghai Medial Equipment (2016)

With its global infrastructure, ITT supports the identification and creation of business opportunities and contributes to solution implementation.