15 January 2019 / Graz, Austria
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15 January 2019
Graz, Austria
HTH Styria Pitch & Partner 2019

Welcome Messages

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the region of Styria and to host the international event for innovations and seed investments in the field of health tech and life science.

Science, innovation and digitization are currently among the most important topics in our region.

With a R&D quota of 5.14% of the regional gross domestic product Styria is not only the innovation leader in Austria, but is also among the leading regions in Europe.

There is no other region in Austria, which brings as many innovations to the international market as Styria. It makes me very proud that our companies are successful all over the world. An important factor of our success is the good collaboration between research and competence centers, private enterprises and universities. In Styria there are nine universities, including two universities of applied sciences. Additionally, we participate in 25 out of 39 Austrian “COMpetence centers of Excellent Technologies” (COMET). These centers function as a link between the industry and universities.

Besides mobility and green tech, health tech is an important part of the Styrian core competences. Innovations in the area of health and food technology show a high potential for growth and employment. Therefore, we have four centers of excellence in the field of life science.

I wish you all an interesting event and hope you will also find some time to enjoy Styria and the beautiful city of Graz.

MMag. Barbara Eibinger-Miedl
Minister for Economy, Tourism, Europe, Science and Research 
of the Federal State of Styria

Welcome to Styria!

We, the SFG (Steirische WirtschaftsförderungsgmbH), are delighted to welcome start ups, companies and researchers from all over the world to be part of our network, create new partnerships and gain success.

We strive to attract new business to the region with a view to encouraging industrial expansion.

Innovative companies in search of the perfect business location need look no further than Styria. No other Austrian province can compete with the number of innovative products and services Styria brings to the market. This can be attributed to Styria's excellent research and education facilities, well-organised networks and clusters and ultimately its highly qualified, innovative and entrepreneurial residents.

Health tech is one of three main themes, that the Styrian economic policy focuses on.

Innovations related to health exhibit high growth and employment potential, not least due to demographic processes. Styria has positioned itself within the promising field of health technology / life sciences with three strategic corridors in engineering and biosciences.

We are looking forward to a great event and a fruitful cooperation!

Dr. Burghard Kaltenbeck


Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH SFG

Dear colleagues and friends,

With 5.2% of its GDP for research and development, Styria is the No. 1 region in Europe in this area. This is all thanks to our excellent scientific and industrial environment and to the close collaboration between our companies, universities, research institutes and our political decision makers. In particular, life sciences (medtech, pharma & biotech) have been a key strength in the Styrian economy for many yeras.

We, the human.technology.styria Cluster (HTS) have made a significant contribution to the positive development over the last 15 years. We ensure that synergies are well-utilised in life sciences, and that you and your companies benefit both from one another and from the partnerships with sciences. By networking and establishing stable national and international partnerships, we ensure small, medium-sized and even big businesses can make full use of opportunities in a globalised world.

As business angels, network experts and strategic thinkers, we work to enrich your business! We are looking forward to exchange our experiences in the life science field, as well as to accompany you from an early stage, to overcome barriers to make your business come true.

We warmly welcome you to our network, whose task it is to create added value for the good of business, politics, and most importantly, society as a whole.

DI Dr. Johann Harer

General Manager 


Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure to invite you on behalf of the Medical University Graz to the HTH-Styria Pitch & Partner 2019 event at the MED CAMPUS Graz.

The Medical University of Graz with its MED CAMPUS offers the perfect setting for such an event as the Campus facilities - firmly embedded in the Medical Science City Graz – provide the perfect infrastructure for preclinical research and teaching in order to attract the best researchers and students to the Medical University Graz and turn new project ideas into reality.

The HTH-Styria Pitch & Partner 2019 event was planned to foster innovation and exchange between different people, different institutions and even different countries.

This one day event wants to connect people and their ideas in order to gain new innovations and developments within the field of Med Tech and Life Sciences.

Our event will not only enable networking and communication throughout the Med Tech and Life Sciences community, but also contain a strong section to bridge the gap between researchers and companies or potential investors.

We will do our best to make the HTH-Styria Pitch & Partner 2019 event the most memorable event for you.

We very much look forward to hosting you in Graz in January 2019!


Univ. Prof. Dr. Samonigg

Univ. Prof. Dr. Hellmut Samonigg



A warm welcome from JOANNEUM RESEARCH to the HTH Styria - Pitch & Partner Event 2019!

JOANNEUM RESEARCH develops solutions and technologies for a broad spectrum of industries and is engaged in top research at an international level. With its focus on applied research and technology development JOANNEUM RESEARCH exercises a key function in technology and knowledge transfer.

With our research units HEALTH und COREMED we are an esteemed key partner for research projects in the field of health tech and life sciences.

The demographic change of society and the development of medicine towards personalised medicine are two of the most essential reasons why the research area “Life Sciences” is rated so significant and future-oriented. In that, the focus is on the needs of the people. Using intelligent technologies and solutions everyday life can be made simpler and safer. For that, JOANNEUM RESEARCH is your reliable partner.

I wish you a successful and informative day at the Event!

Univ. Prof. Dr. Pribyl

Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Pribyl MBA


JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

Driven by excellence and passion for innovation, Science Park Graz is determined to drive Start-up developments in the fields of Deep-tech in general, as well as in Health-Tech and Life-Sciences in particular. Through its integration into Europe’s biggest Start-up network, the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Programme, Science Park Graz is one of the key players in the field of Start-up innovation in Austria and beyond.

We are most happy to support the HTH Styria - Pitch & Partner Event 2019 with all our knowledge, expertise, energy and passion – it is a truly great initiative which will grow powerful wings! 

Mag. Mössler

Mag. Martin Mössler, MSc (LSE)

Managing Director


ESA BIC Austria General Manager

ESA IAP Ambassador

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

We are so excited and honored to be part of the "HTH Pitch & Partner Meeting 2019 ", organized by the Styrian and the Israeli BioMedTech network.

This collaboration between the Medical University of Graz (MUG), Human Technology Styria (HTS), Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG), Joanneum Research organization and us, the Shizim Group, provides a unique opportunity to join forces and to utilize the advantages that each of the network members have in order to create an ideal ecosystem for development, research, and commercialization of successful Biomed initiatives.

Israel has a flourishing biotech sector with more than 1,400 active life science companies, demonstrating an 81% growth over the past decade with around 130 companies founded every year on average.

ShizimXL Accelerator is the home to promising startups to take advantage of Shizim's high-quality infrastructure, facilities, network, expertise and professional mentoring from an experienced team, in order to grow the best initiatives towards successful commercialization.  

ShizimXL Accelerator is part of the Shizim Group, a leading Israeli-based Biomed holding group, with companies active in the fields of entrepreneurship, clinical research, regulatory affairs, R&D support, marketing, and business development, serving local and multinational companies. 

We wish to thank our Styrian colleagues and partners from the Health Tech Hub for inviting us to take part in this initiative.

Wishing all a successful conference and we look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss collaboration opportunities.


Yossi Bornstein

Founder, Chairman & CEO



Closed since 7 January 2019


Neue Stiftingtalstraße 6
Graz, Austria

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Participants 147
Meetings 239


Austria 118
Bosnia And Herzegovina 1
Croatia 2
Czech Republic 2
Finland 1
Germany 10
Hungary 9
Israel 9
Italy 3
Liechtenstein 1
Slovenia 15
Switzerland 2
Ukraine 1
Total 174


Company 39
Start-up 50
University 23
R&D institution 16
Association/agency 10
Authority/government 3
Hospital 2
Investor 3
Consulting 12
Other 12
Total 170