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Life Science Nord Management GmbH. (3/11/20). "Press Release: Innovation Project Started – Digital Precision Medicine Made in Northern Germany".

Region Region Schleswig-Holstein (federal state)
  Country Germany
Organisations Organisation Life Science Nord Management GmbH
  Group Hamburg (govt region)
  Organisation 2 P.I.L.O.T. project (Life Science Nord 202001–202212) (PrecisionMedicine – Innovations – LifeScience – Opportunities – Technologies)
Products Product personalised medicine / precision medicine
  Product 2 business development (state/region)
Persons Person Habeck, Hinrich (Norgenta 201203– Managing Director before Ascenion GmbH + Greiner Bio-One + Artemis)
  Person 2 Hauck, Simone (Norgenta 201211 Manager Marketing + PR)

P.I.L.O.T. (PrecisionMedicine – Innovations – LifeScience – Opportunities – Technologies) is the name of the new project of Life Science Nord which started on the 1st January 2020 running for three years. The project is funded by the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and EFRE with almost 450.000 €. During the project, an innovation-oriented competence network shall be established addressing the field of digital precision medicine.

Customisation in future health care: precision medicine focuses on counter-acting diseases in a more individual, targeted and effective way. Simply spoken, precision medicine can be defined as „the right drug for the right patient at the right time“ enabling best possible therapy and avoiding wrong or ineffective treatments.

“Digital precision medicine is one of the future core topics, which we would like to address with P.I.L.O.T. within the innovation cluster Life Science Nord,” states LSN managing director Dr. Hinrich Habeck. “We want to connect people of the respective areas to establish cooperation projects or test bed structures for new ideas and solutions.” In Schleswig-Holstein, high-quality expertise is already existing due to the excellence cluster „Precision Medicine in chronic inflammation“ (PMI).

Precision medicine as a key challenge in health care

Except some promising approaches and treatments in oncology, precision medicine mainly remains a topic for scientific research. Science and economy are developing at an unparalleled rate. To pave the way for innovation, to close gaps and to strengthen the ability to compete, the project P.I.L.O.T. empowers the dialogue between research and industry, medical practice, reimbursement and patients’ associations. Digitisation is one of the tools to develop future solutions: During medical practice, big data is generated and collected, e.g. via general medical care, biobanks or cohort studies. Analysis of the data can reveal relationships and deliver results which serve for better and individual therapy and prevention.

Sounds simple in theory, but this is often not the case for practice, says Dr. Anna Eckers, project manager at Life Science Nord: “Due to the complexity of the health care system, it is often difficult to design and conduct innovation processes alone, especially for SME’s within the Life Science Nord ecosystem. The network, which we are establishing, will function as a multiplier, hopefully reducing hurdles.”

State secretary for economy and technology of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, sees a big potential in the project: “With P.I.L.O.T., the great chance to participate in the large and growing market of precision medicine is used through an early and targeted technology transfer, funded by the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. I am glad that the initiative contributes to more digitisation. This will result not only in innovative structures in medical care, but will also lead to an additional push of health economy.”

P.I.L.O.T. follows an open approach

Since digitisation in precision medicine combines broad possibilities of action, there accordingly is no fixed definition of the target groups within the P.I.L.O.T. network. This has been deliberately left open during the application phase, Anna Eckers mentioned: “Anyone, from product manufacturers to app developers can join the network, if there is anything deliverable to promote the process.” Therefore, the first step will be to reach out to actors of the cluster already dealing with digitisation and/or precision medicine. „Anyone who has an interest in this topic or develop individual solutions in the life science sector is invited to contact me. I’m very much looking forward to exciting insights and discussions.”

More information:


Dr. Anna Eckers
Project Manager P.I.L.O.T. / Life Science Nord Management GmbH
Phone: 0431 – 90 88 -5828

Simone Hauck
PR & Communications Manager / Life Science Nord Management GmbH
Phone: 040 – 471 96 -423

Record changed: 2020-03-20


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