The Future of Health Grant program, a digital health acceleration initiative co-founded in 2022 by CSS and the EPFL Innovation Park, announces the addition of a new partner: confinis.

confinis is a global consulting firm with headquarters in Switzerland and the USA. It specializes in medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, and combination products. Its team of highly skilled professionals offers a comprehensive range of services, including regulatory affairs, quality management, and clinical affairs.

confinis is a pioneer in supporting innovative startups, having guided numerous new companies in developing their Quality Management Systems (QMS) and securing the necessary market authorizations. Recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing and education, since 2017, confinis has annually supported young, innovative, and entrepreneurial startups with a valuable strategic resource: a startup workshop. This series of lectures enables participants to learn how to implement a QMS and provides education on ISO 13485:2016 and FDA CFR Title 21 Part 820.

The Future of Health Grant program is recognized for its practical approach to supporting innovations in digital health. Startups in the program receive tailored coaching and personalized support to advance their development while efficiently utilizing the financial resources provided by the grant. The program’s network of partners includes hospitals, insurers, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and major strategic and technology consulting firms.

The addition of confinis as a new partner of the Future of Health Grant highlights the program’s commitment to offering practical and high-quality solutions that drive positive change in the healthcare system.

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Isabelle Tasset, CSS Media Relations

Mathilde Durvy, EPFL Innovation Park

Sabrina Campana, confinis

Future of Health Grant – in brief
Launched in 2022 by CSS and the EPFL Innovation Park, this program, which supports innovations in digital health, is distinguished by its practical approach. Each start-up benefits from tailored coaching and monitoring, enabling it to move forward as quickly as possible while optimizing its resources. Around 20 start-ups are chosen each year to receive support totaling up to CHF 90,000 without any dilution of ownership. The FoHG draws on the expertise of its founders and its unique network of partners composed of key players in the Swiss healthcare industry. This ecosystem stimulates the exchange of knowledge and experiences that is essential to agile, collaborative innovation. At present, the partners are Unisanté, Hôpital de la Tour, La Source Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé, HE-ARC, Microsoft, Publicis Sapient, Pfizer, Takeda, Zühlke, Vaudoise Assurance, and now confinis.
confinis – in brief
confinis is a globally recognized consulting firm specializing in the field of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, and combination products. With headquarters in Switzerland and a presence in the USA, confinis provides comprehensive and tailored solutions to meet the unique regulatory and quality challenges faced by organizations operating in these industries.
CSS Group – in brief
The CSS Group, headquartered in Lucerne, was founded in 1899. This long-standing company insures 1.75 million people and, with a premium volume of around CHF 6.75 billion, is a key player in health and property insurance. The leader in basic insurance, where it has earned the trust of 1.55 million people, CSS is always close to the people it insures thanks to its unique network of 98 agencies covering the whole of Switzerland and some 2,780 employees. As a health partner, CSS helps its clients take control of their health and accompanies them on their journey to staying healthy, actively taking steps to improve their health or learning to live with illness. At the same time, it supports the development of new, useful and highly effective healthcare solutions that will benefit both insured persons and the healthcare system. All with the aim of building a system that is fit for the future.
EPFL Innovation Park – in brief
EPFL Innovation Park is the main hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in Western Switzerland. It supports ground-breaking innovation and technology transfer from EPFL and other regional academic partners. It is a vibrant workplace that hosts 200 high-tech start-ups, SMEs, the R&D centers of large companies, and their 2,500 employees. Over the years, EPFL Innovation Park has developed a series of unique start-up training, incubation, and acceleration programs in collaboration with a dynamic community of industry experts, investors, venture capitalists, and government agencies.