1. WID and WIA, the World Innovation Academy, Initiatives connect the dots between innovation, sustainable public health, and investment. WID and WIA bring innovations developed by medical scientists and healthcare staff, for use by their peers, to the healthcare market. The global community of hospitals and healthcare facilities offers the potential for high reward and lower risk, and provides outstanding conditions from an investment perspective. Why? Because you provide a solution for a community that has emerged from this community. The market is your community and the community feeds your market. WID and WIA directly link solution providers with users, sellers with buyers, and innovators with investors.

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  2. Researchers, innovators, caregivers, investors and healthcare professionals gathered at the seventh Innovation Day competition organized by HUG (University Hospital of Geneva) in partnership with the Geneva Faculty of Medicine. The Innovation Day competition exhibits the inventions of hospital employees and aims to introduce new technologies to the business sector. Every year, a multidisciplinary and international jury of experts analyzes more than 30 projects competing for the Innovation Day’s Award. The innovations are often unconventional, ground-breaking, and always focused on patients’ health, safety, well-being and ultimately saving lives. The best projects selected by the jury are presented in a three-minute pitch to the scientific committee and the public. The Innovation Day competition is truly a unique event of its kind in healthcare and medical science. It recognizes that hospital employees, at any level, who live at the front lines of patient care, are in a unique position to identify and pioneer improvements in the system. Innovation Days provide the much needed encouragement, incentive and platform for them to bring their ideas to life, inspire and instigate change on a local and global scale.

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The WID-I4H Competition
The first World Innovation Day (WID), “Innovation for Health” (I4H) Competition, a pioneering initiative to promote innovation in health, is at the vanguard of healthcare and medical science. It recognizes that hospital staff,…


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The WID-I4H Competition
The first World Innovation Day (WID), “Innovation for Health” (I4H) Competition, a pioneering initiative to promote innovation in health, is at the vanguard of healthcare and medical science. It recognizes that hospital staff, at any level, who live at the front lines of patient care, are in a unique position to identify and pioneer improvements in the system. Innovation Days provide the much needed encouragement, incentive and platform to bring ideas to life, inspire and instigate change on a local and global scale.

The Origin of the WID-I4H Competition
Every year since 2007 the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), in partnership with the Geneva Faculty of Medicine, has organized Innovation Days (IDs) where a multidisciplinary and international jury of experts analyzes more than 40 projects competing for the Innovation Day’s Academy Award. The innovations are often unconventional, ground-breaking, and always focused on patients’ health, safety, well-being and ultimately saving lives. The best projects selected by the jury are presented in a three-minute pitch to the scientific committee and the public.

Building on the success of the first Innovation Day held in Geneva in 2007, in 2012 Professor Dr. Didier Pittet partnered with François Gilardoni, Ph.D. to foster a global culture of innovation in Medical and Healthcare Science by promoting Innovation Days around the world. In 2013, the duo launched the World Innovation Day global initiative. Prof. Didier Pittet is a leading authority on patient safety. François Gilardoni is a venture capitalist, innovation expert and award- winning scientist.

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