Ferrer launches Ferrer4Future, a collaborative initiative between start-ups and corporate to leverage digital health as a means to build healthier and more sustainable societies.
Ferrer is a global medium-sized pharmaceutical company headquartered out of Barcelona with a presence in over 110 countries.
The vision is to enable more personalized, effective and responsive care to patients through a connected ecosystem facilitated by digital technologies.
Gemma Estrada, Director of Digital Health in Ferrer comments: We understand that in order to generate and implement patient-driven solutions using digital technologies successfully and sustainably, we need to balance the knowledge and experience of pharma companies with the creativity and agility of start-ups.
Ferrer4Future is all about that!
Through Ferrer4Future program, start-ups are invited to respond to 3 meaningful challenges:
- Enhance care for chronic patients (ie. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension)
- Improve patient engagement and adherence (ie. in the field of cardio-metabolism)
- Reduce Chronic Pain.
The first batch of challenges were launched at the beginning of October and the application period will remain open until the 20th of December 2019 at noon. Nevertheless, there will be an on-going screening of the applications in order to guarantee swift feedback to the participating start-ups.
If the solution proposed by the start-up is a “match” with Ferrer’s interests, Ferrer will either partner with the start-up right away or enroll the start-up in the mentoring program, depending on the maturity of the solution proposed.
The program offered is not only bespoke but also personalized for each startup. The duration is flexible between 6 & 18 months during which access is guaranteed to Ferrer mentors, to experts from the various business units, and to internal resources for piloting and developing the solution further.